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Jan 15, 2018

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Female

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Personal:

Attended Japanese high school and finished in March 2020. Was very lucky to be able to be a member of a very good team of runners at my high school, even though I was injured most of the time and was not able to be much of a contributor. Am currently doing an Engineering internship at a large manufacturer of Automotive transmissions, etc. It is really exciting. In spring of 2021, if COVID-19 has subsided, I am planning to serve an LDS mission, after which I plan to go to college and study Engineering.

Miles:This week: 60.00 Month: 70.00 Year: 232.00
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Had a great trip back to the USA and Seattle, but it also feels great to be back in Japan.  It is really cold here though.

Didn't run a single step while in the USA and I think I must have gained a few pounds.  :)

Official training for track begins on Monday.  I am kind of looking forward to that.

 

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I think I must have cought a cold on the plane.  

Total Distance
6.00

First day of track practice.  I am on the middle distance team and will be running the 800m and sometimes 1500m.  There are 3 members in our group.  In comparison, there are 18 in the long distance group.  They run the 3000m and 5000m.   There is also about 15 girls in the sprinting group 100m to 400m.  That is an indication of where the Japanese place emphasis I think.

Today we had to weigh in.

I was 177 cm and 51 kg.  I think I might be the tallest on the team.

After weigh ins we ran a warm up, then ran 5K at 10K pace (my time was 19:10).

Ran a cool down.

It was cold, but nice and sunny today.

We did some weight lifting after and some core exercises.

 

Total Distance
6.00

Ran an easy warm up, then ran 10 x 400m steep hill sprints.  Walked down the hill between each.  Ended with an easy cool down run.

Total Distance
6.00

Warm up run.

10 x 200m sprints.  We practiced starting from starting blocks.

Cool down run.

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 13:29:24 from 163.248.33.221

Hey Eva! In my opinion, the best way to keep your enthusiasm is frequent racing. Racing will keep you focused and help you renew your interest.

Maybe old guys can plod around every day without racing, but young people thrive on competition.

From Eva Splaine on Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 07:30:34 from 60.46.21.37

Maybe you are right. My last big race was one year ago when I broke my ankle. It has been a long year coming back from that, but I am totally recovered now and getting stronger all the time.

We have our first meet next week. I will be running a 800m and 1500m double.

I am looking forward to that.

Total Distance
3.00

We ran a very easy 3 miles today. 

Total Distance
6.00

Warm up run.

5 x (50m + 100m + 200m + 400m) sprinting.

Cool down run.

Total Distance
6.00

6 miles of easy running.

10 x 50 m sprints all out at the end.

My left achilles is hurting today.  Maybe it is all of the fast sprinting that is getting to it.  It is on the left side, the same side as I had my broken ankle.  Maybe the supporting muscles on that side are still weak so there is too much stress on the achilles.  

I enjoy being on the school team, but the most frustrating thing is not being in charge of my own training.  Sometimes I feel that the workouts are too much, and at other times I don't think they are enough.  I wish I had the option of being able to select my own training to fit how my body is feeling at the time.

Total Distance
6.00

6 miles easy.  Achilles still sore on my left leg.

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6.00

6 miles easy.  Achilles a little better but still feel it.   This weekend is our first track meet.  I am scheduled to run a 800m and 1500m double.  We will be leaving on Thursday to go to the meet.  I am on the traveling team (that is because there are only three of us middle distance runners), but whether I run or not just depends on how my achilles is feeling on the weekend.  Coach says that if my achilles is still hurting on Saturday, this small meet is not worth risking the entire season on it.  It is better to take it easy now. 

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3.00

3 miles easy.

Coach informed me this morning that I won't be going to the meet this weekend.  Also he doesn't want be doing any running for the rest of the week.  Need to get my achilles better.

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0.00

No running today.  The team left today to go to this weekends meet. I was kind of looking forward to going but I need to let my achilles recover.  

Going to a hot spring resort with my mother and step father tomorrow.  Maybe the soak in the hot bath will help my achilles.

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0.00

No running.

My family is at a hot springs resort.  It is great and the baths are wonderful.

I feel very relaxed after soaking in the hot bath.  Maybe a little too relaxed.  When I get out I feel almost like rubber.

This weekend it will be a year since I twisted my ankle and broke my ankle running a 10K race.  It has been a fast year in some respects, and a very long year in other respects.  

I don't know if I will have any kind of an indoor track season with my sore achilles but I am looking forward to the spring track season.  I want to be in top shape by then.

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0.00

I havent run for a long time now.  I am trying to let my achilles heal.  The doctor gave me some bad news and said that it might take a couple of months before I can run again.  I am really discouraged.  Just recovered from one injury to get another injury.  I am seriously considering giving up on competitive running.  I enjoyed running so much more when it was just me against the clock and running how I feel.  I also liked it much better being in charge of my own training and not having to do keep the coach's schedule.  I am just really down right now.

Comments
From Sarah! on Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 09:24:35 from 96.60.205.222

Iím so sorry Eva. I know how discouraging it is to have seemingly one injury after another and also to have to follow a different training protocol than you would maybe like. Competitive running can be really difficult.

Iím not going to say what I think you should do because I know that for some people it really is the best decision for them to be done with competitive running. Several of my teammates decided it wasnít for them anymore, and for one of my best friends who quit (who has run all her life and comes from a family of runners, for whom running meant everything) she decided to be done running collegiately and train on her own. Now she gets to choose how far, how fast, and how often she runs. And to be honest, it was probably the best decision she couldíve made. Being one of the slowest really ate away at her self-esteem and she lost that fire within her to run fast, it became more of a competition to measure up than it did to run fast and do it because she wanted to. And she is a lot happier now that she isnít dealing with the stress of collegiate running.

On the flip side, Iíve been there, too. I know exactly how draining it can be to constantly have to do workouts you maybe donít want to do. I know how it feels to stress out and lose the excitement of running fast, to coast through and hope that someday things will be better. My coach almost cut me from the team, and really, he wouldíve been justified in it. I wasnít helping the team at all, I kept getting injured, I was nowhere near running as fast as I used to. I wanted to quit on more than one occasion because it just wasnít fun anymore. It was just stressful. But when it really came down to it, I realized that this was the best chance for me to accomplish my dreams, that if I chose to run on my own Iíd basically be giving up on those dreams because I just wouldnít have the same opportunities. I could start running in local races, but it just wouldnít be the same.

When it came down to it, I wanted to run fast. I had dreams of my own I hadnít given up on and I needed to learn to believe in myself, push through the rough patches, and continue on despite what my coach or anyone was saying.

For me, the best thing that helped was to actually be injured and forced to stop running for a couple months. I biked instead, and oh I hated it. I just wanted to run. I rebuilt that desire to come back from injury and run fast, to not let it hold me down. To prove that I still had something to show, that I wasnít a lost cause. I doubted myself on multiple occasions, but I determined to never give up. That wasnít and never has been me. I got really depressed actually because in that time it felt like all my efforts had been in vain. I hadnít given up for 2 years of collegiate running and struggling to even be enough, I still came back from my mission overweight and out of shape and had stuck with it where most donít come back, and yet all the hard work Iíd put in still wasnít enough. I wondered why I was putting myself through this, why didnít I just quit? That wouldíve been so much easier. What it comes down to is that I still wanted it. I wanted it bad enough that I would never give up on any opportunities given to me, even if they were out of pity (like I felt my coachís decision to let me on the team anyway was). I honestly believe that if you pick yourself back up and endure through the rough times, even if it feels like weeks, months, or years, or if the end isnít in sight, youíll never regret it. Youíll always learn something, even if you donít achieve what you want. The experience is still unique and when you look back on it youíll always remember the good times. Itís when you stop, when you finally say Iím done and give up, that is a decision you might regret later on.

