April 13, 2014

Chasing Kids

Week of Apr 7 ~ 13
61.5km / 38.2 mi.

Monday
3:30 8.1k with track team. Easy run with 3 x 1k hilly loop at a good pace.
14C/57F

Tuesday
12:00 - Gym workout
3:30 - 8.6k w/ team. 2.3k warmup, 400m x 8 with the fast girls.
80/79/83/78 80/79/78/76
Walk 2:30-3:00 in bet., jog 400 bet. sets.
20C/68F
58.7kg

Wednesday
7:30pm - club track workout
1200, 1200, 1000, 1000, 800, 800
4:54, 4:55, 3:45, 3:54, 3:11, 3:17
(200m jog + walk in bet., abt. 3:00)
Hard days Tues and Thurs, so ran at comfortable pace. Only pushed the first 1000.
16C/61F
58.5kg

Thursday
3:30 - with track team. 200m x 4 x 3
40/42/40/41 38/41/39/41 41/40/38/39
(35 sec. walk in bet., 400 jog bet. sets).
Into gale force wind on the home stretch (2nd and 4th of each set).
Worked hard behind the four fastest girls.
22C/72F, windy!
58.6kg

Friday
11:30 - Gym workout
1:00 - 16k in 1:25:06 @ 5:15/k
44:21/40:45 @ 5:34/5:06
Legs a bit heavy.
16C/61F
58.6kg

Saturday
Rest

Sunday
11:00 - 13k (approx) run up in the highlands west of Tokyo with Namban member Jon Morrell.
1:05:53. Straight up a mountain, partly slow climbing, then down a long gradual slope (trail, road), then 2 loops around a park, the second at a good pace in 6 minutes. Pleasant run, good workout.
Abt. 17C/63F, sunny
58.4kg

Next week I have a 10 mile race on Sunday. For some reason, there are a few 10 mile races in Japan.

April 6, 2014

Not Much Distance, But 3 Good Workouts

Week of Mar. 31 ~ Apr. 6

43.6km / 27 mi.

Monday
3:30 - 10k. 6.4k easy and 100m x 6 strides with the HS track team.
3k alone in the park in 14:53 @ 4:59/k
17C/63F, 30%, sunny
59.1kg

Tuesday
3:30 - 8.6k. 2.3k warmup and warmdown. 400 x 8 on the track with the 6 fastest girls.
85/82/80/79 85/81/81/79. 2:00-2:30 walk in between, with 400 jog in between sets.
Good workout!
15C/59F, windy
58.9kg

Wednesday
3:30 - 5.3k easy with the team.
7:30 - club track workout 1000m x 6. Only 1.2k warmup.
3:54/52/52/54/57/47 (100m walk, 100m jog)
Felt ok, legs a bit tired.
14C/57F
59.1kg

Thursday
Have run 8 days in a row, so took a rest. Hard rain anyway.

Friday
Another day of rest.

Saturday
First HS track meet. Top boy ran a 4:18 1500m (with no competition), which is not bad.
4:00 - 12k in 57:05 @4:45/k
32:41/24:24 @ 5:27/4:04 (with good stretching after 6k)
Legs fresh after two days rest! Even so, felt a bit stiff the first 6k, but then felt good once I got going the second 6k. Was surprised to go through the first k in 4:02, so kept it up pretty well and ran the last one in 3:55.

Sunday
Fulfilled an obligation as a member of a Japanese family by going with my wife and family of cousins to a Buddhist temple and graveyard for the first anniversary of my father-in-law's death. The Japanese take these things seriously, in that they feel obligated to do it, so do it. There are ceremonies after 49 days, 6 months (I think), 1 year, 3 years, 7 years...maybe others. You go to the temple and the priest chants for 10 minutes, then gives a 5-minute explanation about some aspect of Buddhism (usually paradise, today he mentioned that the/some Buddhist gods were derived from Greek gods, which I had never known, nor did the wife and cousins. Have to look that one up.) Then you give him $300. Basically, these ceremonies are a way for the priests to make money. Then you go and wash the grave (where all the family ashes are stored) and put flowers and incense on it. Then you go for lunch and beer. It's a two-and a half hour trip for us, so it was an all-day affair. Nice to see the cousins, anyway.

