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Training Log Archive: Magic

In the 7 days ending Nov 17:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Trail run9 21:32:07 74.18(17:25) 119.37(10:49) 7851
  Road bike1 1:47:15 14.15(7:35) 22.77(4:43)
  walk1 58:06 1.35(43:02) 2.17(26:44) 380
  Total11 24:17:28 89.67(16:15) 144.32(10:06) 8231
  [1-5]11 21:51:30

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Sunday Nov 17 #

11 AM

Trail run 2:14:17 intensity: (7:20 @0) + (31:52 @1) + (33:26 @2) + (30:38 @3) + (29:49 @4) + (1:12 @5) 13.56 km (9:54 / km) +1347m 6:37 / km
ahr:131 max:180

A short and easy 8km to recovery from yesterday... Horrible out of the blocks, but after a rest to explore a church Roar set off up the hill with a mission. Matt and I settled into a steady rhythm behind trying to keep in touch. Quite a long climb (650m?) but never too steep. Done by the top though.

Another lovely trail in the woods dropped us down to the river, which was busy (comparatively). Tried to run the hills, mostly successfully, but struggled in places. More climb along here than I was expecting. Dropped to a path along a water main where my right hip suddenly tightened and got really painful, especially when trying to stride. Limped back. hardest run of the week!

Saturday Nov 16 #

11 AM

Trail run 4:32:05 intensity: (11:49 @0) + (1:48:58 @1) + (1:59:53 @2) + (20:12 @3) + (11:08 @4) + (5 @5) 13.49 km (20:10 / km) +2031m 11:30 / km
ahr:119 max:165 shoes: Salomon S-Lab 2019

Mount Olympus - Up. Have called this a trail run but it was 98% walking! Nice trails through the wooded valley at the start but still too much accumulated leg tiredness to run and plenty of climb ahead. Not many people on the trail (6 groups of between 1 and 8 people) but moving much faster than them.

Climb got steep out of the woods and past the first refuge (closed) just after which we picked up a friendly canine. He followed us until the final climb where he took off down the screen to chase some goats - had an excellent view of a chase between two billy goats (dog was way too slow to get involved in that).

Got to just under 2900m (started at 1100m) to check out the scramble to the summit. Unfortunately the little snow that there was was frozen and was just enough to make it risky, so had to bail on the summit (2918m), turned around (with dog now in tow again) to visit the nearby 2905m peak.

Lovely traverse around the northern side of the peak got quite interesting in the shady bits where there was still snow on the ground, but had thawed enough to all footprints to dig in. Dog disappeared off again down another valley to try and chase more goats.

Lunch in the refuge in a saddle, which although locked up, had the conservatory open, so were able to eat out of the wind. Left to find the dog waiting outside for us. Accidentally reset my watch here, so run split into two.

3 PM

Trail run 1:59:02 intensity: (1:40 @0) + (27:45 @1) + (55:51 @2) + (30:04 @3) + (3:21 @4) + (21 @5) 12.04 km (9:53 / km) +268m 8:54 / km
ahr:126 max:172 shoes: Salomon S-Lab 2019

Bit more running this afternoon, in fact photo stops aside, it was mostly moving quite well. Started with a great descent down an open ridge, fine views in the sun with a cloud inversion developing below. Dog took a few detours to investigate more goats but always returned to trot behind us.

Nice path down through mature pines before a long contouring one along the valley edge, now in the cloud but in the trees that made no difference. Fun steep descent at the end (Roar and I both slipped) got us to the car park with a good 10 minutes of daylight remaining. Excellent to see the cafe still open and serving hot food.

Really good route, look forward to coming back some day and making the summit.

Friday Nov 15 #

11 AM

Trail run 1:30:32 intensity: (1:17:34 @1) + (11:26 @2) + (1:32 @3) 8.64 km (10:29 / km) +323m 8:50 / km
ahr:99 max:141 shoes: Salomon S-Lab 2019

Explore around the rocks and monasteries of Meteora. Rocks were a lot bigger than I was expecting and very cool to run around. The trails were also really nice and also very quiet - mostly around the rocks without the monasteries. One had a route to the top which was quite exposed - also had a cool church caved into a cliff. Needing an easy day after yesterday (didn't enjoy the hills), but a really cool place to run. GPS went a bit AWOL after exploring Monks prison at 4km.

