Sage’s Training Log: 1.24.2016

Steeps up Mt. Qizing in Taipei.
Steeps up Mt. Qizing in Taipei.

Week Five: I was in Taiwan for week five of half marathon training. Although the program required five to six days of four to six mile easy runs, I probably ran about half of them; the rest of the time we hiked, walked and rode the subway around Taipai and the mountain district of Alishan. I wasn’t able to do any of my core strength or flexibility work-outs as the apartment was too small. I designate this weekย as “recovery” although that wasn’t really on the plan.

Week Six: Back home, I returned to the schedule and added some body core strength work and some after-run stretching and foam rolling. Jet lap (14 hour flight to Taiwan, 10 1/2 hour flight back) hasn’t been too bad except still waking for about two hours around 2:00 a.m.

The week:

Monday 1/18: Run 5 miles (through city streets and along river in Taipei)

Tuesday: Run 6 miles (Boulder Creek Trail: definitely hard breathing as I returned to altitude)

A popular electrolyte drink in Taiwan!
A popular electrolyte drink in Taiwan!

Wednesday: 5 miles temp (1 mile easy; 3 miles at 8:20; 1 mile easy) on NEW treadmill

Thursday: Hiked 7 miles (Goat Trail and Mt. Sanitas Valley trails); good core strength work-out

Friday: Run 4 miles (treadmill); hip strength work-out

Saturday: Run 7.5 miles (easy pace, longest run since half marathon last October). Finally felt easier breathing. Warmer weather (low 40s) also helped.

Sunday: Swim 1 mile (first time in pool in a month)

This coming week I’ll add intervals and a tempo run to the other easy days. Hope it works!

Morning exercises in Daan Park in Taiwan.
Morning exercises in Daan Park in Taiwan.

I'm a senior masters runner. I write about my running journey and topics of interest to runners of all ages. My current goal is to maintain of steady base of road and (new to me) trail running, with some 5k, 10k, and half marathons throughout the year.

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