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Jan 15, 2018

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3nd year student (senior) in high school in Japan.

Miles:This week: 49.00 Month: 159.00 Year: 159.00
Total Distance
159.00
Total Distance
16.00

Happy New Year!

Things have settled down a little in my life. I have made some major decisions for my future, and also running with the team at school has come to an end, so I have more time to write on the blog. As a New Year's resolution I will try to be more faithful in writing.

AM: Ran 10 miles easy. It is New Year's morning and there is a Shrine near my home. There were many people coming and going from the shrine this morning. I will try to get in another run this afternoon.

Today I will spend a relaxing day watching the pro Ekiden race on TV.

There will be Ekiden on TV for the next three days. The Japanese love watching Ekiden.

PM: 6 miles easy.

Also, I ate too much today. :)

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Total Distance
6.00

AM: Had a hard time getting out of bed this morning. It is the coldest day of winter so far and I just didn't feel like going out, but I decided I would just go out for an easy recovery run. Did about 6 easy miles. Maybe 7 minute pace.

Going to watch the first half of the "Hakone Ekiden" today.

I am cheering for the Tokai University team, because I did volunteer work with them at last spring's World Relays here in Japan, and got to be friends with a couple of the members on the team.

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Total Distance
18.00

AM:

Started this morning with a 5 mile progression run. ( I have no idea what my pace was, because the battery in my watch has died.)

Then did 10 x 400m hills (walk down the hills after each)

Finished off with a cool down to reach about 12 miles.

I will watch the second half of the Hakone Ekiden today.

I am cheering for Tokai University. They are currently about 3 minutes behind that leader.

It has been a fast race this year. Nearly every stage record has been broken, and the course record for the first half of the race was also broken by the first four teams.

It is probably because nearly every runner is wearing the NIKE Vaporfly shoes.

Below is a link to a summary of the first day of the race.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=cPvgb0s_ovo&feature=emb_logo

I will run more this afternoon.

PM:

6 easy miles

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Total Distance
8.00

AM: About 8 miles at a fairly good pace to end out the week. Aoyama Gakuin University won the Hakone Ekiden. The team I was cheering for, Tokai University, had the fastest time over the return course on the second da, but it was not enough to catch Aoyama. Tokai University finished in second place. Both Aoyama and Tokai broke the existing course record. A link for the highlights of the second day is below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=343&v=IOfrAziqreE&feature=emb_logo

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0.00

Went to church today. I am looking forward to Sunday school this year at church. We will be studying the Book of Mormon, which is my favorite scripture. I am always very thankful for those on the blog a few years ago that introduced me to the LDS church and the Book of Mormon. It has changed my life for the better.

I walked a mile from my home to the train station, then from the next train station I walked another mile and a half to the church. So for a round trip it was 5 miles of walking.

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Total Distance
18.00

AM:

Ran a warm up.

Then 10 x 1000m fast (I don't know the time for the intervals because I still haven't replace the battery for my watch.)

Cool down to 10 miles.

PM:

8 miles easy

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Total Distance
6.00

AM:

Did an easy 6 miles today. Felt a little sore from yesterday, so I thought it would be good to have an easy recovery day today.

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Total Distance
6.00

AM:

It was raining this morning so I didn't go out running. One of the best things about running and training on my own instead of on a team is that when it is raining like it is today, I can roll over and go back to sleep instead of going out running, and I don't have to feel guilty about it. It is supposed to be nice weather this afternoon, so later today I will try to go for a nice run.

 

PM:

6 easy miles.  The sun came out and it was nice and warm this afternoon.

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Total Distance
8.00

AM:

1 mile warm up.

Very fast 6 mile run. ( I really need to get my watch fixed. I would've really liked to have had a watch to time this run, because it really felt fast.)

1 mile cool down

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Total Distance
18.00

AM:

3 mile warm up run. 10 x 400 meter hill sprints (walk down recovery) Cool down run to reach 10 miles.

PM:

8 easy miles. 

Went to a sushi restaurant for dinner tonight and ate too much.  

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Total Distance
6.00

AM:  

6 easy miles.  Today is going to be a recovery day.

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0.00

AM:

Went to church. Total of about 5 miles of walking in going to and coming home from church.

PM:

Just relaxed watching TV.

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Total Distance
12.00

AM:

Warm up.

Ran 5K in 18:15.  Not a hard pace. No heavy breathing.  Legs started to feel it a little at the end.

I have a 10K race this coming weekend.

I would like to run about this pace for the 10K.

Cool down to about 6 miles.

PM:

6 easy miles.

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Total Distance
16.00

AM:

3 mile easy run.

Did some hill sprints.  I usually do 10 x 400m hill sprints, but today they were doing some kind of construction work at the bottom of the hill, so I had to run a shortened version of the hill (about 370 m).  To make up for the shortened distance I ran 11 hills instead of 10.  I noticed after the first hill I wasn't feeling the burning in my legs at the top of the hill.  I think it running through that burning feeling and going to almost complete failure that brings about increased strength.  On the remaining hills I tried to run them faster than normal to reach failure quicker.  It seemed to work.

Cool down run to reach 10 miles.

PM:

Easy 6 miles

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0.00

AM:

It is raining very hard this morning.  Good day for a rest day.  :)

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Total Distance
6.00

Ran the course for this weekends 10K.

It is a real hard course.

The first 200 meters is level, then takes a steep downhill after which it is level until about 5K.  After that it gets brutal.  It is up and down.  At about 7K there is a steep downhill section for about 1K down to a turn around point and then back up the same hill.  I was about dead at the top of the hill.  It is then level to the end.

I am trying to figure out the best way to run this course.  I am thinking if I push it at the first and run the first 5K fairly fast, I may be able to just hold on during the last 5K to the finish and still get a good time.

I didn't realize that this was going to be this hard of a course.

If anyone has any good ideas on how would be best to run this type of hilly course, I am open for any suggestions.

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Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 easy miles

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Total Distance
9.00

AM:

6 easy miles.   I think I am ready for tomorrows race. I just hope the weather is good.  It is really windy today.

PM:

3 very easy miles.  The weather has turned very cold.  There is even a chance of snow tomorrow during the race.  I am not sure what kind of clothing to wear for the race.  I don't run well in cold, but I also don't want to wear heavy clothing.  :(

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Total Distance
159.00
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