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Training Log Archive: Becks

In the 29 days ending Feb 29, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering9 11:28:49 18.08 29.1149 /186c80%
  Cycling6 3:54:53
  Hill Walking1 2:30:00
  Running3 2:29:04
  Circuits2 2:10:17
  Recovery5 1:53:30
  Warm up & strides6 1:34:57
  Long run1 1:17:10
  Rubbish walking1 1:00:00
  Strength1 39:28
  Intervals2 27:58 1.99 3.2
  Total20 29:26:06 20.07 32.3149 /186c80%
averages - sleep:8.3 rhr:45

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Friday Feb 29, 2008 #

Warm up & strides 19:43 [3]
ahr:123 max:157 shoes: Integrators

Warm up and rubbish strides before Classic Distance as stomach was poor.

Orienteering 1:09:55 [3] ***** 7.2 km (9:43 / km)
ahr:178 max:189 spiked:6/19c shoes: Integrators

Bleurgh. WRE Classic at Pineta Di Lenne. Was quite excited after yesterday's beautiful forest, but as with typical mediterranean areas most of the race was in thick, spiky bushy stuff and really hard going. My stomach was JK last year style uncomfortable and my legs felt like lead. I had no fight in me at all and so totally let the area beat me - I didn't make anything I would actually class as a proper mistake but I wasted a huge amount of time faffing and hesitating and going round things I should have been shoving through. Really disappointing, the worst race I've had in a long time.

Thursday Feb 28, 2008 #

Orienteering 22:44 [5] ***** 2.6 km (8:45 / km)
ahr:187 max:199 spiked:19/22c shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Sprint race in Matera. Had a really awesome second half of the race but unfortunately the race was cut off halfway,as the map exchange wasn;t actually there when some of the girls got to it. So then I dropped down the results loads due to a poor route choice early on. Boo. Felt in control and flowing well, even if legs felt awful!

Warm up & strides 23:56 [2]
ahr:147 max:170

Warm up and down around the sprint.

Orienteering 43:27 [3] ***
ahr:169 max:183 spiked:13/16c shoes: Integrators

Training on Pineta di Chiatona - nice flow, legs tired but feeling strong and planning ahead, taking good lines. Beautiful area.

Wednesday Feb 27, 2008 #

Orienteering 30:46 [3] *****
ahr:164 max:187 spiked:12/14c shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

"sprint" around Matera. Unfortunatelty we just had rubbish computer JPEG printed maps that were tiny and clear or enlarged and blurry. I went for tiny and clear so I could see the control sites but not read the map on the move at all - so not much of a sprint! Amazing venue!

Tuesday Feb 26, 2008 #

Long run 1:17:10 [4]
ahr:168 max:184 shoes: Integrators

Stop starty run the illegal way up Vesuvius, having to hide from the Carabinieri in the forest every once in a while!

Running 38:53 [3]
ahr:158 max:180 shoes: Integrators

Run back down Vesuvius.

Monday Feb 25, 2008 #

Orienteering 49:29 [3] ****
ahr:167 max:192 spiked:9/12c shoes: Integrators

Warm up O in the mountains somewhere south west of Rome. Lovely area but felt physically shocking and so jut did the short version of the course.

Sunday Feb 24, 2008 #

Running 1:15:28 [3] **
ahr:156 max:181 rhr:44 slept:10.0 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

What a session! Arrived in Rome in the gorgeous sunshine with about three hours of daylight remaining (and we all know about Italian men after dark) so I got on my kit and set off for a sightseeing run around town. Took in the large park to the north of all the attractions, then down to the roman ruins around the Collesseum, up to the Patheon, through a few pizazzas and ending up in front of Vatican City. An amazing place with so many things to look at - will have to spend more time here (and with company!) at some point in the not too distant future.

Saturday Feb 23, 2008 #

(rest day)

A huge amount of travelling that began with leaving edinburgh at 2am! Was tired and still feeling a bit sniffly so stuck to walking around Pisa ' walked for a good 4 hours or so and it was luverly in the early spring sunshine.

Friday Feb 22, 2008 #

rhr:45 slept:8.0 (rest day)

HR still lowish today but still feel throat all scratchy, no nasty white spots or anything, but skipped the gym and resting again to be sure.

