Hey Scotty, there is a very nice article in Running Times on this guy. http://runningtimes.com/Print.aspx?articleID=24166
"People have been telling me, 'You should do more scientific training, you should do altitude training.' I don't do any of that," he says.
"I think common sense and true enjoyment are what's needed. Back when people didn't have as much money they thought about their training and worked hard to get better. At some point technology became more important and they started relying more on scientific training and things like supplements and taping, and maybe they forgot what the important things are.
"Japanese corporate runners watch their weight to within 0.1 kg. I eat whatever I like. I don't do any taping or take supplements. I don't breathe low-oxygen air. I don't wear magnetic necklaces. I guess in that way I'm old-school. I run, I work hard, and I like it. I read up, thought about what I needed to do, and found what works for me."
Recognizing what they have, his employers are willing to give him special time off, but adherence to his work responsibilities is part of Kawauchi's principles. "Nothing has changed in the way I train since Tokyo," he says. "At this level maybe I'd benefit from more flexibility in my schedule, but the way I do things worked, so I should keep doing them that way. I travel to races or somewhere cool to train on weekends and come back in time to work on Monday. There's a long weekend in July, so I'm going to use a paid vacation day to go do four days of training in the mountains."