After my half marathon, this week was all about trying to recover as well as possible. I still have one more race before I call it a day on the 2018 racing season, a 10k on October 20th, so I wanted to recover quickly in time to get in some quality work ahead of the next race. My mileage for the week ended at 62 kilometres (38 miles), with 686 meters (2250 feet) of elevation gain, for a total of 4 hours and 58 minutes of running.
Monday was another rest day before I followed up with easy running the next three days. Come Friday I started to feel better, and I decided to push the pace a bit on my way into work. This was a nice confirmation that I was now ready to do some higher quality work again.
Saturday was another rest day because I don’t want to get too eager while bouncing back from a race, even if I felt alright. And then, I closed the week out with a very short “long run” with a friend. We ran at a decent clip, especially considering about half the run was on trails, and I felt really good on the day. I was very comfortable, close to effortless, at that pace, which was another indication that I have now bounced back from my race.
This coming week will be all about getting in some last-ditch mileage and intensity ahead of my season-ending race, where I am hoping to better my 10k PR from earlier in the year. Anything less will be a big disappointment.