A short taper before Murray Fun Days. Also the beginning of an easier week. I am realizing 3 weeks of 90+ with daily tempos was perhaps too long - two should have been enough. Or very possibly I did not need it at all - I suspect am already aerobically developed enough for the limit to be somewhere else, and until that mysterious "somewhere else" gets pushed up, additional aerobic development either will not happen, or will not help me run better.
Went to the Provo Canyon to do a tune-up workout. Warm up, then 4x100 with ankle weights. Up 19.7 - down 18.2 - up 18.8 - down 17.5. Then 0.5 up in 2:38 (79 - 79) with a solid headwind. Full recovery, then 0.75 down in 3:38 ( 74 - 71 - 73). Felt very relaxed in the first 1000, but then holding the pace became significantly harder. Full recovery ( 400 meter jog), then 2x100 with 300 jog rest down both in 14.6. Felt unusual explosive strength, but could not quite translate it into speed.
Ran with the kids aftewards, and jogged a bit in the evening with Benjamin running, and Jennifer and Joseph in the stroller.
Intersting - my tempo mileage experiment did not seem to affect the speed, but so far I've seen a drop in the strength endurance. Interestingly enough, my friend Albert Wint has had similar results. I also did run into the same problem back in 2002 - I could go fast and it felt easy for a while, but then all of a sudden I could not hold the pace.