March 30, 2014

19:09 5,000m Time Trial

Week of March 24 ~ 30
75km / 46.6 mi

Monday (No HS track practice - spring break)
4:00 - 12k in 1:00:15 @5:01
34:16/25:59 @5:42/4:20
Felt good, workout went as planned - 6k @4:20/k
16C/61F - nice that the weather is warmer.
58.3kg

Tuesday
Gym workout - weights and core

Wednesday
Club track workout - 5,000m time trial
19:09. Splits: 3:50/50/50/53/46
Good run - wanted to run 3:50 ks. Followed or tried to catch people the whole way. Last 300 alone, but had a good kick. Felt good but had to push the entire way.
Quite a bit faster than the 7k race last Friday.
14C/57F
58.9kg (58.5 before the run)

Thursday
3:30 - 12k in 1:07:46 @5:39
Easy recovery.
12C/54F
59.3kg


Friday
12:00 - Gym workout
1:00 - 12k in 1:06:02 @5:30
Legs stiff - DOMS from Wednesday?
18C/64F
58.9kg

Saturday
2:30 - 15.6k with 10k at quick tempo pace.
4.6k warmup. 10k in 42:37 @ 4:16/k
4:12/18/14/20/15/16/17/15/20/10
Felt good, but not great. Held the pace well. Wore my 10K/half racing shoes, a bit lighter than usual.
This is to help prepare me for a 10 mile race on April 20th.
21C/70F - nice day, warm, but not too warm.
59.3kg

Sunday
4:00 - 12k in 1:09:53 @5:50.
Easy run - recovery from yesterday.
17C/63F, 70%
59.3kg (have to lose this extra kg)



March 23, 2014

Enjoyable Ekiden

Week of Mar. 17 ~ 23

47.4km / 29.5 mi. — Race on Friday

Monday
3:30 — 8k. 5k easy with HS team, 3k alone in 13:06 @4:22/k
15C/59F, windy
58.1kg

Tuesday
11:30 - Gym workout - weights and core.
3:30 - 4.6k easy jog to and from the track where the team trains.
18C/64F, very windy!
58.2kg

Wednesday
7:30pm - club track workout. 8.8k
1200, 1000, 1000, 800, 800, 800, 400
5:26, 4:06, 4:10, 3:28/27/28, 1:46
Took it easy (race on Friday). Picked up 1000s a bit, but at a comfortable pace.
First time I gave the club this workout - I like it!
9C/48F
59kg

Thursday
Rest

Friday (national holiday)
9:30 Tama-ko Ekiden, 10k with warmup.
This is a 4-person per team ekiden on a cycle path around a lake (Lake Tama, actually a reservoir). Each leg 7.242k, I suppose that's accurate enough.  Tama-ko is where I used to do my long runs - it's 9km from my house, so I don't get out there anymore. Anyway, it's my "home course."
It was a nice event, with 362 men's and mixed teams, 16 women's teams and two kids' races.
The weather was good, about 12C/54F, but windy.
The club had 5 men's teams, which finished 15th, 27th, 34th, 40th and 110th, and one women's team, which finished 5th. I was on the middle team. Time was 29:18, with splits (probably not exactly accurate) of 3:59, 4:05, 4:08, 4:04, 4:08, 3:58, 3:53, 3:59, 0:59. The first 400m was straight into the wind, then the next 3.5k were partly into the wind (kind of diagonal, but not too bad), and then with the wind, although that part of the course is sheltered by trees on one side and houses on the other. The course is fairly flat, with a bunch of small rolling hills and one up/down section of 100m each.
I felt good and ran hard the whole way. Our first runner was our slowest, and I ran second, so I passed 25 people and was passed by just two. That was fun! Probably a lot of teams had just one good runner, who they put first - a lot of the people I passed were pretty slow.

Saturday
Rest - left calf a bit sore. But it's always good to rest a day after a race - more than a day after a Half or Full marathon!

Sunday
2:30 - 16k in 1:21:21 @5:06/k
43:54/37:27 @ 5:30/4:41.
Felt good coming back - comfortable pace.
15C/59F, sunny
58.7kg

Next week the weather is supposed to be warm all week. I'll probably try to run a good time at the club 5,000m time trial on Wednesday night.


March 16, 2014

No Problems

Week of Mar. 10 ~ 16
75.5km / 46.9 mi.

Pretty good week with no training problems.

Monday
3:30 - 12.5k with track team. 2.4k easy, then 3.5 x a very hilly 1k loop at a hard effort.
3.6k easy to park and one 3k loop alone at a good pace: 4:31/k. Felt ok.
8C/46F, windy so felt colder.
58.2kg.

Tuesday
Gym workout - weights and core.

