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Training Log Archive: TomN

In the 31 days ending Dec 31, 2018:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Road running15 11:43:46 75.15(9:22) 120.95(5:49) 1240
  Rock Climbing4 8:00:00
  Orienteering4 3:54:22 13.24(17:42) 21.3(11:00) 797
  Trail Running1 51:00 5.2(9:48) 8.37(6:06)
  Total23 24:29:08 93.59 150.62 2037

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Monday Dec 31, 2018 #

Road running 38:00 [3] 4.0 mi (9:30 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 18

The normal 4-mile route, with a bump-out to bring it up to an actual 4 miles. In a steady light rain.

Rock Climbing (Rockville Gym) 1:30:00 [3]

Climbing with Florence and Rob. 5.10 a-c.

Saturday Dec 29, 2018 #

9 AM

Road running 1:05:34 [3] 6.92 mi (9:28 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 18

In Wilmington NC visiting my parents. They're only a couple miles from the coast, but there aren't many ways to get there. I plotted out a 3.3-mile route to the beach, but I was foiled at last half-mile. A security guard came out at the bridge and shooed me back, on the grounds that the road ahead was private. It was actually my second encounter with a security guard, the first one having caught me running from my parents' house out towards the main road and told me I couldn't run there, private property.

Basically everything you can see is a private, gated community, and the gates are either locked or guarded. It's kind of post-apocalyptic. There's no obvious threat. It's all just flat suburban sprawl and golf courses.

On the other hand, it was 65 and partly sunny. NTB.

Thursday Dec 27, 2018 #

1 PM

Road running 1:05:12 [3] 6.78 mi (9:37 / mi) +183m 8:52 / mi
shoes: Adrenaline 18

Early afternoon, mostly sunny and near 50.

Wednesday Dec 26, 2018 #

12 PM

Road running 48:00 [3] 5.1 mi (9:25 / mi) +112m 8:49 / mi
shoes: Adrenaline 18

Noontime run, sunny and fine.

Monday Dec 24, 2018 #

Rock Climbing (Rockville Gym) 2:30:00 [3]

Climbing with Addie, Florence and Rob. Probably a little too many crimpers, but finished up on easy jugs until failure.
9 AM

Road running 36:00 [3] 3.9 mi (9:14 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 18

Easy run in the morning, 38 and breezy. With the wind going out, and a little bit of a shock coming back.

Sunday Dec 23, 2018 #

11 AM

Road running 1:07:42 [3] 7.15 mi (9:28 / mi) +177m 8:47 / mi
shoes: Adrenaline 18

Same 7-mile route as last week, Pretty similar conditions, too, but a little sunnier. Seems like the temperature went up by a couple degrees while I was out there.

Friday Dec 21, 2018 #

10 AM

Road running 36:00 [3] 4.0 mi (9:00 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 18

Shorts and t-shirt.
12 PM

Rock Climbing (Rockville Gym) 2:00:00 [3]

Climbing with Rob. Warm-up on 5.9, then some 5.10s, a through c. Finished on a pair of 5.9s, with 2 laps on the last one. Not muscle failure, but pretty close.

Wednesday Dec 19, 2018 #

11 AM

Road running 1:09:42 [3] 7.24 mi (9:37 / mi) +178m 8:56 / mi
shoes: Adrenaline 18

Midday, with temperature in the low 40s. I was going to run 5 miles, but after getting over the initial chill, I felt so good I ran the Forest Glen loop for 7.2.

This route has plenty of stuff to look at. It crosses the Beltway twice, over then under, and in between passes through the National Seminary, with its collection of architectural oddities, including the chalet, the pagoda, the Greek temple, the windmill, and the Mexican-style row houses I've heard referred to as the "Taco Bells." These are now under renovation, and their facades have been removed so they're unrecognizable.

Other architectural marvels en route include the Forest Glen Castle, the old stone church, and the Mormon Temple. It's also being renovated, and there are stacked rings of scaffolding around the towers, making them look like a 1950s ray gun blaster.

Tuesday Dec 18, 2018 #

2 PM

Road running 36:18 [3] 3.99 mi (9:06 / mi) +75m 8:36 / mi
shoes: Adrenaline 18

I was at home this morning with the Verizon technician, and attempted to drive the 16 miles to work for a meeting at noon. But the Beltway was completely jammed and it took me a half hour to get off at the next exit and go home. I took the meeting by phone. Then a run after that.

Verizon was here because of a weird kind of runaround that we engage in every couple of years. Verizon raised its rate from $40 to $90 per month, so we called Xfinity, who has a $40 deal, and told Verizon we were going to cancel. At that point Verizon offered 100Mb service at $45 plus a free service visit to upgrade our endpoint. So we canceled the Xfinity order and went back to Verizon, never really having left.

Now that we're on a 2-year contract we can drop back to the 50Mb we used to have and pay $40 just like before. At the end of 2 years I figure I can take the 100Mb promotional deal again, since I already have the upgraded endpoint.

Monday Dec 17, 2018 #

12 PM

Road running 38:42 [3] 4.21 mi (9:11 / mi) +43m 8:54 / mi
shoes: Adrenaline 18

At GSFC, at noon. Sunny, breezy, high 40s.

Sunday Dec 16, 2018 #

Rock Climbing (Rockville Gym) 2:00:00 [3]

Climbing again! With Rob, Addie, and Glenn. My plan after the end of the indoor season last spring was to go outside and revisit some of the hard classics at Great Falls. But that never happened. So here we are starting another indoor season.

A half-dozen routes, starting pretty easy, some laps on a 5.8, but moving up to the easy 10s. There was some good variety there. I stalled out on two different 10c routes, so the rating system seems to have meaning there.

