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Member Since:

Jan 15, 2018

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Other

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
Total Distance
2507.00
Total Distance
16.00

Happy New Year!

Things have settled down a little in my life. I have made some major decisions for my future, and also running with the team at school has come to an end, so I have more time to write on the blog. As a New Year's resolution I will try to be more faithful in writing.

AM: Ran 10 miles easy. It is New Year's morning and there is a Shrine near my home. There were many people coming and going from the shrine this morning. I will try to get in another run this afternoon.

Today I will spend a relaxing day watching the pro Ekiden race on TV.

There will be Ekiden on TV for the next three days. The Japanese love watching Ekiden.

PM: 6 miles easy.

Also, I ate too much today. :)

Total Distance
6.00

AM: Had a hard time getting out of bed this morning. It is the coldest day of winter so far and I just didn't feel like going out, but I decided I would just go out for an easy recovery run. Did about 6 easy miles. Maybe 7 minute pace.

Going to watch the first half of the "Hakone Ekiden" today.

I am cheering for the Tokai University team, because I did volunteer work with them at last spring's World Relays here in Japan, and got to be friends with a couple of the members on the team.

Total Distance
18.00

AM:

Started this morning with a 5 mile progression run. ( I have no idea what my pace was, because the battery in my watch has died.)

Then did 10 x 400m hills (walk down the hills after each)

Finished off with a cool down to reach about 12 miles.

I will watch the second half of the Hakone Ekiden today.

I am cheering for Tokai University. They are currently about 3 minutes behind that leader.

It has been a fast race this year. Nearly every stage record has been broken, and the course record for the first half of the race was also broken by the first four teams.

It is probably because nearly every runner is wearing the NIKE Vaporfly shoes.

Below is a link to a summary of the first day of the race.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=cPvgb0s_ovo&feature=emb_logo

I will run more this afternoon.

PM:

6 easy miles

Total Distance
8.00

AM: About 8 miles at a fairly good pace to end out the week. Aoyama Gakuin University won the Hakone Ekiden. The team I was cheering for, Tokai University, had the fastest time over the return course on the second da, but it was not enough to catch Aoyama. Tokai University finished in second place. Both Aoyama and Tokai broke the existing course record. A link for the highlights of the second day is below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=343&v=IOfrAziqreE&feature=emb_logo

Total Distance
0.00

Went to church today. I am looking forward to Sunday school this year at church. We will be studying the Book of Mormon, which is my favorite scripture. I am always very thankful for those on the blog a few years ago that introduced me to the LDS church and the Book of Mormon. It has changed my life for the better.

I walked a mile from my home to the train station, then from the next train station I walked another mile and a half to the church. So for a round trip it was 5 miles of walking.

Total Distance
18.00

AM:

Ran a warm up.

Then 10 x 1000m fast (I don't know the time for the intervals because I still haven't replace the battery for my watch.)

Cool down to 10 miles.

PM:

8 miles easy

Total Distance
6.00

AM:

Did an easy 6 miles today. Felt a little sore from yesterday, so I thought it would be good to have an easy recovery day today.

Total Distance
6.00

AM:

It was raining this morning so I didn't go out running. One of the best things about running and training on my own instead of on a team is that when it is raining like it is today, I can roll over and go back to sleep instead of going out running, and I don't have to feel guilty about it. It is supposed to be nice weather this afternoon, so later today I will try to go for a nice run.

 

PM:

6 easy miles.  The sun came out and it was nice and warm this afternoon.

Total Distance
8.00

AM:

1 mile warm up.

Very fast 6 mile run. ( I really need to get my watch fixed. I would've really liked to have had a watch to time this run, because it really felt fast.)

1 mile cool down

Total Distance
18.00

AM:

3 mile warm up run. 10 x 400 meter hill sprints (walk down recovery) Cool down run to reach 10 miles.

PM:

8 easy miles. 

Went to a sushi restaurant for dinner tonight and ate too much.  

Total Distance
6.00

AM:  

6 easy miles.  Today is going to be a recovery day.

Total Distance
0.00

AM:

Went to church. Total of about 5 miles of walking in going to and coming home from church.

PM:

Just relaxed watching TV.

Total Distance
12.00

AM:

Warm up.

Ran 5K in 18:15.  Not a hard pace. No heavy breathing.  Legs started to feel it a little at the end.

I have a 10K race this coming weekend.

I would like to run about this pace for the 10K.

Cool down to about 6 miles.

PM:

6 easy miles.

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 15:39:43 from 67.177.30.39

Good luck next weekend! You seem ready.

From Eva Splaine on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 05:27:13 from 108.61.201.170

Thanks Mr. Murphy.

Yes, I think I am ready.

It has been a long couple of years coming back from a couple of injuries, but I am now running better than ever.

Total Distance
16.00

AM:

3 mile easy run.

Did some hill sprints.  I usually do 10 x 400m hill sprints, but today they were doing some kind of construction work at the bottom of the hill, so I had to run a shortened version of the hill (about 370 m).  To make up for the shortened distance I ran 11 hills instead of 10.  I noticed after the first hill I wasn't feeling the burning in my legs at the top of the hill.  I think it running through that burning feeling and going to almost complete failure that brings about increased strength.  On the remaining hills I tried to run them faster than normal to reach failure quicker.  It seemed to work.

Cool down run to reach 10 miles.

PM:

Easy 6 miles

Total Distance
0.00

AM:

It is raining very hard this morning.  Good day for a rest day.  :)

Total Distance
6.00

Ran the course for this weekends 10K.

It is a real hard course.

The first 200 meters is level, then takes a steep downhill after which it is level until about 5K.  After that it gets brutal.  It is up and down.  At about 7K there is a steep downhill section for about 1K down to a turn around point and then back up the same hill.  I was about dead at the top of the hill.  It is then level to the end.

I am trying to figure out the best way to run this course.  I am thinking if I push it at the first and run the first 5K fairly fast, I may be able to just hold on during the last 5K to the finish and still get a good time.

I didn't realize that this was going to be this hard of a course.

If anyone has any good ideas on how would be best to run this type of hilly course, I am open for any suggestions.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 easy miles

Total Distance
9.00

AM:

6 easy miles.   I think I am ready for tomorrows race. I just hope the weather is good.  It is really windy today.

PM:

3 very easy miles.  The weather has turned very cold.  There is even a chance of snow tomorrow during the race.  I am not sure what kind of clothing to wear for the race.  I don't run well in cold, but I also don't want to wear heavy clothing.  :(

Comments
From Eugene on Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 05:41:47 from 104.189.16.160

less can be more here, but the least isnít the most. everyone is different so i canít tell you exactly what to wear, but with a race that long you donít want to overheat. enough that you might be a bit chilly stepping outside, but after a warmup it isnít too noticeable. or maybe just wear layers and strip down to the essentials after you do your warmup.

one of the only 5k races i won in high school was the annual turkey trot our menís varsity team did. it was right after nike regionals, and right before footlocker regionals(the races where you qualify for nationals), so our team was pretty fit. i wore a beanie, gloves, shorts, a t shirt, and arm sleeves. a long sleeve shirt could work too. the only thing i wouldnít wear for a race would be long tights; i notice my legs overheat very quickly in them. but maybe itís just me.

good luck!

Race: Nomura Katabiragawa 10K (6.2 Miles) 00:37:05, Place overall: 25, Place in age division: 3
Total Distance
8.00

Ran the Nomura Katabiragawa 10K.

According to the weather forecast it was supposed to be a cloudy cold and windy day, but the weather couldn't have been more perfect. It was sunny and warm.

I got to the race and did a good warm up.

At the start line, the front row was for the invited guest runners, and then somehow I was able to line up right behind them on the second row, so my starting position was good.

My race plan was to go out hard the first 5K and try to get a good time at the 5K, and then to somehow hang on during the hilly last half of the course.

At the start of the race I stayed with the guest female runners. I was surprised how easy it was to keep up with them, and then I thought, maybe they were running a different race strategy than me. I was running the first half hard, but maybe they were running the first half easy and then going to push it in the last half.

I stayed with them until about the 5K mark, then as soon as we hit the hills, they started getting away from me. I do a lot of hill training, but these hills were tough. My lack of strength showed.

I got to the long downhill section at about 7K. It felt so nice to kind of just coast down the hill. That little bit of rest was what I needed. It wasn't as bad coming back up the hill as I had imagined. Once reaching the top of the hill it was level running the rest of the way to the finish.

I ended up 3rd place among the women, and 25th place overall. I was hoping to run about 36 minutes, but I ended up 37:05. I ended up being more than a minute behind the two guest runners.

finished off with a short cool down.

On the podium after the race, I noticed of the men runners, all of the runners were wearing the Nike Vaporfly shoes. Of the women however, 1st place was wearing New Balance, 2nd was wearing the Vaporfly and I was wearing New Balance.

