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Training Log Archive: OJ

In the 30 days ending Nov 30, 2010:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running31 34:57:40 228.66(9:10) 368.0(5:42) 2700
  Climbing2 2:00:00
  Total31 36:57:40 228.66 368.0 2700
averages - sleep:7.9

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Tuesday Nov 30, 2010 #

8 AM

Running 50:00 [3] 11.0 km (4:33 / km)
slept:8.0 shoes: Inov-8 Oroc 340

IW via Rivelin and Den Bank. Lots of fun in the fresh snow, which was still pitching down. Cars skidding about all over the place. I love winter.

Monday Nov 29, 2010 #

6 PM

Running 25:00 [2] 5.0 km (5:00 / km)
slept:9.0 (rest day) shoes: Inov-8 Oroc 340

HFW, slippy and icy.

Sunday Nov 28, 2010 #

11 AM

Running 1:55:00 20.0 km (5:45 / km)
slept:10.0 shoes: Inov-8 Oroc 340

Nice snowy run from Hathersage with a big group. Ran with just GG and Ed after we had got up to Stanage, and extended the route via Bamford Edge, Win Hill and back along the river. Jenny was right, it was all very pretty.

Saturday Nov 27, 2010 #

1 PM

Running 40:00 [2] 7.0 km (5:43 / km)
slept:2.0

Short jet-lag busting run out to spectate at the ShUOC Everest attempt. Things seemed to be going well, good effort! Tried to hang on to Dave on the way up, but was very relieved to see Laura and stop for a chat.

Friday Nov 26, 2010 #

Note
slept:8.0 (rest day)

Short day today, loosing hours all the way home. On the plane for most of it, and don't arrive until 8am tomorrow morning. It's not going to be pretty.

Thursday Nov 25, 2010 #

11 AM

Running 40:00 [2] 10.0 km (4:00 / km)
slept:11.0

After walking the length of the strip last night, I had a long, long sleep and then escaped from Vegas as soon as I could in the morning. I suppose that I accentuated the culture shock by coming here straight from the mountains, but I couldn't escape the feeling that I was some kind of alien visitor. I'm kind of glad to have seen it, but I don't really get it.

Broke up the drive back to LA with a visit to the Mojave desert. Ran up Teutonia Peak via a trail through a massive Joshua tree forest. Nice to be away from the snow and in a completely different kind of landscape.
1 PM

Running 35:00 6.0 km (5:50 / km)

Headed on to Kelso Dunes and ran up the biggest one on soft sand all the way. There were tourists floundering all over the place, but managed to get away from them off the back of the dune and got into a desert landscape that fitted my imagination.

Wednesday Nov 24, 2010 #

6 AM

Running 3:45:00 20.0 km (11:15 / km) +1000m 9:00 / km
slept:4.0

Epic day. I wild camped again last night, up on a plateau near Rockville, just outside Zion National Park. Much warmer tonight, but quite windy, so found it hard to sleep. Then the rain started...then it seemed to stop and I drifted off to sleep. I got woken about half an hour later by my tent collapsing under the weight of snow. That in itself wasn't too much of a problem, but the fact that I had driven up a steep dirt track past a sign saying 'impassable when wet' was, so I bailed out into the car and skidded my way back down. I drove into the park and snuck into a pitch in an RV campground to sleep the rest of the night in the car.

Woke at first light and headed up into the winder wonderland of Zion. First of all, I went up to Angel's Landing, which involved a switchbax path then a precarious scramble along a knife edge ridge and steep climb up a narrow ledge. This was very sketchy in the snow, but it was early and cold enough that it still had quite a bit of traction. Then headed up to the West Rim, which was a tough slog in shin deep snow, and I was getting very low on energy by the end. Great views though.

Back to the car and headed to Vegas!

Tuesday Nov 23, 2010 #

10 AM

Running 25:00 [2] 5.0 km (5:00 / km)
slept:9.0

Spent the night recovering in a motel in Page.

Drove past some interesting looking rocks just outside Page en route to Kanab and stopped to have a look. Turned out to be the Toadstool Garden, companion piece to its Kinder counterpart.
12 PM

Running 1:50:00 [2] 18.0 km (6:07 / km)

Drove into the Vermillion Cliffs plateau along a road that got progressively worse and worse, until I ended up doing a 3-pt turn in deep mud on a 15% gradient and abandoning the car.

Hitched a lift in with a friendly couple and then ran down to some amazing slot canyons in the red sandstone. I was really looking for the Wave, an amazing rock formation, but had no idea where to find it and had no map. I asked some advice from some hikers who pointed me in the right direction, and I headed off into the desert following a trod and some small cairns. The trod evaporated once I hit the rock, and the cairns looked much the same as all the natural rock piles, so I just followed my nose and eventually found it. Had an insight into how it was formed when gusts of wind swept in and sandblasted my face.

