November 25, 2015

Ootawara 10K — Not What I Hoped For

Nov. 16 ~ Nov. 23

3:15 - 10k with 5k easy, 5k tempo at about 4:30.
21C, 56%

Gym workout

7:30pm - warmup 3.5k, 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2.
8:01, 3:54, 56, 56, 1:58, 1:48 (500 dist. a bit off)
Legs tired, couldn't generate much speed.
David Sweeny from Brisbane led us through the workout.
Andrew Green from England (52-year-old 5000m world record holder - 15:32) and son Jack were also there.

8k easy

8K easy

Saturday and Sunday - rest

Ootawara 10K — 40:52, 14th in age group.
Didn't feel quite right from the start - nothing I could put my finger on, but just didn't seem to be running smoothly and strongly. Chilly weather and light rain did not help - I like warm weather!
First 3k were just over 4:00, next two were just under, then 4:02, 4:07, 4:11, 4:14, 4:14. I felt like I sped up the last 3k, but in fact slowed down, which was a bit strange and disheartening. Ran most of the way just behind or in front of another 60-year-old guy, so it's not like I was working all by myself.
Anyway, not a great result considering my last 10K a month ago was 39:40, but that's the way it goes sometimes.
Good result from David Sweeney, who ran 34:58 for 6th in his age group, which was 40-59. So at 54, he beat most of the 40-year-olds. Andrew unfortunately had achilles problems after 8k and just jogged in. Mike Trees ran 34:05 for 3rd in the same AG.
Next up is a 7.4k leg in the Okutama Ekiden on Dec. 6.


  1. Yeah Bob that is not like you to pull out back to back races under your potential but it sometime happens and nothing for it than to keep moving forward.You are much too experienced to do like me and train harder after and dig yourself a deeper hole. Just hang in, you'll run better soon.

  2. You can't win them all Bob. As Scott says, keep moving forward and better times will come.......literally

  3. That is strange Bob, as you've been training well. Hope things turned around for the Ekiden on the weekend. BTW, I like your new maxim. Pain free makes for enjoyable running.

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