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Training Log Archive: Cristina

In the 7 days ending Feb 18, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Running2 1:36:00 9.75(9:51) 15.68(6:07) 30192.0
  Orienteering1 1:29:15 4.78(18:39) 7.7(11:35) 215357.0
  Strength/Core1 8:008.0
  Total3 3:13:15 14.53 23.39 245557.0
averages - sleep:6.8

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Saturday Feb 18, 2006 #

Orienteering race 1:29:15 [4] 7.7 km (11:35 / km) +215m 10:10 / km
slept:7.0 (sick) shoes: Integrators (Red)

Pretty good today. Actually felt worse this morning at the start than I did yesterday (very congested and warm) but felt better as the course went on, perhaps after my vitamin-I kicked in. Not coincidentally, that's about when we started coming back down after the climb in the beginning. I was definitely sluggish, but not too many mistakes. Silly boom on #1 (ran by it without seeing it) and totally "spiked" 10 (I was on my way to 9...).

I did manage to do a much better job of looking ahead and checking things off, though that's probably a never-ending learning area. Did not, however, pay attention to distance, with the exception of one leg (and that wasn't very successful).

Last weekend I orienteered so sloppily that I jokingly wondered why I bothered to do any physical training. Today, though, I definitely could have been moving faster for much of the course without sacrificing accuracy. That's good motivation. On the other hand, I constantly felt like I was NOT smooth. I want to be smooth! (Practice, practice, practice...)

Friday Feb 17, 2006 #

slept:5.0 (sick)

Well, we got crappy weather, but all that did was delay our take off a few hours only to have an in-flight emergency after 20 min - turn around and come home. So I still got home late but didn't get any training accomplished. If the wx had been good then I presumably would have been home earlier with the same result. Oh well.

In any case, I'm on my way and I have been thinking of what I want to focus on this weekend (something I neglected to do before the Dillo-Goat).

1. Look ahead on the map - always know what's coming up, rather than just randomly running in the right direction, waiting for something significant to appear (I did that a lot on Saturday). I feel more comfortable with contour-heavy navigation, so this weekend should suite me well in that regard.

2. Have an awareness of distance on each leg. I don't expect to be able to instantly keep a running pace count and incorporate that seemlessly into my orienteering overnight. But I at least want to be aware of the use of distance estimation as a navigational tool. I'll want to pace on any stretches low on features.

I feel about 90% healthy. Hopefully I'll be able to get a good night's sleep tonight and feel good tomorrow.

Thursday Feb 16, 2006 #

Running (road) 24:00 [2] 2.29 mi (10:29 / mi)
slept:7.0 (sick) shoes: Kayano XI - grey

Felt like I was getting close to healthy so I went for a run. It was more like a lethargic slog, but that's okay, the idea was just to get out on my feet and stop feeling so guilty. It was hard enough that I don't feel guilty at all about not running earlier in the week, as it would likely have been counterproductive.

If my mom weren't meeting me in GA I'd seriously consider skipping the GNC this weekend. I'm supposed to fly tonight (so home at ~2am) and then have a class tomorrow morning at 8am. (Someone tell me how that makes any sense.) Then I have to drive to Memphis to catch my flight to Atlanta, and then hopefully convince my mom to do the drive down to the hotel. In other words, I am not going to have a restful 48 hours on top of already being sick. And I'm supposed to have my check ride on Tuesday morning, less than 12 hours after returning from the meet. It's just not a healthy scenario.

But, since not going is really not an option at this point, cross your fingers for crappy weather tonight so that we don't fly and I can come home and get some sleep, and I won't have to check on Tuesday!

Monday Feb 13, 2006 #


Nasty sore throat and some gross head congestion. Great. I never used to get sick. This is the third time so far this year. Maybe it's Arkansas.
Okay, so I realized that it really isn't normal to be sick 3 times in 6 weeks. I don't know what's causing it, but I must be doing something that's making it easier to get sick. Travel? "Work" stress of flying night after night? Longish runs? It certainly isn't from too much training volume. Could be as simple as not washing my hands enough or something. Whatever it is, it sucks.

Sunday Feb 12, 2006 #

Running 1:12:00 [2] 12.0 km (6:00 / km) +30m 5:56 / km
ahr:172 max:193 slept:8.0 shoes: Kayano XI - grey

Run at White Rock Lake, conveniently a quick trip from Tom and Lisa's place. We each did our own run and automagically finished basically at the same time and place. Leave it to a mathematician to figure that out.

Felt pretty fresh, which bodes well for upcoming multi-days of O. Carried a map and took some looks at it along the way, trying to quickly grok the main feel for a leg. So a quick glance at the map, then I put it down and described the leg, using the broadest features possible ("big picture", I guess).

Finished up with 5x20 sec pick-ups. Felt good. I feel kind of icky today though. Tired early. Definitely wind/sun burned from yesterday, and I think that might be the problem. Need more water and a lot of sleep.

Strength/Core (stretching) 8:00 [1]

After the run.

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