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TOKYO EAST RUN 30KM

SUNDAY, JUNE 16th 2018
TOKYO EAST RUN 30KM

This was TOKYO EAST RUN’S 1st Annual 30KM run that takes place along the ARAKAWA RIVER on the East side of Tokyo (hence Tokyo East Run).

The company that hosts this event is called Achievement and has an office in Jimbocho, Tokyo. They also have various events throughout the year, have a training gym with a hypoxic running room,  and have a running club with trainers. Check out their website!

http://achv.jp/

From the race start you see Sky Tree right across the Arakawa River!

ALTRA FOOTWEAR JAPAN had a booth with 3 different models of try-on shoes for the runners (Escalante, Escalante Racer, and Torin 3.0).

Even the race director Yuji Yamamoto tried on a pair of the Boston Escalante Racer’s and said how much he liked them.
Here is a picture of the other race director Hayato Aoki course directing the race.
The course was a 10KM out and back  along the river.  Below is a picture of the course map.

The race started at 9:30AM and the runners did a warm-up exercise routine with the pacers before the start.There was 3 different pace groups one for 4min/km, 5min/km and 6min/km.

Here is a picture of the pacers!

It was fun cheering the runners as they came back and looped around the Starting point. There was also a DJ (Mic Bee) playing Western Music  and MCing in English.The overall winner for the men/women caterory each received a pair of ALTRA shoes as a prize.

Age-group winners received a goodie bag that also included DRYMAX socks.

Many runners got to try-on ALTRA shoes for the first time and many of them commented on how comfortable the fit was.

With this year being the first year of the TOKYO EAST 30KM, there was only  about 150 participants but it seems like next year there will be many people!

Check out their facebook page and stay updated with information regarding registration for next year!

https://www.facebook.com/tokyoeastrun/

3 PEAKS YATSUGATAKE-YAMANASHI

3 PEAKS YATSUGATAKE-YAMANASHI
SUNDAY JUNE 10th, 2018
38km and 24km Trail Running Race

3 PEAKS YATSUGATAKE is a set of trail running races in Yamanashi Prefecture on the border of Nagano Prefecture. The YATSUGATAKE Mountain Range is a beautiful technical area of mountains that many hikers/trail runners from around Japan visit to soak in the beautiful views.3 PEAKS trail running races consists of a 38km race and a shorter 24km race.

The race is directed by YUMI MATSUI and works with YAMANASHI trail running shops SUNDAY and MICHIGAMASSUGU

Here are the number breakdown of participants for each race:
38km-250 people
24km- 500 people

Below is the course profile with the long indicated in green.The long course has a fair bit of climbing while the shorter course has a more mild course profile.

At 7AM, the began and the runners made their way from the start on the road to the fun trails ahead of them.ALTRA JAPAN was one of the sponsors of the race so they did a LONE PEAK 3.5 Try-On event at the start area and also sponsored the 3rd aid-station.It was fun to watch runners from both races come through the aid station on their way out and back as they journeyed through the YATSUGATAKE mountains. 
ALTRA staff were there cheering the runners and directing them to the aid-station.

We were also happy to see a large number of runners and volunteers wearing ALTRA shoes!!!For this year’s race, the 3 PEAKS Race Staff decided to give custom made DRYMAX SOCKS to the participants and many of the runners wore them during the race!


It was also very cool to see STRIDE LAB customers doing so well during the race!

The STRIDE LAB members seemed to be in all in good condition!

After the last runners came through aid-station 3, we watched the final runners come through the finish line.

All of STRIDE LAB customers successfully finished their race and for 2 individuals it was their first trail-running race!
This year’s 3 PEAKS race was a great time and thankfully the forecasted bad weather held off.

After the race, staff went out to Yamanashi’s famous Houto Udon restaurant. If you make it Yamanashi, it is a must-try!!!

Feel free to check out the website and register for next year!

http://trail38.com/

See you at YATSUGATAKE!

