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Training Log: Kris

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running7 9:46:21 62.42(9:24) 100.46(5:50) 3788
  Strength and Conditioning1 10:00
  Total8 9:56:21 62.42 100.46 3788
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Sunday Sep 25 #

12 PM

Running 50:44 [2] 9.83 km (5:10 / km) +238m 4:36 / km

Felt very flat today.

Saturday Sep 24 #

11 AM

Running race 2:57:05 31.28 km (5:40 / km) +1750m 4:25 / km
ahr:160 max:175

Two breweries.

Looking forward to getting out of my comfort zone a bit with something a bit longer. The first couple of km along the road felt very easy and as soon as it went uphill me and Spongey started to pull out a lead. We both went for the line shown on the race map but no one followed us. It turned out to be very heathery and have extra climb. This was a bit annoying as when the pack rejoined they'd been running up the valley on a nice trod.

Still, me and Spongey pulled away again on the climb proper. I took this climb, the descent and the next climb very easy and so did Spongey. It felt a bit like a nice day in the hills. Just after the second hill, Spongey reached into his bumbag and the next thing I knew he was 100m behind. I wasn't going to stop if he was slow and faffing (turns out he'd lost his map in the wind and tried to chase it for a bit) but I didn't really push on all the same.

He caught me again when I didn't know the route through the farm. We were still going well and feeling good through the forest, apart from a couple of navigation errors, but when we came to the climb I started to get a bit of a lead. I pushed on a bit this time and the gap started to grow. It was still feeling easy so I wasn't worried I was pushing too hard. I think I had about a minute lead maximum.

I crossed the river across to Trahenna bog in a bit of a rubbish place and got a little pang of cramp. Oh dear. I started through the bog a bit further left than where I had planned from the satellite but it was awful. I crawled through the bog, weaving in a vain attempt to find anywhere where I could run. It was on one of these weaves that Spongey came back past me. I pulled a little bit back on the first part of the climb but the last part became a survival exercise in the wind and the rain.
Spongey reached the top with a 15-20 second lead and I'd all but given the race to him but he stopped at the summit.

I thought this was a bit odd but turns out he didn't fancy guessing the way off the hill without a map in the rain and wind and mist - can't see why.. I took the lead and started to run off the hill but my legs were gone so I had to stick to the trod the whole way for fear of cramping.. I didn't want to be a dick after Spongey had me on the ropes and waited (plus I don't think I could have done much anyway) so a bit of a gentleman's agreement appeared and after Spongey went past on the descent we both cruised in with Spongey a bit ahead.

That was the longest race I have done and good fun. I haven't experienced anything like the quick demise in there bog before. I went from feeling fine to bring dead on my feet almost instantly..

Running 7:25 1.0 km (7:25 / km) +13m 6:58 / km
ahr:109 max:117

Friday Sep 23 #

4 PM

Running 49:28 11.16 km (4:26 / km) +29m 4:23 / km
ahr:111 max:149

Printed out a map for two breweries but got almost all the way to Guardbridge before I realised I'd left it in work..

Running 7:45 [2] 1.31 km (5:55 / km) +32m 5:17 / km

Got home and realised I'd left my keys in work on the second attempt at leaving. Not a good evening for me

Thursday Sep 22 #

5 PM

Running 1:34:30 20.02 km (4:43 / km) +94m 4:37 / km
ahr:121 max:138

Legs felt amazing today, loving the flat road.
7 PM

Strength and Conditioning 10:00 [1]

Wednesday Sep 21 #

8 AM

Running 42:10 [2] 6.82 km (6:11 / km) +200m 5:23 / km

Just a quick one before leaving. The Two Breweries training camp is complete.

Tuesday Sep 20 #

11 AM

Running 1:04:30 6.63 km (9:44 / km) +1300m 4:55 / km
ahr:156 max:169

Gave Anwen 20 minutes and then set off after her. Wanted to try to run all the way to the top. I switched to walk/run after about 40 minutes but it felt good to push hard uphill for an hour. Don't get to do that often.
2 PM

Running 1:32:44 12.4 km (7:29 / km) +132m 7:06 / km
ahr:117 max:143

Slow across to the mer de glace and then back down into Chamonix after visiting Aiguille du Midi (3842m) by cable car.

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