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Training Log Archive: Becks

In the 30 days ending Jun 30, 2010:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Hill Walking2 7:00:00 10.85(38:43) 17.46(24:03)
  Running6 4:18:28 26.09(9:55) 41.98(6:09) 305
  Strength2 1:54:56
  Cycling2 1:49:58
  Intervals1 50:22 5.5(9:09) 8.85(5:41)
  Ceilidh!1 20:00
  Laundromat shuffle1 16:00
  Recovery1 5:41
  Total13 16:35:25 42.44 68.29 305

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Wednesday Jun 30, 2010 #

Running 41:15 intensity: (33:40 @2) + (7:35 @4) 4.5 mi (9:10 / mi)
ahr:172 max:190 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

Found a training plan for a 10km trail race for 10 weeks. Figured that would help me to kick start my fitness again without being too laborious - facing a half marathon straight off was actually too much. Plan starts with a test mile - not an all out fast as you can mile, but run at a tempo HR. I was going to pick 175 bpm, but my HR was so high on the jog up that had to go for a rather ridiculous 185. Was plodding, really slow, and it shows in the time - 7.35. So that's how fast I ran 26 miles at a HR of 175ish 2 years ago! Man...that's depressing. But if I can stick to it I should see improvements there pretty quickly - not only due to improved fitness but better adaptation to the heat etc. Now we have air con I am already feeling far more energetic, so hopefully things will start to improve.

Tuesday Jun 29, 2010 #


I need an aim! I am pretty much the most unfit I've ever been, and have no motivation to get out there! Anyone know of a really cool Autumn race out here (probably trail rather than road) to train for? I am being totally rubbish right now, and feel like a pie.

Monday Jun 28, 2010 #


Wow, the DOMS are pretty impressive this morning! A few photos from the weekend are here:


Anyone else not lucky enough to be out on the West Coast next weekend fancy getting together to do some O Training somewhere?

Sunday Jun 27, 2010 #

Hill Walking 2:30:00 [2] 7.0 km (21:26 / km)

We were woken at 6.30 am the next morning to clear skies, and wolfed down breakfast, packed up super quick and started to race towards the summit. after about ten minutes though the cloud came in and that was it - no views until below the treeline. Still, it was a tough hike, I'm not used to carrying a bag that heavy and it was like a hardcore two day strength session - plenty of single leg squat and step up type moves! Rob and I raced it down pretty quick as our feet were a bit battered, then ate pizza at the bottom. Really fun weekend and a beautiful part of the world!

Got back home sweaty and stinking to find our hot water broken and the landlady refused to believe that was the case, so spent the whole evening boiling water on the stove to "fill" a bath. Highly unsatisfactory state of affairs!

Saturday Jun 26, 2010 #

Hill Walking 4:30:00 [2] 6.5 mi (41:32 / mi)
shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

So, after all those wonderful suggestions, we chose a scorching weekend to hike up Mount Washington, the area well reputed to have the worst weather in New England, if not the whole of the US. There was reason behind this, as at the last minute a couple of tickets came up for The Granola Challenge, a group walk organised by a friend of my relatives, and as they were going, we thought we would tag along. We set off with huge heavy packs with overnight gear and beer, and started with a big group. They were stopping a bit too often though so we set off alone, and as we got above the treeline the weather really came in. Windy and rainy and cold, and we had no map (this is the first and last time I will ever do that in my life), we managed to make all the right decisions and end up at the Lake in the Clouds Hut. Pretty epic day, and the girls did really well to manage in some pretty awful conditions. We then had a fun evening with music and talks and skits, pretty much no sleep thanks to the horrendous snoring of "Uncle Bill" and lightened our packs by drinking some beer. By mid evening it was snowing outside - pretty crazy!

Thursday Jun 24, 2010 #

Running 21:46 [2] 2.3 mi (9:28 / mi)
ahr:153 max:179 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

Wozer. I was ready to collapse in a sweaty heap of jelly but Rob suggested we run, so we headed out. Jogged the long way to Kat and Boris's, checking out the park with the water fountains (AMAZING!) and the Farmington Canal path, which was very nice. Accidentally came a bit too close to the ghetto though. Kat and Boris have LOADS of exciting looking parcels to open on their return, and their house is still alive. Excellent! Hope everyone who heads off to the wedding this weekend has an amazing time - it will be awesome!

Running 6:17 [3] 0.8 mi (7:51 / mi)
ahr:151 max:170 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

Back down the hill home. Rob ran hard with his long legs and I was in a state. Not getting used to this humidity and heat!

Tuesday Jun 22, 2010 #


Yet again, a massive fail to get up early to go training! Need to get air con sorted and need to hope that the rain has come by the time I hit the track this evening!

Running 34:31 intensity: (4:00 @1) + (30:31 @2) 3.4 mi (10:09 / mi)
ahr:161 max:185

Nice evening laundromat shuffle with Rob. We saw two exciting deer and one exciting thing that I can't identify (fox sized but short legs and a bit more round, brown fur), and then Rob decided to race me up a hill. He won. Eep. Just starting to rain and pretty refreshing to be out - glad we saved it for the evening!

