I neglected to mention yesterday that my program this week calls for my first dose of strides.
Hubby kindly included the following explanation in my spreadsheet:
Strides are NOT all-out sprints but are short periods of faster running starting at around 5K race pace and getting faster to around mile race pace (95% of top speed).
7km with 4 Strides of 25 seconds each starting at 5K pace and progressing down to mile race effort with 1 minute recovery jog between.
Apparently my stride pace should range from 4:59 to 4:27 / KM (8:01 to 7:10 / mile).
I’m having a hard time deciding when to incorporate the strides this week. My weekday runs are either on the treadmill at the gym before/after HOT/Spin class or in the dark.
I’ve also been told that I can incorporate it into my long run, but I just can’t picture myself moving that quickly at any point during a 24 KM run.
What should I do?! Any words of wisdom would be appreciated.