12 miles, 1h22m, 6:56 pace, w/8x100 accelerate-sprint, 300 jog
Sleep: 7h, 8/10
Legs: 7/10 A bit tight
Temperature: 78 degrees, 60% humidity
Good run this morning. I felt strong during the accelerations I worked in at 9 miles, and overall I didn't feel taxed at any point. Still, I'm skipping the weekly evening run with the gang to gather my legs for tomorrow's long run. Since the last long run was on Sunday I think I need all the recovery I can muster.
It does seem like the paces are starting to come down a bit on the runs, which should be the norm while following Arthur Lydiard's training model, but I'm finding that they seem to go right up again if I pile on too many doubles or short-change my recovery. I'm still trying to strike the right balance, which is turning out to be a bit humbling when it means canning a planned double or shortening a run when the legs just aren't responding. I think a year or two ago I would have just plodded through and hoped my body would eventually come around, but I'm getting a few signs that this "softer" way is paying better dividends. So far the evaluation runs are showing steady improvement, and the up-tempo days are coming off without any hitches. The long runs are still the sticking point, though the past two weeks have gone a bit better.