- 総走行距離は短い（1月：236km / 2月：260km）。
It's early and we are almost two months into the year 2023. We are in the middle of marathon season. And I personally have already run two full marathons.
Katsuta National Marathon (Result: 3 hours, 2 minutes, 5 seconds)
This race was a month after Beyond. I ran the race aiming for sub-three, but was unable to endure the ups and downs in the last half of the race and stalled out. However, this was a satisfactory result considering the fact that he was so exhausted just before the race that he was not able to prepare satisfactorily.
Before the race
I did not reduce the frequency of my training, and I did some point practice on the track in the first half of the month. However, the intensity of the training was lower than usual because I was not yet fatigued, so I could hardly say that the training was for improving my running ability.
I did not run long jogs at all, and the only time I ran a long distance at one time was the high-tech half marathon on 1/8 (the result was 86 minutes, which was not too bad). As a result, the distance run in January was 236 km, the shortest distance this season.
The way I spent the time right before the race, including eating and sleeping, was similar to the Beyond and Tsukuba Marathons. This time, I ate a little too much and my stomach felt heavy while running.
During the race
From the beginning of the race, I attacked at a sub-three pace. There were some ups and downs, but I was able to keep a group of runners at the same pace, so things were going well. However, after the half, I started to feel heaviness in my legs. I felt fatigue about 5km earlier than in the previous race, Beyond.
After 30km, the group gradually began to break up. I stayed with the group until after 35km, when I finally had to go it alone. I tried to maintain my speed while calculating my time savings and the remaining distance, but the small ups and downs in the final part of the race completely killed my legs. He ran the last 2km without looking at his watch, but finished about 2 minutes short of the sub-three mark. It was a tough race.
Kyoto Marathon (Result: 3 hours 9 minutes 44 seconds)
A full marathon on the way back home for his wife. It has been 3 weeks since Katsuta. The interval between races was even shorter than the Beyond→Katsuta Marathon. I'm really trying my best just to get rid of fatigue, so I'm running this marathon as training for the Itabashi City Marathon in March. I ran at 80% effort so as not to overdo it, and picked up the pace in the last 5km. I think I achieved my goal.
Before the race
I ran Katsuta as hard as I could, and I jogged most of the first week of February. My left knee and left shin hurt every time I practiced. However, I ran 30 km at the Imperial Palace as a pacer. My private life has been busy in various ways, and I have not been able to practice track almost all the time. I spent anxious days thinking that my cardiopulmonary function was going down.
Then, three days before the race, I arrived in Kyoto on Thursday. On Friday, I took my wife and son sightseeing in Arashiyama, and my back ached a little from carrying my son all day. Although I didn't intend to run as fast as I could, I did a lot of carbo-loading at the wife's parents' house, not wanting to exhaust my energy any further.
It rained the whole day anyway. I waited for a while in the covered seating area of the stadium where the event was held, but there were so many people. As expected of such a popular event (apparently there were 16,000 entries).
An hour before the start time, I prepared to get wet and started to move to the start point to drop off my luggage. I stopped by the restroom, but it was not crowded, so I quickly did my business and waited again at a covered area near the starting point. Here I did some stretching. However, I was urged to line up for the start of the race, which I did reluctantly, even though there was still 30 minutes to go before the race started. After the opening ceremony, the race was about to start.
During the race
The pace was set at 4'30/km, which, I repeat, should be enough to last until the end of the race, so I ran with the idea of enjoying Kyoto first. The roads are wide at the beginning of the race, so there is no jamming at all. It was easy to run and I felt good about it. By the way, the course was like this.
The course took us to Arashiyama, which we had visited the day before, and then back to downtown Kyoto. I wanted to run along the Kamo River, and with my family there to cheer me on, I was naturally excited.
However, the first half of the course was quite hilly, and it was raining. Even though I was running at a slower pace than usual, it was not an easy race. I can maintain the set pace without trying too hard, but with this level of leeway, I would like to see a speed of about 4'15/km. This may be due to the lack of quality and quantity of speed practice since the beginning of this year. I ran with these thoughts in my mind.
In the meantime, I found a family cheering me on and patted my son on the head. This is the kind of thing you can only do on a fun run. It was fun, and I really appreciated the family who came to cheer me on in the rain.
The second half of the race, we went to the Kamogawa riverbed. At first I was excited, but I noticed that the scenery didn't change much during the run, and I started to get bored with the Kamo River early on. I kept thinking, "I can't wait for the Kamo River to end. The point of running today was to speed up and finish the race. I was determined to make it to the next race, so I put all my energy into running. I passed nearly 150 runners and crossed the finish line.
I looked at my LAP and saw that I didn't spend much time under 4'15/km, but I was still able to improve my pace, so that was a good thing. It was uphill at the end. So I was satisfied with the race.
Looking back on January-February and toward the end of the season
So, February is over and March has arrived. We are now approaching the last race of the season. My next target race is the Itabashi City Marathon.
Well, the course is the usual Arakawa River. This is my home course that I have run more than 10,000km in total. The only thing I fear is the wind. I will be facing my last time attack. I would like to somehow make sub-three again here.
Looking back on the past two months
- The total distance run is short (January: 236km / February: 260km).
- On the other hand, I ran three full marathons, including Beyond at the end of the year. Two of them were full marathons. As a result, he is in a constant state of fatigue and pain.
- In addition to the three full marathons, I ran two 30km runs. The distance I run at one time is that much longer. So his distance tolerance should be increasing.
- On the other hand, speed practice is clearly lacking. This is because he is always in a state of damage and has been reluctant to practice at high output. As a result, as I felt in the Kyoto Marathon, there is no room for my heart and lungs when I speed up to sub-three pace.
It was like this. So I know what I have to do in the three weeks between now and the Itabashi City Marathon.
This is all I can do. There is not much time left for high-intensity training.
- Track practice x2 times (at Shonen Park)
- Half marathon 2 weeks before (4'00/km pace)
- 10km pace run (4'00/km pace) 1 week before
At the very least, I will complete this exercise. I am sure that I already have distance tolerance, so I will focus on cardiopulmonary capacity to finish up my body. I will take good care of myself to avoid injury. I will take good care of myself.
See you soon.