ALTRA TIME TRIAL SERIES-Tokyo

ALTRA TIME TRIAL SERIES (ATTS) TOKYO

Saturday, August 4th (Evening Start)
Ajinomoto Stadium, Choufu  Tokyo

Set a goal and challenge it at the 5000M Time Trial Event!

The ALTRA TIME TRIAL SERIES is a series throughout Japan where regional runners get together on a track and race 5000m with a selected pacer. This time we even have Beijing Olympic Runner Kensuke Takezawa coming to run as a pacer!

Whether you are a long-distance runner or have only just started jogging, the ALTRA TIME TRIAL SERIES can be your periodic measurement of your (endurance level) and (goal setting) ability.

We post the various nationwide runner’s results so please make use out of being able to check your own time and set goals!Times will be chip recorded including each lap split.

With ALTRA JAPAN hosting this race, they bring a bunch of their demo-shoes for runners to try while running.ALTRA Staff will also be there assisting and providing information about the shoes.Now is your chance to try out ALTRA JAPAN’s new selection of road shoes!Here is schedule for the Time Trial:3:45PM-4:15PM       EVENT TIME

4:20PM Start              Set Pace 25 Minutes-30 Minutes

5:00PM Start               Set Pace 22 Minutes-25 Minutes

5:30PM Start              Set Pace 22 Minutes-25 Minutes

6:00PM-6:30PM       EVENT TIME

6:30PM Start              Set Pace 20 Minutes-22 Minutes

7:00PM Start              Set Pace 20 Minutes-22 Minutes

7:30PM Start              Set Pace 18 Minutes-20 Minutes

7:55PM Start              Set Pace 15 Minutes-18 Minutes

Water will be provided on the course!After the race, enjoy a complimentary cool-down stretch lead by previous Panasonic runner (now personal trainer) Yuko Yada.
Locker rooms are available with free access to showers after your race.

Here is a link to the Japanese website:
https://altratimetrialseries.com/

and for registration:
ALTRA 5km Time Trial Series-TOKYO

Access:
Ajinomoto Stadium West Field
Closest station is the TOBITAKYU Station on the KEIO Line.
Please enter the Stadium on the WEST Side.

If you have any questions regarding the event or how to register, please contact:
info@stridelab.jp
080-9137-3479

We are looking forward to running together!

FAT ADAPTATION

Translated from STRIDE LAB’S Japanese blog post:
FAT ADAPTATION POST (JAPANESE)

Hello, it’s the Assistant Shop Manager.

As we talked about in the previous article “Mountain Nutrition”, there are various benefits of being able to efficiently use stored fat cells as a source of energy.

What do you have to do in order to be able to efficiently use the stored fat you have as energy when you are doing exercise?

FAT ADAPTATION is:

・the control of having a  body that easily uses fats as energy at rest and during exercise

Depending on the foods that you eat everyday, in addition to the   type/frequency of the exercise that you do, the ratio of nutrients that you are using for energy at rest/during exercise  is different.

Especially for ultra-marathons and long-time duration events, by the well balanced conversion of fats/sugars to energy during exercise,  being able to maintain a steady level of high performance is in high demand.

Also, even for short sprint-like high intensity activities,  by increasing  the predominance of fat metabolism, there is proof you can recover quickly and be able to maintain a high level of performance.

What happens when you are FAT ADAPTED ?

: As you can see in the graph below, (with a low carbohydrate diet)        during exercise it is not abnormal to have the ability to use fat                metabolism
Fat adapted runners doing even doing high intensity exercise are        able to utilize fat for energy
: you are able to decrease the amount of volume you intake during         exercise
: you are able to increase your ability to use lactic acid  as energy
: you are able to efficiently use your stored fats as energy during             exercise

LCD= Low Carb Diet HCD=High Carb Diet

*The accumulation of everyday is very important for ( FAT ADAPTATION).
Increase the amount of the ratio of fat (MCTS) you are intaking each day and let’s check your balance of total intake of carbohydrates, protein and fats within your meals.