Comments
From Zack on Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 20:34:21 from 66.219.235.87

dang! sounds like a killer race! I'm impressed!

From Eva Splaine on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 20:22:56 from 108.61.201.170

Thanks Zack! It was a hard course. There were a lot of hills, and a 50 meter gain in elevation from the start to finish. I wasn't happy with my time, but I will try to do better next time on a little faster course.

Total Distance
6.00

Very stiff and sore from the race.

Ran just an easy 6 miles.

Total Distance
6.00

Still sore today, so just another easy 6 miles today.  I think I will finish off the rest of the week with just an easy week.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 easy miles

PM: 6 easy miles

Comments
From Eugene on Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 12:31:08 from 104.189.16.160

good to see your race went well Eva!

i didnít see your post asking for recommendations on how to race the course, but i definitely would have said to go out extra conservative that first 5k if the second half was so hilly. but it looks like it worked out anyway :-)

From Eva Splaine on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 20:20:01 from 108.61.201.170

Eugene, I guess maybe I should have been a little more conservative at the first of the race, but I thought that that the hills would really slow me down no matter what, so I thought if I could run fast and get a good time at the 5K before the hills started that I would come out ahead at the end. It probably would have been better to have been more conservative at the first.

My next 10K I will try to do a little better. I am going to be running a few 5Ks and 10Ks working up to a half marathon in November. That's my plan anyway.

Total Distance
9.00

AM:  Nice relaxing 6 mile run (more of a jog).

PM: 3 easy miles

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 miles

PM: 6 miles

Total Distance
3.00

AM: 3 easy miles.  Didn't feel very well, so I cut it short at 3 miles.

Total Distance
0.00

Went to church in the morning. Walked a total of 5 miles going and coming.

Then after church went home and watched the Osaka marathon on TV.

It was a good race with an exciting finish. The eventual winner was running to try and secure a spot on the Japanese Olympic marathon team. She had to run 2:22:22 or faster to do it. It was close, but she did it and finished in 2:21:47. She burst into tears at the finish and I couldn't help but cry with her.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: Ran 6 miles. First time since last week's race that I have pushed it a little hard. It felt good.

PM: Ran an easy 6 miles.

Total Distance
3.00

AM: It is raining very hard here this morning.  There is a chance of snow.  I slept in today instead of running.

PM: It stopped raining long enough to get in a 3 mile run before it started raining hard again.  The rain is supposed to last through tomorrow morning.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: There was very heavy rain all night and through the morning when I usually do my morning run, so I got some extra sleep this morning instead of running. The rain has finally stopped and I can see some blue sky, so I will do a run this afternoon.

PM: Ran an easy 6 miles.  

This evening we went to an Indian Curry restaurant for dinner.  I love Indian Curry.  The nan was delicious, but I ate way too much of it.  :(

Total Distance
18.00

AM:

Did a warm up run.

Ran 20 x 200 m sprints (with 200 m recovery run between each). 

Did a cool down run.

It really felt good today.  My plan for this coming year is to run a half marathon later on in Autumn.  The candidates for the marathon I am thinking of would be at the end of October or the beginning of November.  I am hoping to run several 5K and 10K races during the year to keep race sharp.  I need to do some research on how to train for a half marathon.

This March after finishing high school, I am hoping to go with some of my friends to Hawaii for a graduation trip.  I am hoping to stay at my real dad's house, but that all depends on if he is okay with it (and more importantly depends on whether or not he is shacked up with some bimbo at the time and she is okay with it).

PM:

Did an easy 10 mile run.  It was a good run and felt good even though this mornings workout was hard.  

But then about 50 meters from my home I was running on the sidewalk, when all of a sudden a guy delivering newspapers comes around the corner onto the sidewalk on his motorcycle.  I had to jump out of the way to avoid getting hit by the motorcycle, and when I did I landed wrong and twisted my ankle.  It was the same ankle that I broke a couple of years ago.

When I tried to stand I could not put any weight on my foot.  A kind man that saw it happen helped me to get home.  It is good that it happened close to home.

It really makes me mad that the man on the motorcycle didn't even say sorry or stop to see of I was okay.

My mom took me to the doctor and I had my foot X-rayed.  The doctor said he didn't see any fractures on the X-ray and that it looks like I had a bad sprain.  I must go to have an MRI tomorrow because small fractures don't always show up on an X-ray.

My ankle is all swollen now and I can't walk on it.  It is good that I still have my crutches from before.  I am on crutches again.

I hope that all it is, is a sprain and that it will heal quickly.

Comments
From Eugene on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 06:23:15 from 104.189.16.160

geez. thatís terrible. hope you recover quickly. is there much worry about the coranavirus in your neck of the woods?

also, ďbimboĒ? watch your language! :)

From Rob Murphy on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 06:31:12 from 67.177.30.39

You're young. It will heal quickly!

From Jason D on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 12:51:22 from 141.210.128.170

Best wishes healing!

That last paragraph of the AM entry did give me a good laugh.

From Eva Splaine on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 23:40:42 from 108.61.201.170

Thank you everyone.

From Eva Splaine on Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 23:46:49 from 108.61.201.170

Eugene. It seems that the only thing on the news now is the corana virus. Yesterday they said on the news that a bus driver and a tour guide here in Japan that drove a tour bus of tourists from China have both come down with the virus. They were the first two that came down with the virus here in Japan without having visited China. Today they have said that the number of people having caught the virus within Japan without going to China has increased to 14. It is kind of scary. This virus spreads in the incubation period, so people who still feel healthy but have the virus without knowing may be spreading it to others.

Total Distance
0.00

AM:

Went and had an MRI on my ankle. There is no fracture in my ankle, which is a very good thing.

I am still unable to put weight on my ankle, but the swelling today is much better than yesterday. It is still swollen though.

The doctor said to stay off of the ankle and use crutches for the next three days, then to try putting weight on it again. If it is still really painful, then to use the crutches again for the next three days, and keep repeating this until I am able to put weight on the foot.

I asked how long it would take before I could run on it. He warned me not to be tempted to start back running too soon. He said the worst think with athletes is they are afraid that they will lose their conditioning and so rush the recovery. He said often by rushing the recovery results re-injuring the location and so recovery ends up taking longer. It is better to take it slow and recover completely before training again.

He works with a lot of athletes so is aware of what kinds of things athletes are worried about. He gave me a list of some high intensity exercises that I can do without having to put any weight on my ankle. That way I can workout at an elevated heart rate so that I won't lose a lot of endurance. He also gave me some suggestions on weight training and other exercises that I can do so I won't lose a lot of muscle while I am recovering.

After I am able to put weight on my ankle again, he gave me some exercises to do to gradually increase my ankle strength.

He is a really good doctor and I really appreciate the amount of time that he spent with me today to ease my worries and help me with suggestions so that I can keep the loss of fitness to a minimum during recovery.

Total Distance
0.00

Did a HIIT workout today that didn't require me to use my ankle or put weight on my ankle.

The workout included laying on my back and lifting my legs in the air and then doing what was something like bicycle pedaling in the air.

One interval was 1 minute full out sprint followed by 30 second rest. I did this a total of 15 times after which I was totally dead.

Total Distance
0.00

Tried putting weight on my ankle today. There was still pain. I don't think it was as bad as before, but the doctor said that if there is still pain to stay on crutches. So I will continue to be on crutches for the next three days at least.

Total Distance
0.00

Did some HIIT exercises to elevate and maintain high heart rate for about 20 min, and finsihed with some core strengthening exercises.

Total Distance
0.00

Tried putting weight on my ankle this morning.  There was hardly any pain at first, but after a while I felt a little pain, so I will use the crutches during the day and when at home I will try to go without.

There is a Princess cruise ship in the harbor here that I can see from my home.  There have been 20 people on the who have come down with the Corona virus.  They have been transporting those people to a hospital here, and I just read in the news that the hospital is the hospital just up the hill from my home.  A little unsettling to know that the virus is that close to home.

I wonder how long the ship in the harbor will be under quaranteen.  There is an America on the ship who sent a video to his family explaining the situation.  He has diabetes and is running out of Insulin.  He has asked for help and his requests have been ignored he said.  That is a little scary.

Total Distance
0.00

The pain in my ankle is gradually leaving, and the black and blue areas are also starting to gradually disappear.

Did some HIIT exercises today to maintain an elevated heart rate.  Also did a lot of core and strengthening exercises.

Total Distance
0.00

Very little pain now in my ankle. When I am home I don't use my crutches. I still use them when I go out, just to be safe.

I usually go to church on Sunday, but I will skip this week again. There is too much walking involved for me to go to church, and it is a killer on crutches, so I will stay home and relax.

Total Distance
0.00

My ankle is feeling a little better everyday.

I have to go to the doctor on Thursday for the doctor to check on how it is.

I can't wait to be able to walk and run normal again.

