As the temperature has struggled to reach 0C throughout the day and this afternoon has seen the return of snow (although nowhere near as much as a couple of weeks ago). This evenings run is an easy 4 mile recovery run, off road.
This has been a good week so far, as I continue to build up the miles and start to re-introduce a bit of quality. Monday was a steady 6 miler, Tuesday 8 miles, with 4 x 5mins with 4 mins jog recovery. Wednesday, an easy 3 miles, as I was getting ominous twinges from the hamstring again.
Last night, I decided to stick to my plans, with a 7 mile run around Newburn and Scotswood Bridges with the middle 4 miles at tempo. I must admit a better description would be with the middle 4 miles at a brisker pace as I did not quite make the pace I would normally run a tempo session in. But at least I got the session in.
As for goals for the year:
Short term to continue the current build up slowly until fully recovered from hamstring problem.
Mid -term to concentrate on speed - as I have a preference for endurance work I tend towards those type of sessions.
Get back to racing, with a view to getting back to racing on the track in the summer.
As for targeting particular races I am still holding off making any decisions for another week or so. Until I see how recovery from hamstring issues progresses.
If anyone is racing this weekend - Have a good one!