Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Week 1

I just got around to drawing out a "plan" for the 1/2 marathon this week so there is that and I got some new shoes, the Nike Free. I have only run in them twice, just haven't had occasion for them yet. I now have 4 types of shoes, though two of those pairs are looking at retirement in a couple months so I have to keep my eyes peeled for a new pair of "all around long distance" shoes. The Nikes feel ok, but a little.... not supportive. Ha! I guess that is the point though.
I also signed up for the Jinqiao 8k on the 10th of April. Will be nice to race again. I am not thinking this will be a super fun run. Honestly I hate running in Shanghai. The air tastes bad and there is no where that is quiet.
This weeks runs, 12k long run, 5k easy run, 5k intervals, 7k easy run, 4k Indian run. 33kilometers total.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Back At It

Welcome back. It’s been over a year since I wrote anything of note on this blog and I wasn’t really sure what to do with it. Should I scrap it? Should I expand it to include other tales of athleticism such as hiking? I never made a decision and so it has sat here collecting virtual dust.
Since running the Tokyo marathon I considered other races, but I just wasn’t hungry for it. I ran a 10k in the summer of 10’ and in the fall I coached cross country at my school which re-awakened me to regular running. That is not to say that I had quit running, I was still doing a few runs each week, but nothing regular. Then I went home for a time and had to deal with moving to Shanghai which at first was terrible for running as it was around 30C everyday, the sun rose around 4am and the night time was only a couple of degrees cooler, not to mention I was very busy with my new job.
In the fall I volunteered to coach cross country which was great. I had an assistant coach and talking with him and the kids each day was a good experience. I actually learned a bit too, always a good thing. My team did ok, ranking in the middle of schools we competed against, but one notable exception is that one of my girls was the ladies season champion. That was a sweet moment.
Over the winter I continued running, mostly on my treadmill, and I intended to do a half marathon in November. Unfortunately that weekend I was swamped with work and couldn’t do it. That was kind of a let down as I had never backed away from a race before. I kept at it though, but with no goal ahead of me it was kind of hard to take training seriously.
Fast forward to about a month ago and you would find me doing about 20k a week with just a bit of other training. I was asked to coach the long distance runners for the track team and jumped at the opportunity since I had so much fun coaching the CC team in the fall. I didn’t realize that track is a different animal. I felt really out of sorts when at the first practice only a handful of kids said they would distance run and the majority went for field events or sprints. Only a few of the kids from CC came out for track and the best girl only comes occasionally because she joined soccer which practices at the same time. I was also not the head coach so anything I did I had to discuss with someone else. The kids also did not look to me, but the to head coach for final decisions. Not that I am power hungry, it was just different. Since the first practice a lot of the sprinters have reluctantly done long distance training to improve their stamina and there have been a few times when I was the only coach able to make it to practice so my bond with the team has gotten better and I am enjoying it a bit more. Last week we had an informal meet with 4 of the schools we will compete against. Our runners did very well getting 1st places in 7 races and a few other ranks as well. The field events didn’t place. The CC champion girl won the 1500 meter race by 7 seconds, a blowout in track terms. It was a great meet. However, I am looking forward again to CC in the fall and I know that the champion girl will be back so that gives a good backbone to the team.

Back to me, I train with the team which has forced me to do more and more as the weeks go by. I am back up to 25-30k a week with 2 or 3 times a week doing other training. A friend of mine in Japan is doing a ½ marathon this July there and it looks like I will be heading back to help with the cleanup effort in July as well. I asked him to keep me up to date about registration; it looks like I will run that race with him.
So here I am, amping up my weekly miles, a race ahead of me, and I am hungry again. I can feel it. I want to run, hard. I want to push it. I am going to use this blog again in sort of the same way I did last time, as a training journal of sorts. I can use it to keep track of my weekly mileage (kiloage?) and anything else that comes to mind. If you all are reading this, well, welcome and enjoy, but I am writing this for me so sorry if it is a dry read. Here we go.