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Training Log Archive: ParkSchool

In the 7 days ending May 9, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Trail run3 1:21:24 9.5(8:34) 15.29(5:19)
  orienteering1 25:11 1.74(14:28) 2.8(9:00)13 /16c81%
  Total4 1:46:35 11.24(9:29) 18.09(5:54)13 /16c81%

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Saturday May 9, 2009 #

Trail run 33:04 [3] 3.6 mi (9:11 / mi)

Steady warm up run for Billygoat, performed at 11 AM to sync-up my body as well as possible. Fonzie much more comfortable with this pace, and willing to maintain it with Piper and me always in sight.

As long as Kyra has divulged one of my long-held O-fantasies (see Thursday), I might as well acknowledge my other unrealized goals (and their potential for realization).

1. Place in an A-Meet on Red -- Clearly feasible were I still in M35 or M40, but now unlikely given the depth of the field at M45. Still, I may have a chance if competing events (such as the two Middle events for "elites" at Pine Hill) draw off the competition.

2. Rank sufficiently high to qualify for women's national team -- Initially, I was measuring myself against the B-team, but then around 2005-6 it looked as if even the A-team level might be feasible, again related to a lack of depth. Now, however, the standard is well beyond my grasp.

3. Place ahead of PG -- Back during my introduction to orienteering in 1984 (by Dave Barrington, for those of you who have been around long enough to remember him), I was aware of PG (and Bob Lux) by name and reputation as accomplished local orienteers. When I subsequently returned to the sport in 2000, I recognized the names and hoped that maybe I could advance to the level where I could beat these "old men". I have had the pleasure of besting Bob on 1 or 2 occasions, but never PG (and no, I don't count the 2007 Billygoat where PG walked the course due to injury). I think this remains an outside possibility, as anyone can have a bad day once in a while, but I'm not holding my breath.

Thursday May 7, 2009 #

Trail run 29:53 [3] 3.6 mi (8:18 / mi)

Out with dogs again, trying to maintain 8:00 min/mi pace I would like to re-establish. Unfortunately, Fonzie unable to keep up this pace for beyond 1 mile, so wound up taking several 1-1.5 min jog in place breaks to allow him to catch up. Piper on the other hand looks like she could do the whole run at a 5:00 min/mi pace, if only I could find someone to keep up with her. Maybe some Kenyan marathoners would care to volunteer. In any case... I had a good run and still managed to get in under 30 minute. I didn't feel like I was fighting my stride. I maybe I'm not just getting old and my training will get me back in shape so I can get my name on a control at the Billy Goat.

Ha, ha. My daughter sent me on an errand so she could add her own spin to my log following the "..." Surprisingly, it is fairly close to what I was thinking, although too self conscious to put it in print. I guess she was listening to my long-winded monologues after all.

Wednesday May 6, 2009 #

Trail run (dog walk) 18:27 [3] 2.3 mi (8:01 / mi)

Feeling tired after 3 straight difficult overnight shifts, but dogs were quite insistent after not going out for run for previous 2 days, so mobilized myself just before dinner. Opted for short Needham Town Forest loop due to time constraints, and was very pleasantly surprised to find I was running much more comfortably than I had been at any time this year. There was a real flow to my stride which had been utterly missing, and which I feared might have been a permanent casualty of age, but for one day at least, it was back. Did not push myself at all, but was able to complete loop at roughly 8:00 min/mi pace, giving me some hope for an acceptable performance at upcoming Billygoat.

Tuesday May 5, 2009 #

orienteering 25:11 [4] 2.8 km (9:00 / km)

Fun sprint around Arnold Arboretum. I petitioned the organizers to give me the opportunity to start early in order to get to work on time, then failed to orienteer correctly to start and arrived 15 min later than advertised. I probably shouldn't have even continued with plans to run, but went off anyways with about 20 seconds of warm-up. A bit hesitant to #1, but then performance reasonable except for #10, where I got flustered by the predictable but nevertheless annoying experience of being caught by Sam and veered too far to the L. I dropped another couple of seconds at the GO control, whose code was not in the expected sequence, even though I saw Ross punch it in front of me. Perhaps I thought he was doing the beginner course. Got to work 2-3 minutes before my shift, but for all intents and purposes was 10 minutes late before I showered and changed. Thanks to Pia for setting an entertaining course.

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