Cycling 16:21 [3]
ahr:122 max:149 (rest day) shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Didn't think it was possible for the wind to be any worse than last night, but this morning proved me wrong! Grotty as hell, was having to fight even to go downhill! Bleurgh!

Cycling 15:46 [2]
ahr:129 max:163

Cycling back to the gym, wind has finally died down!

Strength 39:28 [3]
ahr:114 max:160

Decided I actually didn't feel too bad after all and did a quick session at the gym just to remind my legs etc what weight bearing feels like. Nothing too serious, simply:

Back squats 60kg 3 x 5
OH BB Press 25kg 3 x 5
Push press behind neck 30kg 3 x 5
Bent over row 40kg 3 x 5
Leg raises L, R, OH 3 x 3
Sit ups 5kg weight OH 3 x 10

Cycling 5:27 [2]
ahr:136 max:154

Cycle home.

Thursday Feb 21, 2008 #

(rest day)

Today I feel tired and rubbish, so am sacking in training for an night in with plenty of vitamins and Christian Bale. HR is fine when sitting so hopefully just tired.

Cycling 18:31 [2]
ahr:124 max:152 (rest day)

Cycling into work, a little blustery!

Cycling 25:35 [3]
ahr:116 max:151 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Woah, from a bit blustery to full on gales! Could barely move along Clerk Street and was wobbling all over the road. Eep!

Cycling 12:25 [3]
ahr:95 max:135

A few errands around town, still barely moving in the face of the wind.

Wednesday Feb 20, 2008 #

Cycling 15:39 [2]
ahr:129 max:160 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Cycle to work - first half was beautiful, everything green, but then lost it past Princes Street - stopped everywhere. Booo!

Cycling 22:07 [2]
ahr:131 max:165 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Cycling to the gym and home.

Circuits 1:07:57 [3]
ahr:118 max:176 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Came back from the month to many rows of hurdles and a cheeky promise from Steve of some good quality plyometrics. Started out on the small plastic hurdles but they were fine, and moved onto the proper hurdles. Think they were on the smallest height but it was continual jumping over proper hurdles interspersed with small plastic ones - pretty high intensity but I managed with some really good height and style, yey! Then moved onto some single leg work back on the plastic hurdles, and finished off with low weight arm and core "endurance" stuff. Good to be back!

Running 34:43 [4]
ahr:166 max:185 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

A bit of a naughty run without much of a purpose. I was by myself so had no one to gossip to, and probably ran too fast for recovery but not fast enough for it to be any kind of quality threshold/tempo style session. I enjoyed it a lot but it was a bit of an aimless session in the style of the rubbish Haries, and no one wants to do too many of them.

Tuesday Feb 19, 2008 #

Cycling 31:13 [2]
ahr:125 max:161

Cycling into work and back.

Warm up & strides 12:00 [3]
ahr:139 max:171 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Warm up and old school strides before wimpy intervals.

Intervals 10:23 [5] 3.2 km (3:15 / km)
ahr:174 max:194 slept:7.0 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

After a slightly restness night's sleep thanks to someone's post Amsterdam blow out snoring I felt a bit rubbish today, and my stomach was also feelinglike some kind of iron band was squishing it. I had finished work by 4.30 and decided just to get out there as if I went home and faffed I'd never make it, and wasn't really up for running worse than I last had with the Haries. So I did my favourite session, a quick 200, 400, 600, 800, 600, 400, 200 pyramid, all with a good 90 seconds rest between. Times were slow but not uber slow, in fact better than I was expecting and more hindered by stomach , which was dreadful by the 800, than by legs/lungs - would never have managed 6 800s with it. It's always like this after a break so I wasn't too concerned. Times:

0.32, 1.16, 2.02, 2.38, 2.03, 1.19, 0.35

Recovery 13:58 [3]
ahr:151 max:164 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Rest between intervals and short jog home.

Monday Feb 18, 2008 #


Yey! Doctor says run but definitely no naughty business until it's all healed up. I can live with that. Oh yes I can. Time for a celebratory "recovery" run.

