March 23, 2014

Enjoyable Ekiden

Week of Mar. 17 ~ 23

47.4km / 29.5 mi. — Race on Friday

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

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!

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!


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.

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!

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

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.


  1. nice splits in the ekiden on a windy day. nice job bob

  2. Very nice. We have no ekidens in Korea. Need to move to Japan!

  3. Also the weather here, in the Seoul area, is supposed to be warm, finally!

  4. Huge number of teams - makes for a good event. Would've been fun passing all those runners. Interested to see how you go in the 5000 next week.

  5. My wife persuaded me to join her work ekiden team in an event at the end of the year. I think she may have over inflated my abilities so a lot is expected of me. I therefore need a double ... fancy a trip over Mr Watson? Good luck on Wednesday Bob.

  6. Ekiden's sound like fun, although it may be difficult to race if those around you are of varying abilities - solid splits all the way Bob.