Total Distance
0.00

AM:

Went to the doctor today. He said everything is looking good. He said if I want I could gradually start running next week. He said start off slow and see how things go. He also advised running at first on a treadmill so there is a nice level running surface with no turns.

The only problem, I don't really have easy access to a treadmill. :(

Total Distance
0.00

Was able to attend church today for the first time in a few weeks. I felt no pain in my ankle walking to church.

The doctor says that I can start easy running this week, but I think I will do an easy week of just walking , and then gradually start adding in running next week.

Total Distance
3.00

AM: I wasn't going to run this week, but I got impatient, so I ran an easy 5K in 22:37. Felt no pain in my ankle. I was very encouraged by today.

Total Distance
0.00

AM:  Did a couple of miles of walking.

Total Distance
0.00

AM: Went to church today, but there were only about half the people there. The LDS church has made cancelled all meetings here except Sacrament meeting, which is voluntary, until Japan can get a handle on the Corona Virus.

They have cancelled a lot of marathons and races here in Japan because of the virus.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: Ran 5K. I thought I was running faster than last Friday, but my time was 22:37, which was the exact same as last Friday. Had no pain at all in my ankle.

PM: Ran a very easy 3 miles.

Total Distance
0.00

Church was cancelled, so stayed home and watched the Tokyo Marathon on TV.

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Mon, Mar 02, 2020 at 19:45:38 from 67.177.30.39

Glad they didn't cancel the Tokyo Marathon. Have to keep your priorities :-)

Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 easy miles.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: 2 mile easy warm up. 3 miles hard. 1 mile cool down.

The country here is in kind of a Panic mode.

My mother wanted me to go b back to Seattle after school ended, but now it seems there are probably more cases in the Seattle area than there are here.

I want to stay in Japan at least until after the Olympics because I am registered as a volunteer.

I hope they will still hold the Olympics.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 miles easy.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 miles fairly easy.

PM: 6 mile progression run. Ran a little faster every 40 m until I reached a point where I could no longer increase the speed. Tried to hold that final speed for as long a possible before slowing down to finish off the run.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 easy miles.

PM: 6 miles easy.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 miles easy. I have increased the mileage a little recently, and my muscles are feeling it.

PM: 6 miles easy.

Total Distance
0.00

Rest day. I really need it.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 miles at a moderate 7:00 min. per mile pace.

PM: 6 miles easy.

Total Distance
10.00

AM: 10 miles easy.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 miles hard

PM: 6 miles of ladders.

I was stopped today by a policeman. He told me I should be inside so as not to get the Corona virus. I told him I thought it was probably better outside in the fresh air. I am so tired of hearing about the virus. I would love to get away from any news broadcasts about the virus. I think it is fueling fear of the virus which makes things worse. I am going to go on self quarantine away from all new broadcasts.

Comments
From Zack on Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 08:38:01 from 128.187.116.5

agreed!

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 x 800m @ about 2:35 to 2:40 (recovery jog in between)

PM: long easy 12 miles

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 miles easy

High school graduation trip has been cancelled. :(

PM: 4 x 2000m with 1000m recovery jog in between.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 easy miles

PM: It was raining so I didn't run.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 easy miles

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 hard miles. PM: 6 easy miles. I am considering suspending my afternoon runs until this virus thing is over. I feel that people are looking at me running and think I should be home in isolation. I still think it is good to get outside in the sunshine and fresh air. Need the vitamin D from the sun to build the immune system. I have been watching the TV news reports from the USA, and it looks like people are in kind of a panic mode. In my opinion, I don't think Pres. Trump has handled this very well at all. I think he has allowed for a situation that fosters panic. I also do not like the comments from Dr. Fauci. His comments seem to be more "Doomsday" than encouraging. I also don't know how helpful it is to report every day the running total of cases. The increasing number seems to make people panic. There is never any mention of the number of recovered patients only the running total. In my opinion, if they are going to give a number, they should report only the number of case currently in the hospital under hospital care. That would give a better snap-shop of what the current situation really is. For example in China there has bee a total of about 80,000 cases. However, of those they have reported that about 60,000 have recovered, so the actual number of current patients is about 20,000. If you report only the running total of patients it make the situation sound much worse than it really is. In Japan, the total number of cases has been about 1300 of those 700 were people aboard the Diamond Princess Cruise ship, who were the first patients in Japan. There have been 542 cases originating in Japan and 19 deaths in Japan, and 7 deaths among the cruise ship passengers. Mot of the cruise ship passengers have recovered and have returned home to their home countries. I keep hearing a lot about testing. I hear that it would be good if every one were tested, however, in my opening I don't think that is necessary. I think if a person gets symptoms, whether it is symptoms of a cold, corona virus or the flu, a person should stay home, and not go out in public. If the person's symptoms do not improve and get worse, or if a person's fever lasts for more than a couple of days, they should contact a doctor. Then they should receive testing to see if they have corona virus, the flu, or the common cold. The way this has been handled by government, and reported in the news has made the situation far worse than what it really is I think. It is a serious situation, but I think it could be handled and reported in a better way.

Sorry for going on like this.

Stay healthy everyone!

Total Distance
10.00

AM: 10 mile easy run. I used to see many other people running in the morning, but recently I don't see any. Am I doing something wrong by going out running?

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 08:32:38 from 67.177.30.39

Weird isn't it? Part of me likes the solitude, but it's also a little unsettling.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: Ran a warm up, then ran 20 x (sprint 300m + jog 100m).

PM: Ran an easy 6 miles.

Total Distance
10.00

AM: Ran an easy 10 miles. It is raining now, but it was a really nice day for most of the day today. Got up to 20C (68F). The cherry blossoms are in bloom in Japan now.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 miles at a very fast pace.

PM: 6 miles very easy.

Total Distance
10.00

AM: Ran 1000m hard followed by 1000m easy, and repeated that for about 10 miles.

My mother and I are faced now with the decision of whether to return to the USA, or to stay in Japan until this virus thing is over. I want to stay in Japan. I doubt now that they will continue with holding the Olympics this summer, but I am registered to be a volunteer and if they have the Olympics I want to be here.

I also have an Internship arranged with a large company here that was supposed to start in April, but has been temporarily postponed.

I was hoping to stay in Japan until next March when I am hoping to go on an LDS mission, but even that is not certain anymore since the missionaries are going home and I don't know if they are calling new missionaries now.

Comments
From CookieLegs on Sat, Mar 21, 2020 at 10:14:51 from 67.172.239.190

I think you should stay in Japan - the leaders of the US have been bungling their response big time, in my opinion. On a different note, I've noticed you are very dedicated in your training, and smart when you are injured or sick. You have a lot of natural talent, and with your dedication, you will be a top tier runner one day. Keep it up, and go Eva go!

From Eva Splaine on Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 20:13:39 from 108.61.201.170

Thank you for the compliments.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 easy miles. Recently Sundays don't seem much like Sunday anymore. :(

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 easy miles

PM: 6 miles at a fast pace.

Total Distance
15.00

AM: 15 mile easy run. I actually had planned to go only 10 miles, but I got into a rhythm and it felt so good that I went more. This is the longest run I have done in a long time.

Well, the Olympics have been postponed. That might make me rethink my plans for the future.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 easy miles.

PM: 6 easy miles

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 miles easy. Recently, I haven't felt like doing anything. It is sometimes really hard to get out the door in the morning for my run. Once I am out running I feel much better, but the whole world seems so dark and gloomy now.

PM: 6 miles easy. The cherry blossoms are in bloom now and it is beautiful.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 miles easy.

PM: 6 miles easy.

Total Distance
1.00

AM: Where I live in Japan is under lockdown this weekend, so no running outside. I wanted to get to 70 miles this week, so I ran in place with high knees for 30 minutes, and I am going to count that as the 1 mile I need to reach 70.

Total Distance
0.00

I haven't been running the last few days. My best friend's mother came down with the COVID-19 virus. Neither my friend nor her father have shown any symptoms of it, but because I have had contact with my friend, I may have been exposed, so I am in self-imposed quarantine for 14 days. The number of cases has been very low here in Japan, but in the last couple of weeks the number has really been increasing drastically. My church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is having a day of fasting and prayer on Friday, April 10. We will be praying that this situation improves. It does not matter what religion your are, I invite everyone reading my blog to join in with us in prayer on that day.

Comments
From Eugene on Thu, Apr 09, 2020 at 10:14:44 from 104.189.16.160

make sure to stay quarantined while you fast since it lowers white blood cell count. however, research does show after the fast is over it can strengthen your immune system.

From Zack on Thu, Apr 09, 2020 at 17:33:34 from 174.23.160.10

Hope that you stay safe from Covid-19. I'm sorry to hear your friends mom has it. I'll be joining in for the fast!

Total Distance
0.00

It has been a boring day at home.  I was supposd to start an internship with a company this week, but that has been put on hold indefinitely.