Thursday Nov 14 #

10 AM

Trail run 2:24:50 intensity: (9:47 @0) + (46:28 @1) + (59:54 @2) + (24:00 @3) + (4:40 @4) + (1 @5) 15.56 km (9:19 / km) +899m 7:13 / km
ahr:121 max:165 shoes: Salomon S-Lab 2019

Up The Vikos Gorge - officially the deepest in the world according to the GBR. Bit hit and miss with the cloud at the start but it cleared once we dropped into the canyon. Not sure if it was passable after yesterday, so started from the west, giving us the option of turning back after seeing the gorge. Path along the river was lovely running and despite what the maps said, never crossed the river, although there was section where a paddle was necessary as the path dropped to the river bed. Water levels well down of yesterday so not a problem. Very nice place to run and the climb at the end didn't feel as along as yesterday. Back to the saw tavern in blue skies for another big lunchtime feed.
2 PM

Trail run 2:45:04 intensity: (12 @0) + (32:25 @1) + (42:00 @2) + (1:10:21 @3) + (19:21 @4) + (45 @5) 17.69 km (9:20 / km) +675m 7:50 / km
ahr:133 max:169 shoes: Salomon S-Lab 2019

Back to the car via the eastern side of the canyon. Out from lunch into pouring rain. Nice, but uphill, path to star through some amazing O terrain - low visibility with lots of rock towers and areas of semi-open. Headed to a viewpoint on the canyon rim but it was raining too much to see anything. Realised that we were getting short on time so took a farm tack option over the cliff top trail (which looked underused, steep and rocky). Good choice as we only just made it back to the car for dark. The plateau to get there was amazing and we made a short detour to visit a couple of summits. Another quality day out.

Wednesday Nov 13 #

11 AM

Trail run 2:06:54 intensity: (16:03 @0) + (55:53 @1) + (31:05 @2) + (20:20 @3) + (3:33 @4) 12.95 km (9:48 / km) +637m 7:52 / km
ahr:115 max:158 shoes: Salomon S-Lab 2019

Around many cool bridges in Zagori NP. No big hills but plenty of up. Picked up a big friendly dog about half who was game for a run. Managed to drop him in the next village - Which was very pretty but had nowhere open to get some lunch. Nearly a sense of humour failure thereafter as it also started pissing down. Thankfully found a really nice place in the next village. Good morning.
3 PM

Trail run 2:08:22 intensity: (1:31 @0) + (40:19 @1) + (57:14 @2) + (26:52 @3) + (2:20 @4) + (6 @5) 12.88 km (9:58 / km) +664m 7:56 / km
ahr:125 max:166 shoes: Salomon S-Lab 2019

near sense of humour failure number 2! 500m descent from lunch down to the river only to find it too full to cross, so back up 500m of steps... Down a different trail to another amazing bridge before a nice riverside run most of the way back to the car. Final bit on road as darkness and tiredness closing in. Much harder day than I was expecting but most excellent trail running was had.

Tuesday Nov 12 #

6 AM

Road bike 1:47:15 intensity: (1:20:46 @0) + (15:38 @1) + (2:00 @2) + (5:11 @3) + (3:40 @4) 22.77 km (4:43 / km)
ahr:80 max:162

Morning cycle around the lagoons at Messlonghi to see a few flamingos. Plenty found. Really, really windy, but also still nice and warm. Bike rental only 5 Euro!
1 PM

Trail run 1:51:01 intensity: (3:19 @0) + (19:52 @1) + (34:12 @2) + (38:32 @3) + (13:36 @4) + (1:30 @5) 12.57 km (8:50 / km) +1007m 6:18 / km
ahr:131 max:178 shoes: Salomon S-Lab 2019

Run around some gorge I don't the the name of. Took forever to get there on slow and twisty, but very pretty roads. Started raining shortly before we headed out and then didn't stop. Felt rough as **8* on the climb - first lungs, then calfs and finally the quads. Really nice trails in the woods though. Realised we were going to be short on time so had to get moving. Went through two amazing hillside villages which hardly had any roads and were all stone buildings, but no time to explore. Amazing descents into the gorge and back out. Would lovely to do this with views and time to explore. Don't remember the last time I got so wet running!

Monday Nov 11 #

4 PM

walk 58:06 intensity: (13:31 @0) + (41:40 @1) + (2:17 @2) + (38 @3) 2.17 km (26:44 / km) +380m 14:16 / km
ahr:99 max:144

Evening stroll up a very steep, spiky and rough rock. Would have been good to have more time to explore but only just managed to scramble down in time for darkness.

Early walk around a hill top castle near Corinth, again in great weather and good views. No time for a run though.

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