Friday, January 20, 2017

Tokyo Marathon Training Progress


So in case, you haven't noticed, I've been less diligent with my training progress report compared to my previous training season for the Kyoto Marathon last year. Mainly because it's the same old same old pace training on a weekly basis. No nervous butterflies, no immediate worries about meeting the cut off times, no newly discovered profound revelation to share about running.

My beloved, not so well-loved Polar M400 has gone off for servicing since its charging port went haywire on me and could not charge or transfer my running data online. I need my running data! Thankfully I could still fall back on my Runkeeper app to help me track my pace. (provided it doesn't go nuts on me)

ps: Garmin, Polar, Suunto, I am open to reviewing running watches! #noshy

negative split biatches!
On account of a hip and knee injury, I was running based on feeling during my training sessions. If I felt great, I would gun it towards the end. If the pain kicked in, I saw no harm in taking walking intervals to ease out the sore muscles. Better to be safe than sorry.

My LSD training was up to 21km as of 15 Jan. I have scheduled in a 30km LSD session for 29 Jan but since that's Chinese New Year weekend, I won't be surprised if my running partner bails on me.
HALF Marathon 

But I am not as stressed as I was last year. I think my different state of mind is because I am going into this upcoming marathon with the knowledge that I HAVE completed a marathon. I HAVE run 42.195km in similar conditions and survived.

And also because Tokyo Marathon's cut off time is 7 hours as opposed to the Kyoto Marathon's 6 hours. 6 hours time limit was bad enough then just throw in the cut off points along the way and I was eating butterflies throughout my training last year. I am by no means a fast runner nor was I a slow runner. I was a constant runner and that got me through my first marathon.

So my game plan for my first World Major Marathon (probably my only) was to just once again, finish it, get the medal and finisher shirt and still be able to find my way back to my AirBnb after. As they say, shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.

In my case: Moon = AirBnb, Stars = finish line.

My mind works like that.

To end this post, I leave you with this profound quote:

When you're always moving, you will always be ahead of someone.
- Tania Wee -

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