What I learned to do was to focus on the positives. To learn the reasoning behind workouts, think of the benefits and focus on those. Remind yourself that itís only there to make you stronger, toughen you up. Running isnít easy and it never will be. But as you get stronger and faster youíll accomplish things you once thought was impossible. Even if that was to just stick it out a little longer. And that is the greatest reward in my opinion.

Anyways, you know yourself better than anyone. If you honestly believe that being done with competitve running is whatís best for you, then be done and donít linger on it. Like I said, my friend is a lot happier now that sheís done. It relieved a load of stress from off her shoulders. She misses it, but sheís running local races and gets to choose her own training and only does what she wants to. But if you can find within you the joys and excitements of running while still running competitively, Iíd encourage you to do that. If you can stay excited and positive about what youíre doing, youíll always be able to press forward. It can still be you against the clock if you let go of the competition side of it. If you focus on your own goals and efforts. You may not be able to change the training, but you can take each workout as a task that will strengthen you. Get excited about what you can do. Take each day one at a time and one day, the training wonít feel so difficult. I used to be stubborn and want to do higher miles and slow paced recovery runs because thatís what I was used to. My college coach has a different approach, and just because itís different doesnít mean itís wrong. I was the one that needed to adjust. I needed to humble myself and trust that the training we were doing had benefits and would get me where I wanted to be.

Sorry that was so long. Whatever you decide, I will fully support you. Running competitively isnít worth it if it only stresses you out and makes you depressed. But it is worth it if you can get past all of that and focus on the positive. I just want you to be happy :)

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I hadn't had any severe pain in my achilles tendon for about a week when I walk, so I decided to try and jog today.  That lasted about 5 steps.  As soon as I started to run, there was a sharp pain in the achilles.

I wish it would hurry and heal.  :(

Comments
From Eugene on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 13:41:44 from 73.58.34.45

I had a minor achilles issue when I was about your age. I wanted to run super badly, but taking time off to recover and let it heal is better than trying anything too early and lengthening the time it'll take to get better.

Don't forget to stretch!

From Eva Splaine on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 14:52:21 from 77.111.246.46

Thanks for the advice Eugene. Nice to see you back.

From Eugene on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 16:04:33 from 73.58.34.45

good to be back!

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I hadn't felt my achilles pain much until today, but it started hurting today, so I decided I won't try running on it until next monday.

Saw the movie "Crazy Rich Asians" today for the first time.  It was funny, but the best part of the movie were the scenes of Singapore,  It brought back lots of good memories.  What a fun place it is.

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2.00

I tried running today after taking a few weeks off because of my left achilles tendon.

The first 50 meters I could feel the tendon, and I depated about calling it quits, but instead I decided to change my running form.  Instead of pushing off with the calf muscles, I ran by lifting my knees and driving forward with my knees.  This caused me to have to take short faster strides, but it felt good and there was no pain in my tendon after that.

It is amazing how fast you can get out of shape.  I was really breathing hard after 2 miles.   I will try this distance this week and gradually work up from there.

I may try doing some jump roping this week as well.  Oddly enough, jumping rope doesn't seem to bother my achilles.

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2.00

Another easy 2 miles.  Had no pain at all today in my achilles.  

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2.00

Two miles in the rain.  It was warm today, 20C!!  Felt my achilles a little today so I went quite slow.  After it was warmed up the pain went away, so the last mile I picked up the pace a little.  

 

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2.00

Ran 2 miles.  Today was the best run so far this week.  No pain at all in the achilles and I pushed it a little today.  I am getting anxious to increase the mileage, but I am not going to make the mistake of increasing too fast, or I will be right back on the injured list again.  I will continue with 2 miles this week and increase the mileage next week.

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0.00

No running today because of bad weather.  Did some cross training and weights.

Total Distance
2.00

Another 2 mile day.  Next week I will increase this to 3 or maybe more depending on how I feel.  I haven't had much pain in my achilles recently.  The worst is when I get up in the morning.

Comments
From Burt on Sat, Feb 23, 2019 at 14:07:40 from 70.176.85.97

Nice job, Eva.

From Eva Splaine on Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 09:33:55 from 108.61.201.170

Thank you Burt.

Total Distance
4.00

Ran 1 mile for a warm up to make sure my achilles was okay.  Felt no pain, so ran 2 miles in 14:15.  Then finished up with 1 mile very relaxed.  Felt really good running today.  We got our schedule for track today.  I am a little excited.

Also did some skipping rope.  The way we did the skipping rope was like running in place while skipping the rope.  We did it as fast as we could for 1 minute, then 30 seconds rest.  We did that 4 times.  I was surprised how tired I got.

Total Distance
4.00

Did pretty much the same workout today as yesterday.

Started off with an easy mile to get my achilles warmed up and ready to go.

Then ran 2 miles in 13:55.  Felt a lot easier and much better than yesterday.  

Finished off with an easy mile.

I think I will continue doing this for the rest of this week and see how things go, an then next week will start adding in some faster stuff.

I am not really sure how to train for the 800m and 1500 m.  There are three of us on the team that are going run those distances.  The distance coaches are working with the long distance people, and we are under the direction of the sprinting coaches, but they have pretty much left us on our own.  

Total Distance
4.00

The same workout again.

1 mile slow to warm up.

2 miles in 13:07.  I have been trying to run the two miles a little faster everyday.  I have already come down more than a minute from Monday.  I don't know how much I will be able to bring my time down without having to change gears and speed things up.  Right now I have been staying in a comfort zone.

Finished off with 1 mile slow.

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4.00

Same workout again.

1 mile warm up.

2 miles in 12:43 (was able to run it a little faster again today).  I think that is going to be the limit without having to change gears.  

1 mile cool down.

Did some rope skipping later.

I have really been thinking about how to train for running the 800m and 1500m.  None of the three of us really knows what to do.  We have not been getting much guidance from our coaches.  We are under the direction of the sprinting coaches, but they just tell us to go for a long run.  It seems to me that since 1500m is the longest we will be running, doing long distance runs is not going to be that helpful.  It seems to me that we need to be doing more fast stuff.  

 

Comments
From Sarah! on Thu, Feb 28, 2019 at 22:06:11 from 96.60.205.222

I would think itís more beneficial to have a couple faster workouts a week than to just do distance runs.

