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Training Log Archive: rcro

In the 7 days ending Mar 28:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running6 4:16:19 35.87(7:09) 57.72(4:26) 925
  Running - off road1 55:35 6.4(8:41) 10.3(5:24) 375
  S&C5 40:00
  Total12 5:51:54 42.27 68.02 1300
averages - sleep:6.1

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Sunday Mar 28 #

2 PM

Running 42:50 [3] 10.12 km (4:14 / km) +130m 3:59 / km
slept:6.5 shoes: Mizuno Wave Rider 23 LBlue

Feeling quite tired today and not keen to go out in this weather so it was to be a bit of a recovery run. From below the canal at Goytre, loop to get 4 more new squares. Wind behind going out made pace good for very little effort, but then was hard work all the way back from Llanover, not helped by the canal towpath being quite slippery. In the end a good pace and my legs seemed a lot happier with it than they did yesterday.

Low cloud meant couldn’t see Blorenge or Sugar Loaf, and just got the bottom of Skirrid. Glad I did my day out yesterday when the sky was fairly clear.

https://www.strava.com/activities/5026282908

Saturday Mar 27 #

1 PM

Running - off road 55:35 [3] 10.3 km (5:24 / km) +375m 4:34 / km
slept:6.0 shoes: Mizuno Wave Rider 23 LBlue

Had to get a long way away today to break out of the mindset of staying at home - so today was about driving, listening to music, looking at views - with the running coming second. Went for mid Wales as once north of Brecon start getting into my part of the world and I’ve spent so little time stopped there recently nice to go back.

Had a rough route planned in my head and then went and ignored most of it and went down the footpaths I found or guessed without having a map. From Llandrindod lake - wanted to go to “Shaky Bridge” that’s on the OS map - and it wasn’t anything special. Views good though, and as coming down into the valley saw some people at the top of the hill on the other side so thought I’d go up there too. Definitely a “walk” hill for me at the moment - and found the climb quite tough, and slipping on the wet ground in my trainers too. A very satisfying peak though, 360 degree visibility and a very pointy peak to stand on the top off. Probably a good place to put a castle.

Route back was a mix of luck and judgement that it did turn into a marked footpath. Two climbs, neither particularly steep, but really struggled on both of them. May have been into the wind but it didn’t feel strong at those times so not much of an excuse. At the top of last hill went for footpath option as it looked nice and had a gate to give me a bit of a breather - and got me a new trig without having known it was there. Little bits at the end to make 10k as was close, but not so keen by now as stomach had gone a bit on the last descent, and had been expecting it to.

Walked around the town a bit after - which was cold and wet. Drove back via a big loop past the Fforest Inn to see more hills that I want to explore some day. Good to see Llandegley airport is back to normal after being missing last time I came this way. Going back 200 years or so, the sole Welsh contingent in my family lived there - I suspect the airport, and everything else are practically unchanged from back then.

https://www.strava.com/activities/5019459737

Friday Mar 26 #

12 PM

S&C 8:00 [3]

5 PM

Running 31:24 [3] 7.04 km (4:28 / km) +125m 4:06 / km
slept:6.0 shoes: Mizuno Wave Rider 23 LBlue

Short route as I really should be making the most of less-limited freedom from tomorrow.

Fairly windy, and very slippery under the trees where it was wet - so not a lot of incentive to push today. To be honest, not a day I would have run if I wasn't going every day.

Optical HR having a pretty terrible day today, no matter how much readjusting - max HR 147 on some downhill section. Result is that I was 40% behind usual for daily "activity" so had to do an extra 30 minutes walking around on top of run and 30 min walk at lunchtime, and Strava "fitness" has dropped again to 59 (v. 107 on 26/3/20). I really am getting shockingly unfit with all these lockdowns!

Incidentally, the same thing telling me I'm getting unfit also tells me on current fitness I'm capable of doing <17:30 5k if I actually put any effort into running...

https://www.strava.com/activities/5014716849

Thursday Mar 25 #

12 PM

S&C 8:00 [3]

5 PM

Running 35:30 [3] 8.09 km (4:23 / km) +145m 4:02 / km
slept:6.0 shoes: Mizuno Wave Rider 23 LBlue

Similar route to before - this being the basis of what I'm expecting to become the summer route. Still a little damp under the trees on Gaer, which I wasn't expecting - but also a freshly burned section by the railway which wasn't burned yesterday.

Finding the climb tough today. It's only 40m but does seem harder than the Ridgeway, maybe because of the wind. Watch heart rate also didn't like the hill and dropped from 150 to 120 at exactly the same part of the climb that it usually does - and then under read by about 30bpm for the rest of the run.

https://www.strava.com/activities/5009407365

Wednesday Mar 24 #

12 PM

S&C 8:00 [3]

5 PM

Running 43:32 [3] 10.07 km (4:19 / km) +175m 3:59 / km
slept:6.0 shoes: Mizuno Wave Rider 23 LBlue

A break from recent tradition and going to Gaer instead of up the Ridgeway now I've probably peaked my "local legend" count (74, I think - but maintaining 85/90 on another closer to home).

Out on Risca Road, down Western Ave and along bottom of Gaer and then up across the football pitch as per usual route from late summer. A few wiggles and bits later on to make it 10k. Not going hard early on, but once started uphill felt like quite an effort all the way back.

https://www.strava.com/activities/5003889096

Tuesday Mar 23 #

12 PM

S&C 8:00 [3]

5 PM

Running 1:08:15 [3] 14.24 km (4:48 / km) +220m 4:27 / km
slept:6.5 shoes: Mizuno Wave Rider 23 LBlue

Met up with Marcus and Martyn in the new estate by Cardiff Gate for a reasonably quick run to Ruperra Castle and Cefn Mabley, with a detour at the end to run down a footpath with no stiles or gates through the hedges and get Martyn a couple of streets ticked off.

Really nice to see them again, and weather was good too with ground fairly dry. Felt like quite hard work at times, but this is a pretty long run for me now.

Completely failed to recognise the road at Michaelstone that I’d ran in the other direction 5 years ago.

https://www.strava.com/activities/4998042810

Monday Mar 22 #

12 PM

S&C 8:00 [3]

5 PM

Running 34:48 [3] 8.16 km (4:16 / km) +130m 3:57 / km
slept:6.0 shoes: Mizuno Wave Rider 23 LBlue

Sticking with last week’s route for now. Taking it easy and just enjoying a reasonably nice evening. Overall time seems to be continuing the consistent trend. Shoes may be getting past their best now as noticing landing on outside of feet more than recently. If things are opening up soon may start on the new trainers so they are broken in before the 5k in a couple of weeks, rather than run in racers.

https://www.strava.com/activities/4991722102

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