STRIDE LAB is recommending to take 1 pack of the NISSHIN OilliO MCT Supplement Jelly every morning.

*By taking enough MCTS at breakfast, you can keep a high level of concentration in the morning and have enough energy to get through lunch. Also, even in the case of doing exercise, MCTS  can be easily used as energy so they are said to be the all-purpose supplement.

To say say it super simply…

By continuing the example in the previous blog submission about the (wallet) and (bank) :

{energy from sugar is like the money in your wallet and energy from fat is like your money in the bank i.e. you can use your money in your wallet easily but only have a limited amount, whereas, you have larger of money in the bank but it is more difficult to access},

MCTS are your:

(Debit Card)

In your wallet, you have your debit card and a little bit of cash (sugars) but actually with having your card you can use any amount of money that you have in your bank account (fats) while at the same time using your cash /change (sugars) for immediate necessary use.

Take (MCT Jelly) at breakfast

While using the ingested MCTS as energy, the conversion of stored fats to energy by the Krebs Cycle will also be activated

By continuing this everyday, this circuit (Krebs Cycle) will constantly be activated
=    ( FAT ADAPTATION)

How is the assistant shop manager taking these MCTS?
*The assistant shop manager is consistently using this supplement to his liking. Depending on the people, some people it will be necessary to take in more energy than this whereas for others, by taking this much they will have an upset stomach so it is important to practice to use this supplement before a race.

1. Every 2-3 hours during a race 1 pack (6g) of MCT Jelly
or
2: In a flask of 500ml of water add 1 pack of MAGON Gel together with up to 10g of MCT Powder and drink every 2-3 hours
Next time we will be writing more specifically about how to go about being (Fat Adapted).

EDITORS NOTE:

We have lots of fat in our body (some more than others).
Our bodies have the ability to burn fat for energy.
If we can be efficient at burning fat for energy, we can be more efficient at doing long distance exercise.

New LUNA SANDALS arrived to JAPAN!

Finally STRIDE LAB received a new shipment of LUNA SANDALS and they can now be purchased online or at our shop in TAMA-City, TOKYO!

We carry up to size 13!

New models being held:

VENADO 2.0The Venado 2.0 (previously named the Original Luna) represents the best fruits of our experiences and experiments with old-school footwear and gleanings from insights that we have gathered from both our ancestors and our customers. LUNA Venado 2.0 is lightweight, comfortable, and has excellent ground feel. This sandal is great for running or walking on paved surfaces.

OSO FLACOTake the Oso 2.0 and shave it down to its “bear” essentials and you have the Oso Flaco (“Skinny Bear” in Spanish). This sandal is for those who want the most aggressive tread pattern for crazy grip, but also want super flexibility and full ground feel.

ORIGEN FLACO

Rooted in the Mexican leather-topped, tire-treaded tradition of huarache sandals, The LUNA Origen Flaco, “Skinny Origen”,  is a thin-yet-rugged sandal for those who want the perfect blend of tradition, style, quality and robustness.

MONO 2.0
The Mono [Moh-No] 2.0 (Monkey in Spanish) is our do everything, go everywhere adventure sandal. Whether you’re hiking, traveling, lounging, camping, running, spelunking, or anything else-ing, this is your go-to footwear.

We still carry our MONO GOAT and our LUNA GORDOGive us a call/email to assist with ordering online.
050-1229-1339
info@stridelab.jp

Order online here!
http://mfxtreme.shop-pro.jp/?mode=cate&cbid=1341717&csid=0&sort=n

Where will your LUNA SANDALS take you?!

GUNMA 100KM Walking Event

GUNMA 100KM Walking Event
May 12th 2018

This past weekend ALTRA JAPAN sponsored several races but we will be writing a report about the GUNMA 100KM walking event.

This was GUNMA 100KM’S 8th year hosting the event and the course is the same course as the New Year Ekiden and over 360 challengers would be attempting this event.

