As the winter season approaches, the intensity of the repeat sessions has elevated. The 300m session last Wednesday was brutal, and this week I've got a tough 400m/200m session on Tues or Wed along w/ a very challenging long interval session coming on Saturday.
Over the past five weeks, I've essentially been running three workouts per week - the short rep session, the long interval session, and the aggressive long run on Sundays. However, with the higher intensity of the interval sessions something needs to give, at least a little.
So today's "long" run was cut back to just 8-miles (as opposed to 11), however the pace was about the same as the others. (6:57 vs the 6:54 average of the previous four) It doesn't seem like much, but omitting those last 3-miles will keep me much fresher for the tough work that's coming during the week.
The meets in my area start on Jan 10th but I won't be running my first race until the 24th. I'll probably get one more long run in before then (about 12-miles at a similar 6:5x pace).
The last race I'll have on the schedule is likely to be Feb 28th. There are other races after that one that run into mid-March, but as I've stated before, the focus is really on the spring/summer season. I'll probably run four 800m races during this season and as of March 1st, I'll likely be starting up another build for spring/summer.
Sun, 1/4: 8-miles @ 6:57 pace