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Training Log Archive: Becks

In the 31 days ending Oct 31, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering5 4:47:28 11.25 18.1 59043 /53c81%
  Running7 4:37:52 32.22(8:37) 51.85(5:22)
  Cycling6 2:48:10
  Long run1 1:24:56 7.0(12:08) 11.27(7:32) 780
  Warm up & strides3 41:15 0.93 1.5 150
  Yoga1 30:00
  Recovery1 10:00
  Total14 14:59:41 51.4 82.71 152043 /53c81%
  [1-5]14 14:29:41
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Saturday Oct 31, 2009 #

Orienteering 1:04:27 [3]
ahr:171 max:193

Night O at Anagach. Good fun, but not easy to see the controls, was in the feature for a while a couple of times. Ran with Helen, we took different routes between but generally congregated in the rough vicinity of the control going "I'm sure it's supposed to be here." It usually was. Apart from the 2 or 3 times it wasn't. Great fun!

Thursday Oct 29, 2009 #

Running 33:16 [3] 3.9 mi (8:32 / mi)
ahr:150 max:173 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

Rainy jog to Ana's from work. Got lost in the Bonnington Bermuda triangle again. That place makes no sense to me whatsoever.

Wednesday Oct 28, 2009 #

Running 45:52 [3] 4.9 mi (9:22 / mi)
ahr:164 max:187 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

Ran into the lab. Didn't want to get up today and managed to pack an extra heavy bag to run in with, yet still forget to pack any tights. Chilly! Felt grotty whilst running but good to get a few miles in before a long lab day. It was sunny too!

Monday Oct 26, 2009 #

Cycling 45:00 [2]

Into work and back.

Running 55:04 [3] 10.0 km (5:30 / km)
ahr:156 max:182 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

Nice jog with Kir to try and destress after a dreadful day. It worked.

Yoga 30:00 [0]

...or at least it worked for a while, but I couldn't sleep and noticed my Yoga book had a section for sorting sore backs. As that's verry much what I have (stupid pipetting) at the moment, I did half an hour of that and then was relaxed enough to get to sleep.

Sunday Oct 25, 2009 #


I'm pretty sure driving in the Czech Republic almost raises my HR enough to count as exercise! Really inspiring run from the boys in the relay - they were absolutely up there the whole way. Oooh Ahhh GBR!

Saturday Oct 24, 2009 #

Warm up & strides 16:15 [3] 1.5 km (10:50 / km) +150m 7:13 / km
ahr:169 max:175 shoes: Integrators

Jopg/walk to the JEC start to run the races after the juniors. You had to climb crazy metal stairs to the start, which was on top of these huge sandstone columns. I wish I'd taken my camera, it was awesome!

Orienteering 1:05:13 [4] ***** 6.3 km (10:21 / km) +230m 8:45 / km
ahr:182 max:194 spiked:16/20c shoes: Integrators

What an area! I ran W18, which turned out to be the course with the trickiest planning and most devious route choices. Awesome short legs in the rock pillars, good route choice between. I made two pretty large mistakes (2 mins, 1.30 mins), both from drifting into controls (exactly what I told the juniors not to do!) with no real attack point, and it's amazing how quickly the seconds ticked by when that happened. Maybe a bad route choice. Running was so easy as the going underfoot was fantastically clear. Beautiful forest, amazing rocks, and probably the last time I'll have a control on "crag foot, 37m."

Emma Klingenberg is amazing. 54 minutes!

Friday Oct 23, 2009 #

Orienteering 42:15 [3]
ahr:174 max:189 shoes: Integrators

Scooch round all the model controls at JEC - awesome little area, lots of crazy rock detail, one control involved some proper rock climbing. Unfortunately I then full pelt into a tree, and I thought I was fine but my orienteering went a bit screwy, so maybe I wasn't! I have a nice scar across my forehead now!

Sunday Oct 18, 2009 #

Long run 1:24:56 intensity: (34:56 @3) + (50:00 @4) 7.0 mi (12:08 / mi) +780m 9:01 / mi
ahr:167 max:191 shoes: Integrators

Lovely girlie run in the Pentlands. Set off with Lorna, Ann, Helen and Kat, and went up Turnhouse then Carnethy from Flotterstone. The wind on the top if Turnhouse was insane! I then peeled off with Kate and Helen to do Scald Law, and we then just came back the same way. The final time up Turnhouse was a real struggle and by the time we hit the car park I was happy not to have to run any further! Fantastic to be out.

Cycling 30:00 [2]

Into the lab after a lovely lunch with the Kitchin clan - was going to do lots but am shattered so am just steeling myself up to do the essential cell culture stuff, then going home.

