Thursday, March 30, 2017
3 part interview with top Japanese marathon runner Yuki Kawauchi
In the world of marathon running, one of the most colourful and famous participants is Yuki Kawauchi of Japan. While most of the top marathon runners are full-time professionals, Kawauchi is an amateur as he works in an office during the day and trains in his spare time.
He is famous for some of his race tactics, training and post race antics including shaving his head because of the dishonour he felt when he failed to run well in a marathon.
He recently ran a marathon in 2:09:11 and is a contender for the Japanese team for this summer’s London World Championships.
The blog Japan Running News has just published a long three piece interview with him. He outlines his own training, how he runs ultras to train for a marathon and some advice for those doing their first marathon. Remember that a full marathon is 42.2kms.
"I ran longer than 45 km two days in a row and jogged more than 40 km three times in a single week. In the fall I even started doing ultra long-distance jogs on flat ground. In October I ran 100 km in about 7 1/2 hours. Leading up to Fukuoka I did a lot of 50 km jogs which I hadn’t usually done in the past. "
"I think that people who run enough to avoid getting injured after their first marathon are more likely to have a future than those who do it with insufficient mileage."
Part 1 ... Part 2 ... Part 3