Fear not my little cherubs for I am still here, running harder and with more purpose than ever before. I have a sneaky suspicion that the upcoming year will again be fruitful as I continue to strive for a sub three, more personal bests and one day a Boston Marathon finishers medal.
I left you last basking in the glory of an unlikely 3.08 Senshu Marathon result and since then a lot has happened. There’s been one major setback but more than one step forward to compensate. As a maturing 51-year-old I wish I had more prime years to run. I reckon I’ve figured out most of the intricacies and secrets to this wonderful sport we simply call running. Something astonishing is about to happen, you’ll see.
The fall. I lovingly named my favourite training course the ‘Katsurazaka loop’. An 11km run that begins with a 240m climb over 4km, mercifully followed by 3km on the flat and then finally a 4km gallop downhill all the way home. It has everything. On the descent I can muster a maximum speed of 3.30 min/km with ease. At night though I never push faster than 4.20 pace and just as well. You see 10 weeks ago, while hurtling downward on the hardened cobbled road, I suddenly found myself flying parallel to the ground. It happened so quickly. I’d tripped on an out of place stone. Time then seemed to stand still which was fortuitous. How should I fall? On my right knee or on my right wrist, elbow and shoulder. Note: nothing broken. Recovery time: one month.
The Katsurazaka streak. Coach Scott Brown recently completed a 37-day running streak. Good on ya mate. In summer here, that’s quite an achievement. Inspired, I decided to run my loop course every day in June after work at around 10.30pm. Over the 30 days I learnt a lot about myself. For example, run through niggles. They are rarely injuries or anything to worry about. Stretching mid-run is vital. Night running is easier than morning running for me anyway and rain never hurt anyone. Physiologically a lot changed. Check out these numbers:
Back home. I’ve been catching up with family in New Zealand. Just one more week remains before I head back to the summer in Japan. I love being here. The Redwood forest, mince pies, cheesecake and corn beef. It’s funny though. The thing I most wanted was to run the roads and tracks I used to. Gosh I’d missed them.