Once again our house has become a sick bay, with Haiden getting over three days of fever and sore throat yesterday just as Finn woke up feverish. He kept us up most of last night, which made for a short, hot and humid slog this morning when I finally hit the road at 7. When I look back at my first go-around with Lydiard-based training in the summer of 2005 I'm amazed to see so many longer runs after nights like this. Nowadays I'm finding the body really can't slog through 16 or 18 milers on little to no sleep, and that my recovery in general is a bit slower. The same thing goes for trying to keep the miles up while working on my feet in Reno; It just isn't as easy as it used to be.
All this being said, I was quite happy with yesterday's 20 miler with the group. We added a quick water stop in the middle, where I took a gel for the first time in years on a training run, and it really made the second half fly by. It was a nice change to have something left in the tank by the end, and I'm hoping I can turn this into a trend again. Here's how the week went down:
Mo: 14 fast, 5
Tu: 7 slow (overdid it Monday)
Sa: 10 up-tempo
Total: 86 miles in 8 sessions
Given Monday through Friday's stint in Reno, I'm not too disappointed with the week even though the miles are a bit low. Saturday's and Sunday's runs were strong, and those were what I was most focused on. I'm hoping for a longer and stronger week this time around, starting with the evaluation run tomorrow.
For an interesting interview with my pal Nobby Hashizume, founding member of the Lydiard Foundation, check out Flocast's interview here.
7 miles, 42 minutes, 7:03 pace
Sleep: 2h, 1/10
Legs: 5/10 stiff and cranky
Temperature: 78 degrees, 69% humidity (yuck)
20 miles, 2h17m, 6:55 pace
Sleep: 7.5h, 8/10