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Training Log Archive: AliMas

In the 7 days ending Aug 11:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running9 12:00:32 69.39(10:23) 111.68(6:27) 3919
  Total9 12:00:32 69.39(10:23) 111.68(6:27) 3919

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Sunday Aug 11 #

1 PM

Running 2:20:00 [2] 17.0 km (8:14 / km) +1050m 6:18 / km

Some nav practice on Place Fell with Tom, Oscar, Josh & Josh, followed by a lovely little ridge run on Beda Fell. Nippy out and a little clag to contend with but we all kept warm enough so all good.

Nice weekend with a good bunch of juniors, and hopefully I was of some use...
6 PM

Running 1:12:08 [2] 7.51 km (9:36 / km) +671m 6:38 / km

Picked up Wam Bam Tam from the station then drove to bunkhouse in Threlkeld before a little jaunt up Blencathra. It was wet, claggy and windy, but enjoyed the climb up Hall's Fell.

Hadn't drunk or eaten too much during the day and was pretty dehydrated by the end of the run. Head felt very wonky after half a pint in the pub but some good scran fixed that.

Saturday Aug 10 #

1 PM

Running 3:00:00 [2] 20.5 km (8:47 / km) +850m 7:16 / km

Got asked on Tuesday if I was available to help out on a young peoples mountain marathon training camp, I had half been thinking of a little Lakes trip anyway and it seemed a good thing to do, so got on board.

Good venture out on the fells south of Pooley Bridge with Steve B and a few juniors. Weather a little wet but not all that bad in the end.

Friday Aug 9 #

1 PM

Running 1:03:56 [2] 12.44 km (5:08 / km) +403m 4:25 / km
shoes: Adidas Terrex Speed LD

Arrived in Pooley Bridge and it was tipping it down so waited 20 mins or so and the sun came out. Little nip up Arthur's Pike, nice change of scenery, cranked it a little in the second half as was being chased back by an ominous cloud. Did a really good bum slide.

Thursday Aug 8 #

6 AM

Running 53:12 [2] 9.23 km (5:46 / km) +299m 4:58 / km
shoes: Adidas Terrex Speed LD

Dropped the parentals off at the airport early doors then went out for a jog when I got back. Glorious morning on the hill, low fog with some sun shining through.
5 PM

Running 40:00 [2] 8.0 km (5:00 / km) +30m 4:54 / km
shoes: Adidas Terrex Speed LD

Did some drills and strides on the big field. Old watch is playing up again, new(er) watch is broken beyond repair and is out of warranty, but luckily dad left his watch at home whilst he's on holiday so I can work with that.

Wednesday Aug 7 #

3 PM

Running 1:00:59 [3] 14.94 km (4:05 / km) +130m 3:55 / km
shoes: Adidas Terrex Speed LD

George messaged asking if I was about for a run so knew a classic easy 90+ would be off the cards as he's not a believer in easy mileage. Timed it perfectly for the heavy rain but running in the rain is quite pleasant at the moment. Nice raz about Brockham, hip ain't right though.

Tuesday Aug 6 #


Hello there readers, I once again must apologise for my lack of updates in recent weeks but I’ll try to redeem myself with a cutting-edge report of my goings on since the 20th of July in bullet point form. A small sample of people gave me good reviews for my previous usage of bullet points but since the usage of bullet points is no-longer original to my log I have also used sub-bullet points for extra flare (formatting of the sub-bullets is weak, apologies for that). If you don’t enjoy bullet points or if you do not enjoy reading at all then I have summarised my report in the following sentence for you: I did copious amounts of camping and terrible orienteering, it was very good fun, but it was also tiring. Now onto those bullets.

• O-ringen.
o This was my first time attending this event and I was very much looking forward to racing in some delightful terrain and enjoying a fun week with EUOC and a handful of other lovely people.
o I was entered on the H21 Lång course despite H21 Kort specialist Will Rigg informing me that this was a poor decision and I would get tired. I blissfully ignored William as I was hungry for mileage and doing the short seemed a very weak option.
o My first two races were incredibly poor, particularly the first race where I became unsure if I knew how to read a map.
o After these first two races my watch died, I decided not to charge my watch for the remainder of the following two weeks and to run off the grid. At the Scottish 6 days Ewan Mcmillan described this as a “wholesome” act; however, the reality is that I did not want to see how slowly I was orienteering.
o The day of the third race was hot, and I don’t mean Sasha Chepelin style hot (15-20 degrees C), I mean actually hot (30+ degrees C). I had an okay race, nothing special by any stretch of the imagination but my best run of the week.
o Day 4 was also hot, and I was incredibly grateful that it was a middle because my word was I feeling tired. I again had an okay run, probably my second best run of the week, but to put it on context of how abysmal I was, I still came 70th odd about ~11 mins down.
o Day 5 was also hot, and it was a chasing start for those within 90mins of the leader and then 15 second intervals for those people outside of this. I was in hot contention for the W at 86mins down. I started my race smart by making big mistakes on the first four controls. The rest of the race was a slog and a half, but I did salvage something from the week as I overtook Mark Purkis (he wasn’t feeling good) allowing me to take the prestigious title of best ex-South East Junior Squad member at O-ringen 2019 on the H21 Lång course.
o My tiredness at the end of the race can be reflected by my post-race experience with Max Bloor and Alasdair Pedley. The three of us are usually rife with chat (not that I can always hear what Max is saying) and yet in the 3-hours we spent together after the race; showering, getting the bus, and getting food, we can’t have exchanged more than 30 words to each other in our vegetable states.
o To conclude, the racing was tough, and camping was tiring but I had an excellent time mainly due to having such a nice big group of people with plenty of antics so cheers for that.

