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Training Log Archive: candyman

In the 7 days ending Apr 30, 2012:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running4 4:19:52 32.11(8:06) 51.67(5:02) 1037
  Total4 4:19:52 32.11(8:06) 51.67(5:02) 1037
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Monday Apr 30, 2012 #


Have the keys to our new house!

Its going to be a busy week...

Saturday Apr 28, 2012 #

7 PM

Running race 2:38:31 intensity: (7 @0) + (11:46 @1) + (1:35:05 @2) + (50:29 @3) + (1:04 @4) 30.7 km (5:10 / km) +758m 4:36 / km
ahr:159 max:184 shoes: Inov-8 Road-X 233

Was pretty disappointed to only make it around 5 laps, especially as I was still feeling pretty good right up to the top of the hill on the 5th lap. In the end I think my legs just found the steep up and down hill sections too tough and as soon as I started running downhill on the 5th lap they said "no more".

Still a solid hit out and decent long run for the weekend. Was happy to hold faster than 5min/km pace for the first 24 km as it was my aim to do this for as long as possible.

More detailed race report:

1st lap - 30:43

Plan was to run comfortably, this was made difficult by the fairly steep climb over the first 2km of the loop. The course was basically split in to 3 sections with a steep ascent, followed by a steep descent then an undulating section on twisty (and rocky) singletrack. Was running in a nice pack right up to the top of the hill but then dropped all the others very quickly as soon as the downhill started, I wasn't pushing the pace but suspect the others were nervous about running downhill on trails in the dark.

After a fairly steep descent it was on to the undulating singletrack which I was really enjoying until I misstepped on one of the bends and went over on my troublesome left ankle. I was pretty devastated and thought the race would be over before it started. I limped on and gradually the pain decreased so I thought I would keep moving and see how it went.

2nd lap - 31:14

Ankle felt okay by the time I started the 2nd lap and I ran fairly comfortably up the hill, I was a little more cautious on the singletrack this time but what really slowed me down was a visit from the gingerbread man. About a minute for the pitstop in the bushes on the singletrack section and I was felling a lot more comfortable.

3rd lap - 30:21

The first lap where I didn't have some sort of issue so unsurprisingly my fastest of the race. Was feeling comfortable but ominously I did start to feel my quads aching a bit on the downhill section.

4th lap - 31:06

Still felt well in control and was starting to feel confident of making the full distance. Had started lapping quite a few runners and was enjoying the whole experience.

5th lap - 36:26

How quickly things can change! I started the 5th lap on a high knowing that if I made it through this lap well and out on to the 6th I would make it through to the finish. I kept a reasonable turnover up the hill and although slower than the other laps was feeling okay. As soon as I started the downhill section however I knew the race was over. My quads had had enough and I was reduced to a stumbling jog on the downhill and a bit of a shuffle on the singletrack.

I was pretty disappointed not to make the full distance but think it is a fair reflection of my current fitness, up until now my longest run had been ~25 km last weekend. Hope that they put the race on again next year as I would be keen to come back and see if I can't beat the course on a second attempt.

Friday Apr 27, 2012 #

5 PM

Running 41:40 intensity: (24 @0) + (15:50 @1) + (25:20 @2) + (6 @3) 8.21 km (5:04 / km) +141m 4:40 / km
ahr:145 max:165 shoes: Inov-8 Road-X 233

HFW. Back to the old route, with a head torch, thought I better run at least once with it before racing tomorrow night. Felt good!

Thursday Apr 26, 2012 #

5 PM

Running 31:38 intensity: (16 @0) + (11:05 @1) + (20:17 @2) 6.75 km (4:41 / km) +83m 4:25 / km
ahr:146 max:160 shoes: NB MT10 OB

HFW. Just trying to take it easy, resting up for the weekend.

Tuesday Apr 24, 2012 #

6 PM

Running 28:03 intensity: (40 @0) + (7:12 @1) + (20:11 @2) 6.01 km (4:40 / km) +55m 4:28 / km
ahr:146 max:161 shoes: Inov-8 Road-X 233

Run home from Calwell. Had a massage at lunch today so just took it fairly easy this evening. Much darker than I remember it being last time.

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