This was an up and down week of training. It started on a low, my leg was sore so I skipped my run Monday, but ended on a high with a great race at the Harvest Half. 10 weeks down, 4 to go!
I was racing the Harvest Half on Saturday. Ideally I would have done my quality workouts on Monday and Wednesday, but between a tight left leg, and travelling home from Tremblant, I decided I wouldn’t run Monday. This meant quality would be Tuesday/Wednesday. I wouldn’t be able to get in the same level of workout as a Monday/Wednesday would allow, but it would work.
M: 0km run. There was still some soreness in my left leg, and I was travelling back from Tremblant, so I decided to skip an easy run in favour of rest.
Tu: 6k tempo. I ran 6k tempo at about 3:49/km pace. I was happy with this run, my legs felt good, and I was happy with my push. After the run my left leg tightened up again.
W: 4 x 1km intervals. I ran my 1k’s in 3:32, 3:36, 3:46, and 3:32. I was really happy to see times in the 3:30’s. I felt like I could get my legs moving really well. My left leg got a little tight between the second and third 1k, and I told myself if it got worse, or caused me to alter my run gait I’d stop. Fortunately it didn’t cause any troubles.
Th: Easy 10k. I originally planned to run 15k but my legs were sore from the previous couple of days. If I wasn’t racing on Saturday I would have likely pushed through. I wasn’t going to be fully tapered for Saturdays race, but it was a fitness test for me and I didn’t want to be bagged at the start line.
F: Easy 7.2k. I ran a familiar route to keep my legs loose the day before the race. I did a couple strides to get my leg speed up briefly, everything felt good.
Sa: Harvest Half 21.1k. The harvest half was a great race for me. I ran 1:19:19, approximately a 3:46/km pace. I was really happy with my results on an honest course and this race has set me up well for Chicago. I wrote a full race report HERE. My legs were pretty beat up after the race.
Su: 0km run. I decided to take an off day after the Harvest Half. My joints were sore when I woke up so I figured a day of recovery was much better than some easy milage.
Total Milage: 72km for the week, 1001.75km total.