Oooh buckle up Iím about to shed some knowledge ;)

HOW TO PREVENT INJURIES THROUGH FITNESS TRAINING (as learned in my classes and running under two different coaches/programs- high school and collegiate -for a grand total of 7 years)

Firstly, follow periodization, which includes a transitional stage. This is the off-season. Get away from the sport, so cross-train or just take off. This lasts a couple weeks and gives your body time to recover and relax, which also gives you the best chance of not burning out. Next comes the preparatory stage. Distance runs are great to build up base mileage in the first part of the preparatory stage, phase 1 of training. In this phase, your focus is on hypertrophy of the muscles and increasing endurance. High volume, low intensity. Then the second part of the preparatory stage, phase 2, intensity and volume should be balanced. Both should be at a moderate level. So instead of just long distance runs, start doing a tempo, pickups or hills of some sort. But no speedwork. Quicken the pace and get your legs moving. This phaseís focus is strength. Then phase 3 of the preparatory stage is in season. The focus here is power. Less volume, higher intensity. This is where speedwork comes in. You have the base/endurance already, youíve built up strength, now you want to be able to generate force quickly.

The next stage of periodization is competition. This is the end of the season, conference championships/state/nationals whatever that may be for you. Now that the work is done and youíre in your best shape, you race your hardest :)

Improving muscular strength (I.e. weight training, core exercises, rehab/physical therapy) will help with running because although endurance is huge, the strength must be there too especially in events like the 800 and 1500. And increasing muscle strength certainly helps prevent and recover from injury.

A major focus for us runners is cardiovascular training - heart and lungs. To improve cardiovascular endurance, you may do intervals (a period of high intensity, rest, high intensity - aka speedwork on the track), continuous (easy, long, continuous - your long runs, tempo runs, our percentage runs here at SUU, etc), and fartlek (a mix of the both - I.e. pickups. ďSpeed playĒ in Swedish)

I hope this was somewhat helpful. As for you right now, if I were you Iíd definitely be doing some form of speedwork. Tempo runs, fartlek/pickups, hills, track intervals. But remember that rest is very important. You will not receive the benefits of training unless you allow time for your body to recover and rebuild. Ive been taught in classes that 48 hours between intense workouts is best. My college coach loves to do 3-4 days of ďeffortĒ in a row, which I guess is a more intense way of breaking us down, but we typically get a lot of recovery time after those weeks to build back up, for like a week with only one workout in there I think.

Take what you will from what Iíve learned, I hope it helps :)

From Sarah! on Thu, Feb 28, 2019 at 22:25:54 from 96.60.205.222

Also, just from my experience of running in college - at SUU we have 2 different groups, the 800/1500 group and the 1500/5k group. The 800/1500 group workouts are typically shorter and faster than the 1500/5k group. More focused on turnover/power/speed. The 5k group is longer/slower paced. Still quick, but a pace you can hold for a longer period of time. Both groups typically do the same tempo runs. Endurance is still important for mid-distance. But more focused on strength/speed

So, for example, on track days the 800/1500 group will do 5x500s really focusing on switching gears the last 100 instead of coasting through. On the same day the 1500/5k group will do 8x1000s, sometimes focusing on switching gears in the last 200 sometimes not. Or 800 group will do 12-16x400s at 75-80 and 5k group will do 20-25x400s starting slow at 86-88, then getting faster each set and only the last set is 75-80. Our coach has all sorts of whack combinations that depend on the upcoming competitions we have. Hope that helps or gives you some direction

From Eva Splaine on Fri, Mar 01, 2019 at 08:45:58 from 108.61.201.170

Sarah, Thank you SOOO much for this information. I have taken several notes of the things you have written and will be working on a training schedule over the weekend. Then I will try and discuss it with our coach next week. The 800/1500m runners (three of us) are under the direction of the sprinting coaches. They have just left us on our own basically. We do weight training with them but other than that, coach tells us just to go for a long run. We are kind of the misfits on the team.

With your helpful tips we will come up with a plan and get approval from coach next week.

Thanks again Sarah!! Your are the GREATEST!

Total Distance
4.00

1 mile warm up.

2 miles in 13:01. ( A little slower than yesterday.  It was raining hard during the run, so that might have been the reason for the slower time, plus I was not too excited to be out running in the rain.  It was warm though, about 14C.)

1 mile cool down.

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0.00

I have been looking at our track meet schedule.  We have some small meets, then we have some qualifying meets for qualifying in the Prefectural Championship meet.  Those who do well in the Prefectural Championship meet move on to the Regional Championship meet, and those who do well there get to run in the National Championship meet.

In looking at last years time, the top eight times ranged from:

Prefectural Championship Meet (Kanagawa Prefecture)

800m:   2:13.77 to 2:15.71

1500m: 4:26.90 to 4:34.22

 

Region Championship Meet (Kanto Region)

800m:   2:09.91 to 2:20.09

1500m: 4:24.42 to 4:28.83

 

National Championship Meet

800m:   2:07.98 to 2:13.11

1500m: 4:17.17 to 4:20.72

Those are the times I have to aim at.  I think I might have a good chance of making it to the Prefecture meet.  After that I am not sure.

The first qualifying meet will be on April 13, and then another meet on April 20, 21.  I need to get ready by then.

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0.00

Rainy day here today.  Staying home and watching the Tokyo Marathon on TV.  It is cold and wet, I would hate to be running this this weather.

Total Distance
4.00

Ran 4 easy miles today.  I haven't been feeling well the last couple of days.  Must have gotten a stomach bug from somewhere.

Total Distance
13.00

AM: Ran an easy 7 miles at about 8 min per mile pace. I am just going to do easy running for the next while and try to increase mileage. I will try to run more later.

PM: Ran another easy 6 miles.  It is really hot here now.  It was 92 and very humid when I ran.  Reminded me of Singapore.

A big congrats to Manami chan and Mei chan for going 9:22.28 (average of about 5:00/mile) and 9:33.64 (average of 5:06/mile) in the 3000m at the prefecture championships and getting 1st and 3rd place, and also qualifying for the District Championships.

Total Distance
13.00

AM:  Ran 7 miles again this morning.  Ran the first 3 miles at about 8:00 per mile, then ran the next 3 miles at about 7:30 per mile, and finished with a very easy mile for a cool down.   Will do some easy running later today.

PM: 6 miles easy

Total Distance
15.00

AM:  Ran 3 miles at about 7:30 per mile, then ran the next 3 miles at about 7:20 per mile.  Ended with an easy one mile cool down.  Will try to do an easy run later today.

PM:  Ran an easy 8 miles.  It was cloudy and cool when I started, but the sun came out from behind the clouds, and I was roasting by the end.

Comments
From Eugene on Wed, May 29, 2019 at 06:51:35 from 73.58.34.45

What's your mileage been like this track season? I don't not condone mileage just about ever, but it's always better to play it safe if you're bumping mileage up.

My personal opinion is the optimal way is to add 10 more miles per week unless you feel overexerted by your current mileage, but sometimes I have trouble just adding 10 a week :-)

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10.00

AM: Ran 10 very easy miles through Chinatown, and then through the Englsih Rose Garden.  Took time to look at the flowers.  I needed the easy run today.  The increased mileage has been taking its toll.

I have been getting the same amount of sleep, but I have been so sleepy and tired the last couple of days.  I think it is because of the extra mileage.

 

PM:  Did some core and stretching.

Comments
From Nora Jo on Wed, May 29, 2019 at 18:26:53 from 73.102.192.105

Good mileage this week. It's nice to see you posting again!

Total Distance
15.00

AM: Ran 10 x 1000m repeats this morning.  They were all run fairly easy.  I don't want to do anything too fast or too hard during my building phase.