I had a nervous moment or two on the way back, but found the trod again in the end, thanks to my famous sense of direction. It would not be fun to get lost in the desert.

Monday Nov 22, 2010 #

10 AM

Running 4:15:00 37.0 km (6:54 / km) +1700m 5:36 / km
slept:5.0 shoes: Inov-8 Roclite 315

Eventually found a nice moonlit forest glade to camp in after rejecting a few alternatives - the most promising spot seemed good, but it was just of Devil Dog Road, so I thought I would give it a miss. It was a freezing cold night and I had to camp on a thin covering of snow in a Sup-air in most of my clothes. Didn't get much sleep, unsurprisingly.

Then headed up to Grand Canyon Village (on treacherous, icy roads) and set of on an epic run - down the Bright Angel trail to the Colorado, along the River trail, back up the S Kaibab and then a long slog back along the rim. 22 miles all told, and the climb was every bit as tough as I was expecting. I prefer routes that go up at the start, then down at the end, it's psychologically much easier that way. Hard to get the clothing right - it was -10 with wind chill at the top and +20 with sun at the bottom.

I'm tired.

Sunday Nov 21, 2010 #

Note
slept:8.0 (rest day)

No time for training. Finished off the conference, picked up a car and headed out into the desert. Currently sitting in a diner about half way to my destination of Williams. Good to get out of LA and see some wide open spaces.

Sad to be missing captain's, the after party of which is most likely reaching it's final throes as I write. At least I won't have a hang over in the morning...

Saturday Nov 20, 2010 #

2 PM

Running 30:00 [2] 6.0 km (5:00 / km)

Had a headache all morning (too much concentrating?) but headed out for a run in any case. It got a bit better, but didn't feel great. In Chinatown, strangest question anyone has ever asked me while I'm out running: have you got a cigarette?

Friday Nov 19, 2010 #

4 PM

Running 40:00 8.0 km (5:00 / km)
slept:6.0

Took some time out from the convention to have another explore of downtown. Linked up a few bridges and things, but got stuck a few times and spent a while waiting at intersections. I reckon there is a road crossing free route around this area of town if you could find it, picking up all the courtyards and pedestrian overpasses. Shins sore from pounding the tarmac.

Thursday Nov 18, 2010 #

8 AM

Running 25:00 [2] 5.0 km (5:00 / km)
slept:9.0

Pre convention jog from my hotel in downtown. Concrete jungle, but managed to have an OK run linking up the massive convention centre and office block grounds. Ran to the amazing Gehry LA Phil building and back.

Wednesday Nov 17, 2010 #

11 AM

Running 1:40:00 [2] 18.0 km (5:33 / km)
slept:8.0

Caught the subway to Hollywood after a good long sleep and ran up to Hollywood Reservoir, Cahuenga Peak, Mt Lee and the Hollywood sign, then back along Mullholland trail, down into Hollywood and back along the walk of fame. I stumbled across an ammo box with visitors' book at a lone tree on top of Cahuenga and signed in. Hot for running and I felt tired after the traveling, but this was a great run and it felt like a kind of pilgrimage.

Then met a colleague in a bar, rewarded myself with a cookie dough and ginger iced coffee, and walked 8(!) miles along Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, though Beverly Hills to Westwood via such iconic sights as the Whiskey a Go Go bar, the Troubador, Chateau Marmont and Marylin Monro's grave. This may be the furthest anyone has ever walked in LA - we asked a cop for directions and he laughed at us. Not a bad day's sightseeing.

Los Angeles is big.

Tuesday Nov 16, 2010 #

Note
slept:6.0 (rest day)

On my way to LA, midway through my second flight and starting to suffer. Too much caffine and bad food. Just need to stay awake for another 5 hours or so...

Monday Nov 15, 2010 #

8 AM

Running 25:00 [2] 5.0 km (5:00 / km)
slept:8.0

IW, chilly.
6 PM

Running 25:00 [2] 5.0 km (5:00 / km)

HFW, busy day.

Sunday Nov 14, 2010 #

3 PM

Running 45:00 8.0 km (5:38 / km)
slept:8.5

Stopped off on the way home from Hereford to run up a couple of hills in the Malverns. Ran with Jen, did an extra peak and then ran hard to catch back up. Really nice range of hills with great views over the surrounding plains.

Saturday Nov 13, 2010 #

10 AM

Running 1:40:00 [2] 15.0 km (6:40 / km)
slept:9.0

Run with Jen up to Beacon Batch from Rowberrow and back via Dolebury Warren hill fort, then I headed back to Sandford on my own. Nice morning and great views, felt better as it went on. Rowberrow Warren would make a great area, amazing that it has never been mapped.

Friday Nov 12, 2010 #

Note
(rest day)

Headed down to Bristol to visit my Grandparents.

