Running in Tokyo/Japan - Marathon/Clubs/Track Races


20 minute fartlek last night; 2 minute surges with 1 minute float recoveries. Felt fantastic; strong on the surges and fluid on the floats. Could have probably done at least a couple more surges if I wanted.

2 hours at 5 am this morning. Well at least I managed to hack my way around. Understandably the body isn't too way inclined to get going at that time.

Last night's workout and this morning's ramble could well be descibed as chalk and cheese.

Anyway 10k race this Sunday. let's hope I feel more like last night than this morning.

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Comment by Owain Vaughan Lewes on October 4, 2010 at 1:12pm
And thank you for your comment.
Comment by Owain Vaughan Lewes on October 4, 2010 at 1:11pm
Where is Kaiserslauten?
Comment by juergen wittstock on October 3, 2010 at 9:26pm
Good job, mate, this deserved a new post, but never mind, write one for Gyeonju!
Comment by Owain Vaughan Lewes on October 3, 2010 at 4:31pm
And no picie. Sorry.
Comment by Owain Vaughan Lewes on October 3, 2010 at 4:31pm
Kaiserslauten 1 Hamburg 2. Watched it in my motel prior to the race.
The aforementioned 10k was part of the Dong A Baekje runnning event that coincides with the annual Baekje festival in the historic city of Gongju. For those not verse in korean history, Baekje was one of the 3 ancient Korean kingdoms, and every year the city organises a festival to comemorate it. And a fine job they do too!The running festival is one of the 3 Dong A events on the Korean calender. The others being Gyeongju and the Seoul International marathon.
Now prior to this weekend I hadn't raced since May due to hamstring issues. Nevertheless I knew I was in good shape as I'm starting to click on my weekly fartlek sessions and AT runs, and I haven't missed a day for 8 weeks; the last 4 averaging 70-75 miles. But nothing beats competion and that was my main concern. Not to mention that I've also been tired this week.
Anyway the race went well considering I haven't really opened the envelop of hard anaerobic running. Managed to run 35:40 ish. Felt really strong but didn't quite have that zip to finish the job and claim a prize, which was awarded to the first 6 places-I was 7th. Nevertheless I was pleased that I hadn't lost my competitive juices. I also felt comfortable running the first 3k in the 3:20-3:30 per k range. I also felt that I was in a track race as there was a large pack with plenty of ankle tapping. Yet the irony was that last year my time would have been good enough for 4th. Never mind. Now it's time to introduce some 1k reps and maybe sub 35 at Gyeonju in 2 weeks. And maybe I can get a prize then.
But my biggest regret was arriving late last night thereby missing the mock battle complete with cavalry and pikemen, and archers.
Comment by juergen wittstock on September 29, 2010 at 10:16am
Hey mate, we want a nice race report with a pic after Sunday's race!

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