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Training Log Archive: Samantha

In the 7 days ending May 24, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering5 3:09:34 4.1 6.6 58
  road run2 45:00
  track workout1 7:15
  Total6 4:01:49 4.1 6.6 58

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Saturday May 24, 2008 #

road run 15:00 [1]
shoes: INOV8 Mudclaw -old

Walked up the hill to the start and got there pretty early. Then ran back and forth between the start and the parking lot and did some strides. Legs felt tired - especially on the uphills. Good thing it was a downhill sprint! We watched everyone leave the start to see which way to begin. Hill ran straight and pretty much everyone else did as well. We thought that Pavi would look at her map before blindly going where everyone else went, but nope! She set off running in that direction before she even turned over her map!

Orienteering 22:25 [5] 3.1 km (7:14 / km) +58m 6:37 / km
shoes: INOV8 Mudclaw -old

Team Trials - Sprint

Arriving in the early afternoon and went out to the model. Hill and I walked around as I was too lazy to put on running clothes. We tested out some routes by walking separate ways. Also noticed that I am too short to cross the "crossable" walls in most places. Ross said he vaulted over it, while I attempted to get over it at running speed and had to haul myself up on my stomach and, very gracefully mind you, fall over the other side. Yeah, it was faster to go around :)

The sprint was very fun and just what you would expect from a campus sprint. Even knowing that I could get trapped I ran into 2 traps. On the way to 5 I didn't notice that the wall went all the way around, although even if I did I would have gone that was anyway, so I only lost time there in hesitation. Then I didn't noticed that you couldn't get in fronm the back on #14, so I quickly changed my route to go through the building via the stairs. But when I ran in where the stairs were supposed to be all I saw was straight wall. I stopped, checked the map, moved closer, checked the map again, and then must have moved in a way where I could tell that the wall wasn't actually one solid wall, but had a break in it where the stairs were. I was apparently not the only person to do this, but lost 30 seconds on bad route and standing around. Then I ran right by the stairs going to 15 as they were inside the building and it wasn't what I expected it to look like, losing another 30 seconds. A few other iffy route choices and Hill creamed me by 2 minutes. Still lots of fun, as I love tricky urban sprints. I just need more practice!

Thursday May 22, 2008 #

Orienteering 30:00 [1]
shoes: Montrail

Dad and I went to Regis Colleg to practice rough compass in thick terrain. Either the map we were using was off or we are really bad at following rough compass. After trying a few points we gave up since we were missing some by quite a bit. Let's hope it was the map.

Wednesday May 21, 2008 #

Orienteering 18:27 [3]
shoes: Montrail

Hill, Dad and I went to Prospect Hill to run an old sprint course. We only had one 1:5000 map, so Hill and I shared and did sprint memory-o and dad copied the coure on an old 1:10,000 map. There was one long sprint leg that I had trouble memorizing and had to check the map part of the way through. And it didn't start pouring until we were done!

Orienteering 26:49 [4] 3.5 km (7:40 / km)
shoes: Montrail

Sprint at Franklin Park. Arrived fairly late, so just jumped out of the car and started one minute behind Hill. Slowly caught up to her as the sprint went along and had a possible better route around the pond to #6. Close behind her and took a faster route to 9 and got ahead, but then missed the control and she was in front of me again. It was good to have someone else running beside me to focus on my own orienteering.

Tuesday May 20, 2008 #

Orienteering 51:53 [3]
shoes: INOV8 Mudclaw -old

Ran my red course from this weekend. I had visited all but two of the controls, but I hadn't run most of the legs. I ran hard and fast and enjoyed the time in the woods!

Monday May 19, 2008 #

road run 30:00 [2]
shoes: Asics 1130

Ross came home from work at a reasonable hour and we ran to the track to run some 400s together.

track workout 7:15 [5]
shoes: Asics 1130

This time we ran 5 400s in order to one up last week. Ross did suggest that we do 6, but after 4 he thought 5 would be ok.
Times: 71, 75, 75, 78, 77.

Harder than last week and slower too. I think running them in the afternoon instead of in the morning had something to do with that. 2 minutes of rest between each one, except 3 minutes before the last. Felt harder than last week.

Sunday May 18, 2008 #

Orienteering 40:00 [2]
shoes: Pro 1 O shoes

Putting out more controls this morning and then picking them up. I got so lost hanging a yellow control this morning. I didn't bring my compass and was spacing out and ran up the wrong trail. I managed to hang the control on a feature that looked like the correct feature (I was actually off my map section) and started running down trails to my next control when I figured out things didn't make sense. It took me awhile to figure out what I did, since I really thought I hung the control in the correct location and I just could not figure out what was going on. Eventually it dawned on me and I had to run back, take down the control and then hang it in the correct location.

The meet went well. One control may have been hung in a wrong reentrant - some people thought it was, others thought it wasn't. But it was close enough that everyone found it fairly quickly. The only other complaint/mistake was that I hung one yellow control on the west side of the boulder instead of the east side like the clue said and that made the control too easy. But that was the control that I also hung somewhere else on the map at first, so I think the wrong side of the correct boulder is an improvement.

Thanks to my family and Ross for helping. I realize that when I volunteer my time, I really also volunteer theirs - and they do it without complaining! (maybe they're just used to it by now...)

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