After my biggest week of training in terms of mileage last week my training plan had me set up for another big week this week. After a long run of 31.4 km today I ended up with 83 km for this week, the 5th time in the last 6 weeks that I managed at least 80 km in a week.
Since I do have another race coming up, a half-marathon a week from today, my week consisted primarily of easy paced runs. Thursday’s speed workout was the only one where I pushed the pace. This is new for me considering I generally run a tempo run on Tuesday and do a speed workout on Thursday.
This week’s speed session ended up being a solid one with me doing 5 x 5:00 minutes @ 3:57/km with a 3:00 jog in between sets. I really felt like I pushed the pace on those sets as I was feeling it by the time I got down to the last 2.
Yesterday I faced what was hopefully the last of winter like conditions when I went for an early morning run…
Yesterday’s run went well except for the fact I almost went down hard going around one of the last corners before getting back to my house. I am not sure how I managed to keep my balance and keep going but I do feel fortunate to have avoided an injury there.
This evening I did my long run for the week. I ended up doing 31.4 km. i find with these long runs either they feel effortless on a good day, like last week for me, or they are tough and you are really only doing them to get in the mileage, like tonight for me.
I probably made tonight’s run tougher with my preparation that consisted of hot dogs and smoked meat when I went to Montreal for spring training baseball and Easter brunch that probably involved more desserts than necessary. Although I know I could have done better it felt good to get the mileage in tonight.
Week 12 for me will consist of more easy runs as I prepare for next Sunday’s half-marathon.
How did your week go?