The slogan of the GUNMA 100KM is  “Challenge your limits”.

Friday, May 11th, people gathered at the GUNMA Maebashi Meeting Hall for a pre-race all-you-can-eat/drink party. ALTRA also did a try-on demo with the TORIN 3.0 shoes.
Many people were able to try ALTRA shoes for the first time and learn about ALTRA’S  ZERODROP/FOOTSHAPE features. At the party, ALTRA’S ambassador TARO TANAKA from Fukuoka gave a demonstration how to properly tie shoes. When walking 100KM it is important to have your shoes tied properly! 
Guest comedians Ankan Minkan also came to enjoy the party.

They would be doing the walk the following day as well.

After everyone enjoyed the party together, everyone went back home to get their final preparations ready for the next day!

Saturday morning at 9AM the walk started at the GUNMA City Hall.ALTRA AMBASSADOR Taro high-fived everyone as they were off on their 100KM journey!

This year the weather was warm and sunny! Much better than lasts year’s cold/rainy weather!

The 100KM course starts at the City Hall in Maebashi walkers loop counterclockwise to Oota City Hall, east of Maebashi, then heading back to Maebashi.

Course map

There are Aid-Stations every 10KM or so where walkers can refuel with various aid station goodies, take a quick rest and change clothes! 
Walkers continued their journey through the night.

Gunma people love their mascot “Gunma-chan”

Many walkers enjoyed a massage at the 56KM mark late at night!
Early Sunday morning walkers made their way into the finish line! Many fans and staff were there to cheer on the participants!
ALTRA JAPAN was also very happy to see  many participants wearing various models of ALTRA shoes!


Guest Comedians ANKAN MINKAN successfully completed the walk and greeted the remaining finishers at the goal gate.
After the final walkers finished at 1PM, partipants could finally rest/relax.  It was very emotional seeing many participants cross the finish line with tears in their eyes.

Many people took pictures after the race with various mascots and the comedians.
We recommend the GUNMA 100KM to anyone who is looking to challenge them-self while making lifelong friendships along the way. GUNMA people are very hospital and this can be an experience of a lifetime!

If you need help registering for the race, let us know and we can assist in the registration process.
STRIDE LAB-TAMA-CITY
050-1229-1339
info@stridelab.jp

See you next year?!

http://gunma100kmwalk.com/

STRIDE LAB Group Runs!

Knowing that running is always more fun in a group, STRIDE LAB has several group runs throughout the week.

FREE WEDNESDAYS 8:15PM approximately 5km slow pace
This run usually gets 8-15 people and each week we do a different route. Not unusual to come back and have a drink/snacks together.

SUNDAYS-time varied (anything from 400m repeats to 50km trail runs). Sometimes we run with LUNA SANDALS..and sometimes will go to Takao-san. We also often have previous professional runners come and do clinics and group runs on the weekend. The Sunday runs usually have a small fee to cover instruction, transportation, ect.  Every week is different and there is always something exciting going on. Our STRIDE LAB Japanese facebook page posts information regarding each weeks run. We are waiting to run together!

Mountain Nutrition


Stride Lab lab carries lots of nutrition of products for Trail-Runners, Ultra-Runners, Hikers, ect who are moving for long periods of time.

The ability for the body to be able to convert fats to energy is very essential.

Normally at rest, basal metabolism is maintained by the efficient use of sugars and fats as energy.

However,  comparatively, there are individual differences depending on the person and unfortunately even at rest, sugar metabolism is predominant, stored up fats are unable to be burned, the fat metabolism’s system is difficult to use and the clearance of lactate can be delayed.
Oppositely, if at rest your body can metabolize fats well, your body then has the ability to get constant energy from accumulated fat cells and your body becomes able to do aerobic exercise easily.

Carbohydrates (sugars) can be a major source of energy and upon intake, they are quickly converted to energy so for nutrient (energy) replenishment we want to say thank you but the amount of sugars that are stored inside of our body is limited and we have to incessantly continue to replenish them.

