RHR 60 HRV 81 Weight 89.0kg Run 5km in 0:22:12
Cycle 80km in 3 hours 13 minutes
I woke this morning to see my HRV and Resting Heart Rate in their normal ranges. That was a good thing because today was the day of The Ireland Funds Remote Global 5K. For the past 3 years we have had a run and a BBQ or picnic, but this year we had to make do with running remotely and logging our runs on a phone app. Fortunately, it worked out well and we were able able to get a lot of people running in different parts of Tokyo, Kyoto and Okinawa to support The Ireland Funds and the Charities that it supports.
I headed to the Park Run course where I had run for the past 4 weeks and met up with Roger, Andrew and Mason. I had not seen Andrew since the pandemic started in February and he was looking fit and well. He has not wasted his lockdown. I must remember not to stand beside him in a pre run photo that is anything more than a face photo.
We decided that as there were four of us running, we should not run together and go off at 30 second intervals. First went Roger in his romanesque sandals. I had seen many people wearing these, even in ultra marathons, but I cannot imagine that they are anyway comfortable. Roger seems to like them. Then went Mason. We have run this course 3 times together over the past 5 weeks and I was grateful to him for renewing my interest in the Saturday morning 5km. I went next. Andrew claimed that he could not remember the course and needed someone to follow. I guess that this could be right as I made mistakes a couple of times over the past month at the 2km point.
I started off OK but just as I was catching up with Mason I noticed that my right shoe lace was undone. This was ridiculous. My lace had come undone during my practice run on Friday and I should have learned something from it. Apparently I did not. I quickly bent down and tied it, and the left one for good measure before heading off again in pursuit of Mason. I passed him just before the 1km point at the small bridge and when I looked back over my shoulder I saw that Andrew was very close as well. My 1km segment was 4:19. It might have been under 4:10 like last week had I tied my shoelace properly at the start.
The second kilometer of Park Run is the hardest. It goes around the pond and over rough ground for about 500m. It seems that not a lot of people had been out that way recently and the grass was long and wet. I plodded through it, all the time aware that Andrew was making ground on me. At about 1.7km we came back on to the path and I tried to pick up the pace to the 2km point. I got there in 4:28 and took the sharp left. Andrew had virtually made up all the time that he had waited at the start.
The third km is a big loop and you have a few opportunities to see people behind you. I could not see Andrew but I could hear him as he got closer. I could see Mason and as we finished the third km we met Roger who was just finishing the second km. Roger kindly stopped and took the photo of me running just ahead of Andrew. I finished kilometer 3 in 4:24 and shortly after that Andrew went past me. It was always going to happen but it was a little disapointing.
I tried to keep him in my sights as much as I could but he gradually got further and further away. I got back to the little bridge, which is the 4km point, and recorded 4:27. It is a fairly straight run-in from there along the river but I could not increase my pace. I was tired and sore and breathing heavily. I finished the final km in 4:30 for a total time of 22:12. Andrew finished the run in an incredible 20:56. Despite the hot summer and not being able to do any speed work he was clearly in shape.
We regrouped in Starbucks and took a table outside to talk about our experiences and the run. It was good to get together and have a socially responsible run and coffee and I hope that we can do it again before too long.
But I was not done. It was only 9:30 AM and I had the whole day ahead of me. After getting home and cleaning up, I was back out again out again. This time on my bike. The plan was to go to the Onekan and do a couple of laps and try to increase my heart rate. It worked and I had a good long cycle that took in 7 or 8 hills. On the way back I thought about going for a swim, but then remembered that I would have to be back out on the bike on Sunday and decided to go shopping instead.