New Running Blog

Just coming to terms having two blogs.

Second and current one is to be found on the following link.

http://www.jon928.wordpress.com

Hopefully that will direct you there.

Purchased a new standard running watch. Something to time my Reps.Image

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Back on the Road again

Two weeks after the Melbourne Marathon I got out of bed to help wife Tamami with her long run. She wanted to run 32km ( actually she wanted to run 37 but I told her that was not smart) so I agreed to run the first 20km with her. Am I a great husband or what!!

Run today was over a fairly hilly course. I found it very easy. Tamami ran the first 20 Km with me and ran well although she struggles on the up sections. But she will get stronger and should run the Macau Marathon in December well.

It was good to get out on the roads and paths today. I am still not 100% but run today was fairly encouraging.

As I write I am watching  a replay of the Melbourne Marathon which I of course ran. The leaders look so strong.Image

Importance of a Recovery run

When you get a bit older ( as I will one day) it’s my belief that a recovery run is a wise move. I am trying to be wise….it is not always easy.

I ran the Melbourne Marathon 12 days ago and last night stepped onto the track for the first time in about two years and ran a 5 Km race. True I did not push myself but I still ran well under 5 minute pace. That is a faster pace than I plod around the streets at in my normal training. Anyway today was the Recovery Run day. I did in fact feel quite good but did not want to do anything much.

Ran my usual 6 Km in light rain. every now and again I felt the pace increase but managed to slow myself down. Not much of a training run it is try but turned my legs over for half an hour or so.

Next race will be a Half Marathon in Macau in December. I will need to find some sort of speed. Not sure how?

Here is a photo of me after today’s run. Not too stressed.Image

 

 

 

What is this Rain word mean?

Looking out the window it was raining heavily. My hammy hurt. Lacked the energy to go running. But then I thought if I take a day off the next thing I know I will be eating desert and joining the caste of The Biggest Loser!

Going up the first hill I felt heavy. I have not weighed my self since the Marathon 9 days ago. I am too scared to see my current weight. Not good I suspect. Thankfully no one out in this weather to laugh at me.

But coming home I actually started to feel OK. Wonky hammy stopped hurting ( actually right knee then started hurting but that does not matter). Because it’s day light savings time here in Melbourne I was not running in the dark. I do run in the rain and the dark ( who doesn’t?) but I can’t say I like it much….but on the other hand I don’t train to like it.

OK I know I am still a bit of a wimp….I wore a cap. But it was the free one I got from the Melbourne Marathon which was a bit heavy and uncomfortable. Not out there to be comfortable.Image

New Goal….new roads to run.

Wife Tamami wanted to run 32 Km ( 20 miles) before breakfast today. I thought about asking if that meant breakfast would be late this morning but instead I offered to run the last 12 with her. 

This morning’s run was pretty good. Took over an hour but that does not matter. I was the pace maker for Tamami and I probably gained power from her pain. She did end up running the last Km quite hard and finished feeling reasonable. Well sort of reasonable.

Melbourne Marathon was the Sunday before last. Eight days ago. I have rested and although my left hammy is hurting a bit and my right quad is still sore I am probably ready to start runniah again.

I think I will pop up to Macau and run a Half Marathon. December 1 st is the day.

Time to start training.Image

A few Hills for fun

Went down to the Beach House for a few days of rest. Ran some hills yesterday. Had forgotten how good hills are. They really hurt. I must get down the beach and run loads of hills over a number a of days. That will be my secret weapon for 2014. Hills build strenght and will power….couple of things I lack. Get to the coast and really run some painful hills. Seems like a fun plan.Image

Slowly recovering for the Marathon last Sunday. For now I am taking it easy.

My hill plan is a secret so please don’t tell anyone.

Friday after Marathon. Feeling good.

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Starting to feel pretty good. Quads hardly hurt at all and sore hammy not too bad. Behind the knee pain seems to have retreated to the back ground. Bruised toe does not cause me too much trouble except at night. Bit of pain in my stomach,but had that before the race.

I seem to be recovering well from the Marathon. Hopefully the race itself will give me a bit of a boost to get on with some more running.

I will go to Japan in a week or so and try and get some fast running done there with my Namban Rengo ( Tokyo Club) team mates.