Training: 17-ish miles, 2h,0m
Sleep: 6h, 6/10 Stayed up late playing with new music toys
Legs: 5/10, Big step backwards today, sore and stiff
Tough two hours out there today. I changed my long run route to bring me through Gut-Check Alley (four miles of generally uphill running) at about an hour instead of 1h30m in hopes of being fresher during the second half, but it just didn't work out that way. Temperatures were in the 80's by 7, which is when I was about half-way there, and I think part of my problem today was due to me not being acclimated to the heat again. I had the strange desire to stop a few times between 1h30m and 2h, which I'm taking as a cue that the brain is beginning to sense a cut in the glucose supply.
I'd sure like to feel better during these longer runs, and I'm fairly confident it will come in time. I'm hoping Mystery Coach will add a 90 minute run mid-week after these three sedate weeks are up, as I think it might hasten my adaptation to longer runs sooner. Going heavy on the water today.
I've been digging this thread on the Lydiard Foundation website. Some good info focusing on how to examine a marathon program once you hit a plateau.