help me! do I prioritize speed work or easy miles?
I feel like crap today. I woke up early for bootcamp and was greeted by the feeling of a tiny knife slicing down my throat. Ughhhhh. I got out of bed, stumbled to the bathroom, and knew this morning was going to be rough. Spoiler alert: it was.
In the car I realized today is a speed work day for my 10k training. This entails running about half a mile at 5k speed with a 2 minute recovery jog after. I am supposed to repeat this three more times for a total of 2 miles at a faster clip. This ends up being about a 4.5 mile run when you factor in the 5-10 minute warm up jog, recovery periods, and 1-mile cooldown jog.
I do not have it in me to do 4.5 miles today. On deck for tomorrow is a 3 mile easy run, so here’s my question:
Should I ditch today’s speed work and push it to tomorrow (cutting out the easy 3 miles) or cancel the speed work altogether and pick back up with the easy 3 miles tomorrow? My 7 mile long run is on Saturday, so Friday is a rest day to prepare.
Any insight from those who run? I’m new to training programs and haven’t had to deal with rescheduling. Yes, I was super diligent and packed in my long run last weekend during the wedding festivities!
Funny story about that long run–I was so pumped to go run in the fall weather and explore Duke University. Being the moronic Floridian that I am, I only packed shorts and a tank top. It was BRISK! As I started out on the nature trail I was passing tons of people in pants and zip-ups. Fall weather fail on my part. I’ve lost my cool-weather radar and now I’m that girl that doesn’t remember what winter feels like! Needless to say, it took a lot longer for me to warm up than normal. But when I saw this first hill, warming up was inevitable:
I didn’t factor in the fact that North Carolina has more elevation than Miami! Fail #2. Hills galore.
Anyway, please let me know if any of you have advice on this running situation. If I skip today (which I most likely will), should I do speedwork or the easy miles tomorrow?