Back to normal this week. Kate is back to school. All is well in the world. Managed to get my 4 runs in this week including my third go at the Show Mura 1/2 marathon. My friend Nick has a great YouTube channel about his running life in Japan. http://youtu.be/Ou9OQmOR8sU I'm not as techy as he is so I'll let him do the hard work.
I finished the race in 2:16:xx which is down from last years of 1:59:xx. I have my reasons though.
My friends Tawnee Prazak and Lucho at http://www.EndurancePlanet.com/ gave me solid advice about how to run this race in this episode of ask the ultra runner http://ow.ly/2ubmOy Basically they said don't race it. More specifically Lucho told me that with only a month since my marathon the Showa Mura event had the potential to hurt me more than help me and suggested I split it into thirds running each third at a progressively higher heart rate. Zone2, Zone3, Zone4. Great in theory but difficult in practice. The Showa course has a lot of long hills and staying in the prescribed zones often meant walking.
Show Mura on Training peaks