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Training Log Archive: TomN

In the 7 days ending Apr 20, 2015:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Map Walk1 2:30:00 2.49(1:00:21) 4.0(37:30)
  Road running3 2:03:57 14.49(8:33) 23.32(5:19)
  Orienteering1 1:42:51 4.35(23:39) 7.0(14:42)
  Trail Running2 1:34:00 7.8(12:03) 12.55(7:29)
  Total7 7:50:48 29.12(16:10) 46.87(10:03)

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Monday Apr 20, 2015 #

Trail Running 30:00 [3] 3.3 mi (9:05 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 14-2nd

Easy run mostly on the trails. Got back just as the rain started. Looks like rain for the next few days.

Sunday Apr 19, 2015 #

Orienteering race 1:42:51 [4] 7.0 km (14:42 / km)
shoes: Icebug olx 2nd

NEOC Breakheart Reservation Red. I sneaked a peek at some maps online, and I was pretty nervous about the navigation. Lots of fiddly little contour detail, some green, some indistinct trails, all peppered with the usual New England rock.

But it turned out o.k., I needn't have worried. It was pretty high quality terrain, and a good map, not unduly cluttered. The course featured short legs with direction changes, and that's no surprise because the roads and trails make it hard to get any distance cross country. But there were some unfortunate in-and-out legs. On the other hand, the "indistinct" trails were distinctly visible (unlike last week at Prospect Hill), which helped a lot.

My major problems were at #1 (didn't go high enough, lost a couple minutes going back and forth below the control on about a 20-meter leg), #12 (lost track of where I should leave the trail, got hung up in nasty thick vegetation), #13 (still flustered from 12, went the wrong way on the road, then attacked too early and couldn't find the cliff, thought it was going to be easy), and #15 (no brain at all, must have been oxygen deprivation, couldn't even locate myself on the road).

In contrast, I had an easy time with #10 which others had trouble on, but would have been faster if I'd headed straight down and across the marsh instead of following the trail along the ridge. Also good on #19, went all the way along the lake to the little bridge at the neck.

Better at the controls this time, picked out the boulders pretty well, but the maze-like cliffs at different elevations gave me a lot of trouble.


Spotted a little blue butterfly on one of the wide trails. This time of year, it was either a Summer Azure (celastrina neglecta) or a Spring Azure (c. ladon) and the likely candidate, oddly enough, is the Summer Azure (spring form) which usually emerges earlier. At least, that's the way it is in the Mid-Atlantic.

Saturday Apr 18, 2015 #

Map Walk 2:30:00 [1] 4.0 km (37:30 / km)
shoes: Icebug olx 2nd

Wandering around in Pawtuckaway at a slow walk. Lovely day, mid-50s and an increasing number of hikers as the morning went on. No snow in the woods or on the trails, a little along the roadside. Water pretty much confined to its designated locations. I was shaky on the single-contour detail, o.k. in the rocks, with some guesswork. Terrible at relocating unless there was some giant feature nearby.

Friday Apr 17, 2015 #

Road running 36:30 [3] 4.0 mi (9:08 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 14-2nd

The road portion of yesterday's run. It had been raining this morning, and it was very humid. Which made me notice that it has been low humidity since I got here, even on the warm days.

Thursday Apr 16, 2015 #

Road running 53:12 [3] 6.3 mi (8:27 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 14-2nd

Pine-Railroad-Park-Swazey-String Bridge-Gilman Ln-Stadium-Drinkwater-Cross Country-Gilman St. This is a pretty nice route. About half of it is along the river, and a third is on trails. Pace was faster than I expected.

Wednesday Apr 15, 2015 #

Road running race 14:15 [5] 3.2 km (4:27 / km)
shoes: Adrenaline 14-2nd

If I were home today, I would have run in the Goddard Spring 2-mile "fun" run. As far as I'm concerned, a 2-mile race is about as un-"fun" as it gets. But in solidarity, I ran a 2-mile time trial on the track (actually 3200m). Conditions were sunny, 65 deg., light wind noticeable on the home stretch. My goal was 14:00, and I'm not really surprised I missed it. I think I've only had about 3 lifetime 2-mile times over 14 minutes, but there's a whole lifetime left. Splits:

Adding another 4.9 seconds makes the 2-mile equivalent 14:19.

Road running 20:00 [3] 2.2 mi (9:05 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 14-2nd

Warm-up jog, 3 strides, a half-mile at race pace. Cool-down jog back home. The track is about a third of a mile from my apartment.

Tuesday Apr 14, 2015 #

Trail Running 1:04:00 [2] 4.5 mi (14:13 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 14-2nd

Exploring the Exeter Trails. The main problem was most of the trails are not in condition yet. Lots of standing water and ice dams. Some of it I could run around cross-country but I plowed through some ankle-deep sections. A secondary problem is that aside from the "main" trail, the system isn't very well-used or well-maintained. Some of the signposts are missing, and some of the trails and junctions are hard to see. I turned back during one water-avoidance move because I was genuinely concerned that if I went any further I wouldn't be able to find the trail again.

I figured out the map. The trails aren't numbered, the signposts are numbered. The trails are unnamed, but some of them have colored designations. The symbol I took to mean "gate" is actually a bridge. But the dumbest thing about the map is the distances. The "red" trail is marked as 2.37 miles, but you have to run on an unmarked connecting loop to do the whole trail. The "green" trail is marked as 1.5 miles, but it has 5 branches, all of which dead-end. How can you do the 1.5 miles? Teleport? The "black" trail, which consists of 6 disjoint segments connecting various other trails, has a total distance, which is worthless without, again, a teleporter. This is evidently the work of someone who doesn't exactly understand how people use trails.


I saw a Mourning Cloak today. Confined to woodlands, they're often the first butterflies of spring. But they're faking it, because they hibernate as adults and it only takes a couple of warm days to wake them up. I also saw 2 of them last Sunday at Prospect Hill. The Mourning Cloaks started flying about 2 weeks ago in Maryland.

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