It was nice to see the Merkas there. Alex is looking pretty strong.

Saturday Dec 15, 2018 #

1 PM

Road running 46:02 [3] 4.91 mi (9:22 / mi) +114m 8:44 / mi
shoes: Adrenaline 18

I put this off until about 1 p.m. when the rain turned to drizzle. It wasn't too bad. There was one brief period of heavy rain.

Tuesday Dec 11, 2018 #

Trail Running 51:00 [3] 5.2 mi (9:48 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 18

Greenbelt Park Perimeter Trail at noon. Cool and sunny. There was some leaf cover, some bare sections, some mud.

Sunday Dec 9, 2018 #

Orienteering race 26:00 [5] 3.0 km (8:40 / km) +120m 7:13 / km
shoes: Adrenaline 18

IMid-Atlantics Relay. I ran in a 9-point family team, with Florence leading off, Addie second, and me on the third leg. Florence struggled with an early control and put us well behind. Addie may have picked up a couple of places, I couldn't really tell. She handed off to me, and I followed Gavin Wiese to #1, but I didn't punch it, becauseI thought we were still short of the control. But I backtracked, punched, and by that point Rick Oliver caught and passed me. But I passed him back on the way to 3, stayed ahead and caught Gavin at #6. The three of us ran together for the next 4 controls. I fell behind the other two at #9, which I misread, and we finished Gavin-Rick-me. It was really fun,
11 AM

Orienteering 30:06 [5] 3.6 km (8:22 / km) +94m 7:24 / km
shoes: Spirit OLX (last)

Mid-Atlanic Champs, hosted by QOC at Seneca Creek State Park. We negotiated the use of the Smokey Glen Farms facilities and fields, and it was a very fine venue for this event. The classic race was an NRE. For the Mid-Atlantics, the top 5 M and F on each course scored points. In the afternoon was a club relay, with a handicap based on points, so the top 10 relay teams scored points.

After taking a shift at the starts, I ran Brown, and run I did. On the way to #1, I hit the fence pretty hard. I was running downhill and looking at the map, and I bounced off it like a trampoline. Nothing injured. A little time lost on #3, thought I was heading for the elevated field but got into the marsh to the west instead. On the next leg I didn't like the passage at the foot of the hill, so I went up to the field, ran right along the edge of the escarpment, then headed down into the flood plain and got the control easily. Between 8 and 9 I got tangled up in some barbed wire, stumbled and nearly fell, and gouged my leg as I was pulling out of it.

My only loss of map contact was on the way to #3, and I ran fast almost everywhere else, winning Brown by a large margin.

Saturday Dec 8, 2018 #

12 PM

Road running 36:20 [3] 4.0 mi (9:05 / mi) +88m 8:30 / mi
shoes: Adrenaline 18

Same as Thursday. Also the same GPS deviation in the same place. GPS says 3.9, but I'm putting in 4.0. 33 degrees, sunny with a little breeze.

Thursday Dec 6, 2018 #

12 PM

Road running 36:35 [3] 4.0 mi (9:09 / mi) +98m 8:30 / mi
shoes: Adrenaline 18

If I cross over at the end of the field and run down Leslie St. past Glenn's house, I bring this route back up to 4 miles, and add a pretty good hill on the way back up. But there's still one place where the GPS got off, on Homewood Pkwy.

Wednesday Dec 5, 2018 #

10 AM

Road running 35:41 [3] 3.81 mi (9:22 / mi) +62m 8:55 / mi

Midday, 32 degrees. According to my watch, this run used to be 3.9 miles, now it's down to 3.8. What's up with that?

Tuesday Dec 4, 2018 #

11 AM

Road running 47:58 [3] 5.13 mi (9:22 / mi) +110m 8:46 / mi
shoes: Adrenaline 18

Mid-morning, 41 degrees, cloudy. There was enough of a breeze that I was sweaty running with it and chilly running into it.

Sunday Dec 2, 2018 #

11 AM

Orienteering 1:28:00 [3] 7.0 km (12:34 / km) +283m 10:27 / km
shoes: Spirit OLX (last)

PWNF (Pine Grove area) Red. I did a lot of walking after the 4th control. Nothing left in the legs, given yesterday's effort.

I was a little disappointed in the course setting. There's a lot of nice technical terrain here, but the course didn't take advantage of it.

#1 and 2 were good legs and good placements (the leg from start to 1 was the best leg on the course). #5 and 6 were good, but repetitive: run along the road and attack to the big reentrant. The area around 8 was underutilized. I would rather have skipped 6 and had some nice changes of direction in the wild area away from the big stream basin. As it was, we could ignore the subtle features and take a bearing to the big ones.

#3 (stream junction), #9 (deep reentrant), #10 (marsh) and #11 (ditch) were all orange-level controls. Having to run long legs to get to those controls was not very inspiring.

Saturday Dec 1, 2018 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 1:30:16 [3] 7.7 km (11:43 / km) +300m 9:49 / km
shoes: IceBug Olx 4

Little Bennett Red. This event was postponed once for rain (actually for soggy ground on the parking field and the trails) but it was really soggy running anyway. 40 degrees and a steady rain, with a couple of knee-deep stream crossings and a lot of mud running. The parking problem was alleviated through the generosity of the golf course, who let us park cars and walk to the field, about 500m. It's not like there was going to be much golf today.

The course was not technically difficult, but the first half was more interesting, and unexpectedly physical. I made one mistake, on the way to 6, having a little trouble with the trails across the creek and going up to the road, which was a good attack point but unnecessary climb. The second half was a lot of trail running (it can't really be helped, starting where we do) but I think a few controls could have been eliminated: 8, 10, 12, 15, and some others better placed.

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