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Training Log Archive: Becks

In the 30 days ending Nov 30, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Cycling7 11:10:00
  Running8 3:49:10 21.4 34.44 197
  Hill Walking1 2:00:00
  Orienteering3 1:55:54 6.95(16:41) 11.18(10:22) 134
  Rubbish walking1 1:30:00
  Strength4 1:17:19 0.02 0.04 1
  Yoga2 25:51
  Total26 22:08:14 28.37 45.66 332
  [1-5]24 20:17:05

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Thursday Nov 30, 2017 #

2 AM

Running 18:53 [0]
ahr:72 max:114

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017 #

5 PM

Running 30:02 intensity: (31 @0) + (13 @1) + (7:05 @2) + (22:10 @3) + (3 @4) 4.93 km (6:05 / km) +49m 5:48 / km
ahr:152 max:182 shoes: Fancy blue sauconys

Ran home at a pace that felt easy. I don't think my HR actually hit 182 - I'm still using just the wrist unit so it may be a bit inaccurate. I enjoyed this too, even though I was hungry. The run one way commute is more fun than cycling both ways.
10 PM

Running 30:02 intensity: (31 @0) + (13 @1) + (7:05 @2) + (22:10 @3) + (3 @4) 4.93 km (6:05 / km) +49m 5:48 / km
ahr:152 max:182

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017 #


I have been doing stuff but I've been playing with my new Garmin which I already love dearly. I'll update at some point!
6 AM

Running 36:26 intensity: (30 @0) + (3:46 @1) + (15:02 @2) + (15:01 @3) + (2:07 @4) 5.77 km (6:19 / km) +67m 5:58 / km
ahr:149 max:179 shoes: Fancy blue sauconys

Run into work with 5 x (90 x 30) on the way. These were hard, I haven't tried to run fast for quite a long time. I actually enjoyed these too though.
6 PM

Strength 15:30 [1]
ahr:95 max:118

This was strength, a short 10 min AMRAP from Lift Weights Faster. It felt good. The knee bends were fine, but I deliberately picked a workout without squats.
9 PM

Yoga 13:34 intensity: (13:30 @0) + (4 @1)
ahr:82 max:122


Monday Nov 27, 2017 #

5 PM

Running 28:41 intensity: (29 @0) + (36 @1) + (22:23 @2) + (5:13 @3) 3.99 km (7:12 / km) +2m 7:10 / km
ahr:144 max:168

Actual recovery jog. I forgot how much I enjoy these silly shuffles.
9 PM

Yoga 12:17 [0]
ahr:75 max:109


Sunday Nov 26, 2017 #

Rubbish walking 1:30:00 [1]

We actually walked for much longer than this today. Our legs were surprisingly sore and we ended up getting some stuff done in town before have a tasty meal with Rach and Alex and family, which was lovely.

Saturday Nov 25, 2017 #

Hill Walking 2:00:00 [2]

We went up Mount Monadnock! It's been many years since I first did that, and it was a lovely day despite the wind up top. It's a really good hill for view quality versus effort :) Knee a little unhappy by the end of the descent but generally better than I expected.

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017 #

2 PM

Running 21:19 intensity: (26 @0) + (39 @1) + (46 @2) + (19:28 @3) 3.94 km (5:24 / km)
ahr:160 max:174 shoes: Fancy blue sauconys

Jogged to the Body Shop to make my only concession to Black Friday. It was wet but I got $60 of stuff I actually use for $4.99, so I guess that was worth it! I felt stiff.

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017 #

Cycling 1:00:00 [2]

Hubwayed into town and home to pick up my new Garmin! The old one finally gave up the ghost completely, with a broken LCD screen and a dead battery. It's a long way from work to REI and home, and I may have cycled too much on the knee. It's not the worst it has been, but felt it a couple of times on the final section.
6 AM

Running 39:23 [2] 6.6 km (5:58 / km) +27m 5:51 / km

Oh my word it takes sooooo long to get across Sullivan Square by foot. They need an overpass!

Ran to Whole Foods to buy lab breakfast. Getting up the first hill is quite long and tough off no breakfast, but after that it was fine. Nice light, much warmer than last night. No knee niggles.

Monday Nov 20, 2017 #

5 PM

Running 24:24 [2] 4.28 km (5:42 / km) +2m 5:41 / km

Ran back from work to Kendall. Running felt easier than I expected and I enjoyed it feeling like real winter. In the morning walked to the T, then hubwayed from Kendall. Tried a lower seat on the hubway and knee was good the whole way. Just two more days of having to do stuff, yey three day work week!

Sunday Nov 19, 2017 #

Orienteering 35:00 intensity: (20:00 @1) + (15:00 @3) 3.0 km (11:40 / km)
shoes: Integrators 5000

Helped out a bit at the Youth League event, including a couple of forays into the woods to move controls. Then Rob came back from Ikea and we "jogged" round the orange. Except it was more like we stood still for a bit then legged it up a hill. His legs are much longer than mine :) It was really fun - my knee is fine running - maybe I should do a run/hubway/T based commute until it improves?

