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I’m Back!!! January 20, 2010

Posted by Richard Lowe in Training.
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What a belated post! Happy new year, everyone. I’m back from the holidays and it’s taken me awhile to get back into the swing of things. I was hoping to post earlier, but better late than never, I guess.

As for my running these past four weeks, I took two weeks off while my wife and I traveled to Japan. Well, I was actually able to get in a five mile run on the Kamo River one morning before we headed off to roam the streets of Kyoto. The river is actually very accessible to runners and bikers and I was one of many runners out there that morning. It was pretty exhilarating to run “internationally.” I never thought any of my vacations would include my running shoes.

Kamo River, Kyoto, Japan

The Kamo River is quite beautiful, actually, as is the rest of Kyoto. Kyoto’s main draw are it’s many temples and being there over the New Year was a unique experience. All the temples have celebrations to ring in the New Year and we had a great time being a part of the festivities.

I’ll have more photos of Japan on my other website up shortly and I’ll post a link when I do.

As for running once I got back, it took me about a week to get back to where I was before I left. Taking two weeks off didn’t ruin everything I had built up, though my first couples runs were harder than I remembered. It wasn’t necessarily my endurance that had gone, it was more my muscles. They were screaming, “We just took two weeks off! What are you doing to us!” I had lost about ten seconds off my pace and my muscles were sore everyday after every run, even the 4 miler. How sad!

But, I’m finally back into game shape. It feels good. With the marathon two months away, I’m getting excited and I feel ready.

Here are my runs from the past two weeks. It took me about a week to get my pace back:

1/10/10 – 4.29 miles @ 8:38 pace, 37:03
1/11/10 – 6.26 miles @ 8:43 pace, 54:37
1/12/10 – 4.29 miles @ 8:34 pace, 36:47
1/13/10 – Elliptical x-train workout, 45:00
1/14/10 – 8.31 miles @ 8:35 pace, 71:22
1/15/10 – Off day
1/16/10 – 14.37 miles @ 8:27 pace, 121:28
1/17/09 – 4.06 miles @ 9:51 pace, 40:00 (recovery)
1/18/10 – Elliptical x-train workout, 20:00
1/19/10 – 6.33 miles @ 8:02 pace, 50:50
1/20/10 – 5.22 miles @ 8:26 pace, 44:00



1. wheelless - January 20, 2010

Nice pictures!

RJL - January 21, 2010

Thanks! I’ll have more up soon.

2. Yasmin - January 21, 2010

Heyyyyy it’s good to have you back! Japan sounds like quite the experience–I must visit, one day.

It’s also encouraging to hear your two week break wasn’t detrimental. I ended up missing my big mile runs two week in a row too because of my back, and had to re-adjust my training plan out of precaution.

Anyways, back on track and onward and upward!

RJL - January 21, 2010

Ouch, I didn’t read about your back issues! I have been out of touch. Glad to hear you’re better though. And yes: onward and upward!

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