Monday Jun 21, 2010 #

Running 26:30 [2] 3.0 mi (8:50 / mi)
ahr:169 max:176 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

Boring treadmill running - was supposed to get up and run early but slept disastrously and couldn't. So hit Payne Whitney after work. Treadmill running is shit.

Strength 1:17:00 [1]
ahr:146 max:156 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

Strength session in the gym with Rob - half squats, shrugs, SLDL, OH squat, OH press, pull ups. Rob is already getting more flexible - Boris, there is hope for your butt yet!

I met my running friend again at the end and we now have e mail addresses. Yey!

Sunday Jun 20, 2010 #


Okay, so after this horrible weekend in the lab Rob and I would like to go away somewhere fun (we can't make it to the wedding, no money or time) next weekend. Suggestions please? Driving for no more than 4 hours from New Haven probably and fun things to do...maybe proper hills and lakes and stuff. More off the wall suggestions also taken!

Friday Jun 18, 2010 #


Ear is now itchy and only a little bit sore. So almost ready to run! Good to be back in the sunshine in New Haven, but work is a bit hectic!

Wednesday Jun 16, 2010 #


So, my plans to train again over the last few days have been scuppered by recurrence of my ear infection. This time I went to see a different Doc in Rotherham on the way back down south, and he says I have an abscess in my outer ear. I should be okay to fly but it might hurt, he doesn't think my ear drum is going to perforate though as it's further out in my ear. No exercise until it stops hurting in case I move the bugs around. It really really hurts! Bah...

Monday Jun 14, 2010 #

Cycling 1:09:58 [2]
shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

Got back from Edinburgh and jumped on the bike to meet Mum at work. Had to cycle super fast there as I was a bit late, and it felt great, then a more sedate pace back over the hill again. Gorgeous views from the top of the hill. Going to miss this when I go back!

Sunday Jun 13, 2010 #

Running 1:14:36 [3] 10.6 km (7:02 / km) +305m 6:09 / km
ahr:170 max:192 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

At last, some proper exercise! You can't go to the Lakes without running up at least a small hill, so that's what a small group including Ollie, SGB, Jon X, Jon M, MC and CJ's Dad and supervisor and myself did. Running felt surprisingly alright, although my HR was certainly higher than it should have been for the pace. Lovely views despite the crummy weather, and a great way to blow away the cobwebs of the last week or so. Ran with Ollie most of the way, as SGB is mental.

Saturday Jun 12, 2010 #

Ceilidh! 20:00 [3]

Some excellent ceilidh dancing at CJ's beautiful wedding. Fantastic weekend!

Friday Jun 11, 2010 #

Laundromat shuffle 16:00 [3]

In a cunning variation of the laundromat shuffle, I had to leg it back to Leeds station from outside the ring road with a rucksac containing 4 theses. It was really very hard work.

Wednesday Jun 9, 2010 #

Cycling 40:00 [1]

Cycling! On a bike! Needed to meet Lobban for lunch but the bus just wasn't going to happen, so I stole Rosie's bike and pegged it down the cycle way to Leith. So good to be on a bike again. Mission when I return to New Haven: buy a bike, then cycle to the beach!


Monday Jun 7, 2010 #


So, made it back to the Uk and have been busying around various places whilst revising for the last few days. No exercise to speak of, been feeling pretty whacked out and am also getting really nervous. Just want to get it over with now! Tomorrow... just about ready to jump on the train to Edinburgh.

Wednesday Jun 2, 2010 #

Running 53:33 [2] 5.5 mi (9:44 / mi)
ahr:161 max:184 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

Part one of plan get to sleep across the Atlantic - nice super early morning jog around East Rock. Saw a Blue jay, a really beautiful bird. Still no turtles though.

Strength 37:56 [1]
ahr:134 max:156 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

Part two of the plan - straight to the gym to do strength session one. It's starting to return, slowly!

Recovery 5:41 [2]
ahr:164 max:174 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

Jog back to the flat, pick up uber bag (only half full in this direction), and into the lab for part three - work on gene list till lunchtime!

Tuesday Jun 1, 2010 #

Intervals 50:22 intensity: (8:00 @1) + (26:22 @2) + (8:00 @4) + (8:00 @5) 5.5 mi (9:09 / mi)
ahr:163 max:186 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

Early doors up to East Rock as this evening is shaping up to be pretty hectic. Jog up, 4 x 4 mins with 2 mins rest, jog back. Felt really good when running fast, enjoying being out and whilst not feeling uber speedy, strong even up the steep uphills. Fun!

Can't quite believe it's already time to fly back to the UK tomorrow. I am really very nervous about my Viva, but I'm almost sufficiently prepared. If there's a control I've missed, it's been missed by all my supervisors and a number of people at hopefully, it'll be just corrections.


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