Archive for September, 2011

Easy runs in Tokyo area

Been this week in Japan. It’s becoming a sort of routine to spend every other month a week in China, cialis Taiwan, online Korea or here. Japan differs from the others in the sense it is possible to run outside, mind even in Tokyo area, and not get stuck with treadmills. A decent base camp has been Shin Yokohama. I’ve done every morning easy 5-10K runs around the stadium where they played 2002 World Cup final. Unfortunately a good looking 400m track is fenced and closed. If I understand the plates correctly it is open from 9 to 5. Well, good for the achilles. Anyway, for the next time I have to look for an area with unpaved paths and an open track. There must be plenty of options the further from Tokyo you go.

Published in: Sports, Travels | on September 29th, 2011 | Comments Off

34.35

Results from 2011 Trailblazer Run 10K here. Good conditions, purchase good pacemaking etc. Just my fault I’m no better at the moment. Started out quite fast, pills first mile 5.09. Felt and kicked good like in the “old days”. Two miles 10.32 meaning the first 3K went under 10 minutes and the pace was like 33 mins. Then I lost the touch on the leader Jose Pina and started to slowly fade. Halves around 16.55 and 17.40 should tell enough. In the final never ending mile lost one more position to Jean Pommier (see his detailed race report here) and finished in a time that reflects where I am today. Well, 20 days and 25 secs is ok improvement. The obvious next target is to go sub 34. One month to go?

Published in: Sports | on September 26th, 2011 | Comments Off

Next check point tomorrow

Been training hard and well. Last Wed did 4 x 2K in 6.59, try 6.59. 6.58, buy viagra 6.57 just before the dark. First break 1 min, pharmacy last two more. I’m thinking the local sand track is quite slow. Also done a couple of +1 hr runs, with moderate hills. The last two days off for good. I started to feel some aching in the right achilles after the previous post. Also the leg muscles have been to the limit. Tomorrow morning there’s a 10K race I’ll go to check the pace. If everything feels good I’m expecting to crash 35 minutes with relative ease.

Published in: Sports | on September 24th, 2011 | Comments Off

830m!

That’s the Black Mountain Trail total climb up measured with my old Suunto. Lowest point where it starts is at 150m. After just 10 mins of running you get to 350m level. Yes, drugstore it means 200m vertical in 10 mins! That’s a pretty steep start. All the way up took today 53.30 where the altimeter shows a bit over 850m. The visions are simply great. The climb went one minute faster than last time but in this kind of training one minute doesn’t count much. Total was 1.36 something back at the car. Avg heart rate 156, cialis max 167.

How does this compare to other uphill routes I’ve done? Just behind the bushes PG&E trail stands at 600m. The one I frequented in Montabone was just around 450m. The uphill route in Tilden Park is around 500m when I measured it in 2006. Anyway, decease this one is way more. — To put verticals really in perspective compare these climbs to slalom slopes. In Finland, popular Saariselkä has just maximum 180m vertical. The hardest one is Ylläs, which tops at 450m. Here in California Squaw Valley seems to have 870m…

Yesterday 10K in Bayshore where the Labor Day Run was. It is close to our office so a good place for after-work training. The day before another 10K with some hills.

Published in: Sports | on September 16th, 2011 | Comments Off

Black Mountain Trail


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I think I found the hardest uphill route so far. Took 54.30 to climb from Stonebrook Dr all the way up to Montebello Rd. Total around 1.35. Next time I’ll grab my altimeter with me. It must be way more than 500 meters.

Last week was quite good. Had one time PG&E Trail in 1.02, found Black Mountain Trail and did a 1.11 run to the power line and back. On top of that a couple of c. 10K runs on more flat courses. Total maybe 60K with a lot of uphill and a 10K test run.

Published in: Sports | on September 12th, 2011 | Comments Off