Pretty sure it's coming from my hips/low back being tighter than they should be and having knock on effects lower down - am yogaing, stretching and rolling to try to sort it out.

Saturday Nov 18, 2017 #


Wowzer, SfN was quite a week! I took running gear but it never made it out of my case. I was staying up on Mount Pleasant, and so every day I at least walked to the Convention Centre, and most days back too. Add to that the hugeness of the place and most days I walked over ten miles in extremely inappropriate shoes. It was a great week, lots of good science and even better people. Very glad I finally got to go, but totally exhausted. Then spent all Friday testing out a new instrument at Quanterix. A busy but satisfying week. All that standing did not help my knee though.

Thursday Nov 16, 2017 #

Cycling 1:20:00 [1]

Into work and back on a soggy Thursday, plus a Hubway to Kendall late on Friday. Knee is still not happy. Need to find the time to check out bike position as Kitch suggested.

Saturday Nov 11, 2017 #


I really like being in DC. I walked 13 miles today! And I loved it.

Thursday Nov 9, 2017 #

Cycling 3:45:00 [1]

I've cycled into work and back every day this week. My knee is getting worse so I should probably stop. Luckily I'm at SFN for most of next week so I get a few days off.

On my way home today a van driver decided, I'm hoping by accident, to wash their windscreen at exactly the moment they overtook me. I got a face full of washer fluid and it really hurt my eyes. I've already been not impressed with Boston this week after trying to figure out how I'd get to work in under 75 minutes if my knee hurts too much to cycle, and there really isn't a way, and now I'm just fed up. This place feels so unlivable to me. There are too many cars, not enough transit, and it's just rubbish.

Almost six months in Boston now and I'm still not really feeling it. I do like being able to orienteer more and my job is less stressful. So that's good.

Tuesday Nov 7, 2017 #

5 PM

Orienteering 30:49 intensity: (8:12 @0) + (7:41 @1) + (6:41 @2) + (8:15 @3) 3.53 km (8:43 / km) +3m 8:41 / km
ahr:132 max:168 shoes: Fancy blue sauconys

Jogged to get the veg box. It's not as far on foot as it seems in the car! Knee not really a problem when running - couple of twinges when I hit uneven pavement without realising.

Monday Nov 6, 2017 #

Cycling 1:15:00 [1]

Easy cycle in and back. Got rained on five mins from home. Booooooo.
5 PM

Strength 17:56 intensity: (17:54 @0) + (2 @1) +1m
ahr:91 max:120

Tried to do the scrambler workout but it had a lot of bends and it turns out my left knee hurts at 90 degrees - it's fine on the bike. So did a cobbled together upper body set and then had some rolly time on the ITB.

Sunday Nov 5, 2017 #

9 AM

Orienteering 50:05 intensity: (19 @0) + (56 @1) + (8:47 @2) + (40:03 @3) 4.65 km (10:46 / km) +131m 9:26 / km
ahr:154 max:171 shoes: Integrators 5000

Slept for a long time but still didn't feel refreshed in the morning. So I went orienteering, but did the brown and set the watch to beep over 160 bpm. There was quite a bit of uphill so I walked a lot of the course. There was a high school marching band practising for most of it, and I felt like a super hero running down hills with the band playing in the distance :)

Made a really stupid mistake running way past number 4 despite the fact you could see it from the track when I came back, and did badly on the short leg to 6. But otherwise not too bad. Definitely the right choice not to do more. Enjoyed it out there!
2 PM

Strength 18:22 intensity: (13:28 @0) + (4:46 @1) + (8 @2)
ahr:106 max:136

Set the watch for 150 and did DD very slowly and carefully. Pace workout, 20# KB for the goblet squat and 15# DB for the rest. Muscles have got that weird scrunchy feeling you get when you're ill sometimes. Maybe just a bit ill.

Saturday Nov 4, 2017 #


Easy day doing not much. Went to Seaport to hangout with friends for a bit, walked and hubwayed a bit. Got more amazing ice cream from Honeycomb creamery. Hopefully in for a good night's sleep tonight!

Friday Nov 3, 2017 #

Cycling 1:15:00 [1]

Easy cycle in and out. Still feeling very sleepy.

Thursday Nov 2, 2017 #

Cycling 1:20:00 [1]

Took the cycling very easy both ways, and went the long, flatter way home. I was very hungry.
7 PM

Strength 25:31 intensity: (24:09 @0) + (1:22 @1) 0.04 km (10:54:16 / km)
ahr:98 max:127

DD Send. Used 15# for DB stuff and 20# KB for the row. Might try to visit the second hand shop again this weekend for more! Didn't think I'd get this done, but motivation for these quick work outs at home is pretty easy.

Wednesday Nov 1, 2017 #

Cycling 1:15:00 [1]

Easy cycle in and back.

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