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Training Log Archive: Cristina

In the 7 days ending Aug 4:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Running3 2:29:10 13.56(11:00) 21.82(6:50) 116313.4
  Cycling1 40:00 6.84(10.3/h) 11.0(16.5/h)80.0
  Playing ball1 20:0020.0
  Total5 3:29:10 20.39 32.82 116413.4
  [1-5]5 3:28:32

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Sunday Aug 4 #

1 PM

Running (road/trail) 49:54 intensity: (14 @0) + (7:53 @1) + (36:59 @2) + (4:48 @3) 7.78 km (6:25 / km) +12m 6:22 / km
ahr:153 max:171 shoes: Alex (TrailTalon 275)

I had a long run on the schedule for yesterday but my left hamstring was tweaky, I assumed from Thursday's run, so I held off. Felt a bit better today, but also I think it was actually from the batting cage. Back when I was playing ball I think I had no idea how many muscles I was using just to swing a bat but now I know about all of them because they are all sore and tired and I feel ridiculous.

Turns out that, unlike walking or going up and down the stairs, easy running on flat ground does not bother my hammy. So that's what I did, and kept it a bit shorter than a long run. Hamstring felt fine after the run, maybe even a bit better immediately after, so that's good.

Saturday Aug 3 #

4 PM

Cycling 40:00 [2] 11.0 km (16.5 kph)

Hauling Lukas to and from getting our hairs cut. Places I feel comfortable(ish) riding by myself become a lot less comfortable with a 45 pound treasure on the back of my bike.

Thursday Aug 1 #

1 PM

Playing ball (batting cage) 20:00 [1]

I think this was the first day since moving back to the US when I did not officially have an employer (or employers). I took advantage by doing two things I have not done yet: go for a run in the Fells and swing a bat at the bating cages.

Batting cages first. It's been a very long time since I have done this so I figured blisters were in the cards, and they most certainly were. I did get some batting gloves but it was a bit too late. I swung 9 tokens worth (12 pitches each) in a variety of cages, starting with slow pitch softball and ending with the very fast baseball. I made lots of contact and a fair amount of good contact but there was something a little funky with my mechanics because I felt a little twisted. It was super fun.

Unfortunately, on the last token in the "very fast" cage, I got pitched a broken ball that went straight for my left leg. Fortunately, I was able to move that leg out of the way. Unfortunately, it still nailed me right above the ankle on my right leg and that hurt a metric forkton.

Turns out that was a good time to stop anyway since I have apparently zero endurance in my hands and wrists -- several hours later I still have trouble gripping anything with my hands!

Some day I would like to play in a softball league around here. Seems like I should get a bat and do some swinging!
2 PM

Running intervals (trail) 1:07:15 intensity: (6:11 @1) + (31:21 @2) + (22:39 @3) + (6:51 @4) + (13 @5) 9.17 km (7:20 / km) +104m 6:56 / km
ahr:162 max:182 shoes: Kara (Roadclaw 275 V2)

Intervals in the Fells, from the Long Pond parking lot. Mostly on the Reservoir Trail, which I didn't realize was mostly actual trail and not fire road. Surprise!

Workout was 4x[3' hard-ish + 1:30' easy + 1' harder + 1' easy]

It was fairly warm in the afternoon, mid-80s, but felt much better in the shady woods. Also less humid than it's been. This went pretty well, though my legs could not really give me anything after about an hour. I ended up just walking most of the way back to the car once I hit 64 minutes or so.

Feels really good to get in a decent workout. A few more of these and an hour won't feel long any more.

Wednesday Jul 31 #


Last day at work. Now I get a week of funemployment before I start a new job at a place that is more fun and exciting, more flexible, and only a mile from home. Hopefully my career midlife crisis of a year is over and I can settle in for a bit!

Tuesday Jul 30 #

9 PM

Running (road) 32:01 intensity: (24 @0) + (12:14 @1) + (18:35 @2) + (48 @3) 4.87 km (6:35 / km)
ahr:146 max:170 shoes: Kara (Roadclaw 275 V2)

Post-dinner trot along the river. It was warm and muggy but it's more manageable without the sun. It kind of felt like a monsoon season evening run around the golf course in Tucson on a night when the rain never materializes.

Most of the soreness from the weekend is gone. I can feel the stiff patches of wasp sting reaction jiggling as I run but it's more weird than painful. Seems I was stung a few more times than I realized -- hard to keep count when they are all happening pretty much at the same time.

Did my 5x15" fast towards the end.

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