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Training Log Archive: testthattheory

In the 7 days ending Feb 15:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run6 10:21:43 56.89(10:56) 91.55(6:47) 2731
  Cycle5 1:42:07 18.16(5:37) 29.23(3:30) 176
  Orienteering1 1:22:03 8.13(10:05) 13.09(6:16) 115
  Circuits1 45:00
  Total13 14:10:53 83.18 133.87 3022

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Saturday Feb 15 #

10 AM

Run race 4:54:51 [4] 38.46 km (7:40 / km) +1783m 6:13 / km

Vale of Ewyas fell race: 2nd lady, 7th overall, so got some socks! Good thing too since all the ones I'd packed got soggy, and I don't like wearing trainers without socks.

This route is awesome and stunning and I'm gonna say it: this is one of the best fell races I have ever done! I would recommend it to anyone, even if there is a storm happening! FYI, it rained 100% of the time, the headwind made even the very downhill sections probably a good minute per kilometer slower than they could have been, and let's not mention going uphill in a southwesterly direction (thanks Dennis).

In general I am pretty happy with this, as I had low expectations due to it being my first fell race back since getting the stress injury, and being the furthest I've run in about 4.5 months. Managed to maintain a positive mindset all the way round (with a possible exception while going up Sugar Loaf, but show me someone who wasn't suffering up there...), largely helped by the fact that everyone was really friendly and waved on any out and backs. Made some new friends - thank you especially to Adam and Tim for keeping me going through the worst of the unrelenting headwind and up the last climb respectively! Took a 700m detour just before finishing. Whoops.

Massive shout out to the man who made the day by providing everything anyone could ever require when fell racing, from accommodation to delicious scran, support, transport and preventing me from stopping too long at road crossings. The towel over my head at the finish line was a nice touch too. Thank you Matt!

Friday Feb 14 #

1 PM

Run 1:44:54 [3] 12.96 km (8:06 / km) +592m 6:35 / km

Tried to memorise the route for a Pen y Fan horseshoe run. It was very wet, windy and claggy, so I got lost (partially because I was enjoying running down the hill more than the nagging voice was telling me to stop running down that hill). Also probably should have taken a map... at least I had a compass?

It was very windy coming back up onto the horseshoe route, and it doesn't look like tomorrow will get called off.. Let's hope today's happy place gets found again!

Had a mini fall and hit my knee again in nearly the same spot as yesterday - more blood and pain eurgh.

Thursday Feb 13 #

8 AM

Cycle 22:54 [2] 7.0 km (3:16 / km) +42m 3:11 / km

Commutes for the day. Gave it some beans on the way home - I was hungry and fish finger sandwiches awaited me. Who wouldn't race home for that.
4 PM

Run 57:02 [3] 10.05 km (5:40 / km) +47m 5:33 / km

The intention was to do a loop on the canals a bit longer than this, with some micro efforts (something like 10 x 15s faster/45s slower) along the canal. This didn't happen. Cut it short when I managed to stack it on the muddiest part of the run in a puddle which turned out to be shin-deep and got mud everywhere (on my face, up my top, everywhere. Photo on Strava). A combination of having bumped my knee (ouchie) and feeling too embarrassed to go the busy way through town looking and smelling like I'd swam in a sewer meant we cut it short.

Good thing too; two fish finger sandwiches and 3 cookies is far too much food to eat 20 minutes before running.

Wednesday Feb 12 #

9 AM

Cycle 25:00 [2] 7.0 km (3:34 / km) +42m 3:28 / km

Daily commutes
2 PM

Run 51:20 [3] 8.0 km (6:25 / km) +133m 5:55 / km

Very easy plod around Outwoods with Ali, enjoying the gorgeous sunshine. Mud is still getting classified as 'fight' and it took about 400m before we gave up on trying to avoid it. Summer will be welcomed. Really enjoyed running today

Tuesday Feb 11 #

7 AM

Cycle 12:07 [2] 3.46 km (3:30 / km) +4m 3:29 / km

Bike to work. Resulted in very, very cold hands. Mentally prepared myself for a long day.
5 PM

Circuits 45:00 [4]

LUOC circuits. Planned an easier session this week focusing on abs, but still worked hard! Felt knackered.. Even had to do 'woman' push ups. Will get back on proper form for next week when I don't have 7 year olds to 'inspire' all day. So tired, just want to go home.