Thursday Nov 11, 2010 #

5 PM

Running 3:05:00 35.0 km (5:17 / km)
slept:8.5

HFW via the Sheffield Round route with GG. Nice gusty and wild evening for it. We started pretty swiftly up Porter and down Limb, but then we got spectacularly lost in Beauchief (I think I've worked out what we did - we followed a sign L and ended up doing a 180 for about 1km, then got stuck in some gardens trying to get back on track. In my defense, I reckon it's partly because the route has changed relative to the map which I downloaded from the website so we started following it backwards, oops). We shared a snickers and rallied through Graves, then got progressively more tired on the long and not very exciting stretch back through Nether Edge. I was sorely tempted to stop at this point, but I picked up my pack and carried on to make it a true HFW. A nice mini adventure.

Only problem is, due to our mistake, we still haven't done the whole route, so will have to have a crack again sometime...

Wednesday Nov 10, 2010 #

8 AM

Running 25:00 [2] 5.0 km (5:00 / km)
slept:9.0

IW after sleeping in - oops, I set the alarm for 7.40pm.
5 PM

Running 15:00 [2] 3.0 km (5:00 / km)

From work to Jen's work.

Climbing 1:00:00 [1]

At the works with Jen, Hil and Phil. Nailed a few routes that eluded me last week and tried a load of new ones. All hard routes this week, tired by the end.

Tuesday Nov 9, 2010 #

2 PM

Running 1:20:00 18.0 km (4:27 / km)
slept:8.5 shoes: Inov-8 Roclite 315

3/1s out to Wharncliffe and around the trails, except my watch stopped working half way round so it was more of a fartlek session after that. Pushed quite hard and enjoyed myself, managed to find a gap in the weather too.

Monday Nov 8, 2010 #

8 AM

Running 25:00 [2] 5.0 km (5:00 / km)
slept:9.0

IW, pretty wild conditions, even the ducks in Crookes Valley Park looked unhappy.
5 PM

Running 55:00 [3] 11.0 km (5:00 / km)

HFW. I couldn't really be bothered because it was still raining until I met Pete, who was heading up School Road, so I tagged along with him out to Hallam Golf Course and back through Broomhill. Nice run in the end, despite the icy rain, and good to have some company.

Sunday Nov 7, 2010 #

11 AM

Running 1:45:00 [3] 20.0 km (5:15 / km)
slept:7.5 shoes: Inov-8 Roclite 315

Run with Nails from Hathersage up Abney Clough, over Eyam Moor, up Bretton Clough and back via Shatton. Warm and sunny on the way out, but cold on the way back into an icy wind. Feeling a bit jaded after the Dark Peak club dinner last night, and Nails set a good pace up the hill. Nice loop and ticked a few new paths, I don't often get out in that direction.

Saturday Nov 6, 2010 #

11 AM

Running 1:37:00 20.0 km (4:51 / km)
slept:9.0 shoes: Inov8 x-talons 212

DP club champs from Old Glossop. Started last in the handicap and had a well-prepared Nails to hunt down up the big climb to Bleaklow Head. He took a good line and he was still in front at the top and on the way down Wildboar Clough. I managed to get a bit of a gap over the rougher section to Torside, where the scarp slope loomed up like a vertical wall. Nails popped up right beside me after getting a better line through the clough, but I managed to pull away on the climb and stayed about the same in front until the finish. Quite a few others had already made it back - it would have been tough to reel in 90 minutes on the early starters over a 62 minute race...

Friday Nov 5, 2010 #

12 PM

Running 40:00 [2] 9.0 km (4:27 / km)

IW via Parkwood Springs. Smelly.

Thursday Nov 4, 2010 #

1 PM

Running 1:15:00 [3] 16.0 km (4:41 / km)
slept:8.0

Spoon Lane run, lucky to be able to get out in the light and avoid the rain. Felt amazingly good today, I hope the cold has finally passed me by.

Wednesday Nov 3, 2010 #

5 PM

Running 15:00 [2] 3.0 km (5:00 / km)
slept:8.0

Work to Jen's work.

Climbing 1:00:00 [1]

Tough session at the Works on yet another new circuit. Phil was on a mission and I tried to keep up, managed all but two.

Tuesday Nov 2, 2010 #

Note
slept:9.0 (rest day)

Cold staged a bit of a counterattack after the run yesterday, so I took a day off and went to Wharncliffe for a bit of surveying instead.

Monday Nov 1, 2010 #

8 AM

Running 25:00 [2] 5.0 km (5:00 / km)
slept:9.0

IW with a heavy pack. Legs feel good after a few easy days.
5 PM

Running 45:40 9.0 km (5:04 / km)

HFW via a visit to Heroes for the first time in many, many years. Everyone in ShUOC has been banging on about it so I thought I would revisit it myself. It was a bit dark and slippery on the first section, and I don't know where the official end of the hill comes - some would say the crest, which I reached in 5.17, others would argue the chippy, which took me 5.41.

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