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Training Log Archive: Cristina

In the 7 days ending Mar 31, 2007:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Running5 2:47:00 12.18 19.6 470467.0
  Orienteering1 1:49:00 6.77(16:06) 10.9(10:00) 41035c348.3
  Strength/Core2 18:0018.0
  Total5 4:54:00 18.95 30.5 88035c833.3
averages - sleep:8

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Saturday Mar 31, 2007 #

Running warm up/down (trail) 12:00 [2]
shoes: Integrators (orange)

Jogging around before the start, at the start.

Orienteering race 1:27:40 [3] *** 8.2 km (10:41 / km) +350m 8:49 / km
ahr:186 max:196 23c slept:7.0 shoes: Integrators (orange)

Red course, day 1. Hm, what to say... I guess this was a decent run. I would say I didn't make too many mistake mistakes, but I certainly lost 30s-1 min a couple of times from what I might call lollygagging or poor decision making or trudging when I could have run. I did pretty much come to a screaming halt about 2/3 of the way through the course. I bet I'm not the only one, because you can push pretty fast here. But I think some of it is definitely due to my recent lack of quality training.

So this was an okay day, but I want to be smoother tomorrow. It's easy to just sort of aim in the right direction here because the vegetation boundaries and streams make for good catching features. But I want to feel more like I am actually navigation directly to the control, not just to the circle.

Orienteering race 21:20 [4] *** 2.7 km (7:54 / km) +60m 7:07 / km
ahr:184 max:194 12c shoes: Integrators (orange)

Sprint in the afternoon. This was a good run. Just a few 5s bobbles. Okay, maybe one weird route choice, but that's 5-10s. I started fast and.... faded fast. Last few controls I was not moving very quickly at all. I'll be very curious to see the splits. The result is that I wasn't nearly as close to the speedsters as I would have hoped for an almost clean run. Guess that means I should train more...

Interestingly, lower average and max HRs for the sprint than for the morning's run. I thought it was a matter of my HR tending to just keep increasing over a long run, but the graph says differently. I guess I was a little worn out! :-)

Strength/Core (stretching) 10:00 [1]

Just before sleeping.

Friday Mar 30, 2007 #


Fair Hill Goals:

Obviously I've been in a bit of a spring slump. I predict changes in the near future. But, with the recent past in mind, I don't feel like I'm going to be super sharp this weekend. I have been looking at Fair Hill maps (my scanned copies, since all my map binders are already in Tucson) and I think what I should focus on this weekend is route execution. There will likely be legs with several route possibilities - not necessarily major differences, but things I'll have to think about before I barrel ahead. I am going to try to make a choice quickly, stick with it, and execute it as planned. That's the goal. Plus, of course, not making many mistakes. ;-)

Thursday Mar 29, 2007 #

Running (trail) 46:30 [3] 7.0 km (6:39 / km) +180m 5:53 / km
ahr:167 max:186 shoes: Asics Trail Attack III

Evening run in the foothills with my new shoes (!). Shoes felt great. Plus, they're green!. My hammies are a little sore, I'm not sure why. I didn't stretch after the last few running outings, but I rarely stretch my hamstrings, anyway. Maybe my lull in training has been more of break than I thought and I strode it out a bit too much? Seems odd. A bit chilly today (30s in the morning) but it was warm enough by the time I got out that I was okay in the only running clothes I still have here (shorts and tee).

Pretty hectic day today. Spent much of the day in the squadron trying to find people, call people, or fax people. I think we've made a lot of progress and I might actually leave for Tucson on Monday. Or Tuesday. The amazing part is that I can actually go to the DVOA meet. It took a little bit of finagling of my flight and local transportation plans, but it'll work.


My exciting moment of the day concerns security forces and my lack of a line badge. In order to access the flight line (ie, where all the planes are, and where the squadron is) you need to have a line badge. There are all these pictures of people with their face on the pavement and various security forces members' boots on their backs because they don't have their line badge.

Well, I turned in my badge because I'm done with training and am all out-processed. For the most part I've been very good about waiting for an escort or at least scoping out the area to make sure there aren't any security forces dudes around. Today, on my way out, I was a bit giddy because it looked like things were going to all work out and I threw caution to the wind and busted out towards the parking lot. And then I saw a pair of security forces airmen in full gear with their M16s. My initial thought was that perhaps they were just guarding some visiting high-value asset. Then I noticed that their course was very close to an intercept trajectory of my course. That's when I thought, "Oh shit."

Thankfully, these young, admirable airmen were of the 'ask questions first, face to the pavement later' variety. So rather than a mouthful of asphalt all I get is, "Ma'am, could we see your line badge?" This is where I turned on my inscrutable charm. A quick explanation, an admission of guilt, and a few quick but effective jokes and I was on my way. In fact, they were so charmed that they offered to give *me* their M16s so that I could escort *them* off of the flightline. I refused, of course, because I was in a hurry. But, it was certainly a moment to remember.

Strength/Core (stretching) 8:00 [1]

Tuesday Mar 27, 2007 #


Did I mention that all of my current paperwork issues are caused by and can only be fixed by people in Texas? WTF?

Running (trail) 37:30 [3] 5.2 km (7:13 / km) +150m 6:18 / km
ahr:168 max:187 shoes: Asics Trail

Nice day. Afternoon (arduous) run in the foothills. In Albuquerque. Because I'm still here.

I should clarify. I don't mind that I'm still here. Being in Albuquerque, in general, is just fine with me. What I do mind is having been told no less than three times that everything is good to go, only for that to have been something of a fib each and every time. I was told today to "relax and enjoy the free time off", which is great. If there's anyone who's an expert at taking advantage of "free time off" in the Air Force, it's me. Except I would have liked to have heard that before I had packed away all my bedding and thrown out the last of my perishable food and spent the entire day hanging around the squadron waiting for mysterious phone calls from Texas. But hey, I have a comfy couch and plenty of granola bars and I'm still getting paid. Being flexible is part of this job, but to me that means I can expect to hear something like, "Well, we don't know how long it will take to fix this, so standby to standby!" Not, "It's all set! Come in tomorrow morning before you head out!"

I hope I have conveyed my frustration without sounding too whiny.

Monday Mar 26, 2007 #


What C-130 crews *really* do when they're deployed.

Running (trail) 49:00 [3] 7.4 km (6:37 / km) +140m 6:03 / km
ahr:175 max:189 slept:9.0 shoes: Asics Trail

Back in Albuquerque, afternoon run in the foothills. Running felt a little better than it did yesterday - slowly making my return to the land of the living. Still need new trail shoes.

It was beautiful out, but I think I should start talking about the weather BEO.

Sunday Mar 25, 2007 #

Running (road) 22:00 [2]
shoes: Kayano XI - grey

Ran down to the 4th Ave Street Fair, late morning. Nice day. (Do I need to write that anymore?) Running was exhausting. We ran down, walked around for a while, looking but not buying (!), and then walked most of the way back. Just a little running at the end. Oy, not good.

Off to unload the car and fill up the storage unit, then back to ABQ. Yesss, I love long drives. By myself. On beautiful days.

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