Recovery 52:13 [3]
ahr:159 max:183 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Whoo hoo! Actual real life running. Met up with Kir for a quick banter round the Meadows, and felt ace. My legs are a bit heavy but they move, and my stomach was like woah, you;'re not making me do this again are you? but it was so good to be out on a beautiful evening, everything bathed in a lovely yellow light. Awesome.

Sunday Feb 17, 2008 #

Hill Walking 2:30:00 [1]

More walking, but at least in the proper hills this time. I took Rob's flatmate Emily to the Trossachs, and we went up Ben A'an, a small but steep hill just off the Trossachs map. Emily is a total legend and there were many many giggles, and again it was fantastic just to be out and about, though the twinge of frustration was still there when some guy in lycra jogged past us on the way up. Stunning day again, photos here:


Healing still doesn't seem to be going anywhere so I am going to try and see the Doc tomorrow for some antibiotics in case there's a bit of an infection. I desperately want to run in Italy next week and it will be a month by then, so I'm keeping everything crossed.

Saturday Feb 16, 2008 #

Rubbish walking 1:00:00 [1]

An hour or so of Caernethy spectating with Jess - up onto the ridge and along and some fun scree almost running down the far side. So glad I made it out on such a glorious day, felt really sad not to be running though. Looked like an awesome day for the course. Photos here:

Friday Feb 15, 2008 #

(rest day)

I am soooooooooooo bored! I have watched more TV in the last 2.5 weeks than in the whole of last year combined, if you take out the three days or so that were required for the Series 3 Lost Marathon. This TV watching however has thus far not included Hollyoaks, as Rob is an unbeliever (blasphemy), until yesterday when I took time out from said boy and treated myself to a lovely risotto (a whole glass of white wine went in and it was beautiful!) and a double episode of TV's "finest" soap opera. I went very happy to see that Nancy has finally left mental Jake, so that her and Sarah can be best mates again and have arguments that end in "At least I'm not wearing my dead sister's wedding ring and engaged to her ex husband," "Well at least my boyfriend didn't sleep with my MOTHER." Happy times. Things in the lab are actually maybe starting to progress so I might have something resembling the start of a thesis by June or so. My supervisor told me he was unimpressed with my decision to potentially be running at WOC instead of going to the FENS neuroscience conference. I laughed because I thought he was joking and then realised he wasn't. Oops. So then I said I might not get selected and if I don't I promise to go to FENS. And he was slightly more pleased. I decided not to tell him about going to Italy a week tomorrow. Maybe he'll just not notice my absence. Ooops. Rob is still lovely even is he is going on a boy's weekend to Amsterdam this weekend (nice), and he does a very good line in battered lemon sole and crisply fried veg. Mmm. Mmm. I keep looking across the room at him in social situations and thinking that I am a lucky lady. He looks so cute in a tank top. I managed to also wear a tank top when I turned up at the party last night, so we were all his and hers which was definitely not cool. This weekend I am going to cheer people on at running up hills whilst most definitely not running up them myself, then I am going to pretend I'm posh and intellectual whilst drinking cocktails with Rob's girlfriends. Argh.

Nobody wanted to hear any of that, but I have four hours until my incubations are finished and very little to do in them as my bonkers laptop has decided it doesn't like PDFs anymore. Useful. Very useful.

Wednesday Feb 13, 2008 #


My recovery doesn't seem to be progressing as well as I would like so I am being cautious and staying off training until I go to Italy for MOC. It's frustrating but a couple of weeks off now is better than this dragging on and on and me not being able to run through a marsh before July! Back to the DVDs - luckily Rob and I just rediscovered The I.T. Crowd.

Sunday Feb 10, 2008 #

Orienteering 49:30 [4] **** 4.0 km (12:23 / km)
ahr:168 max:186 spiked:7/8c shoes: Integrators

Map memory with Hollie at Cambus. The legs I did went really well except for one where I got the direction out of the control wrong and made a parallel error. Repeated the leg and got it bang on. Really good fun and excellent for simplification.

Warm up & strides 7:16 [2]
ahr:14 max:165 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Run to the start of the Aberdeen Sprint.

