Week of Mar 7 ~ 13
Plan: 0/15/10/15/15/15/15 - 85km
Ran: 0/15/13.5/15/10/10/15 - 78.5km / 49 mi. 7:07
This week's running paled into insignificance beside the earthquake on Friday, but nevertheless, the LA Marathon is next Sunday, so I have to keep at it. It seems like flights out of Narita are back to normal, so if there are no more large earth movements (although "experts" are saying there could be), I will be out of here next Thursday. This week was a moderate taper week, with MP runs on three days, and next week will be very light.
11:30 - Machines and core at the gym.
1:00 - 15k in 1:21:57 @5:28.
Legs a bit tired, but felt ok.
Weather: 10C/50F, 40%, sunny
13.5k. 3000/2000/1000 in the park. Aiming for race pace 4:21/k, which I hit pretty close.
13:07/8:40/4:18 (6:00 and 4:30 jog/walk in between)
12:30 - 15k in 1:17:33. First 10k easy, last 5k at 4:19/31/20/16/21. Felt ok.
Weather: 8C/46F, 10%, cloudy
11:00 - 10k in 54:34 @5:27
Easy, felt ok.
THEN, at 2:46, the big one hit. I was in Shinjuku station, changing trains, 15km from home. No one panicked, it was more like everyone froze, waiting for it to stop, which was a long time. Then everyone made for the street. Along with everyone else in Tokyo. During the last decent-sized jolt about 5 years ago, which was itty-bitty compared to this one, the trains stopped for hours. So I knew the only way to get home would be to walk/jog. I had on shoes, but casual shoes, so it was not too bad. I had to walk for a long while though, because I was on a major road and many, many people were doing the same thing. Which was ok, because I didn't want to run too much anyway. After about two hours I started jogging because I wanted to get home sooner (I had been calling my wife from pay phones - thank god they still exist! - so knew she was ok. Cell phones of course stopped working 20 seconds after the quake, although you could send email from them.). So I had an extra 3.5 hours of walk/jog for the day.
Planned not to run due to the extra 15k yesterday, but my legs felt ok, so did a very easy 10k at 4:00.
2:00 - 15k in 1:19:06. First and last 5ks very easy. Middle one in 4:26/18/21/17/13. Felt fine.
Weather: 15C/59F, 20%, sunny.
Next week I will rest Monday, do 10k easy Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, rest Friday in LA, do an easy 5k on Saturday, and be ready for a good, no, a really good, effort on Sunday. So...bring it on!
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