December 27, 2008


Despite never having had any desire to create a blog before, today during my run I suddenly decided to start one. I don't really know why. It will not be text heavy; simply a record of my training.

First some background to my present training regime.
Pre-July: Ran 3:09:53 in Tokyo Marathon in February. After that had sore hamstrings, so did not run much through June.
July: Decided to start a program of very long, very slow distance to strengthen my legs so the last 10k and especially last 5k of my next marathon will not be so slow and painful. Ran 453km (45 hrs.), most of it at around 6:00/km, with 2min. walk breaks every 20mins. Wed. night track workouts also at easy pace.
August: 461km (47 hrs.). Same program.
Sept.: 456km (47 hrs). Same program, but also some slightly harder runs with American School cross-country team.
Oct.: 306km (30.5 hrs.). From middle of month, knees got sore from all the distance the past 3 months (also from some hill workouts, which were not a good idea), so just rested and jogged last 2 weeks.
Nov.: 159km (15 hrs.). Left knee ok. Right knee still sore, but improving. Ran Toda Half Marathon on Nov. 16 as a test at hoped-for marathon pace (4:15 per k for a 3:00 marathon). Ran 1:28:55, so test a success. Ran in new marathon shoes, Brooks Ghost, which are great.
Had been targeting LA marathon on Mar. 15, but the idiots changed it to May 25, when it is VERY hot in LA. So applied for Napa Valley Marathon, just above San Fran., which is on Mar. 1.

Dec. 1st week: Still taking it easy after the Half Marathon — 72k (6:44).

Dec. 2nd week: Started new training program, which is:
Wed: Intervals on the track, at faster than marathon pace (MP). This is to maintain what little leg speed I still have and also so that marathon pace does not feel like the fastest I can run.
Thurs: Lactate threshold (LT) run. I think this is the correct term...the fastest pace at which you are not going into lactate debt. Also called, I suppose, a tempo run. Anyway, it is halfway between your marathon race pace and your easy long run pace. So for me that is between 4:15/k and 6:00/k, so about 5:00/k. Start at about 10k, work up to about 20k (probably). This is to build stamina.
Fri: Cross training (X-trng), which is weights & abs plus possibly stationary bike and/or arc trainer.
Weights means 5 upper body machines and 3 leg machines (1 set of moderate amount of weights to muscle exhaustion, about 20 times). 
Abs means about 20 mins. of various abdominal exercises, with various stretching in between.
Stationary bike is moderate effort for 20 or 30 mins. 
Arc trainer (like an elliptical trainer) is 10 to 16 minutes—very tiring!
Sat: MP run. From 10k, working up to 26k (?). This is to get used to running at marathon pace for extended periods.
Sun: Long run – usually 30k. This is to build/maintain leg strength.
Mon: Off
Tues: X-trng. (Used to run easy 5-10k on x-trng days, but now I need more recovery since I am doing 4 "hard" days a week.)

Knee is no longer sore when running (after 3k warmup), but a bit sore going up and down stairs.
So...Dec. 2nd week:
Wed: 8.6k. 600/1200/600/1200/600/1200/600 Cruised 600s, ran 1200s at 3:46/1k pace.
Thurs: 17k. 5k x 2 @ 4:50 (3 min. walk after each). 2k@4:20
Sat: Namban Partner Race. 5k x 2 at MP. First 5k (not timed) was probably slow (sorry, Barry).
Sun: 24k
Week: 77.1k (6:59)

Dec. 3rd week:
Wed: 10.6k 2000/1000/2000/1000  8:41/3:52/7:56/3:54 
Thurs: 19k. 10k@5:00, wlk 4', 5k@5:04
Sat: 14k. 10k MP
Sun: 40.5k. Tama-ko run with 6 people. Planned 34-36, but Mika, Yuka and Sase talked me into 40. 6:00/k or slightly faster out, 5:48 in. Knee ok, legs tired and sore last 6-8k but not too bad. (Mika took off the last 5k. Yuka ran comfortably the entire way, even though she only runs twice a week. Namban women are tough!)
This run was MUCH easier than a 40k run last January (even with 10kMP run the day before), so I guess maybe the 3 months of long distance work paid some benefits.
Week: 83.8k (7:47)

Dec. 4th week:
Mon: Off
Tues: X-trng (wts, abs).
Wed: 24k @ 6:00 (Xmas eve so did not go to track. Decided to get some more distance in.)
Thurs: 20k. 8k (10k to 18k) LT@5:00.
Fri: X-trng (wts, abs, bike 15')

Sat: 17.7k. 3.2k warmup. 13k MP. Knee felt fine. Hamstrings getting a bit sore and tired at end.
Time: 12:00
Weather: 10°, sunny, fairly windy. (Temp. at start of run, in the shade)
Weight: 61kg (At start of run. But "official" weight is at about 4:00 before my usual late afternoon run. Weight has been up over 62, but should be 60)
Shoes: 290g (medium wt. shoes + 20g insoles + 30g insoles)

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