阅读报告:《跑步胜利者的100天修练》by关家良一 : Book Review

“纪录不是可以追求的东西,而是努力过后自然而然产生的。” - 关家良一

一口气看了两本关于跑步的书,感觉自己又回到了三年前初跑的日子。虽然坐着躺着看书,心情却随着这些跑步大师扑通扑通地狂跳。

非常抱歉,在这之前我并不认识关家良一先生,找上这本书是去年年底在松山诚品展示着,我就买了下来。还好买了下来,现在我不但认识了这位王者,还同时认识了其它的亚洲超马跑者和日本台湾有名的超马跑赛。

这是关家良一的第二本书,说的是他在2012年参加东吴超马大赛前三个月的训练日记。东吴国际超级马拉松,又名为 Soochow University International Ultra Marathon, 是台湾最早开始的超级马拉松赛,关家良自2005年起一连扛了个七连霸,是这个比赛的常客。他在书中不断提到他对台湾有说不清的感情,像是他第二个家。他更在2012年时做环绕台湾长跑,以答谢台湾人在日本震灾当中踊跃捐输救国救民。

其实我在这之前并不知道关家良一是如此厉害的角色,曾经在国际有名的Spartathlon 和 BadWater Race 中排名数一数二,多年来长征无数国际赛事,他在24小时(24-Hour Run就是24小时不间断跑步)赛事最高纪录是274公里。可是真正让我感到厉害的,是他并非职业跑者,反而人在机械工厂上班,不像许多外国跑者都是职业选手,把跑步当成职业,全心全意在跑步。他只是个平民跑者,还有妻子和女儿,跟我们每一位要工作要生活的人没有不同。

关家良一先生。Sekiya Ryoichi-san.
关家良一先生。Sekiya Ryoichi-san.

关家良一的写法,比之前龚大中的跑步书写法更为简单直接,根本就是清粥小菜。我想这是日本文化的特色,基本上陈述故事的说法有一定的模式。

亚洲冠军如何练跑?他说了好几个非常简单但是却被大家忽略的作法。

1- 把跑步当成生活的一部分,变成自然的习惯:他每天跑步五公里去上班,下班后绕路跑五到八公里回家,在比赛前三个月就会多跑十到二十公里。平均每天跑步越三十五公里。(这基本上是我一个月的跑程)我们总是说的太多,做得太少,想着参加这个比赛那个比赛,但是根本没有足够的锻炼,反观关家良一就是多做事,少说话。

2- 享受跑步,并细心聆听身体给你的启示:感受跑步带给你的不一样,享受那种简单的欢愉。别一味顾着看手表或计时表而跑,要听自己身体所发出的细微声音,如果状态好可以加紧练习,否则不必太勉强而弄巧反拙,让自己受伤。

3- 避免不必要的受伤:别为了逞强或是固执而逼害身心,训练必须要有弹性和知觉。这个我有同感,因为常常听到跑友们说这里受伤那里疼痛,发现大家都勉强到不行,认为这样才能进步。再来就是认为有受伤才算有努力,才算跑者,更拿伤痛来大聊特聊,这样真的好吗?如果真的爱跑步,不是应该更爱惜自己的身体,小心照顾才能长久跑下去吗?

4- 不要受别人影响,相信自己的身体和准备:关家良一说他并不是只要拿第一,他想要挑战自己,却不会为了争取第一而打乱自己的脚步。如果在他可以追上的范围之内他会努力,不然不会为了跟随前面跑者的脚步而狂跑,到最后人财两失。我觉得他能有如此大的忍耐能力,是因为他相信自己的身体,也相信自己已经准备充足,所以一定能达到自己要的目标。忍耐,可是成功之母啊!

Book Cover
Book Cover

关家良一对于他的训练写的理所当然像是生活吃饭般轻描淡写,文字中不曾出现感觉累或是被逼迫训练的感觉,但是你知道那是需要极大纪律才能达到的事情。感觉不到他的不耐烦,反而他多次写到按耐不住周日的长跑,并写下快乐的心情。他说他纪录了他一年内驾车和跑步的里程,结果跑步超过7,621公里,而开车只有2,377公里,真的让我傻眼。除非真的下倾盆大雨,不然他就会每天都跑步上班和回家。和家人去温泉,家人乘搭电车前往,他则沿着海岸线跑76公里到目的地和家人集合,回程也同样用跑的。如果不是真的喜欢跑步,那是如何做到的?

