I know it’s been 3 weeks since my last post but things are STABLE, which is my favorite state 😉
Since my last race, and PR, at the Achilles – hope and possibility 5Miler, I’ve been running. Not a lot of miles, about 25 miles a week, doing speed work twice a week, and a few easy runs. I opted out of most races I wanted to do in July because I felt I needed to train a bit more, but I’ll be back racing this weekend or next for sure, I miss it!!!
I am struggling to do two speed workouts a week: I am tired on all my runs!!! I’ve reduced the amount of intervals, I’ve slowed down and I am still tired when I start. When I get going, I nail the goal of the workouts, but I wish I felt springier and ready to go at the start… I think that if I can hit the pace, it’s all ok. Here’s an example of the last 3 weeks:
1- I write some intervals by pace instead of time. I know that’s SUPER weird, but I am SO BAD at timing myself that many times I forget to start or lap or whatever, so I’ll have laps that are .0.23 or 0.26, this is easier. Even the ones I did at the track, sometimes I miscount laps and I have “miles” that are 0.75!! UGH.
2- most of these runs, I’d say 80% of them, started with me saying something like this feels awful. I am always tired. I am not sure if it’s because I don’t warm up with drills or what. When I am doing a hard run, I feel better towards the middle. When I am doing an easy runs, I just suffer through the whole thing. Apparently going hard is easier than going easy. Figure that!
3- it’s been quite hot and humid but I don’t know that it has affected much of these workouts. So I am ruling that out.
4- Mileage is low: I’ve only had 4 weeks the 30 miles a week this year. These are my monthly totals:
5- I have never before done speedwork twice a week. I do intervals on Tuesday: 400s, or 800s or ladders or whatever. And then I alternate Saturdays between Mile Repeats and Tempos. Tempos are around 7:10 to 7:20 and Mile Reps at about 6:45 to 6:55.
6- I’ve been doing my running drills every week. Some weeks TWICE
7- My Target Race (a Half Marathon) is exactly two months out. I am hoping to break 1:37 (which is my PR). What would you change/add/do???