Total Distance
0.00

I have been planning to run a half marathon in November of this year if it does not get cancelled.  I got the training log of Hitomi Nimiya today.  She has the fastest women's half marathon time of any woman born outside of Africa and also has the Japanese national record.  I am thinking of trying to adapt her training to my own training.  I am getting excited to be able to go outside and run again.

Comments
From Eugene on Sat, Apr 11, 2020 at 04:21:46 from 104.189.16.160

make sure to ease back into training with two weeks off; i can personally attest if you go full throttle too fast you may end up costing yourself more training than youíd save. maybe take a couple of weeks building to the mileage you want to do consistently before starting workouts.

From Eva Splaine on Sat, Apr 11, 2020 at 07:43:54 from 108.61.201.170

Thanks for the advice Eugene. I surely will ease into it gradually. I don't know when I will be able to run outside again. Our city is in lockdown, and the police will stop you if it looks like you are out for anything unnecessary. So even after my two weeks of self quarantine are up, I still might not be able to run. The training log I have of Hitomi Nimiya is for her last 100 days of training leading up to her win at the 2020 Houston Half Marathon. I will try to gradually build up my base to where I can do those workouts probably starting in August before my November half marathon. I hope it doesn't get cancelled. It seems all races are being cancelled these days.

From Eugene on Sat, Apr 11, 2020 at 08:39:42 from 104.189.16.160

my (hopefully) realistic timeline is that the recovery rates should start climbing up above the infection rates in 6-8 weeks, so while i think summer races are out of the question, i hope to see life beginning to become normal again by july/august.

the past few weeks when i wasn't running much i did lots of strength work at home, squats, pushups, core, and now that i'm running again i've noticed my easy pace is considerably faster. there's a couple of other factors, like being 15 pounds lighter(it's hard to diet when you're doing 120+ mile weeks!), but still, something to consider while you're in lockdown(alabama is too, but as long as you aren't in a group i haven't seen police harrassing anyone).

Total Distance
0.00

Did a lot of core exercises today.

Total Distance
0.00

Getting very bored being inside all day. They expanded the lockdown in Japan to be nationwide today, and are going to be more strict about enforcing it. I have no idea when I will be able to go out running again. My self imposed quarantine will end this weekend. I was hoping to start running again next week, but it looks a little doubtful.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: I went out running this morning at 12:30 am in the middle of the night so that there would be no one outside. I was surprised though. There were quite a lot of people out walking.

I ran 10K. The first 5K i ran in close to 20 minutes. I went kind of fast to see if I still had some speed. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. The second 5K, I did slow.

I will do about 6 miles every morning to finish off this month. The lockdown here is supposed to end on May 6. Hopefully after that I will be able to run longer and during the day.

I am still planning on running a half marathon in November if the race is not cancelled. I have no idea what kind of a time to aim for. I used a race time predictor I found on the runnersworld website. It predicted my time as 1:18, so initially that will be the time I will be working toward. as I train, I may have to adjust that time up or down.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 miles at a fairly good pace at 12:30am in the middle of the night. I went a little faster than I was planning on. It was supposed to be an easy day, by I feel nervous being outside, so I think that I ran fast to get the run over with as soon as possible.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: (12:30am) Ran an easy 6 miles, with 5 x 150 m striders at the end.

With everyone staying indoors, I haven't seen most of my friends for a long time. I miss my friends. But I have been able to spend more time with my mother, which has been nice.

Total Distance
6.00

AM (12:30am): Ran 10K by running 10 x 500m fast with 500m recovery run in between.

Total Distance
6.00

AM (1:00am): Ran an easy 6 miles. Worked mainly on form today. I am starting to get used to this running in the middle of the night. I am just glad that there are lots of lights. If there were no lights where I run, it would be kind of scary.

Total Distance
6.00

AM (12:30am): Ran a very fast 10K. This was my hardest workout all week. Overall it was a good week and it was good to be able to run again. Looking forward to next week.

Total Distance
6.00

AM (12:30am): 10K Fartlex. Mixed in 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m fast spurts.

Just leaving in a few minutes for Tuesdays run. I am really getting used to this running in the middle of the night. :)

Total Distance
6.00

AM (12:30am): Ran an easy 6 miles.

I learned today that if all goes well, my internship will probably begin on May 11. The lockdown is supposed to end on May 6. I hope that the government does not extend it.

Total Distance
6.00

AM (12:30am): 6 miles easy. Felt very smooth and relaxed today.

Comments
From Eugene on Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 07:50:54 from 104.189.16.160

just making sure you know... 12:30AM is 30 minutes after midnight :)

From Eva Splaine on Sat, May 02, 2020 at 21:12:03 from 108.61.201.170

Yes, Eugene...I am aware that 12:30am is 30 minutes after midnight. That is my new norm for running. During our lockdown, it is a good time to go out running so I don't meet anyone. Actually, though, there are a lot more people out at that time than I had imagined.

Total Distance
6.00

AM (12:30am): 6 easy miles.

Total Distance
6.00

AM (12:30am): Fun run today. At the start of the run I wasn't feeling like running hard so I decided to go easy, but after the first 1000 meters I was feeling very good, so the run ended up being a progressive run where I progressively ran each 1000 meters faster than the one before. It became very hard at the end, but afterwards, I felt very good for having done it.

Total Distance
6.00

AM (12:30am): 6 miles at good pace. Worked on running form today.

Total Distance
6.00

AM (12:30am): Warm up run. Ran a 5K at about 80% effort. Time was 18:10. Felt really good and was not winded at the end. I am happy about this. I am sure I could run a good time if I were going all out. Finished off with easy running to reach 10K.

Total Distance
6.00

AM (12:30am): Ran an easy 10K. Worked on running form today.

Total Distance
8.00

AM (12:30am):  warmup run. 10 x 800m fast with 200 m recovery jog in between.

Total Distance
6.00

AM (12:30am): Ran an easy 6 miles and worked on running form. I think I am going to up the mileage and intensity of my workouts a little next week.

Total Distance
6.00

AM (12:30am): 10K at a very good pace.

Total Distance
6.00

AM(12:30 am): Ran an easy 10K.

Total Distance
3.00

AM (12:30am): I don't normally run on Sunday, but I just needed to get out of the house and get some exercise. So I did an easy 5K this morning. Tomorrow, I will be increasing mileage.

Total Distance
12.00

AM (12:30am): Easy 6 miles.

AM (11:00am): Easy 6 miles.

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Mon, May 11, 2020 at 07:33:04 from 67.177.30.39

You're running at 12:30 AM?

From Eva Splaine on Mon, May 11, 2020 at 17:37:55 from 108.61.201.170

Yes, Mr. Murphy, I go running at 12:30am. Since Japan started the voluntary lockdown, I have been running at that time to avoid people. Also his week I am starting to run two times a day.

I have started doing segmented sleeping, where I go to bed at about 7 or 8pm and sleep until about 11:30pm or 12:00am. I get up go running, and after my run, I sleep again until about 7:00am or 8:00am. Actually, this seems to be working out quite well.

Stay healthy!

From Rob Murphy on Mon, May 11, 2020 at 19:17:40 from 67.177.30.39

That's exactly what I would be doing. Good work!

Total Distance
12.00

AM (12:30 am): Ran a 10K progression run. 4:30-4:22-4:15-4:23-4:16-4:10-4:01-3:57-3:49-3:48

AM (11:00am): Ran an easy 10K.

Total Distance
12.00

AM (12:30am): Ran 10K at an easy pace.

AM (11:30am): Ran 10K at an easy pace.

Total Distance
12.00

AM (12:30am): Did a warm up run. The ran 4 x mile (5:41 - 5:44 - 5:48 - 5:43) (90 sec rest in between). Then did a cool down run, for a total of about 6 miles.

AM (11:30am): Ran an easy 10 K

Total Distance
16.00

AM (12:30 am): Ran 16K (10 miles) in 72 minutes.

AM (11:30 am): Ran an easy 10K.

Total Distance
12.00

AM (12:30am): Ran an easy 10K.

AM (11:30am): Ran an easy 10K. I increased mileage and intensity this week. I felt good about all of my workouts this week.

Total Distance
3.00

AM (11:30am) Ran an easy 5K.

Total Distance
12.00

AM (12:30am) 10K of 2 minutes hard 2 minutes easy.

AM (11:30am): 10K easy

Total Distance
16.00

AM (12:30am): Ran 10 miles easy.

AM (11:30am) Ran 6 miles easy.

Recently I have been feeling like I have been wasting a lot of time at home during the lockdown, and I think I should be taking advantage of this time to do something to better myself. Today I decided to start a couple of courses on the MIT Open Courseware website. I am going to start two courses:

1- Elements of Mechanical Design

2- Modeling Dynamics and Control

I have done several of the MIT courses in the past and find them very well done.

