Still trying to follow my ½-marathon training schedule. Although I'm being forced to the conclusion that 84 minutes will probably be beyond me, I'm still looking for a time in the mid 80s.
Had a fairly easy 5 mies at 7 minute pace yesterday; problems with shin & hamstring reported yesterday (see yesterday's training thread) don't feel too bad now.
But Hilly was right yesterday; I am feeling q weary. Then again, I have been ever since I started this "3 key sessions a week" regime in the build up to Helsby. Maybe I should expect this; or maybe in hindsight I underestimated the effect of doing 2 significantly longer runs a week, having not done anything of this length for the best part of 20 years.
Helsby is now 2½ weeks away. With the schedule I've been following, tonight I would be aiming to do something short & relatively lively, but not too onerous (e.g. 3 miles at 6:20 pace); keeping something back for tomorrow's key session. That, and other sessions planned for the next few days are:
Fri: Attempt at 10 mile tempo run in 65 mins (though prepared to cut short at 8 or 9 if it doesn't go well)
Sun: Last "over the distance" run (will exceed 100 mins in time)
Tue: Session with the Wirral AC runners (I fear the dreaded hill reps session is overdue - but I probably need it).
Rest days Sat & Mon; recovery run Wed.
Each of the key sessions will take a fair amount out of me & this takes us to within a week and a half of race day, so subsequent to that, I want to start tapering down (8 miles max next Fri; 10-11 Sun, and play the following Tuesday by ear).
Is this reasonable? I'm minded to do nothing this evening as well, as I want to have the best possible crack at tomorrow night's planned 10 miler - if I can hit 65 mins, that will give me a lot of confidence - and I reckon this is my last chance to do so.
But this means basically I'm now down to 4 sessions a week (3 key sessions & 1 recovery run) - can I get away with this?
Oh - and in addition, there are bugs going through the family, and colleagues at work also. Thus far the echinacea seems to be keeping them at bay, but for how long...?