Additionally, there are a lot of fats stored inside of your body and even with a small amount, (fats) can become a large source of energy so its not as necessary to intake fats as often as it is to sugars.

However, the absorption of fats are slow so it takes time after consumption to become energy.

To use an analogy:  sugars are the [money] inside of your [wallet]
=When you want to use your money, you can take your wallet out of your pocket and use it even immediately but, the amount of money inside of your wallet is limited to a certain extent and you are unable to use more money than you currently have inside of your wallet. 

Using this analogy, fats would be your money in the [bank]
=you have a lot of money stored away in the bank but even if you need the money immediately, you are unable to use it.

If you are skillfully able to manage both of these types of money, you should be able to smoothly get by life, right?  lol

Also the same goes for during exercise:
When you run up a steep hill at a high intensity you use those necessary sugars at hand as quick energy.  That energy you have is limited so if you continue to run at a high intensity, you will become exhausted and your legs will stop.
Compared to that, when you run long distance races like the full-marathon and ultra-marathons,  your sugars (your wallet) and fats (the bank) contribute to having a well balanced output of energy and you are able to continue running with stable energy for long periods of time.

How can we make our bodies be  “well balanced” and able to use use energy like this ?

The first thing that is essential to do is to increase the amount of fat metabolism that is being regularly used for energy!

In the case that you only eat sugars, also the energy that you will be using is only sugars and no matter how much fat you take during exercise, it is very difficult to utilize these fats.

So, STRIDE LAB recommends taking fats from the morning(6g-20g) to make your body be able to metabolize fat on a regular basis.

At the beginning, first start out by taking about 6g of fat and continue gradually increasing that once you get used to it.

☆Depending on the people, taking too much fat too quickly can lead to digestive problems in some cases so start out by increasing the amount little by little.

Our STRIDE LAB staff had no problem taking 20g from the start.

Nisshin MCT Oil Supplement Jelly
Nisshin MCT Powder
(Try starting with Nisshin MCT Oil Supplement Jelly)

Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT)easy to eat, yogurt flavored jelly product
1 pack is only a mass of 15g but there is 6.2g of MCTs containing 60 Kcal.

Recommended points:
1. easy to eat yogurt flavored
2.  light weight and high calorie
3.  doesn’t become sticky and easy to carry

*What are MCTs?*
1 Carbon Chain and 8-12 fatty acids
After MCTs are absorbed by the gut, they are taken via the hepatic portal vein to the liver where they are converted into energy within the  bloodstream.

After long chain fatty acids are absorbed by the gut, they take time and pass through the veins and are stored as fat cells.

MCTs are fatty acids that reach the liver quickly and are easy to be utilized as energy.

Why you should take MCTs every morning:
-increases fat metabolism
*by increasing ketone bodies in the blood, the absorption of sugars is slowed down
-running out of glycogen is delayed
*With the continuous intake of MCTs, the usage of glycogen is decreased and endurance sports performance is increased.

The reason for recommending MCTs to customers at specialty sport shops:
1. with regular consumption of MCTs, you are are able to make your body highly energy efficient at using energy
-Within the ratio of nutrients consumed, by increasing the quantity of high quality fats, you are able to use body fat as energy at rest and during exercise as well as being able to maintain steady performance.
2. as a nutrition supplement during exercise
-Generally the supplements on the market are high in sugars (carbohydrates) which lead to high spikes in insulin levels and compared to fats, the the volume of intake for sugars (carbohydrates) is more than double that of fats (it is easier to consume calories of fats that it is sugars).
-1 gram of Carbohydrates = 4 Kcal whereas 1 gram of Fat=9Kcal so by lowering your consumed volume by more than half, you decrease the stress on internal organs (it’s easier to continue moving quickly with less digestive stress). Also, with fats being calorically higher density foods than carbohydrates, you don’t need to carry as much nutrition weight with you.

