I have been resistant to posting again because the new boring hum drum posts are going to bury the holiday posts forever. Never mind. I guess life has to move on.
So after coming back last week we were tired and busy catching up on work and school and all that. Plus the World Cup started (yaaay Socceroos!). So I didn't run from the Friday in Coffs until the following Wednesday back in Tokyo. It looked like I was going to have a very poor week, but in the end I clocked up over 60 km, with 14 km on the Wednesday night, 15 km with Colin at upper aerobic pace on the Friday night after work, 7 km steady on Saturday afternoon and a nice sedate 26.5 km long run on Sunday. So that wasn't too bad.
Yesterday morning I set the alarm and got back into the old groove with a 14-km upper aerobic run up to Komazawa Park. I didn't use the programmed workout from the Polar but just let myself come up to 80% of HRmax fairly naturally. With the extra heat and humidity (22 deg. and VERY humid) that wasn't that difficult. Get used to hearing me whinge about the humidity for a while.
I'm feeling a bit under-motivated at the moment. There are no events coming up until the Fujiyoshida Fire Festival race in late August. I decided not to enter that 43-km mountain race (July 2) because I would have had to travel out there and camp on my own, plus I really felt under-prepared and can't shake one or two niggles. I'd be worried about what a big event like that might do to them. Still, I want to do something like this, so I am going to have to sort my head out a bit and work out how to organize myself to pull it off. I'm lousy at just getting up and doing races by myself and seem to be too dependent on having company. Perhaps I should start by getting out for a few training runs on the Mt. Takao and Mt. Ome trails over the summer. Theer is a 71-km endurance race in October. Given that it is that far ahead, I wonder if I should set my sights on it...