Love2Run Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com Fri, 24 Jan 2020 18:56:08 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Fri, Jan 24, 2020 <p>AM: 6 miles</p> <p>PM: 6 miles</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 23, 2020 <p>AM:&nbsp; Nice relaxing 6 mile run (more of a jog).</p> <p>PM: 3 easy miles</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 22, 2020 <p>AM: 6 easy miles</p> <p>PM: 6 easy miles</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 21, 2020 <p>Still sore today, so just another easy 6 miles today.&nbsp; I think I will finish off the rest of the week with just an easy week.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 20, 2020 <p>Very stiff and sore from the race.</p> <p>Ran just an easy 6 miles.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Sun, Jan 19, 2020 Ran the Nomura Katabiragawa 10K. According to the weather forecast it was supposed to be a cloudy cold and windy day, but the weather couldn't have been more perfect. It was sunny and warm. I got to the race and did a good warm up. At the start line, the front row was for the invited guest runners, and then somehow I was able to line up right behind them on the second row, so my starting position was good. My race plan was to go out hard the first 5K and try to get a good time at the 5K, and then to somehow hang on during the hilly last half of the course. At the start of the race I stayed with the guest female runners. I was surprised how easy it was to keep up with them, and then I thought, maybe they were running a different race strategy than me. I was running the first half hard, but maybe they were running the first half easy and then going to push it in the last half. I stayed with them until about the 5K mark, then as soon as we hit the hills, they started getting away from me. I do a lot of hill training, but these hills were tough. My lack of strength showed. I got to the long downhill section at about 7K. It felt so nice to kind of just coast down the hill. That little bit of rest was what I needed. It wasn't as bad coming back up the hill as I had imagined. Once reaching the top of the hill it was level running the rest of the way to the finish. I ended up 3rd place among the women, and 25th place overall. I was hoping to run about 36 minutes, but I ended up 37:05. I ended up being more than a minute behind the two guest runners. finished off with a short cool down. On the podium after the race, I noticed of the men runners, all of the runners were wearing the Nike Vaporfly shoes. Of the women however, 1st place was wearing New Balance, 2nd was wearing the Vaporfly and I was wearing New Balance. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 18, 2020 <p>AM:</p> <p>6 easy miles.&nbsp; &nbsp;I think I am ready for tomorrows race. I just hope the weather is good.&nbsp; It is really windy today.</p> <p>PM:</p> <p>3 very easy miles.&nbsp; The weather has turned very cold.&nbsp; There is even a chance of snow tomorrow during the race.&nbsp; I am not sure what kind of clothing to wear for the race.&nbsp; I don&#39;t run well in cold, but I also don&#39;t want to wear heavy clothing.&nbsp; :(</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 17, 2020 <p>AM: 6 easy miles</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 16, 2020 <p>Ran the course for this weekends 10K.</p> <p>It is a real hard course.</p> <p>The first 200 meters is level, then takes a steep downhill after which it is level until about 5K.&nbsp; After that it gets brutal.&nbsp; It is up and down.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; I was about dead at the top of the hill.&nbsp; It is then level to the end.</p> <p>I am trying to figure out the best way to run this course.&nbsp; 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.</p> <p>I didn&#39;t realize that this was going to be this hard of a course.</p> <p>If anyone has any good ideas on how would be best to run this type of hilly course, I am open for any suggestions.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 15, 2020 <p>AM:</p> <p>It is raining very hard this morning.&nbsp; Good day for a rest day.&nbsp; :)</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 14, 2020 <p>AM:</p> <p>3 mile easy run.</p> <p>Did some hill sprints.&nbsp; 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).&nbsp; To make up for the shortened distance I ran 11 hills instead of 10.&nbsp; I noticed after the first hill I wasn&#39;t feeling the burning in my legs at the top of the hill.&nbsp; I think it running through that burning feeling and going to almost complete failure that brings about increased strength.&nbsp; On the remaining hills I tried to run them faster than normal to reach failure quicker.&nbsp; It seemed to work.</p> <p>Cool down run to reach 10 miles.</p> <p>PM:</p> <p>Easy 6 miles</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 13, 2020 AM: Warm up. Ran 5K in 18:15.&nbsp; Not a hard pace. No heavy breathing.&nbsp; 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. Mon, 13 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Sun, Jan 12, 2020 AM: Went to church. Total of about 5 miles of walking in going to and coming home from church. PM: Just relaxed watching TV. Sun, 12 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 11, 2020 <p>AM:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>6 easy miles.&nbsp; Today is going to be a recovery day.</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 10, 2020 <p>AM:</p> <p>3 mile warm up run. 10 x 400 meter hill sprints (walk down recovery) Cool down run to reach 10 miles.</p> <p>PM:</p> <p>8 easy miles.&nbsp;</p> <p>Went to a sushi restaurant for dinner tonight and ate too much.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 09, 2020 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 Thu, 09 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 08, 2020 <p>AM:</p> <p>It was raining this morning so I didn&#39;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&#39;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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>PM:</p> <p>6 easy miles.&nbsp; The sun came out and it was nice and warm this afternoon.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 07, 2020 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. Tue, 07 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 06, 2020 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 Mon, 06 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Sun, Jan 05, 2020 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. Sun, 05 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 04, 2020 <p>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.;v=IOfrAziqreE&amp;feature=emb_logo</p> Sat, 04 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 03, 2020 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. I will run more this afternoon. PM: 6 easy miles Fri, 03 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 02, 2020 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. Thu, 02 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 01, 2020 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. :) Wed, 01 Jan 2020 07:00:00 Tue, Dec 31, 2019 AM: Ran 5 miles easy. Then ran 10 x 400 meter hill sprints (jogged down). Ran a cool down. Tue, 31 Dec 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Dec 30, 2019 AM: Ran 10 miles with 500 to 1000 meter bursts mixed in. PM: Ran an easy 3 miles Watched the university women's Ekiden on TV today. All of the runners were amazing. Mon, 30 Dec 2019 07:00:00 Tue, Dec 24, 2019 Shout out to our school's Ekiden team. At the National Championships over the weekend, we placed 21st out of 47 teams. I really wish I could have run in the race, but it was fun to watch anyway. A link to the race on youtube is below. With this race, the Ekiden season has finished and my high school running career has come to an end. I wish I wouldn't have been injured for most of time, but it was my own fault for trying to push things too hard and too fast. I am looking forward now to just running on my own again while I decide whether I want to pursue more competitive running in the future. Hopefully next year, I will have more time to write on my blog here. Tue, 24 Dec 2019 07:00:00