Ever since early October, I've been struggling with this pattern of getting in a couple weeks of good training to rebound from my injury, only to be followed up with a few weeks of down-time. Down-time due to work, sickness, and/or travel. Life.
So when I thought things were going so great in early November, when I hit my first speed workouts since June, I got smacked down. Now it's a month later and I'm heavier (= slower) and sucking wind.
Do over! I want to go back to October and start my 5k training again! I want to get back to 8:00 miles!
My upcoming 5k on Saturday will not be the big race I had hoped for but I still hope to dig deep and try to gut out a decent time (8:30 pace?!). Then, I have a half marathon two weeks later. And another half marathon three weeks after that!
This IS my do over week. I'm focusing on just getting my routine back. Then next week, after the 5k, I'll have 5 weeks of half marathon training, which will include a half, half-way through. Ha!
Here is my completely bastardized Furman FIRST/Run Less, Run Faster program cut down to 5 weeks (though I will not hold myself to specific paces for now; will just increase exertion level):