thanks alot man! was rough hah. funny how rough it was, but was well within my 5k range, even an “easy 5k”. just became mentally stressful. kept trying to just stay calm and get it done without going too fast and getting wrecked myself. hah.
sure somewhat. i mean I haven’t done a speed session for an entire month, and PR’d my 10k. Sometimes it’s a bit hard hitting speed during the week, when racing so frequently. Right now since i’m racing so often, i’ve just been trying to work on my aerobic base during the week, then hitting it hard on the weekend (so that basically becomes my speed session). I need to get in some 5k’s again for some speed sessions, lots of 10k+ lately.
The only thing i’ve wanted to do for speed lately, without doing speed sessions is:
- fartlek (1 min on, 1 min off etc)
- hills (hard uphill)
I’ve done 2) several times, which is great. Haven’t done any of the fartlek stuff, which i’d like to get in once in a while to really crank it up on flat surfaces.
Hills are great speed work, i’ve definitely been getting in a good amount lately. Need to keep that up and keep using them to improve strength. Definitely need to make sure I get in at least one hill session a week.
Yeah i’ll probably shift hard into speed for 2-3 weeks in April, because there’s a big mile race that I want to crush. Until then, going to just keep using hills, some occasional fartlek stuff, and occasional short races for a speed stimulus. I want to avoid “sharpening up” so often, it’s draining for sure.