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Training Log Archive: ernst

In the 7 days ending Apr 20:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Road Running3 3:59:03 32.47(7:22) 52.26(4:34) 230
  Trail running4 1:48:49 10.57(10:18) 17.01(6:24) 100
  Orienteering1 1:20:00 5.0(16:00) 8.05(9:56) 120
  Walking1 24:00 1.33(18:03) 2.14(11:13)
  Total9 7:31:52 49.37(9:09) 79.45(5:41) 450

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Saturday Apr 20 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 1:20:00 [2] 5.0 mi (16:00 / mi) +120m 14:53 / mi
shoes: VJ Falcon w spikes

Bear Brook, UNO event. Blue Course. It just started to rain 5 minutes before my start. Quite the nuisance. In spite of a new anit-fog rub on my glasses, it did not help. I had to stand still and squint to see just a few snippets of the map. I was unable to read any detail where there was green on the map. So it was like night-O: Compass and distance, and then search around to find the flag. I was not too annoyed by it, It was energizing running through the woods - off trail! And the woods were still quite open. After # 9, I noticed that my map was disintegrating (had forgotton to seal it !!), and # 11 & 12 were completely washed out. Also my groin muscle pain started to flare up again - it needs a little more healing. So it was a good time to head in as a HFA.

Friday Apr 19 #

9 AM

Trail running 24:21 [2] 2.6 mi (9:22 / mi) +20m 9:09 / mi
shoes: On Cloudflow dark grey

Run to work. Tempo is coming back.
5 PM

Road Running 28:50 [3] 3.67 mi (7:51 / mi) +35m 7:38 / mi
shoes: On Cloudflow dark grey

Running home via fish pickup. Started out slowly but eventually spiked the last hill on Mill Road.

Wednesday Apr 17 #

8 AM

Trail running 27:46 [2] 2.65 mi (10:29 / mi) +20m 10:14 / mi
shoes: Topo

Run to work. Slowly, still.
6 PM

Trail running 27:42 [2] 2.61 mi (10:37 / mi) +30m 10:15 / mi
shoes: Topo

Running home. Usual, via CW.

Tuesday Apr 16 #

9 AM

Walking 24:00 [1] 1.33 mi (18:03 / mi)
shoes: Topo

Walk from car rental to office. Very sore (groin and calves) from yesterday.
4 PM

Trail running 29:00 [2] 2.71 mi (10:42 / mi) +30m 10:21 / mi
shoes: Topo

Jogging home from work. First a slow shuffle but after about a mile, I was able to settle into a reasonable jog/run.

Monday Apr 15 #

10 AM

Road Running race 3:08:53 [3] 26.2 mi (7:13 / mi) +170m 7:04 / mi
shoes: On Cloud light gray

Boston, for the first time! Fun and mindboggling! I drove down in the Winners Circle bus which included hotel suite with shower afterwards, We were about 30 runners.
The weather forecast had mellowed over 4 days from cold, heavy rains and headwind, to warmer, less rain and side to back wind. Well, we had neither; it was warm (60 - 65) and felt outright hot when the sun poked through which for me happened in the Newton hills and at the finish.

I started in wave 2 first corral which was excellent. In less than a mile I settled in at my pace with minimal weaving, staying to the far right where there was little crowding. An awesome feeling running with hundreds of runners all together as if we were carried by a wave. I felt extremely comfortable keeping a pace of about 6:40 - 6:50 to about the half, where I had a tad over 90 minutes.

I continued at the same pace to mile 16 then purposefully slowed a bit to about 7:05 in anticipation of the Newton hills. Sun came up as we crossed the river and after the first hill my calves started to signal first signs of cramping. Uff! I still felt quite fresh and the hills barely got me breathing but my calves did not want to play along with it. I had to slow down and tried every way I could not to put stress on the legs. It did not resolve it, instead I battled intermittent jolts of cramp attacks from mile 19 to the end.
Bummer! A 3:05 time was in the cards, but my body dictated other limits. I was in good company: many runners walked the hills and/or stepped out for stretching. Afterwards at the hotel, everybody complained about the "heat", which affected us northerners, haveing spent the last 5 months running mostly around or below freezing temps.

In the end my time was just about my qualifying time. 11th in my age class, (A 3:06 time would have landed me in 6th place); fastest M64 - however there were 2 M68 running under 3 hours (the South Americans !) and one American in M70 in 2:57 - he is world champ I believe.

So, not bad after all. I will have to keep at it!
It was a new experience. The spectator crowds were fantastic - I'll remember all these smiles and the cheering. - I high-fived quite a few, especially the little kids, I waved at folks, and kept myself entertained reading the signs especially during the first half of the race. Thanks Boston!

I did not see bl, perhaps he saw me ??

Sunday Apr 14 #

11 AM

Road Running 21:20 [2] 2.6 mi (8:12 / mi) +25m 7:58 / mi
shoes: On Cloud light gray

Around the block. Easy run. Warm.

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