• The Scottish 6 Days.
o Sadly it would have been a huge stretch to attend both the O-ringen last night party and the first day of the 6 days and thus I was forced to miss the first day of the 6 days, putting me out of the overall competition on M21E, not that I would have been in contention should I have made it.
o So post party, I had a day of travelling, slept on Sasha’s floor in Edinburgh, and then made my way to the second day of the 6 days raring to get into some Scottish terrain. I was feeling okay to start with, then about 15mins in I felt a big tear in my shoe and several strides later the sole was pretty much detached from the rest of the shoe. Avid readers of my log will know that I am a notorious shoe destroyer with the two pairs of VJ bolds in two days debacle particularly springing to mind, and hence this sensation was not a new one to me. Since I was already out of the overall, the decision to retire was easy as I didn’t fancy a painful and slow hour or so with one shoe on so just jogged back to assembly instead.
o I spent a long time contemplating what shoes to buy next, for the last couple of years or so I have religiously been rocking Walshes for their great aesthetic and slipper like feel and since I haven’t been orienteering too much this has worked just fine. However, after destroying two pairs of the buggers within a month I decided for the safety of my bank account a switch was necessary, so I went for some inov8 mudlcaws. The inov8s lasted about a month and half which is disappointing, but I suppose the terrain in O-ringen was a bit nasty for them. Anyway, to finish off this unnecessarily long shoe chat, I purchased some VJ Irocks which were, like all orienteering specific shoes, horribly expensive, but they did not break during the remaining four days of the 6 days so that was good.
o I had a nice time settling in to the campsite with the family and Leitch’s, felt just like the old days.
o Day 3 was the WRE middle. The first half of my race went pretty well, I had caught and passed Tam (2 minute man) and had caught Felly (4 minute man) but then as we entered the green I lost my head and got stuck in some very dark green and then didn’t know where I was when I came out of it. I eventually worked it out and then as I punched the control, I saw Tam again. The rest of the course Tam and I exchanged the lead several times with both of us individually making some shocking mistakes. Tam, Felly and I punched the third last control together and we had a fun showdown into the finish. I very much enjoyed this race and the area, shame I can’t hold the nav together though.
o Day 4, open hillside area. Started hard and was going well and area seemed nice enough. Made a huge (~6 min) mistake on a control which was pretty much on a ride (really tough control). After I realised what I’d done, I just couldn’t get myself going again and decided I would just jog round the rest and hopefully save some energy for the big job tomorrow. I wasn’t wearing a watch and thought I had covered quite a lot of the course. I hadn’t, it took me ages to get to the finish.
o Day 5 was the WRE long on Craig’a Barns. I’m getting tired of writing now and I’m sure you’ve stopped reading so I’ll try and keep it briefer. I started well, no mistakes, I took a terrible route choice on the long leg to 10 and lost about 5mins, I started to get tired, I took gels, they did nothing, I got overtaken by people, I completely ran out of energy, I got confused, I took a lie down, I tried to carry on, I still had no energy, I retired. I was concerned by this after the race, but I think the reality is I was just worn out after two weeks of racing and camping so no dramas really. Cracking area as always.
o Day 6, nice runnable area. I couldn’t move or read the map, hips a little sore too. Harrison caught me at the end which was fun, and I did some good commentary of his orienteering.
o So, there we have it, two weeks of truly dreadful orienteering comes to a close, all good fun ey.

• Post 6 days.
o Did some visiting family, went for two easy runs, felt fine, happy days.

Not for the first time, I had more to say than anticipated, sorry.
6 PM

Running 1:18:10 [3] 15.5 km (5:03 / km) +411m 4:27 / km
shoes: Adidas Terrex Speed LD

Nice evening mooch up Box then to White Hill. Feeling good other than left side of hip still a bit aggravated.

Monday Aug 5 #

8 AM

Running 32:07 [2] 6.55 km (4:54 / km) +75m 4:38 / km
shoes: Adidas Terrex Speed LD

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