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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run5 4:20:57 24.85(10:30) 40.0(6:31) 37035 /37c94%
  Pilates1 45:00
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Swimming1 39:00 0.62(1:02:46) 1.0(39:00)
  Total8 6:29:57 25.91 41.7 37035 /37c94%

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Saturday Jun 15 #

10 AM

Run 47:00 [3] 8.0 km (5:53 / km)

Back to the random numbers game, and today it was 5. It's a map which doesn't abound with good running options as quite a bit of it is the airport (including its terminals), but it does have one good one, along upper Moonee Ponds Creek towards the south side of Woodlands Park, a reasonably serene valley which would be a good deal less serene on a day when the east-west runway was in use, although there was still a bit of occasional plane noise in the background (among them presumably the 10.20 to Hong Kong that I'll be on this time in a fortnight). I had had thoughts of going deeper into the park but the area with a predator-proof fence would have committed me to a longer loop than I wanted to do, so came back from there and then spent the last 20 minutes picking my way through the streets on the west side of Mickleham Road (an area which seems to have taken a turn for the better since my last outing here). It turned out that I did slightly longer than I planned anyway because the print of the 1999 Melway (the most recent year available in the digital collection at the University of Melbourne) showed a gap which no longer existed (if it ever did).

This was a pretty decent run on what had turned into a nice morning after early fog; particularly pleased with my confidence on such hills as there were, and felt like I had plenty left at the end (which is good as I'm hoping for at least double this tomorrow). More kilometre splits starting with a 5 than has been typical of recent weeks, too.

Friday Jun 14 #

7 AM

Pool running 45:00 [3] 0.7 km (1:04:17 / km)

Morning session at Fitzroy, barely light when I started though not damp in the way that yesterday was. Took a long time to get myself moving - think I would have found a run hard going this morning (it was the sort of morning where getting out of bed took a certain amount of motivation). OK later on though.
1 PM

Run 33:00 [3] 5.5 km (6:00 / km)

Lunchtime session on the north side of the CBD, initially clearing a few more of the laneways of North and West Melbourne before going around the east side of the market. Quite a decent run by lunchtime standards, on a good lunchtime for running even if it had its limitations for other things, and got a reasonable run with the traffic for the most part.

This one took me to 30% of the City of Melbourne completed, which is definitely not 30% of greater Melbourne - the latter is more like 5.6% as a best estimate. (For readers from other countries unfamiliar with Australian local governance, the 'City of Melbourne' as a local government area covers only the inner city to 2-4km from the centre, depending on which direction you're going in).

Thursday Jun 13 #

7 AM

Run 1:20:00 [3] 13.0 km (6:09 / km)

Longer run out towards Heidelberg, including going past the back of my old place. A slow start in the dark - it was properly dark for the first 15 minutes or so and pretty gloomy thereafter, on what looks like turning out to be Melbourne's coldest day since 2019 - and never as smooth as it was at times last night, but still a reasonable morning's work. It does seem a bit unfair when you're gradually climbing through most of the first 5k and then lose basically all that height in the 6th, but that would have been more of an issue on a day when the hills weren't going as well.

Wednesday Jun 12 #

8 AM

Pilates 45:00 [3]

Pilates, switched from Monday because of the long weekend. Didn't feel especially awake at the start despite (a) it being an hour later than usual and (b) already having done a chunk of morning's work (I got going at 6am to give a presentation to a workshop based in Canada). Got through the session OK though, on a morning when it was definitely more appealing to be inside.
7 PM

Run ((street-O)) 44:20 [3] * 7.0 km (6:20 / km) +160m 5:41 / km
spiked:14/14c

A rare winter Wednesday street-O outing at Greythorn, prompted partly by my morning activities and partly by the event being relatively close by. Didn't go in with a lot of confidence after my left hip had felt a bit sore through most of the day but turned out to be one of my better evening efforts this year, certainly a marked improvement on my last outing here in February (the fact that it was about 22 degrees cooler probably had something to do with this). Lots of hills but mostly handled them pretty well - it's a good night when you're running the near 20% grade of St. Bridget's Rise - and found something for the end to get in inside the time (it's a score event, and because Maprun went off early at the start I had about 44.40 to do the deed).

I had wondered whether I was the youngest person at this event, but did spot one participant under 50 later on.

As I often do after Wednesday evening events, I took the opportunity to check out the local eating scene, finding a Malaysian spot which showed two good signs for an Asian restaurant: (a) it was over 80% full on a Wednesday night and (b) I was the only white person in the place. (Nothing fancy, but pretty much in line with what you'd expect at a hawker centre in Singapore or Penang, which I'll take as a plus).

Tuesday Jun 11 #

8 AM

Swimming 39:00 [2] 1.0 km (39:00 / km)

Didn't feel as wrecked this morning as I expected but still not too upset that this wasn't a running day. Made my way to the pool via a certain amount of evidence that high winds and hard rubbish week don't mix that well, then a reasonable session in the water, though not very quick. Definitely a day not to linger in between the water and the changerooms (although most of the leaves from the surrounding trees had already fallen so not too many of them ended up in the water). Toenail not the nuisance I was expecting.

I wasn't imagining the dryness of the ground over the weekend; every site on the Eyre Peninsula had its driest February-May on record except for Streaky Bay and Wudinna (both second).

Monday Jun 10 #

10 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 56:37 [3] *** 6.5 km (8:43 / km) +210m 7:30 / km
spiked:21/23c

3rd day of the Port Lincoln weekend, on a (mostly) open granite map on the hills overlooking the coast (some good views there). I knew it was going to be a tough day at the office when beforehand I could hardly bend over enough to put my shoes on, an impression reinforced when I tripped and did a faceplant directly out of the start triangle (in the process doing what seems to be some significant damage to what had hitherto been one of my few remaining reasonably normal toenails). It did get better after that, although it was probably halfway before I was running in the terrain with any fluency, and I didn't run a lot of hills; probably 5 minutes or so below par. Dropped about 30 seconds going a little wide into #12, on a map with more small rock features mapped than any I've seen since Tharwa Tor (lots of fun, though).

This was an enjoyable weekend, although I think I'll appreciate the break from running tomorrow. I wouldn't have thought I was the only person who would be connecting from Port Lincoln (or similar places) to somewhere else, but it certainly wasn't obvious how you did it - one small printed sign pointed you in the direction of a door which didn't open, whereupon I went back to the last staff member I saw who told me that I should go to the next door, passing on the way a sign which said 'Staff Access Only'. This did actually work (and didn't get the airport shut down). Made it home more or less on time.

And I now have a better idea why both the places we stayed had second sink taps which I presume come from rainwater tanks.

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