At about 11pm at night I decided to go for my two loops. I had a long day at work and it looked like it might rain by 8pm in the evening, but by 10pm the cloud cover had gone and it wasn’t so cold.
I wasn’t sure if I could run faster than my Friday run, but when I hit the 3km mark I realized I was about one minute ahead of Friday’s time. I tried to keep the same rhythm but by 4km point the stitch which was developing from the 3.5km point suddenly became unbearable and I had to slow down to almost a halt. I jogged a bit and picked up the pace once the stitch was bearable. In the back of my mind, I thought 17 minutes zone is not possible today.
However, when approaching 200metres to go I noticed to my surprise that I can close the lap in 16 minutes zone, so I went hard for it and closed at 16:43. I believe if not for the stitch it could have been in the 16:30 zone or even under.
The next lap I went slow, and could close the lap in 19:12 comfortably.
I am glad to have gone into 16 minutes zone in my second outing.
Tokyo Marathon course record stands at 2:07:23 by Victor Rothlin way back in 2008 and in women it stands at 2:25:38 by Nasukawa Mizuho in 2009. However given the participation of the former Marathon King, Haile Gebreselasie with a 2:03:59 best time along with Jafred Kipchumba and Michael Kipyego with 2:05 and 2:06 best times last year respectively. In addition, Viktor Rothlin is also invited to defend his course record. Therefore, there is nothing more to expect than a new course record in men’s .
Women’s course record is not so much under threat, but we have to recognize the presence of three ladies, who ran under 2:25 last year. Helena Kirop from Kenya with a 2hrs 23:37 Venice Marathon win, Habtamu Atsede from Ethiopia 2:24: 25 Berlin Marathon 2011, 4th and Jerusalem Kuma from Ethiopia with a 2:24:55 Amsterdam Marathon 2011 2nd.
I read somewhere that Achilles Tendon is the strongest tendon yet the weakest. many athletes fell victim to Achilles injury. The problem is common among athletes especially when the training or exercise involves a burst of speed. On another note, it is said to be common among athletes aged 30 to 40, which puts me on the spot.
I am sorry that I haven’t been writing about my recovery process. At first, I thought I could just chill for a week or so before getting back on my feet, and I did just that to my doom.
I got injured on 8th December, but kept running lightly on and off which really delayed the healing process. To be exact, I ran a number of 5ks (about 3) after the injury, but the worse came on 21st December when I did a 10k in the evening.
After the run, my Achilles was not only swollen, but it felt like there was a gel in it, which I later found out from my doctor that it might have been collagen build up.
From 22nd Dec I started going to an Orthopedist who helped me back in 2009. I went through some conditioning rehabilitation that involved some massage and various exercises. He also recommended I get insole, as my foot is quite flat. (As an after post: Recently I went to Adidas shop in Harajuku to use their foot scan, and the shop assistant didn’t feel my foot was as flat as the doctor suggested….)
In short, the orthopedist believed that my injury was due to my foot flatness. I couldn’t figure out exactly what that meant, but he tried to tell me that with lots of mileage and speed outbursts, flat footed runners tend to stress the Achilles more than the arch footed ones. Anyway, I didn’t care so much of the technicalities as long as I get back on the road soon for the Tokyo Marathon training.
From last week I received my insoles, and tested them on the treadmill. They felt good, but I have to test them on the road longer.
The training is on, see other posting!