AM/Lunch: Springside Track - 13 miles, averaged 7:23. HR 157
6 x 1600 w/ 400 recovery jogs
I planned to tack on some 400s and 200s, but about 40% of the track had a half inch coating of snow. I was excited when I warmed up to see the home stretch clear but quickly realized the rest of the track wasn't entirely visible, so I knocked off the corner a bit to find the 200 hash and did some strides over the snow to check the footing. Not ideal, but I was able to run fairly fast. It ended up being a solid workout even with a bit of wind. I did not want to run all 6 repeats so I knew I was running pretty hard. I ran the last two repeats blind.
5:48.1 (173), 5:46.1 (176), 5:45.9 (175), 5:46.8 (177), 5:45.6 (175), 5:46.4 (177)
In peak shape last fall I ran the same pace for 4 x 3200. I'd like to get better and faster than that this buildup but I' not going to force it. Last fall I also hit my first 6 x 1 mile session at this pace (but with a cutdown approach) and 4 weeks later dropped off 10 seconds running 5:37 average. I'm always so anxious to get back to where I was but I know this was a solid barometer session today after a few weeks of fartleks, which I'll get back to the next few weeks.
PM: 30 minutes elliptical. Core and stretching.