Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Akaba Completes 40 km Training Run

http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/news/p-sp-tp0-20090603-502205.html
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/other/090602/oth0906021957011-n1.htm
http://www.sponichi.co.jp/olympic/news/2009/06/03/03.html
http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=spo_30&k=2009060200863
http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/news/f-sp-tp0-20090603-502398.html

translated and edited by Brett Larner

Thanks to "the power of being watched," Berlin World Championships women's marathon team member Yukiko Akaba (29, team Hokuren) ran a 40 km test run at her high-altitude training camp in Sugadaira, Nagano, on June 2 in front of 10 members of the press. Akaba's form and rhythm were smooth as she completed the 6-lap practice run in 2:35:27. She smiled afterwards as she said, "That was tough. It's been a long time since I've done something this hard."

Two days before the workout Akaba experienced some discomfort in the middle toe on her left foot, but she nevertheless ran the full distance as planned. "My foot is fine," she said. Her coach and husband Shuhei told reporters, "I think the foot pain she had was just from trying out a new pair of shoes. In terms of this workout, Yukiko always trains without many people around, so sometimes the motivation to push herself is lacking a bit. Without this gallery watching today she might have only run 2 loops [instead of 6]. It's a good thing that she finished the full workout, and that's the power of being watched."

With the success of this public workout it's clear Akaba's preparations for Berlin are going well. Shuhei described the family team's plans for Akaba's summer training. Akaba will continue training in Sugadaira until June 20, adding speedwork to help her get ready for the 10000 m in this month's National Track and Field Championships. After that she will continue her marathon training. "She's going to do 2 or 3 more 40 km runs before Berlin. We're covering all the bases." Asked about her goal for the World Championships marathon, Akaba replied, "A medal, or at worst the top eight."

4 comments:

dennis said...

Come on beat Paula! Rikuren needs to train the world champs member to stick with Paula no matter what and try to beat her.

Brett Larner said...

I don't see anywhere in this article where Akaba is crying about a sore toe.

dennis said...

Who's gonna get selected for the 10000 meters in Berlin? Is there a selection race? I think they'll picked Nakamura, Mari Ozaki, Megumi Seike, Kayoko Fukushi, and Mizuho nasukawa.

dennis said...

Is there any more track races. This year was a very disappointing track season. None of the japanese runner crack 32:00. Last year Akaka ran 31:36 and Nakamura ran 31:31.