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Friday, January 12, 2007

Jan 11, Thursday, 2007. Happy Birthday to me!

I turned 37 today. 37! It can't be possible. Although my left knee feels about 97.

I did another 90 minute run today. I tried, but it was one of those days when the body refuses to respond. I kicked a bit on the way back and managed to do my usual 90 minute course in 89 minutes - so I guess I'm going OK.

Had a massage at K's today. Sato-san is the name of the massuer. And once again he has worked his magic. My knee feels better than before and I'm going back tomorrow for another go. After that, I'll get a massage once a week until the marathon. And the marathon is only 37 days away! Only 30 days more hard training to go.

I took this picture below when we went to Kyoto two weeks ago - isn't it pretty...


At 9:45 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday! Sounds like the knee is behaving itself to some extent. Was that K's in Ebisu or 'baba?

And it is not 37 more days of hard training. The last seven days have to be very light training. And the week before the last week shouldn't be too hard either. And even the week before that you should be starting to wind back. There are actually no more than about 24 days available for hard training! Just three more weekends for long runs. Sobering when you think about it.

At 10:16 am, Anonymous Ingo said...

Otanjobi omedeto Gordon! And I agree with Steve - a proper taper for a marathon is at least 2 weeks. The longer the race, the longer the taper. Some of the high mileage guys taper for 3 weeks. At least it's not only one week.

If you have been pounding the roads 100+k a week then your body will really need a taper. In reverse, if you did lower mileage you may be ok with a shorter one. Whatever works best for you buddy.

At 10:19 am, Blogger oldsprinter said...

Thanks Steve - I went back to K's in Ebisu. I realised that I trust the young guy there - Sato-san is his name. He fixed my knee last time. At the time I thought it was a fluke, but no one else has made any difference to it. So I'm sticking with him until the marathon at least.

And as for the hard training comment - you read my blog too fast ;) I wrote "And the marathon is only 37 days away! Only 30 days more hard training to go."
But you're right, there's really only 24 days left for the hard training. And I really need to do a 3 hour run.

Oh by the way Steve. I was listening to Dr Karl on ABC Triple J radio doing his science show, and he was called by a food technologist who's speciality helping to improve the 'mouth feel' of beer. For 11 years he's been helping beer companies improve the taste of their beers - not a bad job!

At 10:37 am, Blogger oldsprinter said...

OH, and thanks Ingo too. As I have had no program for my marathon training I can get a bit confused about what to do next.

Peter Coe's marathon plan calls for the final 7 weeks of a marathon training plan to go:

48 miles, 50, 50, 48, 40, 33, 15.

The final week of his program calls for two 'jogs' of 7-8 miles three days before the event.

The anniversary edition of Runners World, however, called for a 3km "sharpening up" run in the final week. 3km at marathon race pace - to remind the legs what they need to do.

I realise I'm still a quite low mileage trainer. I will hit about 110km for this week. I might pay for the low miles at the 35km mark.

At 4:38 pm, Blogger ticktock said...

Happy Early Birthday, looked at your blog for inspiration on Iceland, planning a Charity trek (early!) for 2010, ticktock


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