Set:
WU (mobility work around room)

MAIN: 2 x 12 minutes as:
10 push ups
10 flutter kicks
10 Russian twists
10 mountain climbers
10 sit ups
10 burpees

Bolton's hip strength (2.5 mins continuous each side as 30s clam, leg lift, forward foot circles, backwards circles, toe taps)

WD (stretch, glute focused)

Completed 5 + 5/6 cycles in the first 12 minutes and 5 + 2/6 cycles in the second 12 minutes. Clearly slacking.
6 PM

Run intervals 46:47 [4] 10.26 km (4:34 / km) +32m 4:29 / km

LSAC track session: WU (~3.9km around campus), 5 x 800m (3:00, 3:00, 3:00, 3:02, 3:08), WD (~2.3km clockwise track loops).

Not sure what the recovery was supposed to be but I think the lead girls got 60s, and we always started at the same time. So considering I run 800m reps a good 25s slower than these girls, recovery time always felt quite short! Probably explains the bonk towards the end of the reps. Felt exhausted and hungry when finished. Was still very much at the back of the group, but I didn't get completely dropped which is great progress from last week!

Also Strava says I ran with Jess Judd again (more like she lapped me a few times)! I'm sure the awesomeness of doing a session on the same track as an elite athlete doing their session will wear off eventually.

Note: missed the first rep as I didn't think to look at the time before going for a warm up, and in my head it was 10 minutes earlier (idiot). Arrived at the track as the group were 200m into the first rep.
7 PM

Cycle 15:03 [2] 3.34 km (4:30 / km) +42m 4:14 / km

Crawled back on the bike, body, mind and soul are v tired. Went via Beacon Hill Road and saw the LSAC guys complete their last session rep. Cool. Had to cycle on the pavements as I forgot my bike lights, whoops.

Monday Feb 10 #

7 AM

Cycle 27:03 [2] 8.43 km (3:13 / km) +46m 3:07 / km

Commutes. Long day. V tired. Also wet slushy stuff? Urgh. Wet bum.
8 PM

Run 1:06:49 [3] 11.82 km (5:39 / km) +144m 5:20 / km

LUOC Monday Runday - the one where everyone's headtorches died (mine included). Very nearly didn't go because I felt so tired and cold, but was worth it in the end, even if I only did the shorter loop. Had a great group out and the moonlight was so bright! Just got a bit cold. Body is finally not struggling with the concept of running. Fitness is returning.

Popped into Tesco on the way back for a loaf of bread and some hot cross buns (legit might be my favourite treat in the world).

Sunday Feb 9 #

4 PM

Orienteering 1:22:03 [3] 13.09 km (6:16 / km) +115m 6:00 / km

Jog to campus to check all control sites for the LEI winter league event. Alternative to the Long Mynd Valley Fell Race, which we were supposed to do but Storm Ciara got that one cancelled, so we had a nice 2 hour road trip this morning.. Would have gone for a run nearby but were just as close to Loughborough as anywhere else we knew.

Felt pretty sluggish running around, endometriosis kicked fairly constantly too, which was annoying. Got a huge nosebleed when I got to the library, meaning my lifetime total has been doubled in the last month. Wonder why I'm suddenly getting so many nosebleeds. Manage to drip blood all over me. Urgh. Also I couldn't print the map, so had to screenshot it and print the screenshots (dreadful quality). We got there in the end!

On the plus side, I actually really enjoyed going around campus!

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