Today on a A Week With The Best we have Masazumi Fujioka. Masazumi is as humble as they come, but don’t let that fool you when he toes the line with you at your next Ultra.
Masazumi was born in 1971 (45 years old) and is a Pacific Northwest based Trail and Ultra Runner sponsored by Team Seven Hills. He has won and placed in many Northwest races and national Ultra races as well. Some of his best times include 1st place at Sun Mountain 50 mile (2015) 1st place at Zion 100 (2016) 1st place at Orcas Island 50k (2016 and 2017) and 3rd place at H.U.R.T 100 (2017).
Thanks for joining us, Masazumi.
How and when did you start running?
I liked any kind of sports and especially soccer when I was young, but I had never been a track and field athlete. In my mid-30’s, I was too busy at work and gained weight. Believe it or not, I was heavier by 40 pounds than I am now. I started running in 2008 for health.
Your biggest accomplishment ?
Personally, it’s H.U.R.T 100 this past January. The race is well known in Japan and has many Japanese participate every year. I became the first Japanese male podium finisher in its 17 years’ history
You’re a pro, but do you work work as well? If so, what do you do for a living?
I am a software engineer. I have never thought I am a pro in the sense that I am not running for a living. A good thing is that I am working from home and have no need to commute. That enables me to work without curbing time for training.
Describe a days general diet for you:
In general, I eat carbs at breakfast and lunch, and protein at dinner. I drink a little, but only on weekends.
- 2 slice of bread with banana, almond butter and raspberry jam
- orange juice
- Either ramen, soba noodle or okonomiyaki
- Small ice candy
- Snack before and during workout
- After workout
- chocolate soy milk
- large salad
- soy food such as tofu or natto
- meat (chicken or pork) or fish (salmon etc.)
- yogurt with fruit
What’s a typical training week like for you? An example from your training log:
Except for the weekend, I normally train in the evening. Below is a typical training week during daylight saving time.
- Mon … Rest
- Tue … 13 mile road run (effort: hard) + 1h elliptical machine
- Wed … 13 mile road run (effort: easy or moderate) + 1h elliptical machine + core strength exercises
- Thu … 13 mile road run (effort: easy or moderate) + 1h elliptical machine
- Fri … Interval run (3 min x 6) + road run (effort: easy) + 30min elliptical machine
- Sat … 20 mile trail run (effort: easy or moderate)
- Sun … 13 mile trail run (effort: easy or moderate) + 0.5 h cross training + core strength exercises
I use treadmill heavily instead of going out to run in soggy cold winter.
What is your favorite workout?
Running in a mountain under the sun with nobody in sight!
Do you have any tips for new runners or runners striving to reach big goals?
The thing I always ask myself is “what is the goal ?” That makes it easier for me to figure out what to do to achieve the goal.
The goal will vary among runners. It can be to run as many races as possible, as fast as you can or anything. For me, often it’s to do my best run in one or two target races in a year. Running all the races in top performance is difficult especially when you get older, like me, as it takes more time to recover. By finalizing my “A” race, I can plan when to take a rest, start building up my base, increase volume and bring myself to the peak condition. That increases the probability of reaching my goal.
Thanks for sharing, Masazumi!
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*Featured image by Glenn Tachiyama