My daily diet continues to be plodding around new cities as far as the legs will allow. No thoughts as to quality nor forthcoming races.
Thursday – Kamo
Similar to Tuesday – Kamo river starting near the fork (6km north of the CBD). Decided to keep to the flats and went south in light rain.
The lesson is north = good, south = bad. Start with nice greenery, old-school architecture and well-dressed dog walkers. 8km or so later (south), I may have been in the Bronx equivalent on Kyoto. At that point it was time to turn.
Allowed the legs to decide the pace, which sat at 4:40s. I think the right foot is still on the mend. Pain sits at 4/10 which is not greatly improved vs last week.
20km at 4:50s.
Lunch was a steaming bowl of burnt miso ramen from Gogyo – famous in Kyoto. Over-hyped.
Friday – Temple
Traditionally an easier day. Headed over to the Imperial Palace again for some low key dirt tracks and cross-training. 0-6km, loosely wandering the park with heel kicks and high knee type drills. Always a good way to loosen the legs.
It was then time to head east over the river. Ventured past Kyoto University, then discovered a temple near the Philosopher’s Path. The entrance was a set of stairs with orange painted pieces of wood. Then inside, the type of structures that now look all the same to me.
2km in the area, on a mix of trail, gravel and road before departing back home. A little added mileage along the river enjoying the fresh air got the total to mid-teens.
16km at 5:37s.
Very relaxed run, the best type. I sense I will regain freshness eventually if I keep away from the hills.