A.M. Long run alone. 20 miles. I prayed last night that I'd find somebody to run with for part of it. The prayer did not get answered until around mile 15 when I ran into the BYU guys. That cheered me up because I began to wonder if the Lord perhaps considered my request frivolous and wanted me to just tough it out alone. But his tender mercies shone on me today after some work.
From 7 to 12 I did a tempo on the standard 5 mile course. The goal was to get some fuel stimulus and evaluate the damage from the sleep disruptions last week. I was able to keep sub-6:00 quite comfortably when I had good traction, but I did not always have it. The splits were 5:51, 5:54, 6:05, 5:52, 5:40 - total of 29;22. The cause of the slowdown that culminated in the 6:05 was the loss of traction.
P.M. Ran with the kids. Total of 3 for me. Benjamin and Jenny did 3, Julia and Jacob 0.5, Joseph 1. Julia fell earlier while climbing on something and could not go fast or far, so I sent her to run with Jacob.