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In the 7 days ending Jan 18:

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Saturday Jan 18 #

12 AM

Run 2:44 [3] 0.63 km (4:20 / km)

(Kelso to Spoons) Waveyyyyy yeee boiii
1 AM

Run 21:57 [3] 4.36 km (5:02 / km) +32m 4:51 / km

Home from the pub, via a not-shortest route. Felt like I was running for much longer than this. Also the world was spinning (cocktail facilitated). Such a beautiful, clear night, with the cold stars shining in an elliptical sort of manner; I finally understand the perspective Leonardo da Vinci saw for his Starry Night painting! What a creation.
7 PM

Run 45:22 [3] 5.74 km (7:54 / km) +79m 7:24 / km
(sick)

LEI Winter League 6 - Willesley. 2nd overall after Alistair, and 1st lady. Not too shabby.

Thoughts - SO MUDDY. Would have liked some 12mm spikes for this one.

The details:
Started off a bit rubbishly, as I've been feeling a bit rough all day (thought it was a hangover, but it turns out I've managed to acquire Alistair's illness). So just took it slowly and as a result the navigation was pretty decent (for me). Was all pretty accurate until a little error to 5 where I took a wrong bearing and got confused with some green. Made a (think they're called) parallel error to 6, so Alistair caught me here and we ran to 7 together, although he got confused and my thought process was "Alistair can't be wrong, I must follow him", so lost a bit of time (only as much as Ali. Used his mistake to push the pace to 8, which we got pretty much at the same time but as I was just behind I could plan the next leg better, meaning I got out of the control much faster but hit a fence, which Ali crossed faster. He lead me into 9. Again I'd used the tow to plan 9-10, and this paid off! We took two different routes and I would have beaten him (just) had I not hit the green near the control circle. Ali messed up here though and decided to plough through the green, whereas I went around on the path and dropped him on the way to 11 (literally took a minute out of him! V proud). Remained ahead at 12 (fairly well navigated, although suspect the longer path option would have been somewhat faster), got caught on the way to 13 and then used the tow to plan to the finish. We both took vastly different routes and arrived at the same time.

So I was very proud of that, despite some scrappy navigation, as I would say that Ali is a good orienteer! I should also mention that he is much more ill than I am at the moment, so was moving a lot slower (we both had coughing fits after punching the finish). Seeing as this will be a rare occasion, I'll take whatever I can get! Finished 3 minutes down on Ali in the end, wish I'd pushed faster at the start/not lost all that time on control 6!

Always good to get out, but I really need sleep and some serious immune-system action right now. Tomorrow's long run will be interesting..

Friday Jan 17 #

8 PM

Run 14:00 [3] 3.01 km (4:39 / km)

Exams are finished!! Was supposed to run earlier, but when I got home the mistake of sitting down was made... So I ended up being a bit late to the pub (8pm meet), and decided to combine the run with socialising, sort of. Had just showered so tried not to sweat, but my physiological responses got in the way. Still am baffled about how girls can run with their hair down... it's very annoying! Also the frosty temperature hints at colder weather to come. Brrr!

Thursday Jan 16 #

6 AM

Run 27:36 [2] 5.39 km (5:07 / km) +38m 4:57 / km

'Standard' road loop, my body is telling me that I (a) need to stop running on roads and (b) need more sleep.

Birdsong was limited (although still present) and it's never really dark. I worry about the birds. The light messes up their body clocks, and cultivation reduces insect volume and diversity, impacting their feeding habits. It was also very busy, despite being early. Lots of commuters - most being individuals driving alone in cars. Maybe I'll understand one day? When I'm 'older and wiser', perhaps. The air smells like traffic and you can't run 100m without seeing some sort of litter. The world needs help.

Finished the run with the sky turning a strong yet gentle shade of pinky purple - some truly beautiful particle-induced scattering of the day's first sunlight. Polluted skies do always make the most gorgeous sunrises.
5 PM

Run 46:24 [4] 8.56 km (5:25 / km) +4m 5:24 / km

Finally got back onto doing a session. Headed down to Paula Radcliffe track; got to touch in with my card. It's nice to have membership! Also want to say a big thank you to Ali for recording splits (he didn't join in due to being ill).

The session:
WU // 6 × 400m (off 60-5(n-1)s rec) // 10 mins v easy jog // 6 × 400m (off 60-5(n-1)s rec) // WD
400m times were 88, 88, 88, 87, 86, 89 // 89, 87, 86, 87, 89, 84s.

Felt slow and sluggish, but at least the times were consistent! Knew I worked hard enough from the max HR of 201bpm and that I could start to feel the lactic build up with every lap. It was also very windy, but at least managed to avoid the rain.

(Missing ~800m back to the car to get the bag of revision stuff. Set for the next sesh of the evening...)

Wednesday Jan 15 #

6 PM

Run 31:20 [4] 7.0 km (4:29 / km) +38m 4:21 / km

Initially really couldn't be bothered but then the motivational speaker within me came out with a host of quotes and got me shifting.
"Hard work beats talent if talent doesn't work hard."
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for - it is a thing to be achieved."
"Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning."
Thanks, Bill.

Think some speed sessions are overdue! Exams can't end soon enough. Nice clear sky tonight, although it's a little chillier again.

Tuesday Jan 14 #

6 AM

Run 26:38 [3] 5.0 km (5:20 / km) +28m 5:11 / km

Mixed up the 5k road loop to prevent it from becoming 'the standard'. At least it's dry!

Monday Jan 13 #

6 PM

Run 30:34 [3] 5.75 km (5:19 / km) +34m 5:10 / km

Easy road loop. It rained. Very, very heavily. Reflected my mood. Just need to get exams done, then I think some sort of adventure is in order!

Sunday Jan 12 #

9 AM

Run 3:24:04 [4] 25.9 km (7:53 / km) +544m 7:08 / km

Peak Raid 3 - Winter Series Event 4 - Calver (up on Froggat Edge and Ramsley Moor). What an absolute shocker. Got 420/500 and lost 420 points with being (very) late back. Overestimated my fitness. Usually this route would have been hard but doable. When can I have my fitness back?? Coming back from this stress fracture is taking too long!

On a more positive note, it was good fun, nothing like getting stuck in bogs and falling over stupidly large tussocks! Very muddy towards the end too (good thing!). Think I struggled due to not eating enough or having anything to drink (I only had one gel and nothing to drink before running). It was good to check out my competition - feeling hopeful for the Spring series!

Note: Missed the opposite bank when jumping over a river and hit my kneecap. It's feeling sore now, but think it's just bruised. Might take it easy over the next few days to let it heal up.

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