I attended "Asaren" (morning practice) for the first time in a long time this morning. It is getting to be too hot and humid to run in the afternoons.
I ran 5000m continuously with no rest breaks. First time for doing that since I broke my ankle. Time was 24:32.78. It was just easy running, but I felt like I have accomplished something from not being able to run at all to being able to do this.
I have a habit of kind of slouching forward when I run. My coach is having me work on my form. By being more erect I will open up my chest allowing for better breathing.
Had a good conversation with my coach about training for my upcoming race. My coach just wants me to participate and is not expecting anything from me timewise.
My 800m track race will be on October 10, so I still have about 4 months to get in condition for that. October 10 is "Sports Day" in Japan. It is a National Holiday to commemorate the 1964 Tokyo Olympics that opened on that day.
My coach says that I will not need to increase my distance over 5000m a day. I will keep doing easy runs for the rest of this month. Maybe I will gradually increase my speed as I can, but I will not push it too hard or go too fast.
Next month my coach is going to have me do a speed work out once a week, then if everything goes well, in August I will increase that to two times a week.