Wednesday, November 16, 2016

More Training and Research

Training runs on Nov. 14 and 15
These two days were both unflyable, with light rain falling on all of Kyushu on Monday, and strong NW wind on Tuesday, which is also a work day for me.  After sitting behind our computers most of the day Monday working on sponsorship materials, Leanne and I decided to go for a run in the evening, and it was quite enjoyable though we got a little wet and by a small error we ended up running the loop (otherwise one of our favorite MTB trails) in the opposite directions, meeting up again in the deep mountain just as darkness was gathering.

That night I did some research about training, which somehow led me to Pheidippides and ultra-marathons.  Watching some YouTube about the 900 km Sydney-Melbourne race as well as the Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race in New York led to a lot of surprising new information and many things to think about. Thus inspired, on Tuesday we tried to perfect the distinctive 'ultra-marathoner's shuffle' on the pavement section of the run, finding out it worked quite well and it was quite easy to maintain 8 km/h with hardly more impact and only a little bit more effort than walking at 6 km/h.

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