I ran the first 1000m as kind of a warm up, and ran  it in 5:15.  The following repeats, I tried to run each one progressively faster up to repeat 5, then run them progressively slower again up to repeat 10.  I tried various stride lengths and cadences to find one that felt the best for me.

I was surprised with repeat No. 9.  I was aiming at 4:50.  The stride length and cadence that I ran this repeat at was very comfortable and easy.  I was so surprised to come in at 4:14.  I think I need to commit that cadence to memory. 

Even though the goal was to come back to 5:00 on the last repeat, I was not comfortable in going that slow.  Ended with a slow cool down.

I love 1000m repeats, and this was a SUPER fun workout.  I will try to run more later in the day.

1000 meter Repeats Time
No. 1 5:15
No. 2 4:31
No. 3 4:19
No. 4 4:00
No. 5 3:45
No. 6 3:50
No. 7 4:15
No. 8 4:29
No. 9 4.14 **
No. 10 4:44

PM: 8 easy miles with Jun chan.  We talked about boys and things and had a good time.

Total Distance
14.00

AM: Very slow and easy 7 miles at about 8:00/mile pace.

PM: Did another 7 miles slow.

Tomorrow I am going to write a summary of my thoughts on this weeks training.  I am just glad that the week is finally finished.  I made my goal of 80 miles, but I don't think I was quite ready for it yet.

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0.00

Last week I set the goal to run 75 miles, and ended up actually running 80 miles.

At the first part of the week I was feeling a lot of muscles stiffness around Tuesday, but by Thursday most of that began to disappear.  Even though I was able to reach my goal, I have decided that at my current level of fitness, a distance of about 50 miles a week is probably more realistic.

The reason for setting this goal, was just to see if I still had it in me to do that much mileage.  Accomplishing the goal has given me a lot of confidence, however, I am not convinced that putting in so much mileage is actually the best way to train.  I have decided to list what I consider to be some of the advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages:

1. Pace is slower and easy, so there seems to be less impact and shock on the body.  Maybe this helps in less injury.

2. During afternoon runs, my body was tired and forced itself to relax and run in the most economic way.  Learning that relaxed and economic form of running may help even when running faster during shorter distances.

3. Putting in the long distance has given me running confidence and I feel like I can do anything, from short sprints to a marathon.

4. Lost over 1 kg during the week.

Disadvantages:

1. Runs are at a pace slower than race pace, so I don't know whether or not the body is being trained to go faster, or just becoming capable of going a slower pace.  I was afraid of doing anything too fast, because I though it would prevent me from running as long as I wanted. 

2. Running mornings and afternoons takes up a lot of time.  I had to sacrifice spending time with my boyfriend and other friends.  Had a couple of disagreements with my boyfriend about it.

3. The extra distance caused me to be sleepy and tired all the time, even though I was getting the same amount of sleep at night.

There are probably more advantages and disadvantages than these, but these are the ones that came to mind.

In my training, I will go back to maybe 50 miles a week. and gradually increase the mileage from there.  I will do a couple of harder workouts during the week to keep my body accustomed to go at race pace.  I will also add some faster shorter strides and the like to try and develop a faster turn over.  By gradually increasing the distance at no more than 10% each week or every 2 weeks, I think I will be able to train my body to handle faster running even when I begin to do more mileage.  I will also try to listen to my body, so as not to risk getting injured. And most important, I must find a way to be able to make sure I don't neglect my boyfriend, friends and family.

 

Comments
From Nora Jo on Sat, Jun 01, 2019 at 18:29:19 from 73.102.192.105

Pros and cons is a beneficial strategy. It appears that you have a well-thought out plan. Boyfriend, friends, family, and health are all legit reasons!

From Sarah! on Sat, Jun 01, 2019 at 20:14:44 from 174.208.5.60

Welcome back, Eva! Itís great to see you blogging again, Iíve been thinking about you. Great job on hitting 80 miles! Thatís a lot for one week. I love how well youíve thought out your training.

I have had some experience with both approaches of training and I think both are great and work well. I love how youíve listed the positives and negatives. I think your plan is awesome and will definitely help you to get where you want to be while still balancing the other parts of your life.

Higher mileage at a fast pace can definitely make you stronger. Iíd recommend to be careful not to overtrain or do too much too soon though. It can cause a burn out or injury. So Iíd say listen to your body and if you feel you can handle increasing mileage the next week, do it. But donít be afraid to back off a little at times when if you feel like it would help.

Everyone is built different and some people can handle going higher miles at a fast pace while others canít. My coach individualizes training so that we can do what is best for us. Some of my teammates past/present can handle going 14-16 miles a day at a faster pace while others who hold school records in shorter events cannot. My coach has said with some athletes the difficult part is finding that sweet spot where the mileage is just right for the intensity we train at.

But I love the higher intensity, less mileage approach :) I feel itís made me stronger and more mentally tough than when I was doing the other approach in high school. I like your plan and I hope it works well for you, and I hope that you can find your own ďsweet spotĒ :)

From Eugene on Sat, Jun 01, 2019 at 21:44:34 from 73.58.34.45

great way to look at pros and cons eva. I totally agree with Sarah, running is different for everyone. however, as someone whoís always been higher mileage i can tell you from experience that itís a lot easier to increase mileage if you sacrifice workouts for a couple of weeks. your body will become acclimated after 2 or 3 weeks and itíll feel normal, but it takes a lot out of your legs like a workout would, which is why itís hard to increase mileage quickly and do workouts - itís like twice the workouts. so obviously your body has trouble handling it. the approach of increasing gradually while doing workouts works as well though, iím just personally more fond of the former method as someone who loves running as much as possible - id rather just do 200 miles a week if it would give me crazy 5k fitness(and if my body could handle it!)

like Nora said, itís important to save time for your relationships, a lot of people would say thatís the most important thing you can have in life.

From Eva Splaine on Sun, Jun 02, 2019 at 15:07:20 from 108.61.201.170

Thanks everyone!!!

Its great to be back posting on the blog, and I really appreciate everyone's comments. Everyone helping each other out is what I like most about the FRB.

From Eugene on Sun, Jun 02, 2019 at 19:08:06 from 73.58.34.45

Just noticed what you said about being tired. When you run more you need more sleep for your body to recover.

Total Distance
14.00

AM: I ran an easy warm up, and then because Eugene mentioned on his blog the other day that he loves Fartlek and finds it one of his favorite training methods, I decided to do some Fartlek today. I did it for about 6 miles or so. Finished off with a mile cool down.

 

PM: 6 easy miles

Comments
From Eugene on Sun, Jun 02, 2019 at 19:02:52 from 73.58.34.45

I find that the best way to utilize fartleks is to supplement them into the everyday running. It shouldn't be too much of an exertion of effort, just sort of striding out on the run whenever you feel like it. You do have to be pretty fit to do that on a day-to-day basis though. Actual fartlek workouts are good too. Keep it up Eva!

Total Distance
0.00

Leaving very early this morning for a school trip to Okinawa.  Will be gone for 4 days, so don't know if I will be able to run at all during the trip.  Will take some running clothes just in case.

Total Distance
0.00

Returned home from Okinawa last night.  Had a wonderful trip.  It was amazing and so beautiful in Okinawa.  It was very different from this part of Japan where I live.