Total Distance
12.00

AM (12:30am): !0K run at pace.

AM (11:30am): 10K easy

Total Distance
16.00

AM (12:30am): Very easy 10 miles

AM (11:30am): Very easy 6 miles

Total Distance
15.00

AM (12:30am): Warm up run. 3 x 3000m fast, cool down run

AM (11:30am): 6 miles easy

Total Distance
12.00

AM (12:30am): 6 miles easy

AM (11:30am): 6 miles easy

Total Distance
6.00

AM (12:30am): 6 easy miles

I have really been getting behind on my sleep recently. I got my textbooks for the courses I am taking, and both textbooks have been very interesting. I have been reading them when I probably should be sleeping. Both books are very well written. I think I am really going to enjoy these courses.

I found out that I will be starting my Internship on June 1. I was supposed to start in April before all of this mess started. I am looking forward to it. I really enjoyed my internship with the same company last summer.

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Sun, May 24, 2020 at 07:09:41 from 67.177.30.39

What classes are you taking?

From Eva Splaine on Sun, May 24, 2020 at 17:22:49 from 108.61.201.170

The classes I am taking are:

1- Elements of Mechanical Design

2- Modeling Dynamics and Control

They are a couple of Mechanical Engineering course.

The courses are through the MIT open courseware. They are free courses that you can find on the MIT website.

MIT has almost all of their courses free online. They are for non-credit unless you pay fee.

They even have history courses if you are interested, but probably not a wide selection. MIT is not really the kind of school where you would study history.

I have done most of the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering courses in my own Home Study.

I decided to do these courses because I felt that during this time of spending so much time at home I should be doing something to improve myself.

Total Distance
12.00

AM (12:30am): Did a warm up run. Ran a fast 5K. Did a cool down run.

AM (11:30am): Ran an easy 10K

Total Distance
16.00

AM (12:30am): Ran 10 easy miles.

AM (11:30am): Ran 6 easy miles.

With less than 30 new cases per day of COVID-19 in the entire country, the Prime Minister of Japan declared an end of the state of emergency. I think people still need to be very careful, but it is nice to have things starting to get back to normal.

With the state of emergency over, and with my internship starting next week, I am going to have to re-think my training a little. I will probably change the times of day that I run.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: 6 easy miles

PM: 6 easy miles

Total Distance
16.00

AM: Did a warm up run. I decided to do a 1500m time trial today. I ran it in 4:38.55. I think I could have done much better than that if I would have been racing someone. Did a cool down run of a couple of miles.

PM: Ran an easy 10 miles

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 easy miles

PM: 6 easy miles

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 miles easy

PM: 6 miles easy.

I think I need to go back to running in the middle of the night and mornings again. It is getting too hot to be running in the afternoon.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: Easy 6 miles.

I am not sure how my training will go this week. I am starting my internship this week, and am not sure when I will be able to fit running in.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: Did an easy 10 miles.

PM: Did an easy 6 miles.

Started my internship today. It is going to be fun I think. Today was an orientation. I will be going to the office every third day. I will be in Group C. I won't be going again until Thursday. The days I do not go to the office I will be doing some work at home. With this schedule, only 1/3 of the work force will be at the office each day, making it easier to keep a distance from other workers.

I have not been assigned to an Engineering Group yet. There is an R&D group working on the development of new products. There is another group working on the improvement of existing products. And there is a group working on improving manufacturing methods of existing products, etc. Any one of groups sounds like it would be interesting. As an intern, I am sure that I will not have any major responsibilities, but I will have lots to learn.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: Did a warm up run. Ran 10 x 800m fast. Did a cool down run.

PM: Ran an easy 6 miles.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 easy miles.

PM: 6 easy miles.

Total Distance
12.00

AM: Ran 6 easy miles. Was going to run 10, but have to go to work today, so I decided to cut it short.

PM: Ran 6 easy miles.

Wen to my job today. I got assigned to the Engineering Group 3, Section 4. This group does work on improving manufacturing processes of automotive transmissions. Sounds interesting.

Comments
From Zack on Wed, Jun 03, 2020 at 21:03:48 from 174.23.173.1

How does your body not collapse with such high weekly mileage?? I know my body couldn't handle it!

From Eva Splaine on Wed, Jun 03, 2020 at 21:15:06 from 108.61.201.170

Zack..I have worked up to it slowly. Most of my runs right now are low intensity, with a couple of hard workouts a week.

i am training for a half marathon in November (if it doesn't get cancelled). I have never run a half marathon before. I found a training schedule of a famous female Japanese runner and Japanese female half marathon record holder. I have been trying to adapt her training as much as possible. It is a lot of mileage.

I don't normally like to do a lot of long mileage, but I am trying it out this time for the half marathon.

I am gradually increasing the mileage until I reach about 30 km a day (18 miles a day). That is what the Japanese runner does.

From Zack on Wed, Jun 03, 2020 at 21:16:41 from 174.23.173.1

That's quite a lot! Make sure to be careful so you don't get hurt or burned out!

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 easy miles.

PM: 6 easy miles

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 easy miles

PM: 6 easy miles

This was a tough week. I am not sure I want to increase my mileage anymore for a while. My ultimate goal is to do about 30km a day, but it is going to take some more time to work into that. I will try to maintain this distance for the next little while.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: Easy 6 miles.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 miles easy.

PM: 6 miles easy.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 miles at a good pace. Even though I had to go to work today, I was still able to fit in a good run this morning. Work is exciting, and I will write more about that another time.

PM: 6 miles easy.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: Did an easy 10 miles including some fast sprints at the end. I have noticed that when I do a lot of long distance runs like I have been doing recently, my ability to sprint has decreased

PM: Did 6 easy miles.

Comments
From Eugene on Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 03:02:50 from 104.189.16.160

i wonít say iím the opposite, but iím the opposite of the inverse. when iím at high mileage sprints help me out a lot. keep up the good work!

Total Distance
16.00

AM: Did a warm up run, then did 10 x 800m, followed by a cool down run.

PM: 6 very easy miles.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 very easy miles.

PM: 6 easy miles

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 easy miles.

PM: 6 easy miles

End of another good week of training.

Next Monday if the weather is permitting, I am going to try and do another 1500m time trial. I wasn't satisfied with the last one. I know I can do better.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 easy miles

Comments
From Eugene on Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 07:12:07 from 104.189.16.160

great week of training last week Eva!

hopefully i'll join you in the 100-mile club this week :)

From Eugene on Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 07:12:37 from 104.189.16.160

and good luck on that time trial!

From Eva Splaine on Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 08:57:30 from 108.61.201.170

Eugene...I am looking forward to you being at the top of the mileage chart again. Hope your recovery is coming along well. Just don't rush it too much.

I have another week at my current level, and then I will try a little increase. My goal is 30km a day.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: Did a good warm run before my time trial. Ran a 1500m time trial.

My time today was 4:33.27. It was a news PR for me and about 5 seconds faster than my last time trial.

I am still a little disappointed. In looking at last years Japanese high school rankings, today's time would have put me in 104th place. I would like to get into the top 100. The top time last year was 4:10.99. I have a long way to go to get there. Top 100 would be 4:33.01. I think I can do that. I will wait a couple of more weeks and try again.

My training recently has been for an upcoming half marathon, so I am happy with my 1500m time since I have not been training for 1500m.

Finished off this mornings workout with a cool down run to get my 10 miles.

PM: 6 very easy miles.

I need to get to bed. I have work tomorrow.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 easy miles. Worked on running form.

PM: 6 easy miles.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 Miles easy

PM: 6 miles easy

Total Distance
16.00

AM: Easy run. 10 x 400m fast. Easy run to get 10 miles.

PM: Easy 6 miles

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 easy miles. Worked on running form. When I do my easy runs, I always try to work on running form.

PM: 6 miles easy.

Total Distance
21.00

AM: 15 mile long run. 200m sprints at the end of each mile. I really enjoyed this run.

PM: 6 miles easy.

The half marathon that I have been training for was cancelled. I feel really bad about this. The half marathon isn't until November. I think it is too early to cancel now, but oh well.

Comments
From Eugene on Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 11:46:08 from 66.21.47.189

solid week of training eva, and sorry to hear about the cancellation. still, youíre on a good streak and could still run a time trial in november, or maybe hop into another race last minute when they start happening again.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 miles easy.

I have been thinking about whether or not to continue my training as scheduled for running a half marathon, or whether to scale back.

Right now I am at the best condition I have ever been in, I don't want to lose that fitness, but I am wondering if it is good to keep doing the high mileage I have been doing for a prolonged period of time, or if I should scale back a little.

I don't understand why they cancelled the half marathon I was training for.

COVID-19 is almost gone here in Japan, and unless there is a very severe 2nd wave, I don't even know if it will even be around in November at all.

