Speed work, or lack of

I am not feeling all that confident about my fitness level right now. In the past 6 weeks I have only done three speed sessions. The first was the week after Shanty 2 Shorts: 6 x 800 at 5k pace (6:24 avg). The second was a week ago: 2 x 1 mile, 1 x 0.5 mile (bailed halfway through the third repeat, yikes). I don’t know if this is an indication of lost fitness or if it was just the heat, but I barely managed to break 7:00.

My third and final speed session before Charlevoix 5k was last night. My goal was to try to find my fast gears. I haven’t used them in a while and they have gotten a bit rusty. I ended up running 4 x 3:00. I deliberately took the first two a bit slow (6:57 and 6:54) and then picked it up for the final two intervals (6:40 and 6:34).

I had planned for a fifth interval, but my left hamstring was feeling a bit off so I opted to cut the run short. Better safe than sorry.

I’m not sure exactly what this means for Charlevoix. On one hand, I feel like I have been doing the bare minimum and have likely lost fitness. But on the other hand, my training plan this winter only had speed work every other week, so 3 out of 6 weeks is spot on. Either way, I’ll find out exactly where I’m at next weekend. Wish me luck!



4 thoughts on “Speed work, or lack of

  1. Good luck, Heather! I’m sure you’ll do great. You always seem to surpass your expectations in races. And even if your fitness isn’t there and your time is slightly slower….does it really matter? You’ve already achieved your pie-in-the-sky dream goal, something you didn’t think would happen when you first signed up for this race. Just relax, have fun, and take the opportunity to celebrate your hard work and success this weekend. You no longer have to prove anything.

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  2. Good luck at your race!
    I wouldn’t worry too much about lack of speed work. Your either going to run better than expected or slightly slower than expected. Either way the race will give you a reference point to gage future workouts in regards to speed training. Just show up on race day and give it what you got and have fun doing it!!!!
    You got this!!!

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  3. Good luck!! I’m sure it’ll go fine. You worked hard in your 5K training, so even if this isn’t what you expect, just enjoy it and consider it a victory lap. Have fun, I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

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