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Training Log Archive: Lori

In the 7 days ending Sep 21:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Hiking1 5:30:00 6.8(48:32) 10.94(30:09) 1950
  Running2 1:09:45 6.8(10:15) 10.94(6:22)
  Stretching3 25:00
  Strength1 5:00
  Total3 7:09:45 13.6 21.89 1950

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Saturday Sep 21 #

Hiking 5:30:00 [3] 6.8 mi (48:32 / mi) +1950m 25:40 / mi
shoes: Saucony Peregrine

Hiking from Brixen to Plosehutte with Sam, Brendan, Nadine, and Anna! After an 11h plane ride and a 6h train journey, we arrived in Venice last night at like 10:30pm, scurried out to get some quick pizza and gaze excitedly at the canals, repacked for our hut-to-hut adventure, and fell into bed around midnight. I then had a sort of fitful night of jetlagged sleep before the alarm went off at 6am to catch our train to the Dolomites. The train journey to Brixen was speedier than last night's train to Venice. (Note to self: If I'm ever in Italy again, avoid the Regionale trains when possible. The Regionale Veloce trains are definitely the best speed for your euro. And the speedy trains are super nice, but more expensive.)

We spent a bit of time getting our bearings in Brixen, found a grocery store, lamented the lack of public bathrooms in Europe, and started off on our adventure. The plan for this trip was to do the first 5 days of the Alta Via 2, and today's hike was basically just a slog up straight up a wooded mountain.

We hiked up from Brixen to San Andrea, which was already surprisingly steep. We sort of vaguely looked around San Andrea for somewhere to have a picnic, but there didn't seem to be anywhere with good views, so we continued up to the gondola station, where we had lunch and (finally) found a bathroom. We briefly debated taking the gondola up the mountain, but it seemed a bit like cheating and we were all feeling good and had enough time to get to Plosehutte by dinner, so we decided to walk.

It was a SUPER steep walk up the mountain with occasional views every time we crossed the cleared gondola path, and reminders that we were not in the US every time we passed a station of the cross. Otherwise, we just had to avoid the downhill mountain bikers that were taking the gondola up the hill and then speeding back down.

We took a wrong turn at some point and were stopped by a friendly guy who seemed extremely confused by where we were going. Luckily Nadine was with us because he spoke some obscure dialect of German and the rest of us couldn't understand him, but Nadine managed to finally determine that we were going the wrong way. I guess that was why the trail was only moderately uphill in that section, rather than straight up the mountain. We hadn't gone too far out of our way, so we turned around and found the trail again.

The top of the gondola had great views down to Brixen, a nice restaurant, and a dog bar, so we stopped for a few minutes before continuing on to Plosehutte. We then continued on up the mountain where we got our first views of the Dolomites, rather than whatever mountain range Brixen is in. Wow! They are GORGEOUS!!!! The rest of the hike had great views of the Dolomites and was substantially less steep (although still had another 400m of climb), and we stumbled into Plosehutte with enough time to shower before dinner.

Stretching 5:00 [3]

After an awesome dinner, we all stumbled up to our room for bed. I hadn't had a chance to stretch yet, but everyone else seemed ready to sleep, so I sort of awkwardly stretched in the dark after the lights were out. Hopefully I didn't bother anyone!

Tuesday Sep 17 #

Running 31:44 [3] 3.1 mi (10:14 / mi)
shoes: Brooks Running 21

Running with Sam and Presto after lab! I was working on a paper and just wanted to finish writing one last section, and it's getting dark a bit earlier now, so we ended up running in the dark tonight. I can't tell if it's darker than it used to be (i.e., streetlights and/or houselights not on) or if I have just gotten used to running in the light and have forgotten where all the potholes on our normal running route are, but it felt exceedingly dark, and I was kind of worried about rolling my ankle again. Luckily I did not roll my ankle again, so hopefully it will actually get a chance to heal soon. Whenever I got too far ahead of Sam, Presto would become displeased and drag a bunch, which was a good incentive to run as a pack!

Strength 5:00 [3]

Normal abs.

Stretching 10:00 [3]

Normal stretching.

Sunday Sep 15 #

Running 38:01 [3] 3.7 mi (10:16 / mi)
shoes: Brooks Running 21

Running with Presto on the fire trail! I spent the entire day doing something for work that I thought would only take about 2 hours, so I was moderately frustrated by the time I finally got out for a run around 5pm. I just wanted to take it super easy today to give my butt and ankle a chance to get moving but not stress them at all, so I decided to head to the fire trail. Presto was apparently also feeling like taking it easy and was moving at a vaguely glacial pace. It was about 20 degrees cooler today than yesterday, which made everything a lot more pleasant, and by the end of the run I was feeling pretty good about life, so mission accomplished!

Stretching 10:00 [3]

Stretching back home while chatting with my parents.

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