Saturday, June 23, 2012

All Three Olympic Marathon Women Share Altitude Training With "A Feeling of Tension"

translated by Brett Larner

The three members of the London Olympics women's marathon team, Risa Shigetomo (Team Tenmaya), Ryoko Kizaki (Team Daihatsu) and Yoshimi Ozaki (Team Daiichi Seimei) held a joint workout open to the media at 2100 m altitude in Flagstaff, Arizona on June 22.  "We ran with a healthy feeling of tension," said Shigetomo, her satisfaction with the workout evident.

On this day the women ran 30 km on a one-way 5 km loop around a lake, covering the distance in around two hours.  Her corporate team regularly using Flagstaff as an altitude training base, Kizaki commented, "With three of us here we can really focus well," giving a favorable evaluation of the joint Olympic training camp's worth.  Ozaki said, "I hope we all target the top positions [at the Olympics]."

All three women's marathon Olympians will be making their Olympic debuts, and likewise the joint Flagstaff training camp, organized by the Japanese federation Rikuren in conjunction with each athlete's corporate team, is a first.  The training camp will run through July 1.

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