Friday Oct 16, 2009 #

Running 58:41 intensity: (5:00 @1) + (38:41 @3) + (13:30 @4) + (1:30 @5) 7.1 mi (8:16 / mi)
ahr:171 max:191 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

Woke up early to get into the lab, feeling inspired. Read a few pages of my Christopher Brookmyre with breakfast, which was an error as two hours later I was still reading Christophe Brookmyre. Oops. But then I finished and realised it was a really gorgeous sunny day outside, so I ran to work via Morningside and Craiglockhart, with 20 mins of 90 x 30s after a ten minute warm up. These felt hard and were mostly uphill. The rest of the run to work felt hard, but I was wearing a pretty heavy bag full of my lunch. I'm now sitting at work with the sun streaming through the window and not feeling motivated to aggravate my RSI one jot. Oh well! A very enjoyable morning!

Thursday Oct 15, 2009 #

Cycling 25:00 [2]

Cycle home, lovely evening by the time I finally left.

Wednesday Oct 14, 2009 #

Cycling 20:00 [2]

Into the lab.

Running 30:10 [3] 3.5 mi (8:37 / mi)
ahr:158 max:179 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

After a morning of a huge amount of pipetting, my right hand was resembling an immovable claw, and Ellen and I decided to escape for a bit of sunshine before I attempted my PDE assay for the day. (If I do one I day, I will be finished in under a month. So I must do at least one every day, RSI or no RSI....grrr). I introduced Ellen to the short loop around the back of the hospital, the Roseburn path and the Water of Leith. It was sunny and warm, and now I don't want to do the PDE assay! Booo!

Tuesday Oct 13, 2009 #

Cycling 25:00 [3]

To the forum.

Running 29:46 intensity: (26:39 @3) + (3:07 @5) 5.8 km (5:08 / km)
ahr:164 max:194 shoes: 09 Saucony Grid

Evening run with Rob, ran past Harie intervals and felt a bit inspired, so when he popped into his flat did a teeny tiny intervals session around his block - about 230m fast pace with about 80m recovery, all efforts slightly uphill. 46, 47, 47, 47. My legs still move quite fast but my chest was bursting after even these short efforts! It was pretty funny. Rob is running pretty well now, it's cool.

Sunday Oct 11, 2009 #


Yesterday I was going to spend the whole day in the lab, but I couldn't find the motivation. In the end I magnificently failed to even get dressed.

Today I have already been there for 5 hours and am about to do a couple more, and actually almost have a spring in my step. Sometimes I guess you just need to be a massive, massive slob.

Running 25:03 [3] 3.0 mi (8:21 / mi)
ahr:161 max:184 rhr:45 shoes: Saucony Fastwitch

After a day in the lab the sun was still shining, and I actually felt like doing something. So I went for a quick run around Inverleith Park and the exterior of the Botanics. I wish we were allowed to run on the tracks, it'd make for a much more interesting route! I am feeling very unfit, but not ill.

Cycling 23:10 [2]
ahr:138 max:163

Cycle home via Rob's.

Sunday Oct 4, 2009 #

Warm up & strides 10:00 [3]

Warm up before the SHI relay. Not feeling any more sprightly than yesterday.

Orienteering race 44:18 [4] **** 4.6 km (9:38 / km) +130m 8:26 / km
ahr:188 max:200 spiked:13/15c shoes: Integrators

Top run from Anne sneaking in just behind relay legend Kirsten Strain (every time people, every time) sent me off in second place on second leg, chasing Hazel. I got the better gaffle at number 2 (when I saw that boulder on opening my map I was dead chuffed) and was away. Had no idea whether I'd stayed ahead whilst battling through the scrub shit, but kept a cool head. Again, failed to set the world alight, but did what I needed to do. Brought us back in the lead and Rach kept it, to get first place. Excellent. England girls dominated again, and Hoddy went for a blaze of glory that oh so nearly worked. Good showing from a reduced English team.

I forgot how nice it feels to win.

Recovery 10:00 [3]

Short warm down with Vicky and Jo, who both had excellent runs on second leg that put me to shame!

Still worried about my HR. I think this is the end of "training" (not that there's been much really!) till I finish in the lab. I am so tired and I feel like I am very, very close to breaking. Which wouldn't be much fun, so I won't do that.

Saturday Oct 3, 2009 #

Warm up & strides 15:00 [3]

Jog about before the SHI. Not feeling particularly sprightly, I have to say. HR also high.

Orienteering race 1:11:15 [4] **** 7.2 km (9:54 / km) +230m 8:32 / km
ahr:190 max:202 spiked:14/18c shoes: Integrators

Hmm.. I was navigating pretty well for the majority of this course, until I caught people at the end and started to relax too much. Big error at number 17 cost me nearly 3 mins on Rach's split. But the rest of the course was steady - I can barely run these days, but at least that meant I was navigating well. Shame to let Fi sneak in front but I did what I needed to do for England - 5th place and we won W21 convincingly. I am however very concerned about my ridiculously high pulse - I have had blocked sinuses and felt like I'm fighting a cold for the last two weeks, and that clearly shows something as being not quite right! I blame it on final year PhDitis.

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