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Under 2 weeks to race day

Posted by thepeteplan on May 18, 2009

4 days since the last blog entry is unfortunately due to 3 days of no training. Friday was out for training as I was taking part in a decompression sickness experiment in the altitude chamber at work, so spent a little over half of the day at 21,500ft. A work social event that evening led to Saturday being a recovery day…. The combination led to Sunday being a busy day writing training plans for other people, leaving little time for training. Ok, little motivation for training really, it’s no excuse to say you can’t find just 30mins free during a weekend day to go and use the erg you have in the garage.

So today it was essential to get a good session in, and with now only around 12 days to race day at the Farnborough 5k this meant an interval session at around 5k pace was in order. I’d done the 12 x 500m session from the 5k training plan on this site last week, so the next in the progression is the 10 x 600m (both 1min rest between reps). So 6k total distance, aiming to go at or just under 5k personal best pace (of 1:39.3).

10 x 600m / 1min rest:
1:39.2 / 31
1:39.1 / 31
1:39.1 / 31
1:39.0 / 31
1:39.1 / 31
1:39.2 / 31
1:39.3 / 31
1:39.0 / 31
1:39.2 / 31
1:37.5 / 32

19:48.3 = 6k / 1:39.0 / 31

A good bit faster pace than the 500’s last week, so a good session. Ideally I want to be in good enough shape in 12 days time that I can go under 16:40 (1:40 pace) for the 5k, even with the pressures of organisation on the day. This could well be a tall order though. If it was just a case of turn up, warm up, race I’m reasonably confident I’m about there now.

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One Response to “Under 2 weeks to race day”

  1. shirleygkn said

    “…it’s no excuse to say you can’t find just 30mins free during a weekend day to go and use the erg you have in the garage.”

    You’re not wrong there Pete.. 😉

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