I was going to run while I was there.  The hotel had a sports gym with a treadmill, but students were not allowed to go to the sports gym or the simming pool. Also I was told I could not go running out on the road.  I kind of understand, because the school doesn't want to be responsible in the case that something happens.

I was going to run this morning, but it was raining so hard, so I haven't run since Monday.  I will have to start at it again on Monday.  It is the rainy season here now, so there is rain in the forecast everyday next week.  I hope I will be able to get some running in.

Comments
From Eugene on Fri, Jun 07, 2019 at 16:32:26 from 73.58.34.45

is a simming pool the japanese version of a hot tub? a sort of "simmering pool" if you will. :)

From Eva Splaine on Fri, Jun 07, 2019 at 18:19:35 from 108.61.201.170

:) Sorry---I meant to write swimming pool.

Total Distance
0.00

Very heavy rain today, so no running.  It seems like forever since I ran the last time.

Total Distance
9.00

AM:  Had planned a good workout for today but was stopped by the rain again.  There was a slight mist when I started and I thought I would be okay, but after a mile warm up it started raining and then gradually turned into a downpour.  I ended up doing only 3 miles, but was completely soaked when I got home.

 

PM: 6 easy miles.

Total Distance
10.00

AM: Was raining hard again this morning so no running.  I wish I had access to a treadmill.  Will try to do some running later if the rain stops.

PM: 10 easy miles.

Total Distance
11.00

AM: I was finally able to do a good workout. this morning.  The goal was to do 3 x 2 miles at about 12 minutes.  I ran this workout with Mai chan.  My times were:

No. 1 No.2 No. 3
12:21 12:05 12:18

Unfortunately, I was not able to reach my goal time, but I am confident that if I can lose some weight and get down to a good racing weight, and also improve my aerobic fitness, I should be able to greatly improve on these times.

PM: 3 easy miles.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 8 easy miles.

I am feeling a little muscle soreness today.  Mr. Pachev from the blog told me about eccentric contraction exercises so I have started doing them every other day.  I think my muscles are sore from that.  We have our ekiden team physical exams today.  I hope I have no problems.  

PM: 8 easy miles.

Total Distance
0.00

It is raining very hard here today.  Probably will rain all day, so no running.

I wish I had access to a treadmill.

 

Total Distance
0.00

We received sad news last night that my grandmother passed away.

My mother and I were planning to go to the USA in July, but we will be leaving tomorrow instead.

 

Comments
From Holt on Sat, Jun 15, 2019 at 16:00:10 from 71.37.84.74

very sorry for your loss

From Sarah! on Sat, Jun 15, 2019 at 21:56:40 from 70.34.15.176

Iím so sorry for your loss, Eva 😔

From Eva Splaine on Sun, Jun 16, 2019 at 15:00:49 from 108.61.201.170

Thank you Mr. Holt, and thank you Sarah.

Total Distance
0.00

Arrived back in Japan.

Total Distance
6.00

Did a 1 mile warm up. Then did 6 x 800m @ 2:45 pace with 200m recovery between. Finished off with some easy running.

Total Distance
9.00

AM: 1 mile warmup, then 5 miles @ 6:30 pace. Recently this pace feels very comfortable to me, so I think my fitness is starting to return.

PM: Very easy 3 miles

Total Distance
9.00

9 easy miles. Didn't wear a watch on this run. I just wanted to run for enjoyment.

Total Distance
9.00

AM: Short warm. Then ran 5K @ 18:30. This was at 80%. I know that I can go under 18 minutes, but I am getting a little discouraged because the girl on our ekiden team that graduated last year ran about 19:47 for 6K, and I am still not anywhere near that yet. Easy running after.

PM: 3 miles easy

Total Distance
3.00

AM: I guess the jet lag and lack of sleep recently caught up with me today. I was unable to get up this morning.

But I guess that meant I probably needed the sleep more than the run. I don't generally sleep in or have problems getting up early, but today I just couldn't wake up.

PM: 3 easy miles.

Total Distance
9.00

AM: 6 miles of fartlek. Felt good!

PM: Easy 3 miles

Total Distance
11.00

AM: Did a mile warm up. Then ran 5K at 100%. I gave it everything I had. My time was 17:11 (3:36, 3:24, 3:23, 3:26, 3:22). This was a big PR for me. I am pretty sure the distance is close to being accurate, because where I run it is a running course that is marked every 1K. Anyway I had absolutely nothing left at the end. Ended off with a 1 mile cool down.

PM: Ran an easy 6 miles.

This evening, my hips and back are really hurting. Especially, when I lay down, the ache is so bad I cannot sleep. I hope I didn't hurt myself today. I really gave it everything I had.

I felt good about the time today, but that is still not good enough to make our A team for Ekiden. With one of the members from the Ekiden graduating last year, there is one spot open. She ran the 6K leg of the race. There is a 6K, 4.1K, 3K, 3K, and 5K leg. I don't know if any of the other existing members will move up to fill the 6K spot, or if the 6K spot will be open. It doesn't really matter. I am not fast enough yet to fill any of the spots yet. They are all averaging about 3:20/1K or faster. I still have 1 1/2 month before our official team workouts start for Ekiden.

Comments
From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Jul 15, 2019 at 17:18:29 from 76.8.216.2

Congratulations on a 5 K PR. This is good enough to get into a good number of US colleges. What are your plans after you graduate from high school?

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 13:20:11 from 192.168.1.1

Another thought - if you cannot outrun your competition, you can try to outlast it. Which means if you train reasonably applying a moderate effort, and are wise about recovery, you make gradual improvements without getting injured. Your competition in the meantime makes mistakes in training and recovery and one by one disappears as they fall victim to injuries and/or burnout. Eventually your times become good enough to win something somewhere.

From Eva Splaine on Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 14:01:14 from 108.61.201.170

After graduating from High School, I am not sure if I will enter a university immediately after graduation, or work for a while to save some money.

I plan on serving an LDS mission, so I would like to save some money for that.

The universities that I am interested in are: BYU (the tuition there is attractive and I am interested in it because it is a church school). University of Washington because our home in the USA is in Seattle, University of Illinois (because my Grandfather is in Champaign-Urbana Illinois and I could live with him while going to school).

After this coming Ekiden season in Japan is finished, my competitive running career will also come to an end. Right now I don't plan on running in College (that could change though, never know).

Your advice about training is good! I have been in the "train hard and get injured" situation. I am just getting back into serious training again after almost two years being injured with a broken ankle and achilles problems. I will try to follow your advice.

Also, a little over a month ago you mentioned to me about eccentric contraction exercises. I have been doing them everyday for over a month now, and I feel they have really made a difference in my running.

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 16:00:22 from 192.168.1.1

It is wonderful that you want to serve a mission. Somehow I missed the news that you got baptized. Or were you planning on getting baptized in the future and then serving a mission?

Total Distance
9.00

AM: Was very sore from yesterdays's run, so ran an easy 3 miles.

PM: Felt a little better this afternoon, so ran 6 miles easy.

Total Distance
9.00

AM: 6 easy miles. Still feel tired from Monday's run.

PM: 3 miles easy.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 miles at 7:00 per mile pace.

PM: 6 miles easy.

Total Distance
13.00

AM: 10 miles easy.

