Love2Run Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com Tue, 18 Jun 2019 23:22:22 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sun, Jun 16, 2019 <p>We received sad news last night that my grandmother passed away.</p> <p>My mother and I were planning to go to the USA in July, but we will be leaving tomorrow instead.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 16 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 15, 2019 <p>It is raining very hard here today.&nbsp; Probably will rain all day, so no running.</p> <p>I wish I had access to a treadmill.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 15 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 14, 2019 <p>AM: 8 easy miles.</p> <p>I am feeling a little muscle soreness today.&nbsp; Mr. Pachev from the blog told me about eccentric&nbsp;contraction exercises so I have started doing them every other day.&nbsp; I think my muscles are sore from that.&nbsp; We have our ekiden team physical exams today.&nbsp; I hope I have no problems.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>PM: 8 easy miles.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 13, 2019 <p>AM: I was finally able to do a good workout. this morning.&nbsp; The goal was to do 3 x 2 miles at about 12 minutes.&nbsp; I ran this workout with Mai chan.&nbsp; My times were:</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 500px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td>No. 1</td> <td>No.2</td> <td>No. 3</td> </tr> <tr> <td>12:21</td> <td>12:05</td> <td>12:18</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Unfortunately, I was not able to reach my goal time, but I am confident that if I can lose some weight and get down to a good racing weight, and also improve my aerobic fitness, I should be able to greatly improve on these times.</p> <p>PM: 3 easy miles.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Wed, Jun 12, 2019 <p>AM: Was raining hard again this morning so no running.&nbsp; I wish I had access to a treadmill.&nbsp; Will try to do some running later if the rain stops.</p> <p>PM: 10 easy miles.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 11, 2019 <p>AM:&nbsp; Had planned a good workout for today but was stopped by the rain again.&nbsp; There was a slight mist when I started and I thought I would be okay, but after a mile warm up it started raining and then gradually turned into a downpour.&nbsp; I ended up doing only 3 miles, but was completely soaked when I got home.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>PM: 6 easy miles.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 10, 2019 <p>Very heavy rain today, so no running.&nbsp; It seems like forever since I ran the last time.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 08, 2019 <p>Returned home from Okinawa last night.&nbsp; Had a wonderful trip.&nbsp; It was amazing and so beautiful in Okinawa.&nbsp; It was very different from this part of Japan where I live.</p> <p>I was going to run while I was there.&nbsp; The hotel had a sports gym with a treadmill, but students were not allowed to go to the sports gym or the simming pool. Also I was told I could not go running out on the road.&nbsp; I kind of understand, because the school doesn&#39;t want to be responsible in the case that something happens.</p> <p>I was going to run this morning, but it was raining so hard, so I haven&#39;t run since Monday.&nbsp; I will have to start at it again on Monday.&nbsp; It is the rainy season here now, so there is rain in the forecast everyday next week.&nbsp; I hope I will be able to get some running in.</p> Sat, 08 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 04, 2019 <p>Leaving very early this morning for a school trip to Okinawa.&nbsp; Will be gone for 4 days, so don&#39;t know if I will be able to run at all during the trip.&nbsp; Will take some running clothes just in case.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 03, 2019 <p>AM: I ran an easy warm up, and then because Eugene mentioned on his blog the other day that he loves Fartlek and finds it one of his favorite training methods, I decided to do some Fartlek today. I did it for about 6 miles or so. Finished off with a mile cool down.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>PM: 6 easy miles</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sun, Jun 02, 2019 <p>Last week I set the goal to run 75 miles, and ended up actually running 80 miles.</p> <p>At the first part of the week I was feeling a lot of muscles stiffness around Tuesday, but by Thursday most of that began to disappear.&nbsp; Even though I was able to reach my goal, I have decided that at my current level of fitness, a distance of about 50 miles a week is probably more realistic.</p> <p>The reason for setting this goal, was just to see if I still had it in me to do that much mileage.&nbsp; Accomplishing the goal has given me a lot of confidence, however, I am not convinced that putting in so much mileage is actually the best way to train.&nbsp; I have decided to list what I consider to be some of the advantages and disadvantages.</p> <p><strong>Advantages:</strong></p> <p>1. Pace is slower and easy, so there seems to be less impact and shock on the body.&nbsp; Maybe this helps in less injury.</p> <p>2. During afternoon runs, my body was tired and forced itself to relax and run in the most economic way.&nbsp; Learning that relaxed and economic form of running may help even when running faster during shorter distances.</p> <p>3. Putting in the long distance has given me running confidence and I feel like I can do anything, from short sprints to a marathon.