Wednesday
7:30pm - Club track workout. 11k with 3.5k warmup.
1200, 1200, 1000, 1000, 800, 800
4:37, 4:24, 3:37, 3:31, 3:04, 3:03 (abt. 3' jog/wlk)
Felt good in warmer weather! Legs fresh. Felt good on the 1000s and pushed them - finished strongly on the 3:31. 800s were relaxed.
15C/59F
59.2kg

Thursday
4:00 - track practice cancelled due to rain and high levels of PM2.5 pollution. (You would think the rain would lower it, but apparently not. It doesn't bother me at all.)
12k alone in the park in 1:07:58 @ 5:40/k
3kms in 17:36/17/04/16:00.
11C/52F, light rain and wind
59.3kg

Friday
12:00 - weights and core.
1:30 - 8k in 44:48 @ 5:36/km. No time to run more.

Saturday
3:00 - 16k with 6k warmup. 4k 17:29 @4:22. 3k 12:40 @ 4:13. 2k 8:15 @ 4:08. (5 mins. walk) 1k warmdown.
I like this workout. Felt ok, although it was a chilly day.
11C/52F but windy

Sunday
12:00 - 16k in 1:28:44 @ 5:34/km. Easy, felt so-so.
13C/55F
58.2kg

March 9, 2014

Consistent Training

Week of Mar 3 ~ 9

74.5km / 46.3 mi.

Monday
4:30 - 12k in 1:02:20 @5:12/k
35:15/27:06 @ 5:52/4:31
Last 3k was 13:14 - faster than my 3k intervals last Saturday - legs just felt better, that's all. Last k was 4:05.
9C/48F
58.9kg

Tuesday
1:30 - Weights/core in the gym.

Wednesday
7:30pm - Club track workout 1000m x 6.
Only 1km warmup. 4:30/3:54/54/52/49/42
Felt ok, but wearing lots of clothes. Happy with the last one.
Had lots of people to run with.
7C/45F. Rained all day but stopped at 7:00 - lucky!
59kg

Thursday
American School track practice has started.
3:30 - 12km. 2.3k to the track. 600/400/200 x 2, 400/200.
Ran with the middle group of girls (out of 3), at a decent pace (400s about 86).
2.5k back to park, then 3k alone in park in 15:41.
7C/45F, very windy
58.7kg

Friday
11:30 - Weights/core in the gym.
3:30 - 13km.  With team. Easy 25min run, 100m hill x 8 easy, 1k, 3k x 2 alone in the park in 16:28/16:14.
5C/41F, light snow
58.4kg

Saturday
3:00 - 15k. 4.5k warmup, 4k, 3k, 2k, 1.5k warmdown.
16:40 (3:59/4:13/15/13) (5:00 walk)
12:39 (4:09/16/14) (5:00 walk)
8:19 (4:08/11)
Felt pretty good. Lighter.
9C/48F, some wind, but not too bad.
58kg

Sunday
3:00 - 14k. 1:19:30 @5:40
41:30/37:54 @5:56/5:25.
Easy run.
9C/48F
58.3kg

March 2, 2014

Pretty Good 82K Week

Week of Feb. 24 ~ Mar. 2

82.5km / 51 mi.

Monday
3:30 - 12k in 61:03. 35:23/25:40 @5:54/4:17/k
6k @4:17 was pretty good, and I felt good.
8C/46F

Tuesday
Rest

Wednesday
7:30pm - 12.5k. 5,000 time trial on the track.
19:40 @3:56/k. 3:50/58/59/4:04/3:49
Felt good. After 1000m, was following two guys, which helped a lot, otherwise would have slowed down more. Passed them with 1000 to go and ran strongly last km.
9C/48F, no wind
59.6kg (been putting on weight)

Thursday
4:00 - 12k in 1:04:46. 35:11/29:36 @ 5:52/4:56/k
Felt ok.
9C/48F, light rain
59.3kg

Friday
12:00 - Weights/core workout.
1:30 - 16k in 1:21:16. 43:29/37:47 @5:26/4:43/k.
Short walk after 8k. With wind coming back. Running easily both ways.
16C/61F! Warm enough that I wore shorts and a t-shirt - delightful.
59kg

Saturday
3:00 - 14k. 4k warmup, 3k x 3 hard, 1k warmdown.
3k in 13:37 (4:31/37/29), 13:29 (4:25/31/33), 13:16 (4:26/28/22). 5 mins walk in between.
Chilly with drizzle, so bundled up - not conducive to running fast. Also 8k @ 4:43 yesterday may have been a bit too tiring. Felt just "ok", but worked hard.
8C/46F, rain
58.9kg

Sunday
3:00 - 16k in 1:31:03. 47:03/44:00 @ 5:53/5:30/k
Felt so-so. Cold and light rain, so not a pleasant run.
6C/43F, light rain - better than snow!
59kg