PM: 3 miles easy.

Total Distance
15.00

AM: Short warm up, then 20 x 300 meters @ 60 seconds, then 10 x 100 meter sprints. Ended with a cool down run.

PM: 5 easy miles

Total Distance
15.00

AM: This week is the beginning of Summer Recess from school. Did an easy warm up, then 3 x 2000m @ about 6:50. 1000 m recovery run in between. Ended with a cool run to get 10 miles. Felt really good today.

PM: Ran an easy 5 miles.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 easy miles.

PM: 6 easy miles. My left ankle was sore toward the end of the afternoon run. It is the same ankle that I broke. I am a little (actually a lot) worried about it. I think this time it feels more like a tendon and not bone. But I think I will try to take it easy for a few days. I don't know why my left angle and leg are so weak. It is the one I broke. It is also the one that I had achilles problems with.

Tomorrow I start a summer internship working for a company that makes bearings, gears, automobile transmissions etc. I will be working in the Engineering department. My science teacher at school arranged this for me. What I will mainly be doing is to write correspondence in English to overseas customers etc. The pay is not so good, but the learning experience should be great.

I will have to arrange my running schedule to correspond to the work schedule. I will only be working 3 days a week for 4 hours a day, so it is not an awful lot. The transportation time to and from takes time though.

Total Distance
10.00

AM: 5 very easy miles. My ankle was still hurting today. I am sure it is tendons just in front of the ankle that are sore. On Monday I wore racing flats during my morning workout and maybe my feet were not ready for it.

Started my internship today. I didn't really have much to do, today mainly had a tour of the office. It is very interesting how all of the departments in the company work in coordination to solve problems. I will be working in the Engineering Division II, which engineers continuously variable transmissions. Even though I didn't have much to do today, I am mentally exhausted.

PM: 5 very very easy miles. I think maybe tomorrow my foot will be bak to where I can run normal again. If not I will take another very easy day.

Comments
From Eugene on Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 08:13:09 from 73.58.34.45

Make sure to get some good stretching in both before and after your runs. It does wonders for getting the muscles ready to run/relaxing the muscles after. Hope this turns out to be nothing.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 easy miles

PM: 6 easy miles. I think I will just be doing easy runs this week, to make sure that there is nothing serious with my ankle. Felt very good today. I think I just strained some tendons.

I was very shocked today when I came on the blog and saw that Mr. Murphy has disappeared from the blog.

He meant a lot to me. He was the first to welcome me to the blog and always had very good advice for me. I will really miss him. I hope his knees heal quickly so that he will be able to return to running again.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 easy miles before going to my job.

PM: 6 easy miles. Left ankle is feeling better. Today I felt a similar pain in my right ankle, so I think the problem is due to tendons. Maybe running over uneven surfaces is the cause. Maybe I need new shoes.

Total Distance
13.00

AM: Short warmup, followed by 10K in 38:20 (best time in long time). I wasn't going to go hard today, but I felt so good during my warmup run, that I changed plans.

PM: 6 miles easy. I have lost 15 pounds since the end of track season. I just wonder how much better I could have done during track if I had been lighter then.

Well, I had a good mileage week this week. I think this is ideal mileage for me.

Comments
From Eugene on Sat, Jul 27, 2019 at 03:28:59 from 73.58.34.45

Great job this week Eva!

Total Distance
6.00

AM: Slept in so didn't have time to run before going to work. Made some mistakes at work and my supervisor had to talk with me. I felt really bad. I am still learning so many things and it is hard to learn it all so quickly. PM: Ran 6 miles easy. It was good for relieving some stress. Didn't realize working could be so stressfull.

Comments
From Eugene on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 18:31:26 from 73.58.34.45

Welcome to the reality of work! It's good you feel bad about the reprimanding. It means you care.

Total Distance
13.00

AM: Ran an easy warmup, then ran 5K in 17:24 (not a PR, but felt fast). Easy cool down. I think the extra rest the last couple of days did a lot for me. I will try again for a PR in a couple of weeks. I have one month to get my 5K time as low as I can if I hope to have a chance to get on the A team.

PM: 6 miles very easy

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 easy miles with some striders at the end.

PM: 6 easy miles

Total Distance
16.00

AM: Ran about 10 miles with Jun chan. It was supposed to be an easy run, but Jun chan kept pushing the pace. I love running with her. She is my favorite teammate. She is the nicest person, and I think she is probably the hardest working member on the team. She always arrives early and warms up with stretching, plyometrics etc. I keep telling myself that I also need to do that, but I am too lazy. We will both be competing for the empty spot on the Ekiden A team. I think Jun chan is ahead of me right now. I think her 5K PB is somewhere around 16:58 or so. Mine is 17:11. Jun is such a nice person that i would not feel bad if I lost out to her. With all of her hard work, she deserves it. PM: 6 miles easy.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 easy miles. Started off at 8:00/mile pace and worked down to 7:20. Felt very easy.

PM: 6 miles

Now that it is summer vacation from school, I have been getting to bed too late at night. It is starting to show. I need to start getting to bed earlier.

Comments
From Eugene on Fri, Aug 02, 2019 at 12:11:20 from 174.223.136.127

iím surprised you can stay up that late with that kind of mileage, when iím doing high mileage by 9 or 10 iím usually on the verge of passing out.

From Eva Splaine on Fri, Aug 02, 2019 at 16:32:59 from 108.61.201.170

If it weren't for being able to take long naps on the days that I don't have to work, I would be totally dead now. I have been getting to bed about 1AM, but that needs to come to an end.

Total Distance
12.00

AM:  6 miles easy.   My mother had a talk with me today about losing weight.  She is afraid that I have been losing too much weight.  I am not partlicularly trying to lose weight, but I think the mileage I have been running recently just results in it.  I am still eating a lot.  My mother is afraid I might develop an eating disorder.  She says it happens to lots of runners.  I am sure I am fine.  Like I said I have not been dieting or doing anything special to lose weight, it is just happening due to the extra running.

PM: 6 Miles easy

Comments
From Eugene on Sat, Aug 03, 2019 at 04:45:30 from 174.223.136.127

my mom was the same way. i think itís just a trait of runner momís.

Total Distance
15.00

AM: Did an easy warmup, then ran a very hard 10K in 38:16. I didn't go 100% on this but I did push it. It really felt good. I am starting to enjoy going hard and fast again. Ended with an easy cool down run.

PM: Ran 12 x 400 m @ about 85 sec. with slow 400m run in recovery.

Recently, I have been doing my hardest workouts of the week on Monday. I like doing them on Monday because I take Sunday off and am well rested, so I am able to push myself hard. I will now take it easy until later in the week, Hopefully I will do another good workout around Thursday or Friday.

Total Distance
14.00

AM: 8 easy miles at 8:00/mile pace.

PM: 6 easy miles

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 miles (averaged 7:48 per mile)

PM: 6 miles easy

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 miles. Started at 8:00/mile pace and gradually increased speed down to 7:00/mile.

PM: 6 miles easy.

Total Distance
16.00

This week has been the National High School Track and Field Championships.

Manami is the only girl from our team that made it to the National Championship.