I am very disappointed.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Had a real hard getting out of bed this morning. Since my race was cancelled, my motivation level is about "zero". I need to find a race or something so that I have a goal to be working toward.

Once I got out and started running I ran a really good workout.

Short warm up run. Then ran 10 x 1000m fast (I ran these really hard, I was working out my frustration on these. I felt a lot of anger while running these, but it helped me run them extra hard.) Finished with a jog to get my 10 miles.

PM: Ran 8 miles easy. I am increasing the mileage a little this week.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: Easy 10 miles.

PM: 6 miles at a good pace.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 easy miles. I had another workout planned for this morning, but I haven't recovered completely from Monday's workout. I will try to do the workout that I was going to do today, tomorrow.

PM: 8 miles easy.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: Warm up run. 3 x 3000m hard. Cool down run to reach 10 miles.

PM: 6 miles easy.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 very easy miles. Tired from yesterday.

PM: 8 easy miles.

Total Distance
21.00

AM: 15 miles long run. Ran at a fairly good pace.

PM: 6 easy miles

Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 easy miles in the rain.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Warm up run. 20 x 400m fast. Cool down run to get about 10 miles.

PM: Very easy 8 miles.

Total Distance
16.00

AM: 10 easy miles. Had a lot of things going against me for this mornings run. Had terrible stomach cramps, and it was raining, but I was able to get out and complete the run.

PM: Easy 6 miles. Still had stomach cramps, but not as bad as this morning.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 miles easy.

PM: 8 miles easy. I didn't think I was going to get this run in. After my morning run we had some really violent weather. Heavy winds and rain. But it stopped before my run.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Warm up run. 2 x 5000m fast. Cool down run to get my morning 10 miles.

This workout felt really good. In fact, I have been very pleased with how my running has been going recently. I think I am in the best condition I have ever been in, and it FEELS GOOD.

PM: 8 miles easy.

Comments
From Eugene on Fri, Jul 03, 2020 at 18:41:52 from 104.189.16.160

good to hear training is going well. hopefully you're starting to understand why i'm so fond of high mileage :)

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 miles very easy.

PM: 8 miles at a moderate pace.

Total Distance
21.00

AM: 15 miles easy with 200 m sprint at the end of each mile. I have been doing 200m sprinting at the end of each mile during my long runs for the past few weeks, and it seems to really be helping.

PM: Easy 6 miles.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 easy miles between rainstorms.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 miles at a good pace.

PM: 8 miles easy.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Ran an easy warm up run. Then ran a 5K time trial resulting in a new PR, which made me very happy. Cool down run to get 10 miles.

PM: Very easy 8 miles.

Comments
From Eugene on Wed, Jul 08, 2020 at 09:32:47 from 104.189.16.160

not gonna name-drop the PR??? :)

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Very, very slow and easy 10 miles. Yesterday's time trial took more out of me than I thought. At the start of the run, I thought I would never finish it, but after about 6 miles my body started loosening up a bit.

PM: Easy 8 miles. Felt much better than this morning's run.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 easy miles. Still tired from the other day.

PM: 8 easy miles.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 miles of fartlek.

PM: 8 easy miles

Total Distance
21.00

AM: This morning was my long run for the week. Did 15 miles with 200m sprints at the end of each mile.

PM: Very easy 6 miles

This is end of a very good week of running. I have reached the maximum distance that I have been working toward. Now I will try to very gradually increase quality of my workouts.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 miles easy

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 miles hard. I really pushed it this morning. I wanted to finish before it started raining.

PM: 8 easy miles. Started raining hard and I got drenched.

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 09:34:32 from 67.177.30.39

So what was your 5k time last week?

From Eva Splaine on Tue, Jul 14, 2020 at 05:53:54 from 108.61.201.170

Unofficially,16:47.25, which was about 10 seconds faster than my previous best last Fall.

I have been injury free for more than a year and my running is the best it has ever been.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 easy miles. I concentrated on my running form during this run. Usually when I do my easy runs, I like to concentrated on my form.

PM: Easy 8 miles.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Fun 10 miles easy in the rain. Actually the rain felt really good this morning.

PM: Very humid 8 miles.

Comments
From Eugene on Wed, Jul 15, 2020 at 17:55:31 from 104.189.16.160

great stuff from you lately Eva. you're gonna have a killer month of mileage racked up by the 31rst!

From Eva Splaine on Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 07:40:33 from 108.61.201.170

Thanks Eugene. I have reached the maximum mileage that I am going to do. Now I am going to concentrate on gradually improving quality.

From Eugene on Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 19:38:59 from 104.189.16.160

that's the right way to do it, hitting steady mileage before adding fast stuff to add extra stress on the body.

and for the record, i topped out at 114 weekly miles at 18, and i only did it once and didn't run over 100 again for another 3 years. i definitely think you could beat 18-year old gene in a race(he's a sore loser though :) )

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 miles at a fast pace.

PM: 8 miles at a moderate pace.

Total Distance
18.00

AM 10 miles easy. It didn't cool down much during the night, so it was hot and humid for my run. I probably didn't take in enough fluids before the run, and I felt a little dehydrated at the end. I need to be more careful in the future.

PM: Easy 8 miles. Felt much better during this run than during the morning run.

Total Distance
21.00

AM: Got a late start on my run this morning. It was raining so hard early in the morning I was afraid I was going to have to cancel my long run, but it stopped. Ran 15 miles easy with 200m sprints at the end of each mile.

PM: Ran late in the evening because of rain. Ran 6 easy miles in misty rain.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 easy miles in the heat (29C) and humidity (94%).

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 easy miles

PM: 8 easy miles.

For the internship that I am doing, I must select a topic from a list of possible choices of a technical problem to work on. I must come up with some possible solutions to the problem and select an optimum solution and develop a plan to carry out the solution. I must then give a presentation to my supervisor. It sounds really exciting. I have narrowed down my choices for a topic to two. The deadline for submitting the topic is this week, so I must make a decision.

Engineering is really an exciting field. I am loving it.

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From Eugene on Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 05:41:05 from 104.189.16.160

glad to see you're enjoying it, hope that excitement keeps you going when stuff like fundementals of electrical engineering are making you question your entire life

any bets on who hits 500 miles for the month first? :)

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Ran a short warm up. Then ran an 800m time trial. My time was 2:15.26.

Not as good as I had hoped for. In last years high school rankings in Japan, that would have put me at 172nd place. To break into the top 100, I need to get that down to 2:14.26. Only one second. There is only one second difference between the 100th place ranking and the 172nd place ranking in last years rankings.

Then I ran 15 x 400m sprints, and finished off with a cool down run to get 10 miles.

PM: Ran a very easy 8 miles.

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From Eugene on Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 03:33:33 from 104.189.16.160

that's still an excellent time Eva, and running nearly 4 more miles of intervals afterwards is super impressive.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Very sore from yesterday's workout. Did a very easy 10 miles. Felt like I was running in slow motion.

PM: Easy 8 miles

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 miles of fartlek

PM: 8 miles easy

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Easy 10 miles. There were more people out running this morning. It is a National Holiday. The set this day as a holiday last year. This would have been the opening day of the 2020 Olympics. The Olympics are supposed to start next year on this day, but I wonder if it will really happen.

PM: Easy 8 miles.

Total Distance
21.00

AM: Long run of 15 miles with 200m sprints at the end of each mile.

PM: 6 easy miles.

End of another GREAT week!

Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 easy miles

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Warm up run. 3 x (200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m). Cool down run to get 10 miles.

PM: 8 easy miles

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 easy miles.

PM: 8 easy miles.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Warm up run. 20 x 400m sprints. Cool down run to get 10 miles.

PM: Easy 8 miles.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 easy miles. I run the same course everyday. I am thinking I should change courses every once in a while, but I enjoy this course.

PM: 8 easy miles.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 miles at a good steady pace.

PM: 8 easy miles.

Total Distance
21.00

AM: 15 mile long run. The rainy season has finally ended here in Japan, and now the real summer starts. It was really hot today.

PM: 6 easy miles.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: Very easy 6 miles.

The second wave of the Corona Virus is really hitting hard here in Japan. The numbers of new cases have skyrocketed. So on the surface it really appears that the situation has greatly worsened, but in checking out the numbers, the number of tests given has increased at a higher rate than the number of new cases. The number of deaths has stayed the same and in most areas has decreased. So the death rate has really plunged.

I think there were many undetected and unknown cases of the virus before the testing increased.

As the numbers of new cases go up, the government says, "Oh no, the cases are going up. We need to test more." They test more, and of course the numbers go up again, so the government says "This is really getting bad, we need more and more testing" as if they think that testing is a cure.

Testing is meaning less. People are most contagious in the first few days before symptoms appear. So by the time a person is tested, they have done the damage of spreading. Test results come back at such a slow rate, that by the time they get back and even try to do tracking, it is too late to be effective at all.

