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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Dec 31, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run7 6:43:00 43.25(9:19) 69.6(5:47)
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Swimming1 39:00 0.62(1:02:46) 1.0(39:00)
  Total9 8:07:00 44.3(11:00) 71.3(6:50)

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Sunday Dec 31, 2017 #

8 AM

Run 2:05:00 [3] 22.2 km (5:38 / km)

Finished off the year with my longest run of the year in terms of distance (there was one in July which was slightly longer in time), and it was a pretty reasonable one. Knew from early on that I was up for it (a sub-6 first kilometre is a pretty good sign for me these days) and was steady more or less throughout, only fading a little in the last 10 minutes (don't think I can blame a brief stop to talk with the recently-returned Rosie Dalheim for this). Occasional Achilles twinges (and/or more generalised slight ankle soreness) but nothing as sharp as last week, perhaps because there were no descents as steep as last week. Good morning for it too - cool and not humid. This gives me a bit of confidence that it's not going to be a total disaster in two weeks' time, although I'll probably need to find another 40 minutes or so on top of today.

It's been a year when I've struggled to get much momentum in training and the results have mostly been consistent with that (although 3rd in the Australian Long M45 was one positive to take away); getting to 300 NOL races was a highlight, too, although I would have liked to have done that a bit more convincingly. The Australian Long was the best result, although the two runs I was happiest with were the WMOC sprint qualifier, and a Victorian State Series at Spring Gully in late June. As for runs in general, probably the pick was one down on the Peninsula in mid-August.

Was left feeling a bit inadequate later in the day by a few other social media posts: the tallies of Jess Trengove and Lisa Weightman for 2017 were 7500 and 6800km respectively. (My best is just over 6000; haven't added up all the 2017 numbers yet but they will be somewhat short of half that amount).

Saturday Dec 30, 2017 #

8 AM

Run 45:00 [3] 8.0 km (5:38 / km)

Headed for the north side of the river for the first time in a while (it's a bit harder to access now because you can no longer get down to it from the Chandler Highway bridge). Probably another small step upwards from yesterday although still not exactly sparkling. Nice to have cooler and less humid conditions today.

I think it would be fair to say that spending today at the MCG was relaxing.

Friday Dec 29, 2017 #

8 AM

Run 1:14:00 [3] 13.0 km (5:42 / km)

Definitely felt better than yesterday, but still struggling a bit. Had some thoughts of pushing out to 90 but want to make sure I have something left to go long this weekend - which is the plan (especially as it's looking increasingly likely that next weekend will be very hot). Got a bit better right at the end. Once again, a longish descent on hard ground set off the Achilles, although not as much so as on Sunday.

Thursday Dec 28, 2017 #

7 AM

Run 12:00 [3] 2.0 km (6:00 / km)

Not happening today - lacking energy as much as anything. Will have another go tomorrow.
8 AM

Swimming 39:00 [2] 1.0 km (39:00 / km)

Tried the pool as a plan B - more crowded than I expected, probably because it opened at 8 (instead of the usual 6) so the 6am, 7am and 8am crowds were all there at once. Not much energy here either, but felt as if I was not going too badly, so a bit surprised that this was just about the slowest I can ever remember going.

One thought is a lack of carbs in the last few days of Christmas food and then Christmas leftovers; if that's the problem, I did a certain amount of addressing it in the remainder of the day.

Wednesday Dec 27, 2017 #

8 AM

Run intervals 20:00 [4] 3.2 km (6:15 / km)

All Nations intervals. As is becoming a standard pattern for this session, spent most of the warm-up wondering if I was going to be able to do this, but fine once I actually got going on the reps (and didn't go as lactic on the last couple as I did last time, either). This is a good session for a warm day, as this was (tomorrow may not be quite so well-suited).

Illegally unrestrained dogs count: 4.

Run warm up/down 24:00 [3] 4.0 km (6:00 / km)

Warm-up and down. As one might expect, the road crossings were considerably easier than they normally would be at 8 on a Wednesday morning.

Tuesday Dec 26, 2017 #

8 AM

Run 1:00:00 [3] 10.1 km (5:56 / km)

A pretty ordinary run on the whole, finding the dunes hard work, especially the bigger ones in the second half of the run. (The sand is mostly fairly firm on the tracks, but there are still numerous sharp ups and downs). Achilles did settle after early soreness.

This run combined the very familiar (the back beach track which features almost every time I come here - now better maintained, and better signposted, than it once was) with the new (cutting across through the housing estate which has been built on a former golf course). Didn't check out the dead whale that has caused the closure of Diamond Bay beach for the last week or so - not so much because of the whale itself but because the powers-that-be think that a dead whale has the potential to attract sharks.

The post-Christmas season has started: the queue for coffee was stretching out the door at the local shops at 8.15.

Monday Dec 25, 2017 #

9 AM

Run 43:00 [3] 7.1 km (6:03 / km)

Definitely a much quieter Christmas morning this year compared with last year (which probably has something to do with the youngest person in the house being 46, compared with three under 6 last year). Didn't get up particularly early and didn't rush to get out, then headed for a recovery run out to the back beach. Stiff early and hard work on the sandy bits (and slow there too), with Achilles iffy without ever being quite as bad as yesterday's worst, but improved in the second half. Came back by a route I haven't used before, taking in a Bell Street which is definitely not the same as the one I'm more familiar with, both in a traffic sense and as a socio-political boundary.

Somewhat to my surprise, I didn't see any kids on bikes (new or otherwise). Perhaps they knew about the presence of the driver with a large anti-coal mining sticker who seemed much more enthusiastic about stopping Adani than about stopping at intersections.
7 PM

Pool running 45:00 [3] 0.7 km (1:04:17 / km)

Took advantage of the lap pool to do something I don't think I've done before on Christmas Day - a second session, which cleared some of the evidence of a day of overindulgence. A bit ho-hum early on but felt as if I was doing some pretty solid work by the end of it.

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