This week unfortunately I was not able to hit the average distance I was hoping for. At the same time I am happy that I was listening to my body and giving it the rest it needs. Luckily this coming week is a down week for me so I will hopefully let the legs rest up and recover up from the last 3 weeks.
So here is the break down for this week. I hit a total mileage of 38.3km with 264m of elevation. I did need to take some days off because my legs were feeling quite tired. So i took 3 days off throughout the week. One was Monday, Thursday and Sunday. I took Sunday off mainly because it was raining all day so seemed like a sign for me to just relax the legs.
Most of the runs this week were averaging around low 5min paces but on Friday I did run a trail in Niagara called Bruce trail with some elevation that took me on a ride. I am not use to doing much elevation on my runs now a days so I have been trying to add that in a bit more. On that day, it was quite hilly with 191 meters of elevation. For that run, I actually averaged a 6 min pace. I definitely struggled but also I am not as use to hiking up rocky and uneven trails. I felt like I was nervous on the uphill as I was worried about slipping or rolling my ankle (which almost happened a few times).
Another thing I started looking into anaerobic and aerobic workouts to understand it more during my runs. I learned that anaerobic workouts are when their is a lack of oxygen in the body that leads to more lactic acid build up and for long distance runners the main focus should be aerobic workouts where the body is comfortable and able to get the right amount of oxygen while working out. I have started to turn my focus to more aerobic work and expanding that area looking to be more comfortable at faster paces with proper breathes. So I am not going to be doing sprint intervals anymore and the for thresholds I will not be looking to go all out where I am basically gasping for air.
Anyways, thank you for reading guys if you have any tips about anaerobic and aerobic workouts for long distance runners I would love to hear about it. Thanks for reading and I hope you all are doing amazing.
Stay happy, Stay healthy, Keep breathing