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Training Log Archive: OJ

In the 7 days ending Mar 31:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running6 5:47:05 44.77(7:45) 72.06(4:49) 1975
  Cycling6 3:27:04 463
  Yoga1 15:00
  Total13 9:29:09 44.77 72.06 2438

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Sunday Mar 31 #

(sick) (rest day)

Properly ill today. Maybe yesterday wasn't such a great idea. Also, can't walk or wear shoes (or socks) because of my blisters. Also got really bad DOMS, including in my arms?

Saturday Mar 30 #

3 PM

Running 1:17:29 intensity: (37:29 @2) + (40:00 @4) 13.24 km (5:51 / km) +864m 4:25 / km

Win Lose Win. Probably ill advised considering the volume of snot that is constantly dribbling out of my face, but I needed some hills before next weekend and we're off to York tomorrow. Actually felt OK although wearier than normal on the climbs, so focused on running the downhills as hard as possible. Wore a new pair of xtalons and my big toes started blistering pretty early on, which took my mind of everything else, seriously hobbling by the end and had to jog a barefoot warmdown with enormous chunks of flesh hanging off the sides of my feet. Odd, I almost never get blisters.

Friday Mar 29 #


Lately, I have been questioning the nature of reality. I had a job interview last week for a promotion I really wanted and it didn’t go my way. Cue black feelings of anger, frustration, disappointment and self-doubt. I dreaded going in to work on Monday. All pretty standard responses, I guess. If ‘reality’ for me means work, that is. At a talk I did this week at my local orienteering club’s junior training evening I got asked how I had managed to balance training with work as a runner. My answer was that running was the thing that had always given me balance. Without it, how would work (and life itself) even be possible?

I dealt with the interview frustration by going running, obviously. But how does that help? Surely it is just escapism, plain and simple? A case of running away from my problems.

For me, it has more to do with what is really real. Work is a socially constructed environment with its own set of conventions and expectations (like progression, for example). Running is a way back to authentic experience, my route out of the matrix. It gives me the perspective to see work for the superficial reality that it really is. All problems look trivial from the viewpoint at the top of Parkwood Springs.

I can think of a few other folk who could do with escaping from the matrix. The whole of Parliament, for example. How can anyone's hope to solve a problem like Brexit without going for a run? Preferably together. And up on Kinder. Come on MPs, take the red pill and get some perspective, I recommend it.

Take the red pill
6 AM

Cycling 1:07:04 intensity: (37:04 @2) + (30:00 @3) +463m

IW via Ringinglow, Rivelin and Coppice Track putting my new bike through its paces. 21.9km
12 PM

Running 46:59 [2] 10.03 km (4:41 / km) +187m 4:17 / km


Thursday Mar 28 #

7 AM

Cycling 35:00 [1]

12 PM

Running 54:14 intensity: (39:14 @2) + (15:00 @4) 12.08 km (4:29 / km) +235m 4:06 / km

Lunchtime with a few hill efforts thrown in along the way. Still coughing and spluttering.

Wednesday Mar 27 #

7 AM

Cycling 30:00 [1]

12 PM

Running 1:03:54 [3] 13.87 km (4:36 / km) +299m 4:10 / km

Ran a bit faster than intended given that I still have a gunky throat and sniffle. Oh well, the legs wanted to and who am I to argue?
6 PM

Cycling 20:00 [1]

Club night n' back.

Tuesday Mar 26 #

6 AM

Running 49:50 [2] 9.99 km (4:59 / km) +241m 4:27 / km

Early morning Eccy Woods therapy.
8 AM

Cycling 25:00 [1]

8 PM

Yoga 15:00 [1]

Monday Mar 25 #

8 AM

Cycling 30:00 [1]

12 PM

Running 54:39 [3] 12.85 km (4:15 / km) +149m 4:01 / km

Cruisy lunchtime miles with Matthew for part of the way.

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