She ran the 3000m. In her preliminary heat, she ran 9:38.45 to make it into the finals. But because of the heat she got dehydrated and did not feel well during the final and was only able to run 10:03.32 for 17th place. Even though the race did not go as she planned, I am proud of her. By the way the winner of the race won in 9:11.15.

AM: Ran an easy 10 miles.

PM: Was going to do a hard workout today, but I had a stomachache so I did a very very easy 6 miles instead.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 6 miles easy.

PM: 10 miles easy. This was a mistake todo the 10 mile run in the afternoon. It was so hot and humid.

Next year the Olympic will be held here at this time of year. I hope it is not as hot next year as this year.

I have chaffing and also blisters on my toes from running in the heat.

Glad the week has come to an end.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: Did a warm up run.

Ran a 5k time trial with Jun chan. We started out trading off the lead, then at about 3000 meters I pulled away in front and was feeling comfortable, but then all of a sudden at about 4000 m, Jun chan passed me. I should have gone with her, but I lost my concentration and then things kind of just shut down. I finished in 17:07, which is a PR for me, but I know I could have gone with her. She ran under 17. I was also aiming at under 17 today. It makes me mad that I lost it mentally.

Two weeks to go until official team practice begins. I am really doubting that I will make the A team. It is kind of sad that after three years I will probably never run on the A team. I think I could have done it if it hadn't been for injuries. Oh well, if I end up on the B team or the C team, hopefully we can make that team competitive with the A team.

PM: 6 easy miles

Comments
From Eugene on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 10:05:13 from 130.160.192.6

17:07 is an excellent time! youíre choosing to look at the bad rather than the good - some day life can always get better, some say it can always get worse. both are true, but the person choosing to see the former will always thrive more than the latter. so if you want to thrive, see it as a PR, not bad mentality! and work on mentality for the next race/time trial.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 miles easy.

PM: 6 miles easy.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 easy miles (felt a little twinge in my left achilles)

PM: 6 miles easy

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 easy miles

PM: 6 miles easy.

I have had a lot going through my mind recently related to training, but have had no time to write it down. This week is my last week working at my summer internship before school starts again. Maybe after school starts I will have more time.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 miles easy.

PM: 6 miles easy.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 easy miles.

PM: 6 miles with 100 meter striders mixed in. End of another good week of mileage. I hope all of this mileage is building a good base.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 miles at about 6:50/mile pace.

PM: 6 miles easy.

This is the last week of summer vacation from school. Have to try and enjoy it.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 miles easy

PM: 6 miles easy

I think I start cutting back on the mileage starting from tomorrow. On Monday next week we have a time trial to see who will fill the vacant spot on the Ekiden A team. I will taper off this week and hope to be in the best condition by Monday.

Comments
From Nora Jo on Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 16:32:35 from 73.102.192.105

Good Luck! You have certainly put in the effort and the training.

From Holt on Wed, Aug 21, 2019 at 07:59:54 from 204.113.55.120

go get it... that would be awesome!

Total Distance
12.00

AM: warm up run. 12 x 400m @ 85 sec, cool down run.

PM: 6 miles easy

Total Distance
9.00

AM: 6 miles easy (legs felt heavy this morning. Not used to the speed work I did yesterday.)

PM: 3 miles easy

Total Distance
6.00

AM: Warm up run. 10 x 200 m, cool down run.

PM: 3 miles easy

Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 easy miles

I will rest tomorrow and should be ready to give 100% on Monday.

Comments
From Eugene on Sun, Aug 25, 2019 at 04:44:51 from 174.223.135.38

good luck at your trials Eva! when i first made varsity(back in 2014... i feel old!) it was something i wanted, but not something i thought was gonna happen, at least at that point in time. so donít have any regrets out there!

Total Distance
6.00

PM: Did a good warm up. Today was the 5K time trial to see who fills the spot on the Ekiden A team. I was feeling really rested and very good today.

The temperature at race time was 27C (80F) and 61% humidity. The sun was out, which made it feel hot, especially in the track. I was hoping for clouds. It was cloudy all morning, but the sun came out just before we ran.

Everyone ran the time trial today except two of the girls who are already on the A team. They are preparing for a big road race this weekend.

My strategy was just to try and stay with the top runners as long as I could. I felt really good in the race. In the last two laps I started dropping back, it was me and jun chan together. We both crossed the finish in 16:56, but Jun chan edged me out by a nose at the end. It was a big PR for me. First time under 17 minutes for 5K. But it will not be enough to make the A team. There is a 1st year student (equivalent to a sophmore in the US) who was faster than both Jun chan and me. Tomorrow will be the announcement of the teams.

Did a cool down run after the race.

I am really tired.

This evening, my parents took me out to dinner. They know how hard I have been working for this and even though it didn't exactly work out as I had hoped, I got a PR and they said that all of my hard work deserved a celebration.

Tomorrow, official team practice begins.

Comments
From Eugene on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 08:32:42 from 174.223.8.49

great job Eva. you have a great future as a runner in whatever degree you choose regardless of your spot on a varsity team.

From Eva Splaine on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 16:00:41 from 108.61.201.170

Thanks Eugene!

From Holt on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 16:24:40 from 204.113.55.120

Very impressive

From Nora Jo on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 18:37:03 from 73.102.192.105

Great job! Your parents were correct! You deserved a dinner out for your exemplary, determined efforts! Congratulations on the PR!

From Eva Splaine on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 21:09:52 from 108.61.201.170

Thank you Mr. Holt and Nora.

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 21:19:07 from 67.177.30.39

Congratulations Eva. That's a huge milestone.

From Sarah! on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 21:26:16 from 67.166.114.94

Nice job Eva! Thatís very impressive. One thing that my coaches always said to us was that any of us hitting a PR is just as much a cause for celebration as our top girl winning conference is. You worked so hard for this and breaking 17 is very, very good, especially for someone as young as you.

From Jason D on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 21:43:46 from 73.144.88.57

Congrats, Eva. I'd echo what Eugene said.

From Eva Splaine on Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 16:59:37 from 108.61.201.170

Mr. Murphy, Sarah, Jason Thank you so much for your encouragement. That is what I like about the FRB; everybody is helping and encouraging each other.

Sarah..good luck at BYUI. I didn't even know that that school existed until you mentioned it on your blog. I notice that they also have a Mechanical Engineering BS degree. I have been leaning toward BYU, but I think I might also consider BYUI as a potential school.

Total Distance
13.00

Today was the beginning of team practice. We ran 21K. We ran out past Nissan stadium. It was the first time going past Nissan stadium since I volunteered at the IAAF World Relays.

Coach said to run at a good quick pace, but everyone's legs were heavy from yesterday.

Coach announced the teams today.

I will be on the B team and as second alternate for the A team.

The B team will be

Aki (She will run the 6K leg.)

Yuri (She will run the 4K leg.)

Me ( I will run the first 3K leg)

Jun (She will run the second 3K leg.)

Mari (She will run the 5K leg)

We have one race that we will run.

I will write more about Ekiden later.

Comments
From Nora Jo on Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 15:29:46 from 73.102.192.105

I know that you will give your all to your team and will be ready and able if you get the call to move up! Keep at it!

Total Distance
15.00

AM: 6 miles easy.

PM: Warm up run. 3 x 3200 m @ 10K pace with 1.5 min recovery in between. Cool down jog.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 easy miles. Coach has asked us to do an easy run in the morning on days that we don't do a long run.