没有花式的写法,他的书写非常清楚地分享跑者需要注意的事情,像是睡眠、生活方式、跑步圈子、调适和其它事项,真的像是在写日记,比起国外跑者龙飞凤舞的精彩写作,这本日记当然比较乏味,但是跑步对很多人来说,本来就是一件乏味的事情,所以如果能够理解这件事情的本质时,就不会对它有不切实际的期待。关家良一说的正是一位跑者的每日生活,如果你期待大起大落的故事,那就会失望了。 但是对我而言,我肯定会每一个月就拿出来重读一遍,好让自己记住什么该做和什么不该做。

还有,我想知道的是,在跑如此长的距离时,到底他脑袋里出现过什么呢?

PS: 关家良一在书中提及一位大马选手,患有脑性麻痹的曾志龙,挑战东吴24小时赛事不断刷新自己的纪录,请问有谁知道他是谁吗?如果需要赞助的话,也许可以发动更多人帮助他每年到台湾!真的是精神可嘉!

Sekiya Ryoichi
Sekiya Ryoichi

Book Review: <100 Days Training Diary> by Sekiya Ryoichi

I have no idea who is Ryoichi before I picked up this book in Taipei. But now I’m glad I have bought this book even without knowing much, that is exactly how you get to know more!

Sekiya Ryoichi is a ultra-marathoner  from Japan, but he is not a professional athlete. He works in an engineering factory and has a wife and a daughter. Nothing extraordinarily exciting.

The only extraordinary part is that he runs 7,621KM a year, but only drives his car for about 2,377KM a year. He most reliable transportation mode is his legs, moving 5KM thru and back to work on a daily basis. He runs a longer route over the weekend, and even ran to hot spring for holiday and back. He does an average of 35KM per day.

Yet you will find nothing bombastic in his diary. He does not boost about his greatness, his injuries nor his victories at Spartathlon and BadWater. Ryoichi sounds like he truly enjoy running, and the more he runs, the more he discover about his ability.

His advice?

1- Make running a daily habit, like eating. Don’t make it a hassle, don’t go a big jump but consistently do it until it is your daily routine. Slowly it will be part of your life and it does not bother you.

2- Enjoy running. Stop staring at the watch. Just run and listen to your body, it will tell you way more things than the watch would. If you feel good, pick up the pace and run longer, otherwise see what your body needs and cater to it. You can check your pace and all after the run, but most importantly run according to your body’s condition.

3- Stay away from injuries. Don’t force your body and mind to the extreme that it breaks and hates whatever you do. Consistency is the key, and listen to your body. Keep it well, stay away from hurting it and you can run forever. (This I agree, because I often see runners boost about their injuries, how they have to see so many therapists, as if it is the only way to proved you have trained well. I totally against it. If you love to run, you will take care of your body so you can go further)

4- Don’t be influenced by others. Ryoichi mentioned that he will not ‘go after’ a runner in front if it is beyond his ability. He believes in his body and the amount of training he has done, and know that he can break his own record. He believes in keep going instead of giving your body the unknown during race, which many times will be brutal at the end. But again, you can only have that trust if you have given it enough training and mileage.

There is no pictures or pretty stuffs in this diary, I think it is one of most honest running books around. Honest because it tells you what it takes to run 270KM in 24hours, it tells you day-to-day training is essential, it tells you everyone needs a balance lifestyle and support from family in order to go far. It does not give you illusion about running, it does not talk about big event and finisher tee. But if you enjoy running, it is one of the best thing you can do.

PS: Ryoichi listed a Malaysian runner Tseng Chia Lung who has cerebral palsy as one of the runners at the Soochow International Ultra Marathon in Taiwan. Anyone knows Tseng? Just asking if he needs any support financially, or in any way we can contribute. It is amazing that he ran in the 24-Hour race. Something can be achieved by dedication and hard work. 

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