Sunday runs have been part of the plans of a long-distance runner for over a hundred years. In the late 1950s, a New Zealand milkman named Arthur Lydiard, used anecdotal and scientific methods to build the most popular training program for middle and long-distance runners. His athletes won the gold in the 800m, 5000m and bronze in the marathon in 1960 and won gold in the 800m and 1,500m (plus bronze in 1,500) in 1964. He tested 200-mile weeks on himself and came up with a system that gave periods of training in specific focuses. In his 40s, Lydiard won New Zealand Marathon championships himself.
Running has changed since the early 20th century, but long runs are still part of what helps runners develop. Enjoy the long run.
Marathon shoe, 1939, Adi Dassler, co-founder of adidas, GbH cobbled this shoe, photo by adidas Communications
Your workout today, May 8, 2022: Sunday: 70-75 minutes moderate pace, on trails
2022 RunBlogRun Spring Middle Distance Daily Track Training (800m-5000m), Week 17, Day 7
Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown
Tuesday: Warm-up, 30 minutes moderate running, 12 x 300m, cut downs, 100 m walk-jog between, cooldown
Wednesday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes, moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown
Thursday: Warm-up, 4 x 800m, 1500m pace, 400m jog, 6 x 150m, stride outs, cooldown
Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x100m stride outs, cooldown
Saturday: warm-up, primary race distance or, 3 miles, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown
Sunday: 70-75 minutes moderate pace, on trails