3 weeks of work, 1 week of easy running. Learning to ease off and run easy is hard enough.
I’ve done 3 weeks of parkrun efforts and an intervals session so this week was nice to just take it slow and concentrate on recovery a little more than I’ve ever done before. Getting into a stretching routine is definitely helping my legs feel fresher in the mornings and while the mileage remains low overall, it’s the consistency I crave this year.
There wasn’t a speed session this week and parkrun on Saturday was very much a functional affair where I had to run under 18 to put myself (I think) within one more sub 18 in the remaining 7 runs of clinching the club parkrun championship so a solid 17:36 did the job there.
I think it’s safe to say I’m in roughly 17:30-17:40 shape for 5k as that’s been the marker in recent runs so not quite back to the speed of the summer but not a million miles off. Wore the HRM this time and apart from the initial spike you always seem to get with the Suunto when you set off (peak 201/ave 190+ for first 3/4 mile) I ran a decent time with my HR going steadily from 160-178BPM over the duration. Scope to improve.
Total: 38.9 miles, 2,493ft elevation