Wednesday, November 29, 2006

2 runs, 2 twins, too tired

And this my 200th post. It's hard to believe there's been that much to blab about, I mean blog about over the past year. But with the buzz about Lydiard lately it's not time to go quiet just because I'm worn out after just 2 days under the program! The problem about putting yourself out here is that you get called to account for what you say and do. Let the accounting begin!

Day 0 - Monday - rest day, not part of the official program According To Lydiard (ATL) but it's time off my feet that this old body needs

Day 1 - Tuesday - plan called for 1 hour easy but was just feeling so good that I had to let the horses go a bit. It was a roundabout route around town as Andrew is well familiar now but could not hold back the pace at all. Ended up at 7:45 pace and just a little over 8 miles completed. Well I hope that doesn't come back to bite me I was thinking after the run. But it just felt so easy!

Day 2 - Weds - the crows have come to roost now; the plan ATL was for 90 minutes at aerobic effort but that easy effort was not for me. Instead I left work early to meet Verne and his young high school runners for some long intervals. The 'twins' are national class runners in their age group 16-18 and have set provincial records and dominate the races they run usually placed 1-2. What is he thinking you ask? I'm not sure but Verne wanted my long endurance to help the girls with their long intervals. On schedule today was 3x1500 in 6:10-6:20 and my 'job' was to try to pace them at 4:10/kilometer pace. It was not a pretty sight, suffice to say that the splits were under 6:00 and this old man was just hanging on for most of the run. Ouch, but at least there were only 3 of them. There were no takers for a 4th so I continued on for the finish of my 90 minutes or about 11 miles.

I was lucky to make it home... The next mile of so went Ok but then the effects of the very fast pace took their toll and it was an effort just to keep one foot in front of the other. I even took a couple of walk breaks which is almost unheard during normal running for me. Eventually I struggled up the last hill and crashed onto the couch with great relief. Yes, speed kills! And some people just never learn too.

On tap for the rest of the week, 1 hour tomorrow, 1.2-2hrs Friday and another hour on Saturday to top off the week. Let's hope the rest of the week goes better than the 1st half did.


Andrew said...

I'm so proud, I just busted two buttons.

Phil said...

You're two much. Trying to out run two nationaly rank teenage girls! You know you're a male when you go off and run way too fast around young women. I'm impressed that you made it home at all. Seriously though, I am very impressed that you launched off into a Lydiard program. You know we'll be follow you through out and cheering you on. Have a great weekend running.

Thomas said...

Did I get that right? You had the privilege to run with two girls in the 16-18 age group, and you're COMPLAINING about it?

Jeez, some fellas really don't know how lucky they are! Or are you just trying to ward of any thoughts of you being a dirty old git?

Olga said...

Sheesh...I am shivering of the thought of that workout...and laughing at the picture. Though who knows, I am pretty sure you over-complained and did just great! More power to the girls, always inspiring seen youth in sports seriously.

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