Orienteering 17:43 [4] ****
ahr:180 max:192 spiked:19/19c shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Neutral paced run round the sprint course at Aberdeen old town. Funny how that slight decrease in the pace meant the navigation was really spot on - perhaps one slightly less optimal route choice but really good. If I can speed up that mechanism and routine then it will serve me well. In fact even without the extra speed it;'s probably quicker than fast plus mistakes.

Recovery 10:00 [2]
ahr:159 max:164 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Jog back to the car.

Saturday Feb 9, 2008 #

Orienteering 1:49:09 [4] ***** 10.0 km (10:55 / km)
ahr:174 max:186 spiked:27/30c shoes: Integrators

Had a check up yesterday and was given the okay so decided to do the long pick at Scolty. Really well mapped so pretty difficult not to spike the controls, the misses were slight and was running strongly if not very fast.

Thursday Feb 7, 2008 #

(rest day)

Hmm, think circuits was bad for me so am resting for a couple of days.

Wednesday Feb 6, 2008 #

Cycling 29:31 [3]
ahr:123 max:158

Cycling to work and back.

Circuits 1:02:20 [3]
ahr:117 max:163

Lots of hopping and over lunging and a bit of abs work.

Tuesday Feb 5, 2008 #

Cycling 17:56 [2]
ahr:116 max:144 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Cycling in.

Cycling 24:22 [2]
ahr:117 max:163 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Cycle home.

Warm up & strides 24:02 [3]
ahr:123 max:159 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Warm up and strides before intervals.

Intervals 17:35 [4]
ahr:175 max:189 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Did two intervals with Hollie but she was going a bit fast for my resting and so ran with Jess and pushed her a bit. Nice flowing style and not pushing too hard. Felt fine. Times between 2.02 and 2.17.

Recovery 29:14 [3]
ahr:147 max:167 shoes: Blue Saucony Grid

Rest between intervals and warm down run.

Monday Feb 4, 2008 #

Orienteering 1:01:54 [4] ***** 5.3 km (11:41 / km)
ahr:170 max:186 spiked:13/17c shoes: Integrators

"Race" at Getryggen. Funny how when you put it all together at speed it still doesn't quite add up. Missed number 2 through lack of confidence and then bumbled a couple of others. Some really excellent smooth sections in really good control. Then we hit some apparently crossable marshes and crags which weren't actually at all crossable and had a little adventure in which Hollie dropped her map down a crag and ended up hanging on to a branch with both hands. Exciting stuff. Good fun!

Recovery 8:05 [2]
ahr:147 max:161 shoes: Integrators

Run back from the race at Getryggen.

Sunday Feb 3, 2008 #

Orienteering 25:33 [2] ***
ahr:149 max:181 shoes: Integrators

Hanging controls for the girls on the map across the road from the sprint race. Was being a bit rubbish and faffing around lots in the circle, but wanted to get it right for them.

Orienteering 1:10:29 [3] ***
ahr:151 max:179 shoes: Integrators

Shadowing the girls on a map memory. Gave them some really tough long legs and they were fantastic. They were running really strongly too, really good exercise to watch.

Saturday Feb 2, 2008 #

Warm up & strides 8:00 [2]
ahr:148 max:169 shoes: Integrators

Jog out to to start of the pick from our huts to Skatas.

Orienteering 1:02:43 [3] ****
ahr:161 max:183 spiked:17/22c shoes: Integrators

Control pick on Skatas with two line sections where there were longer legs. Took it steady physically and felt a little sluggish but fine. Not a great spike rate, errors came in the moments I lost concentration. The controls I spiked were really fluid and good. Remembering the visual maps, working well.

Orienteering 1:15:27 [3] ****
ahr:163 max:195 spiked:7/7c shoes: Integrators

Route choice course with Jo and Hollie on Ojersjo. I was bottom of the pile for choices so got the furthest or mingiest leg on each go, which was great as I'm rubbish at putting my head down and doing legs like that. Fun to do it head to head so that I had the impetus to keep going. Both girls were running extremely well, it was really impressive.

Friday Feb 1, 2008 #


I am so jinxed with flights in 2008! After the retreat from Norway disaster, Scotland is gripped by blizzards and gale force winds six hours before I'm due to fly to Gothenburg for the weekend...eep!

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