Having bounced back from the illness that derailed the first half of my previous week of training, I was looking to get a solid week under my belt here. I ended up running a total of 81 kilometres (50 miles) with 849 meters (2785 feet) of elevation gain, with time spent running ending up at 6 hours and 39 minutes for the week.
This was a little less than I was targeting, but I am still happy with the work I put in. My wife and I were travelling up north for the second half of the week, to visit my parents and introduce the little one to my extended family. Getting your training in can always be a bit of a challenge when you break up from the ordinary routine, but I managed to get in some quality work, despite falling a bit short of my targeted weekly mileage.
I started the week off in an unspectacular fashion, with a recovery run home from work on Monday, followed by an easy run into work on Tuesday. After meeting up with a friend for a couple of beers that evening, I wasn’t feeling great come Wednesday, and I could only get in a short recovery run late at night.
Thursday I was back to normal, however, and I actually felt ready to burn a bit of pace when I woke up. As a result, I ditched my planned medium long run for a not too challenging workout on the track, where I did 6 x 800 meters at half marathon pace, off a 200-meter jog. A nice reminder for my body that it’s possible to run a bit faster.
We travelled north later that night, and I did an easy jog in beautiful conditions that Friday morning. Saturday was a full rest day before I closed off the week with a decent long run on Sunday, where I also did a few strides on the local track. The plan for this run was actually to take it easy, but after feeling decent in the headwind the whole way out, I felt absolutely amazing with the wind in my back running back home. I simply couldn’t resist taking advantage and ended up running the second half quite a bit faster than planned.