</p> <p>4. Lost over 1 kg during the week.</p> <p><strong>Disadvantages:</strong></p> <p>1. Runs are at a pace slower than race pace, so I don&#39;t know whether or not the body is being trained to go faster, or just becoming capable of going a slower pace.&nbsp; I was afraid of doing anything too fast, because I though it would prevent me from running as long as I wanted.&nbsp;</p> <p>2. Running mornings and afternoons takes up a lot of time.&nbsp; I had to sacrifice spending time with my boyfriend and other friends.&nbsp; Had a couple of disagreements with my boyfriend about it.</p> <p>3. The extra distance caused me to be sleepy and tired all the time, even though I was getting the same amount of sleep at night.</p> <p>There are probably more advantages and disadvantages than these, but these are the ones that came to mind.</p> <p>In my training, I will go back to maybe 50 miles a week. and gradually increase the mileage from there.&nbsp; I will do a couple of harder workouts during the week to keep my body accustomed to go at race pace.&nbsp; I will also add some faster shorter strides and the like to try and develop a faster turn over.&nbsp; By gradually increasing the distance at no more than 10% each week or every 2 weeks, I think I will be able to train my body to handle faster running even when I begin to do more mileage.&nbsp; I will also try to listen to my body, so as not to risk getting injured. And most important, I must find a way to be able to make sure I don&#39;t neglect my boyfriend, friends and family.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 02 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 01, 2019 <p>AM: Very slow and easy 7 miles at about 8:00/mile pace.</p> <p>PM: Did another 7 miles slow.</p> <p>Tomorrow I am going to write a summary of my thoughts on this weeks training.&nbsp; I am just glad that the week is finally finished.&nbsp; I made my goal of 80 miles, but I don&#39;t think I was quite ready for it yet.</p> Sat, 01 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Fri, May 31, 2019 <p>AM: Ran 10 x 1000m repeats this morning.&nbsp; They were all run fairly easy.&nbsp; I don&#39;t want to do anything too fast or too hard during my building phase.</p> <p>I ran the first 1000m as kind of a warm up, and ran&nbsp; it in 5:15.&nbsp; The following repeats, I tried to run each one progressively faster up to repeat 5, then run them progressively slower again up to repeat 10.&nbsp; I tried various stride lengths and cadences to find one that felt the best for me.</p> <p>I was surprised with repeat No. 9.&nbsp; I was aiming at 4:50.&nbsp; The stride length and cadence that I ran this repeat at was very comfortable and easy.&nbsp; I was so surprised to come in at 4:14.&nbsp; I think I need to commit that cadence to memory.&nbsp;</p> <p>Even though the goal was to come back to 5:00 on the last repeat, I was not comfortable in going that slow.&nbsp; Ended with a slow cool down.</p> <p>I love 1000m repeats, and this was a SUPER fun workout.&nbsp; I will try to run more later in the day.</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 500px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td>1000 meter Repeats</td> <td>Time</td> </tr> <tr> <td>No. 1</td> <td>5:15</td> </tr> <tr> <td>No. 2</td> <td>4:31</td> </tr> <tr> <td>No. 3</td> <td>4:19</td> </tr> <tr> <td>No. 4</td> <td>4:00</td> </tr> <tr> <td>No. 5</td> <td>3:45</td> </tr> <tr> <td>No. 6</td> <td>3:50</td> </tr> <tr> <td>No. 7</td> <td>4:15</td> </tr> <tr> <td>No. 8</td> <td>4:29</td> </tr> <tr> <td>No. 9</td> <td>4.14 **</td> </tr> <tr> <td>No. 10</td> <td>4:44</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>PM:&nbsp;8 easy miles with Jun chan.&nbsp; We talked about boys and things and had a good time.</p> Fri, 31 May 2019 06:00:00 Thu, May 30, 2019 <p>AM: Ran 10 very easy miles through Chinatown, and then through the Englsih Rose Garden.&nbsp; Took time to look at the flowers.&nbsp; I needed the easy run today.&nbsp; The increased mileage has been taking its toll.</p> <p>I have been getting the same amount of sleep, but I have been so sleepy and tired the last couple of days.&nbsp; I think it is because of the extra mileage.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>PM:&nbsp; Did some core and stretching.</p> Thu, 30 May 2019 06:00:00 Wed, May 29, 2019 <p>AM:&nbsp; Ran&nbsp;3 miles at about 7:30 per mile, then ran the next 3 miles at about 7:20 per mile.&nbsp; Ended with an easy one mile cool down.&nbsp; Will try to do an easy run later today.</p> <p>PM:&nbsp; Ran an easy 8 miles.&nbsp; It was cloudy and cool when I started, but the sun came out from behind the clouds, and I was roasting by the end.</p> Wed, 29 May 2019 06:00:00 Tue, May 28, 2019 <p>AM:&nbsp; Ran 7 miles again this morning.&nbsp; Ran the first 3 miles at about 8:00 per mile, then ran the next 3 miles at about 7:30 per mile, and finished with a very easy mile for a cool down.&nbsp; &nbsp;Will do some easy running later today.</p> <p>PM: 6 miles easy</p> Tue, 28 May 2019 06:00:00 Mon, May 27, 2019 <p>AM: Ran an easy 7 miles at about 8 min per mile pace. I am just going to do easy running for the next while and try to increase mileage. I will try to run more later.</p> <p>PM: Ran another easy 6 miles.&nbsp; It is really hot here now.&nbsp; It was 92 and very humid when I ran.&nbsp; Reminded me of Singapore.</p> <p>A big congrats to Manami chan and Mei chan for going 9:22.28 (average of about 5:00/mile) and 9:33.64 (average of 5:06/mile) in the 3000m at the prefecture championships and getting 1st and 3rd place, and also qualifying for the District Championships.</p> Mon, 27 May 2019 06:00:00