Sunday, May 31, 2009
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What's even more important, I'll start faster to reach the narrow technical single track after before the large slow crowd will get there and force the long line of runners to stop.
- discard the backpack and everything that was in it (the race organisation provides sufficient drinks and food for the runners, so there's no need to carry anything),
- weigh less - although I've gained some weight recently, I still weigh less than in previous years (my BMI used to be slightly over 21, then I dropped it down to 19 this winter - now I'm staying comfortably at 20.5)
- work on my running technique by running barefoot occasionally (in the photo above taken after 17 km at over 1600 meters you see me striking heel first - ie. I'm braking)
- improve my running speed by doing speed workouts in racing flats,
- replace the heavy stability shoes with lighter racing shoes (probably Brooks Racer ST)
- avoid foot injuries (I believe my plantar fasciitis and achilles issues last year were actually caused by the stability shoes, so this is one more good reason to quit using them),
- taper properly for the race (last year I ran an ultramarathon once every week, so I was already feeling tired and unmotivated at the starting line - fresh legs can make all the difference in the world),
- eat some carbohydrates before and during the race - as most people claim this generally helps one to race faster (I've been on a very restricted low-carb diet in the past - of course I've already started to experiment with carbs in my training to avoid unpleasant surprises on race day)
- drink coffee in the morning (I used to drink lots of coffee, but last year I didn't - now I've started to experiment with coffee again, as it seems to help as long as I don't take any after midday).
In this photo Eberhard from Germany, who was also DQ'd in Chants at 47 km mark and who then kindly helped me to get the free start for this year, chases me on the rail bridge at about 25 km. We are well aware of being way behind our schedules, so we start running like we mean it now that the paths are wider again and we were able to pass some of the slower runners (some of whom were participating in shorter K31 or C42 races).
This is taken about half-way up (at 1750 m) the biggest uphill (from the lowest point of 1019 m at 32 km to the highest point of 2632 m at 53 km).
This year I'll do a lot more hill repeats than last year, but I live at sea level and there are no mountains around here, so I won't be climatized when arriving in Davos the day before the race.
Friday, May 22, 2009
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Sunday, May 17, 2009
Asics Gel DS RACER
Originally uploaded by jo@flickr
I simped my Asics Gel DS Racers by cutting off 80% of the heels and taking the insoles out.
The weight of a shoe was reduced from 219 g (size EU 43.5, US 9.5) to 180 g. So they are 18% lighter, but that's not the main reason for doing this.
My purpose was to improve my running technique and strengthen the leg muscles. I believe this will improve my racing and prevent injuries.
A short 6K test run today proved my new simped shoes usable both on roads and forest trails. So far so good.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
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Based on Google Trends, I suspect barefoot running might become a serious trend soon. Anyway going back to basics would suit well the current economic recession.