Testing is only helpful in the initial stage of a virus to learn of the extend of the spread and speed of the spread. Once that it is known that it is intensive spread, there is not much more information testing can give.

We have a good idea who is at most risk, people who are residents of long-term care facilities, the elderly, and people with prior health problems...

The best thing to do is to protect those high risk people.

When people are sick enough to seek out medical care, then testing should be performed to see if they have the virus and then treat them according to the test results.

People need to take care to avoid places where the spread is more likely. They need to take personal responsibility for their own health and also for doing their upmost not to spread it to others.

As we can see, lockdowns have been shown to only prolong things. As people come out of lockdowns the spread begins...this will keep repeating itself if lockdowns are repeatedly used, resulting in a third wave, fourth wave etc. and by the time the fourth wave comes around, people who initially had the virus will probably lose their temporary immunity and catch the virus again, and it starts all over.

The Obama administration, handled the "Swine Flu" in a much better manner. Numbers were kept track of initially, but then after it was known that there was wide spread, posting of the daily numbers was terminated. They did a good job in keeping daily life, the economy, etc. fairly normal.

60 million people had the swine flu in the USA, and I hardly even remember it.

It hit the young people harder than the elderly, so there were less major health problems, whereas COVID-19 hits the elderly harder than the young, but still it was handled much better.

Maybe it was handled better because it was not an election year. I have the feeling politicians regardless of party are not making good decisions due to the political situation of an election year. I feel bad that both political parties appear to being putting political appearances before the peoples health.

The world seems to be following the USA's bad example of handling this virus. There was no talk of lockdowns in Japan until the US started doing them. Borders were not closed until Trump closed the US borders.

The Trump administration in my opinion has handled this situation very poorly from the start, which has resulted in not only hurting the USA's economy etc., but countries throughout the world like Japan that follow the USA's lead in handling this situation are also experiencing an economic crisis.

Well, I could go on and on about this, but I had to get all of this off my chest.

I feel much better now..... :)

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From Eugene on Mon, Aug 03, 2020 at 20:24:42 from 104.189.16.160

my college is doing on-campus classes this semester, which is super depressing. i honestly might opt out of it. even if they test every student i don't see any way this turns out well, and i want no part of it.

wonder who's gonna hit 2000 for the year first. we both should get it by the end of the week at the rate we've been going.

From Eva Splaine on Mon, Aug 03, 2020 at 21:26:49 from 108.61.201.170

At the rate that you are going, I think you will overtake me and get to 2000 first, but it may be close....You are making it tempting to add a few extra miles to my PM run this afternoon.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Warm up run. 4 x 2000m fast (1000m easy in between). Cool down run to get 10 miles.

PM: 8 easy miles

Total Distance
18.00

AM: When I woke up this morning I got some terribly painful shin muscle cramps in both legs. The cramps just wouldn't go away so I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to run. Finally, after about a half hour, the muscles relaxed and the pain when away.

I then ran an easy 10 miles. Luckily there was no pain while running.

PM: Easy 8 miles.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Warm up run. 20 x 300m sprints (short recovery jog in between) cool down run to reach 10 miles.

PM: Easy 8 miles

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Very easy 10 miles. Still very tired from yesterday's workout.

PM: Easy 8 miles

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 miles at a very fast pace.

PM: 8 easy miles

Total Distance
21.00

AM: 15 mile long run with 200m sprint at the end of each mile. This has become one of my favorite workouts of the week.

PM: Very easy 6 miles.

This ends another Fun week of running. I was very satisfied with the training I was able to do.

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From Eugene on Sat, Aug 08, 2020 at 06:19:01 from 104.189.16.160

nice job this week eva.

Total Distance
6.00

AM: Easy 6 miles. The temperature today was 36C (about 97F) and the humidity was 70%.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Warm up run. 10 x 1000 m fast. Cool down run to get 10 miles.

PM: 8 easy miles in the heat.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 very easy miles.

PM: 8 easy miles.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: I was planning on doing a hard workout this morning, but I woke up with a bad cramp in my left calf muscle during the night. I worked it out, but decided to go easy today. I wonder what is causing the cramping. My mom says it may be dehydration. I need to try better at keeping hydrated.

Ran 10 easy miles.

PM: Leg felt much better. Did an easy 8 miles

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Warm up run. 2 x 5000m fast. Cool down run to get 10 miles.

PM: Very easy 8 miles

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 miles easy.

PM: 8 miles easy.

Total Distance
21.00

AM: 15 mile long run with 200 m sprints after each mile.

PM: 6 miles easy.

This week was a little hard staying motivated. It has been so hot and humid recently, which makes running very uncomfortable.

Comments
From Eugene on Thu, Aug 20, 2020 at 18:35:28 from 104.189.16.160

hope you're alright.

From Eva Splaine on Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 06:26:23 from 108.61.201.170

I am alright Eugene. Thanks for asking.

You are probably the only one on the blog here that even noticed I haven't updated my blog for a few days.

I could totally disappear from the blog and no one (except for you Eugene) would even notice.

I have been so busy this week with my internship that I haven't had time to write on my blog. I have been running though. I finally updated my blog tonight.

From Eugene on Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 09:17:21 from 174.223.3.113

i knew something was up when i saw no one was in my universe on the mileage board! :)

From Eugene on Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 09:18:31 from 174.223.3.113

and hope youíre enjoying your internship!

Total Distance
10.00

AM: 10 miles easy.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Warm up run. 5 x 1 mile fast. Cool down run to 10 miles.

PM: 8 Easy miles.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 very easy miles.

PM: 8 easy miles.

Total Distance
20.00

AM: Warm up run. 3 x (100m + 200m + 400m + 800m + 1600m + 800m + 400m + 200m + 100m). Cool down run to reach about 12 miles.

PM: 8 easy miles

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 super super easy miles. Very tired from yesterday's workout.

PM: 8 easy miles

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 mile progression run. Felt very tired at first but gradually stated feeling better so got faster and faster so this run turned into a progression run.

PM: 8 very easy miles.

I have been very busy with my internship this week. I had a preliminary project presentation with my supervisor today where I had to present my project, the reasons for selecting the project, etc. I have been busy all week getting ready for the presentation.

Total Distance
21.00

AM: 15 mile long run with 200m sprints at the end of each mile.

PM: Easy 6 miles.

This is the end of a very BUSY week.

Comments
From Eugene on Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 08:18:35 from 104.189.16.160

123 this week?? you tryna steal my mileage board spot?! :)

From Eva Splaine on Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 09:22:24 from 108.61.201.170

Eugene...don't worry...you are still KING of the mileage board.

Total Distance
10.00

AM: 10 easy miles.

Total Distance
20.00

AM: Warm up. 8 x (2 x 400m sprints) (10 second rest between 400s, with 1000m run between sets). Cool down to get about 12 miles.

This was a very difficult workout, but I really felt fast, light on my feet, and felt I had a lot of energy. One of my best workouts recently.

PM: 8 very easy miles

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 easy miles.

PM: 8 easy miles.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Warm up run. 6 x 2000m fast. Cool down run to get 10 miles.

PM: Easy 8 miles.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 easy miles.

PM: 8 easy miles.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: Warm up run. 10 x 1000m fast. Cool down run to get 10 miles

PM: Easy 8 miles.

Total Distance
23.00

AM: 15 mile long run with 200m sprints at the end.

Today during my long run, I was thinking about the two political conventions during the last couple of weeks. I was comparing the two. There are very big differences. This is will be my first time voting and want to make a good educated decision. I think this will be one of the most important elections of our time. The direction of the country depends on it. I hope everyone watched the two conventions and will follow their own feelings in voting this coming election.

PM: 8 miles easy

Total Distance
10.00

AM: 10 miles very easy.

Total Distance
10.00

AM: I overslept. I started reading a new textbook "Electronics for Inventors" by Paul Scherz. It was so fascinating that I couldn't put it down. Electronics is one of my weak points. I think this book is going to give me a much better knowledge of the subject. I don't know how late I stayed up in the night reading, but I fell asleep while reading. When I woke up in the morning it was too late to go for a run.

I had a good workout planned for this morning but I will have to do it on Tuesday morning.

PM: Ran an easy 10 miles.

I have a callous on the bottom of my right heel. Well it split open an is very painful when I stand on it. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to run, but after I ran for a short distance I forgot about the pain. and was able to finish my run.

Total Distance
20.00

AM: I did the workout today that I had planned for yesterday. Did a warm up run.

Ran 15 x 800m fast. Ended with a cool down run to reach about 12 miles.

PM: Ran an easy 8 miles.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: VERY easy 10 miles. Still extremely tired from yesterday morning's workout.

PM: Easy 8 miles

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 miles at a fast pace. Felt full of energy today.

PM: 8 miles easy.

Total Distance
18.00

AM: 10 miles easy.

PM: 8 miles easy.

