This morning I ran at a park near our home here. There is a walking/running course in the park that is 4km long and is marked off every .25 km (back to everthing being in meters). I ran a short warm up than ran 6 x 1km with a 250 m recover run in between.
Felt very good. Not too hard. Hardly breathing hard after these. I didn't want to go too hard because I have school today after this.
Okay off to school. Probably will run some more later.
Today was my first day of classes here in a Japanese school, and my second experience of attending school. This Japanese school was so much different than the school that I attended in Singapore. I was expecting a similare experience. InSingapore most of the students were well behaved and were quiet during class. But today, I couldn't believe it. The students weren't listening to the teacher. Students would get up out of their seats and start talking with other students, totally ignoring the teacher. I could hardly even hear what the teachers were saying (not that I could have understood anything if I could have heard since I don't speak the language).
In Singapore after each class period, the students would change to the next classroom, but here the students stay in the same room and the teachers change rooms. I don't like that. I think it is good to get up and change environment. Sitting in the same seat the whole day was kind of mentally challenging.
Having not attended school in the USA, I am not sure how things are there. I have thought that maybe I would like to be a teacher, but after today I am not sure anymore.
After school, I went to track practice. I am not sure if I like it either. When I trained with the college team in Singapore, it was such a friendly atmosphere, and every one was encouraging everybody.
Here the older members on the team are called "Senpai" and the new members like me are called "Kohai". The Kohai are almost like slaves to the senpais. We have to carry their bags, and stuff. When they walk past us we have to stand at attention and bow at them, which I didn't know I was supposed to do, and I got scolded for that. I felt like crying but I kept it in.
Us kohais are not allowed to train with the senpais, we have to run on our own.
Today the senpais were running 4 x 1500m. They were doing it in the inside lane. I asked the coach if I could run them, but she said only if I ran them in the very outside lane so that I was not in the way.
Yesterday on my Blog, Sasha said that I need to impress people with my tiimes to get respect, so I told myself no matter what happened I was going to beat these Senpais even though I was in the outside lane.
Well, I was not able to beat a couple of the girls, but I was faster than most for all of the 1500m intervals. I don't know how much longer running in the very outside lane is, but I tried my hardest to impress. The coach totally ignored me though, so I probably did not impress her.
The hardest thing for me right now is trying to communicate. It is such a challenge because of the language barrier. I need to learn Japanese quickly. The peoiple here can speak English a little, but it is difficult to understand.
Total running for this afternoon was probably close to being another 10K.