I am pretty structured about my training as you’ve probably already surmised. I just came out of what I call “offseason” which is really only about a month. But I’m still a ways from starting a marathon buildup, or even pre-marathon base building. So I call this phase my preseason. And a big focus of that is reintroducing a lot of speed and power work that doesn’t get to happen when marathon mileage is taking precedence.
On that note, tonight went down like this: about a 2400 warmup, followed by 20 minutes of diagonals on the turf soccer field - sprint the sidelines at about 90% effort, slowly jog the end lines to recover, then I finished up with a 2000 cool down.
Those sprints were tough, no doubt. Short though they were, it’s been a while since I ran that hard. Still they are a necessary precursor for the miles that lie ahead months from now. And that is what preseason is all about.