After bombing out of my last two interval sessions with hamstring related issues I approached last nights session with some nervousness. Such a relief to get a simple 8 x 700m ish session done and in the bag. We used our usual estate loop in Saltburn and enjoyed a 90 second recovery in between. Job done! The pace was not spectacular - about 10km pace so not flat out but a good feeling all the same to get a session done.
Talked about range of paces last night and I remarked that sometimes when you are feeling good all runs tend to become a little bit quicker but its good sometimes to go through the gears in training. Last nights session was the first time in a few months that I have sustained running at about 5:30 pace. There have been plenty of miles run at around or slightly under 6 minute miling. There have been lots of runs in the last few weeks between 6 minutes and 6 and a half minute miling. But not many miles outside of 7 minute miling - becuase I have been feeling good and generally my running has reflected that - particularly in the last four weeks or so!
So just to celebrate my successful interval session last night I rewarded my legs with a nice recovery run at a leisurely pace outside of 7 minutes per mile this morning. I didnt feel guilty at all and quite enjoyed the feeling of an easy run.
Whilst it's good to run fast (well relatively fast!) sometimes you need to get the balance between lots of hard slog type quicker running and some easy recovery runs to let the body recharge......use your gears!