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Training Log Archive: olsoran

In the 7 days ending Apr 6:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Trail2 1:26:00 2.36 3.8 170
  Orienteering2 1:23:35 1.99 3.2 88
  Warm up/down2 34:00 2.49 4.0
  Trail / Road Run1 22:48 3.04(7:29) 4.9(4:39) 74
  Total5 3:46:23 9.88 15.9 332

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Saturday Apr 6 #

Warm up/down 10:00 [3]

Pre Crathes PR in rain.

Trail / Road Run (Crathes Parkrun) 22:48 [3] 4.9 km (4:39 / km) +74m 4:20 / km
shoes: Mudclaws RED

This parkrun is nice but it's really not. Great variety, great setting. This is Crathes after all.


For aged lungs the hills are a killer. Thats an excuse but I don't care. They are for me anyway. PW for a parkrun for me by a long way but in terms of training effort and outcome this "timed run" is probably the best around.

Rain had stopped. Good turnout from Deeside Runners, MAROC and locals. Even intrepid 3x Clyde Oers venturing north.

Not too far behind BobS at the 1.1k turn then lost loads on the long drag back up. At least on the out and back I could see where NH, KR, and SW were...i.e. where I wanted them to be, i.e. behind me.

Tried to keep the tempo up through the steep down and then over the muddy, slippery (it didn't half rain last night), flats of the wide ride - before dying, almost completely, on the steep finish hill. Sorely tempted to walk but thought that wasn't the done thing. Maybe I should have done Clachnaben after all.

Must do a flat one again sometime. Its a completely different experience.

Three parkruns already this year

Thursday Apr 4 #

Trail 58:00 [3]
shoes: Mudclaws RED

Bit of a crawl round Potties. Bit of a sugar bonk. Woods nice though.

Wednesday Apr 3 #

Warm up/down 24:00 [3] 4.0 km (6:00 / km)
shoes: Mudclaws RED

To and from junction at base of main path up to Craigmore trig.

Trail 28:00 [3] 3.8 km (7:22 / km) +170m 6:01 / km
shoes: Mudclaws RED

4 x 450m up to trig / jog back down
Bit interruupted by meeting Hamish and dog...worked with him 30 years ago.
Wood in very good order.

Tuesday Apr 2 #


No running day.

Monday Apr 1 #


Nice to be back doing some orienteering but its going to be a little sporadic this year with various other things again taking priority. Apart from getting rid of some of the serious rustiness, need to do some proper hill work though as I cant help but feel that's where I'm losing too much time to peers. Niggles seem to be just niggles at the moment. Thankfully so and long may that continue.

Orienteering 25:55 [3] 3.2 km (8:06 / km) +88m 7:07 / km

Up the back for a plod of a recovery run. Along one or two rides i barely ever go along. Pretty cold wind. Feels wintry.

Sunday Mar 31 #

Orienteering race 57:40 [3]
shoes: Mudclaws RED

SOL - Dumyat
Lovely day on the tops but didn't enjoy it as much as yesterday. Too much of an eyeballs out blast for me. Legs, maybe more the lungs actually, found very wanting up some of the steep hills.

That said, enjoyed the planning, and certainly on reflection wasn't short on mistakes, more on a couple of the route choices than anything else though.

Made the mistake of looking well down behind me as I left 4 and could already see DonP, having started 6 minutes behind, heading for 3 at a rate of knots that I could never hope to match. Glad he didn't actually catch and overtake me until late on the long leg between 12 and 13.

Significant poor route choices 2-3 (went low), 4-5 (too far round), and missed 6, turning left instead of right in the small crags, then misread the out of bounds, giving it far too wide a berth, on the long leg, allowing DonP to go past.

Disappointed to be a little further off the pace than I would have liked but a really good shake out that demonstrated pretty well where I am relative fitness/speed wise. Pleased to keep up with DonP over the last bit but seriously hanging on.

Garmin and Routegadget seem to indicate I ran somewhat further than many others..need to analyse that a bit more to see why / where but more likely than not those route choices. An extra 500m distance and 50m up is very surprising though - and normally I would believe my garmin based on recent accuracies.

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