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!