This weekend I did another LSD training run on my own. I ran 35km (21.7 miles) and it was definitely Long and Slow Distance! As I'm training for the Comrades this was a road run...something I find very hard nowadays. Some people question the value of runs like these, but I certainly use them as a very important part of my training.
Beautiful open morning for a run.
It obviously depends what you are training for. I train for ultras, so the LSD run is key to my training. There is a big difference between LSD runs and long runs. LSD runs are 30km and longer and the longer I’m out there, the better. It is all about time on my feet/legs. The longer the better. It is also a good way to get in some heat training.
Very warm, open morning now...was hot this weekend!
I don’t even attempt to run them at a specific pace. Walk and other rest breaks are included and form part of the total time spent on the outing. Time on the feet is all that matters. In fact, Bruce Fordyce used to start his watch as he got out of bed on the morning of the LSD, only stopping it again once he sat down after the run and therefore measuring total time spent on his feet. I am self sufficient on runs like these and carry my own water and food. I also have a water/snack point at home and I stop here a few times during the run.
Water, drink and snack point under the trees in my garden.
The mental training I get from these runs is also invaluable. It is tough to run a hard course for 35km in the heat on your own. Well, it is for me anyway. The longest LSD I’ve done on my own like this is 51km. I try to do 35km max and do anything longer in a marathon or other race if possible.
Darth Vader was stalking me this weekend!
The good, hard LSD remains one of my favorite runs. The lessons I get out of these are fantastic and make long hours on race day so much easier.
Another good LSD in the bag!
These guys worked very hard for me!
Do you do LSD runs? What is the longest you go alone?
Have a super week everyone!