Total Distance
21.00

AM: 15 mile long run with 200m sprints at the end of each mile.

PM: 6 miles easy

The end of another week. Seemed like a very uneventful week. Recently my life seems to be "one pattern". Same thing every day. I think it is time to make some changes.

Total Distance
3.00

It has been a while since I wrote on my blog.

I have been to the other side of HELL and back with COVID-19. It hit me extremely hard and I really suffered with it.

It has been more than a month now since I have recovered, and even though the doctors say they cannot find anything wrong with me, I still do not feel 100% normal. I still get winded easily and my heart starts racing like crazy. Some mornings I just cannot get out of bed.

I have started getting back to running, but I have found it very difficult.

Last week I ran a 5K time trial. My time was 37:27. Much of which was walking. When I run, my heart starts pounding and my chest hurts and I have difficult breathing, so I have to stop and walk.

Today my goal was to run 1 mile without stopping. Unfortunately, I was only able to go three laps around the track before I had to stop. I walked and ran some until I got 3 miles today.

I will take a couple of days off to rest, and will try this again.

For those who take this virus lightly, please don't. I know that some and maybe even most have only few problems, but some like me get it very hard. So please do what you can to stop the spread. Wear a mask and avoid crowds.

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From Sarah! on Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 16:40:50 from 73.63.54.46

Iíve been wondering how you were and if everything was okay. Iím sorry to hear that COVID-19 hit you and hit you so hard. A guy in my ward said he felt like God was giving him a second chance at life, thatís how bad COVID-19 hit him. He lost something like 30 lbs from it.

Itís just starting to hit my family. My dad tested positive yesterday, my mom is showing symptoms. She, my sister and I are going to get tested tomorrow.

How fast did your symptoms come on? Were you hospitalized for it?

Iím sorry that itís still affecting you so much. My heart hurts for you, I know how amazing of a runner you are and so young and healthy. I truly hope you can start to feel some relief soon.

From Eva Splaine on Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 06:45:57 from 108.61.201.170

Sarah, thank you.

I was the last in my family to get the virus, but it hit me harder than the others.

At first the symptoms were mild. I had a headache, sore throat and a slight fever. At first I didn't want to stop running so I decided to try and go on runs during the very early morning hours when no one was around but that is when things started getting worse. I have no proof of it, but I think the deep breathing during my runs caused the virus to go deep in the lungs. Anyway, as the days went by the worse I got, I had terrible time breathing and my heart was always racing.

I was in the hospital for 1 week. Luckily I didn't have to use a ventilator. I also never lost my sense of smell or taste. I am glad for that. But my mouth was always very dry and felt like my tongue was swollen. That might have been due to the fever. I have since had three negative PCR tests and hopefully I am on my way to recovery. But I still sometimes have problems breathing, my heart still races, and I still always feel very tired.

The rest of my family recovered and have had no lingering problems; just me. I think it is because I tried to run through it.

I hope you are not coming down with the virus, but if you are, I don't recommend running with it.

From jtshad on Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 08:15:37 from 141.221.191.225

Thanks for your story and caution message. I am glad to hear you are recovering. Praying that you can find a full recovery and feel better and find a way back to your normalcy in life soon.

From Zack on Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 11:52:15 from 136.36.6.204

Sorry to hear that it has hit you so hard. Here on the BYU team, one person was hit really hard and it has taken multiple months for him to finally feel alright with running.

Hope that you feel back to your old self again!

From Ethan Cannon on Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 13:40:31 from 73.3.119.178

I am sorry. That is truly awful. I hope you get better soon.

Total Distance
3.00

Last week I tried running a mile without stopping. I failed last week in my attempt and was only able to do 3 laps of the track before I had to stop.

I rested most of last week and decided to take on that challenge again today.

Today, to my surprise, I was feeling much better as I ran and, even though difficult, I was able to complete a mile without stopping. I then walked for a mile and tried running a mile again, and was also able to finish that mile without stopping.

Today was a very encouraging day for me.

I was able to accomplish my goal of running one mile, not only once, but twice.

PS: I heard recently about a training method called MAF. I have been interested in starting it.

If anyone has ever tried it, or has any tips regarding it, I would love to hear about it.

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Sun, Nov 29, 2020 at 15:58:35 from 67.177.30.39

MAF training is the idea that you get fast by running slow.

Glad you're feeling better!

From Eva Splaine on Wed, Dec 02, 2020 at 14:42:48 from 108.61.201.170

Thanks Mr. Murphy. I think I am going to try that kind of training for awhile, since VERY SLOW is about as much as I can handle right now.

Total Distance
3.00

After two days of hardly being able to get out of bed, I did

3 easy miles of mixed running (jogging) and walking.

Still having issues with my heart and breathing.

I have a visit with a doctor again tomorrow.

Total Distance
0.00

I am going to the hospital until the Dec. 16 for observation and tests of my irregular heart beat etc.

Comments
From jtshad on Sun, Dec 06, 2020 at 16:53:49 from 75.174.23.109

Sorry about the issues, you are in my prayers.

From Zack on Mon, Dec 07, 2020 at 10:38:22 from 136.36.6.204

Hope you feel better and all goes well!

Total Distance
0.00

I returned home from the hospital yesterday. A big thanks to all of the people who took good care of me while was there.

I underwent several tests for my heart and lungs.

As a result of the tests, my doctor, parents and I have decided that I will give up running indefinitely.

Comments
From Zack on Wed, Dec 16, 2020 at 17:08:24 from 174.23.144.57

What!? Oh no!! I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully that will change and you can keep doing something you love!

From Eva Splaine on Wed, Dec 16, 2020 at 22:17:17 from 108.61.201.170

Thanks Zack!

I am hoping to go on an LDS mission next year so I am hoping I get well by then.

Total Distance
0.00

I can't do any running right now, but the doctor says that it is okay do walking, so I got a pedometer and this morning I walked 5473 steps. My average heart rate during the walk was 132, and no significant heart pain. It was cold this morning.

Total Distance
0.00

Body temperature: 36.2C

Walked 4886 steps.

Average heart rate during walk: 132 bpm

Overall felt good. A little frustrated I can't run, but "Good things come to those who wait". When the proper time comes, I hope I can start running again. Until then I will walk.

Total Distance
0.00

Body Temperature: 36.5C

Walked 5193 steps.

Average heart rate during walk: 126 bpm

Today was a beautiful morning. Going to Costco in Zama today.

Total Distance
0.00

Body Temperature: 35.7C

Walked 5149 steps.

Average heart rate during walk was 120 bpm. (Heart rate has been gradually improving. I have felt little discomfort walking. I was very tired this morning though, and had a hard time getting out of bed.)

Merry Christmas everyone! :)

Comments
From jtshad on Thu, Dec 24, 2020 at 16:26:45 from 75.174.49.231

Merry Christmas. Praying for you to continue to improve.

From Eva Splaine on Fri, Dec 25, 2020 at 06:31:41 from 108.61.201.170

Thank you for your prayers, and I will also be praying for a quick and complete recovery for you and all of your family. I pray that none of you will have lingering problems like I have had.

Merry Christmas to you! :)

Total Distance
0.00

Body Temperature: 35.9C (I have to keep a record of my temperature morning and evening for my next Doctor's visit, so I have been recording it here also.)

Walked 5423 steps.

Average heart rate during the walk was 120 bpm.

Felt very good today during the walk. Today's walk was mostly level with no uphill portions. The uphill portions still give me some problems.

I was supposed to go back into the hospital on Jan 6 to 8, for some more tests, but the hospital called and asked me to come on Jan 4 to 6 instead. Not really looking forward to that.

Total Distance
0.00

Had a very nice relaxing weekend and got some well needed sleep and rest.

Body Temperature: 36.2C

Walked 6049 steps.

Average heart rate during the walk was 120 bpm.

Total Distance
0.00

Body Temperature: 35.8C

Walked 6234 steps.

Average heart rate during the walk was 114 (either this was a great improvement over the last few days, or there was an error in measurement. I am hoping for the latter.)

Total Distance
0.00

Body temperature: 36.0C

Walked 6203 steps.

Average heart rate during the walk was 117 bpm.

Today I am going to spend a relaxing day at home watching the Women's Ekiden National Championship on TV.

Total Distance
0.00

Body Temperature: 36.0C

Walked 6045 steps.

Heart rate during today walk was 105.

Felt very very good today walking. I wanted to run so bad, but will be patient until I get approval from the doctor.

This is the last day of the year. It has been quite the year. I had some PRs in my running as well as my current situation where I am unable to run at all. I finished high school and also enjoyed working as an intern. There were a lot of ups and downs this year, but through the ups and downs I have learned a lot about myself and I feel I have grown and become a better person for it.

I am hoping that next year will be a much better year for me and for the world as a whole.

Good bye 2020.

Total Distance
2507.00
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