The 145km Giant Salamander Ride

I’ve said before that I have a tendency to overdo things, and despite being so restrained over the last few weeks I got carried away and made a sudden decision to cycle farther than I ever have before. With little planning, I left home just before 5am and headed north into the mountains on my Giant Defy road bike. The idea was to head towards Gujo, cross the Otoge pass over the mountains and cycle […]

Training Update – May 19th, 2013

It’s been five weeks since I wrecked my body at the Kakegawa Marathon. The first couple of weeks after that were quite painful and I wasn’t able to do very much at all in terms of exercise. Since the beginning of May, I’ve managed to start running again and am making steady progress towards my next big event, the Mount Norikura Heavenly Marathon on the weekend of June 22/23. Running Smarter I do have a […]

21K Kakamigahara Alps Hike

The forecast was cloud with light rain, ideal for taking on the Kakamigahara Alps full hiking course. Last year I did it twice, but both times tried to run it. The first time, also in the rain, I bailed out with two mountains to go. I got lost, was freezing cold in t-shirt and shorts, and didn’t have the will to continue. Two months later, on a hot day in June, I tried again, and […]

Open Proposal for a Gifu Runners Marathon

This post is directed at members of the Gifu Runners Facebook Group, a group of runners living in or around the Gifu region of Japan. There is a clear lack of full marathon options for us in Gifu. In fact, there are only two marathons that I know of: the hugely popular Ibigawa Marathon and the almost unheard of Kisogawa Marathon. Both events have their merits, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a third […]

Kakegawa Marathon Race Report

Shizuoka’s Kakegawa may be a small city, smaller than where I live, in fact, but it has a very nice castle, an exotic birds zoo, and of course, the Kakegawa “New Tea” Marathon. I originally decided to run Kakegawa because I wanted to run a 3 hour, 30 minute marathon and couldn’t do that in last December’s Nara Marathon because I was injured. Kakegawa was not so far from home and the course didn’t look […]

Race Plan for the Kakegawa Marathon

With just four days to go until the Kakegawa Marathon, I’ve been thinking about race strategy. First of all, I’m following the advice of a friend who told me to set three time goals so if you miss the first you can still aim for the second and third. My goals are: sub-3:30, 3:45 and 3:57:26, the last being my current PR which I set in the Nara Marathon last December. What I’m up against […]

Ramsay’s Round Up – April 9, 2013

I was feeling pretty sore after last week’s 32K run, during which I hurt my knee and made the pain in my foot much worse. I didn’t realize how sore my foot was until I went for a 4km walk the next day. I took the rest of the week off from running, but went swimming twice and did two 20km bike rides at night, the second of which I finished in under an hour, […]

I’m Doing the Utsukushigahara 70K!

For a long while I’ve been intrigued by a 70 kilometer trail run in the Utsukushigahara highlands in Nagano prefecture. The whole race is run at over 1,500m above sea level. That not only makes for some spectacular views (I may be running above the clouds!), but it also means it will be much cooler up there on August 31st than down here in Kakamigahara. Only 400 people get to do the full 70K loop […]