PM: Warm up run. 8 x 400m @ 1500m pace, one minute recovery. Cool down run.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 miles

PM: Warm up run. 6 x 1000 m @ 5K pace with one minute recovery. Cool down run.

Total Distance
13.00

13 mile long run today. This has seemed like a long week. I am looking forward to resting tomorrow. My body needs it.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 miles easy.

PM: 10K hard.

Thought I would have a nice relaxing weekend, but ended up getting some kind of stomach bug. I still have it. It doesn't seem to get better. If it is not better soon I will have to go to the doctor. :(

Total Distance
15.00

AM: 6 miles easy. Still having stomach problems.

PM: Warm up run, 10 x 200 m @ 800m pace, one minute recovery. Cool down run. It was all I could do to finish this workout with the team today. My stomach is really bothering me. Went to the doctor this morning, and had some tests, and I have an appointment for an Endoscope tomorrow. Having to have an Endoscope makes me a little worried.

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From Eugene on Mon, Sep 02, 2019 at 18:26:22 from 174.223.139.220

i hope you feel better soon!

From Eva Splaine on Tue, Sep 03, 2019 at 06:07:41 from 108.61.201.170

Thanks Eugene. I am going in for an endoscope tomorrow.

Total Distance
13.00

AM: 13 miles at a good pace. It was raining when we started, but stopped about half way.

It is good to be running again, after a short break. Hopefully, my stomach problems are a thing of that past.

Today is grandparents day here in Japan and is a National Holiday, so no school.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 miles easy

PM: Fast 10K.

Total Distance
14.00

AM: 6 miles easy. (I really am not positive on the distance. I think it is actually more than 6 miles. Coach told us to run 1 hour easy every morning to loosen up. Coach says the distance is not important, and said just to run for an hour.)

PM: Short easy warm up run. 10 x 800m at 5K race pace 200m recovery. Short cool down run.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 miles easy.

PM: Fast 10K.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 easy miles.

PM: warmup run, 20 x 200m , cool down run.

Recently, I have been faced with a difficult decision.

I have been very busy lately with my studies at my high school here in Japan. Also I have been continuing with my home schooling. I have also started studying for the SAT and ACT exams. All that together with my running and training, I just haven't had time to do everything I want to do.

I have decided that something has to go.

Even though lately I haven't been spending much time in writing here on my blog, I have decided that I just don't have time to make entries here every day.

I have really enjoyed it here on the blog, and have appreciated all of the advice and encouragement I have received, but I have decided to take a rest from the blog for right now. Maybe someday when I have more time I will be back.

I want to wish everyone here the best.

Thanks.

Comments
From Eugene on Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 07:19:06 from 104.189.16.160

I had to do the same thing a couple of times. I just recorded the past week of training every weekend in one post. Either way, hope your ekiden season goes well.

From Zack on Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 21:45:36 from 174.23.175.137

Best of luck in everything!!

From Nora Jo on Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 08:24:53 from 73.102.192.105

Good luck with all of your endeavors! I look forward to your return at some future time!

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 09:21:16 from 65.155.99.19

Seriously? It literally takes me 2 minutes a day and I have a full time job and tons of parent/family responsibilities.

You can do it Eva!

From Sarah! on Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 18:59:38 from 205.185.99.33

Good luck on the rest of your season, Eva! Iíll miss your entries but you do you! I totally get that, Iíve had to delete social media off of my phone quite a few times to focus more on studies and this is kind of like that. Good luck with everything, Iíd love updates from time to time but no worries if not! Also, BYUI is amazing if you do end up coming here youíll have to let me know!

From Eva Splaine on Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 21:08:46 from 108.61.201.170

Thanks everyone!

Mr Murphy...As always I think your are probably right. You are always a voice of reason. I guess maybe I just need to be better at time management.

Eugene...Maybe I will try what you have suggested and update my blog weekly instead of trying to write everyday.

Total Distance
13.00

AM: 13 miles. We as a team ran the entire Ekiden course, which is equal to a half marathon.

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From Eugene on Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 03:45:17 from 104.189.16.160

hope my buddyís doing okay lately!

Total Distance
14.00

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13.00

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12.00

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12.00

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15.00

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13.00

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0.00

This coming weekend is the city Ekiden race. It will probably be my last high school race. This race is not really a qualifying race, but is a chance for all of the city high school teams to run. I would love it if our B team runs faster than the A team. The first qualifying race for our school's A team is Nov. 2. I was hoping to be finished with practices after the race this weekend, but because I am an alternate on the A team, I still have to train just in case someone on the A team becomes sick or injured, which is not likely.

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From Sarah! on Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 00:24:50 from 205.185.99.33

Good luck this weekend Eva!! Youíre so strong and quick, youíve got this!! :) I look forward to hearing how it goes!

From Eva Splaine on Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 08:15:12 from 108.61.201.170

Thanks Sarah! Unfortunately, there is a VERY BIG typhoon coming this weekend to Japan, and my race for tomorrow was cancelled. So my high school running career is finished. I have really enjoyed it and the friends that I have made, but I am also looking forward to just being able to run now for fun without any pressures.

This whole area has pretty much come to a standstill because of the typhoon. Tomorrow the airports will be closed, also stores will be closed, no trains will be running, I hope it is not going to be as bad as they predict.

From Eugene on Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 13:00:40 from 104.189.16.160

Stay safe Eva!

From Sarah! on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 18:09:17 from 205.185.99.33

Oh my goodness! I hope you are all okay! That is so scary.

And yes! I feel the same way. Running without the pressure to perform well is so relieving. Itís so nice to be able to relax and do what you can or want without feeling like you have to meet certain standards. Now itís just you against your own goals!

Total Distance
0.00

Congrats to our Ekiden team. We took first place in the prefectural championship for the 12th time. In doing so we will go to the National championship in December.

Total Distance
0.00

Shout out to our school's Ekiden team. At the National Championships over the weekend, we placed 21st out of 47 teams.

I really wish I could have run in the race, but it was fun to watch anyway.

A link to the race on youtube is below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nGYblulIvA

With this race, the Ekiden season has finished and my high school running career has come to an end.

I wish I wouldn't have been injured for most of time, but it was my own fault for trying to push things too hard and too fast.

I am looking forward now to just running on my own again while I decide whether I want to pursue more competitive running in the future.

Hopefully next year, I will have more time to write on my blog here.

Comments
From Eugene on Tue, Dec 24, 2019 at 17:57:12 from 104.189.16.160

merry christmas eva. i hope you get to re-discover the love of running all over again in college on your own terms.

Total Distance
13.00

AM: Ran 10 miles with 500 to 1000 meter bursts mixed in.

PM: Ran an easy 3 miles

Watched the university women's Ekiden on TV today. All of the runners were amazing.

Total Distance
10.00

AM: Ran 5 miles easy. Then ran 10 x 400 meter hill sprints (jogged down). Ran a cool down.

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From Eugene on Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 15:08:59 from 104.189.16.160

good to see you posting again! i'm planning on doing 400m hills tomorrow too.

From Eva Splaine on Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 15:25:44 from 108.61.201.170

I love doing the hill sprints, but they are a killer. My calves were really burning on the last few.

Total Distance
1011.00
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