This time we will cover up until here.

Thanks for reading the long/dense sentences in this article.

The shop manager told me to write a short and easy to understand but this was all I was the best I could do! Next time it will be written a bit easier to understand!

Nisshin Oil
http://mfxtreme.shop-pro.jp/?pid=130869377

Nisshin Powder
http://mfxtreme.shop-pro.jp/?pid=130872660

JAPANESE ALTRA ATHLETES UTMF

This year’s ULTRA TRAIL MOUNT FUJI/ SHIZUOKA TO YAMANASHI (UTMF/STY) are happening in APRIL again this year after being changed from SEPTEMBER last year.

This year’s JAPANESE ALTRA runners include:YUKO YADA– (Tokyo, Japan)
TREAT- Personal Trainer/Massage Therapist (Previous Panasonic Runner)
This is her second attempt at UTMF. The first time she ran the event last year it was shortened to 50KM and she finished 2nd place.
Shoe running in: ALTRA-LONE PEAK 3.5

YUKARI HOSHINO (Tochigi, Japan)
Goal: Optimistic guess-26 hours
This is YUKARI’S 4th attempt at UTMF.
Shoe running in: ALTRA-TIMP

MAME ENDOU (Kanegawa, Japan)
This is MAME’S 3rd go at UTMF. Let’s see if she wears a Mickey Mouse Suit this year…
Shoe running in:  ALTRA-TIMP

These are our 3 athletes running the race this year. If you see them, say “Hello” and wish them good luck! Good luck to all of you as well!

ALTRA will be selling LONE PEAK 3.5 shoes at the SAKAIYA SPORTS booth Thursday/Friday!

See you this weekend!

ALTRA Shoes at STRIDE LAB

STRIDE LAB carries Japan’s largest selection of ALTRA shoes including:

(click any shoe for more info)

ROAD:

DUO

Mens DUO
Womens DUO

TORIN 3.0

Mens TORIN 3.0

 

Womens TORIN 3.0

TORIN IQ

Mens TORIN IQ
Womens TORIN IQ

PARADIGM 3.0

Mens PARADIGM 3.0
Womens PARADIGM 3.0

PROVISION 3.0

Mens PROVISION 3.0
Womens PROVISION 3.0

INSTINCT 4.5

Mens INSTINCT 4.5

INTUITION 4.5

Womens INTUITION 4.5

ESCALANTE

Mens ESCALANTE
Womens ESCALANTE

BOSTON ESCALANTE RACER

Mens BOSTON ESCALANTE RACER
Womens BOSTON ESCALANTE RACER

ONE-V3

Mens ONE-V3
Womens ONE-V3

VANISH-R

Unisex VANISH-R

TRAIL:

OLYMPUS 2.5

Mens OLYMPUS 2.5
Womens OLYMPUS 2.5

TIMP

Mens TIMP
Womens TIMP

LONE PEAK 3.5

LONE PEAK 3.5

 

Womens LONE PEAK 3.5
LONE PEAK 3.0 NEOSHELL (Waterproof)
Mens LONE PEAK 3.0 Neoshell
Womens LONE PEAK 3.0 Neoshell
LONE PEAK 3.0 MID NEOSHELL (Waterproof)
Mens LONE PEAK 3.0 MID NEOSHELL
Womens LONE PEAK 3.0 MID NEOSHELL
SUPERIOR 3.5
Mens SUPERIOR 3.5
Womens SUPERIOR 3.5

KING-MT

Mens KING-MT
Womens KING-MT

CROSS TRAINING:

HIIT XT-M

Mens HIIT-XT
Womens HIIT-XT

CASUAL:

INSTINCT EVERYDAY

INSTINCT EVERYDAY

VALI

Mens VALI (Womens coming soon)

Come check out our shop in TAMA-City or call for size/color confirmations! 050-1229-1339

All online orders over 1万= FREE SHIPPING!
http://altrazerodrop.jp/products.html

We are waiting for you!