Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Nagano: Pulling the plug!

Apart from what I stated in the video I just haven't been able to get comfortably near marathon pace in my longer runs and I know from experience that if I can't do it in training I won't be able to do it come race day. I think my basic plan for the next six months will be to do one regular long run, over two and a half hours, every week. One speed session and one marathon pace tempo type run. I want to get it so running 3:45 per K is relatively easy and if I can I know I will be able to pull off something special in my next marathon. In the 10K I did today I did about 4:15 per K and it seemed fast and uncomfortable to me. This is due to some general tiredness and lingering injuries. Perhaps some time off and a couple of weeks of real slow jogging, Phil Maffetone style, will do the trick.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

New Half Marathon Report

Excuse the lip syncing, something wrong with my Mac book's video recorder or it with youtube, usually record with my iPhone which never gives me trouble.

Monday, March 03, 2014


Took this Japanese commercial off of Mark Watson's blog. I wanted to keep it here as they have pretty much stopped airing it here in Japan and I thought you'd like the sentiments expressed in it as much as I do.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Core Strength

My glute injury is fading fast. I'm back running again and hope to add some longer runs this weekend. I've been doing the below routine 3 times a week for the past 2 weeks and actually doing something everyday to help with my core strength, glute and hamstring flexibility.

Now if I can only keep this up, the hard part, and take this added power into my next race!

I'll update as I go. Hope you're all well.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Breath of life!

Like I talked about in my last video post I've been laid up in bed for 4 days. Today the doctor diagnosed me with a chest infection and asthma. This condition has me coughing like a demented hyena and it's been like trying to breathe with an elephant sitting on my chest (Got to love the African animal metaphors).

This had me thinking about this "TED" talk by David Blaine. In it he talks about his attempt at the world record for holding ones breath (16 minutes 30 something). Amazing feat and for runners something we should take note of.

We of course need to get in shape by doing what we do, that is running yet we should also get our mind and body in shape by learning how to relax, slowdown our heart-rate and train our bodies to take more oxygen out of our blood. We could, I think anyway, turn this added ability into better races from 5K to the marathon.

I have a touch of exercise induced asthma and a family history of bronchitis so learning to get control of my breathing is doubly important. When I do recover from this I'll get back into the training and start practicing with specific exercises to increase the lung capacity and see if it doesn't help my next marathon attempt.

Below is the talk by David Blaine please enjoy. I think he is a little touched but love the guy and what he is about!


Consistency the key to being consistent.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Personal Worst

Sorry I forgot to mention the time. It was about 1:32...something. Now let's not speak of this again. ;) Thanks too to Rick for the offer of form analysis. While I don't think that is my problem I just might take him up on it if I keep getting these recurring injuries.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

First race of 2014

Had a race today but it ended up more of a good workout than a race. I wasn't able to do what I wanted in terms of time. I got 37.53 and was looking for something in the 35s. Glute minimus/mediu pain and/or tight hamstrings prevented a better time but it's not the end of the world I have basically just got back after the Kobe marathon. December's been a month of fits and starts.

I should be able to run a better race in the Osaka Half Marathon at the end of this month. I've got to keep remembering that my goal race, The Nagano Marathon in April, is the one I'm aiming to do better in and to treat the other "races" more like training runs or at least not get too upset when I run them as such. As you all know, when racing we forget important things like that and always want to do better than we are capable of. Remember too that you have no idea about what your competitors have been doing in training, whether they are peaking or just calling it in for the day, so don't be so proud when beating someone and don't be upset when someone you think you could beat beats you.

Everyone's been past by an unfit looking old dude with really bad running form or past someone young and fit looking that seemed to not touch the ground. The best we can do is try to understand why our race was a good one or not. And as for mine...

I Just checked my splits for that 10K and they tell a sorry story 3:34, 3:36, 3:39, 3:43, 3:44, 3:47, 3:53, 3:51, 3:55, 3:55. To be honest I didn't think I was going that slow at the end, that is a sure sign that you're not racing fit. Those last five 1K splits are around my slow marathon pace! So it seems like I also lack racing fitness on top of everything else. 

I can't over eat and drink during the new year/ Xmas period and expect to get away with it anymore. I can go faster, much faster but I have to remember my age, remember I don't bounce back so well after bingeing. I've also got to simply put in the time on my feet or suffer slower times in racing.

All the best for your training and running this year!

Below are a couple of photos and videos from today.

Note the young lad next to Vince, 2103, is one of my students at University. He did 34.03, shy of his PB by a minute. Good runners everywhere here!