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Training Log Archive: Gil

In the 7 days ending Sep 29, 2007:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running3 2:55:45 18.6(9:27) 29.93(5:52) 300
  Orienteering1 1:07:00 4.04(16:35) 6.5(10:18)
  Basketball1 30:00
  Total3 4:32:45 22.64 36.43 300

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Saturday Sep 29, 2007 #

Running 10:00 [1] 1.0 mi (10:00 / mi)
shoes: Saucony Omni 6

Warm-up before Out of Bounds half marathon.

Running race 2:00:45 [4] 13.1 mi (9:13 / mi) +300m 8:36 / mi
shoes: Asics Dirtdog XC Spike

Out of Bounds half marathon at Bristol. Started out in lead. Even I was in the lead - it did not feel I was pushing speed. I knew that I will lose ground on uphills but I was hoping to get gain on downhills. However I was concerned how my back will hold up since it was problem entire week. First serious downhill was decent, on second downhill I started to feel my back and I got to go more tentative then I was hoping for. Lost ground on up hill as expected. Next downhill was disaster - I ran so slow that it was not even funny. My legs were holding up good but my back was not anymore. I was considering quitting at the end of the hill since usually downhills are the place where I gain ground and I was losing it on downhill. When I got on the bottom I thought - I am here, if I quit, I doubt I'd go for a run later. So I decided to complete the race instead.

I was 6th at the bottom of the hill. I lost another position since. Worse part of it - when I finished my legs were fine, I was not even dying like I usually do at the end of the running races, I had so much gas left in the tank. It was rather frustrating to feel that way at the end. Highlight of the run - I refueled with liquid carbs at the last aid station.

Choice of shoes was not the best as well. Spikes would be fine - that's what I recalled from last years run - however not half inch ones. Way too many rocks on trails. I had to navigate trails because long spikes were hurting my feet if I constantly hit rocks.

I should have left quarter inch ones in instead. O-shoes would have been the better choice.

Definitely race I could have won or at least be in top-3. Oh well... Moral of the story - got to take better care of my back. It is not like I did not know about my weak spot.

Thursday Sep 27, 2007 #

(rest day)

Resting my back.

Wednesday Sep 26, 2007 #

(rest day)

My back is very weak, so, no sense of trying to heal it by running

Tuesday Sep 25, 2007 #

Running (Morning Jog) 35:00 [1] 3.5 mi (10:00 / mi)
shoes: PI syncroGuide

Easy Morning Jog with stretching at the end. Girl I am running with is trying to talk me into yoga classes. I am certainly open to the idea to stregthen my core.

Basketball (Pick-up game) 30:00 [3]
shoes: Saucony Omni 6

Pickup game at Y.

Sunday Sep 23, 2007 #

Running warm up/down 10:00 [1] 1.0 mi (10:00 / mi)
shoes: Asics Dirtdog XC Spike

Orienteering race 1:07:00 [4] 6.5 km (10:18 / km)
shoes: Falcon O-shoe with studs

Disastrous Relay race for me. My team-mates got and kept team in contention and I let it slip away. Started less then minute behind Eric Bone. I caught up with him by #2 and I should have stuck with him regardless anything and lose race physically, not technically. However he seemed to zig-zag too much for my liking and I thought I'd cut corners to save some energy. According to John F. I just run by #3. I think I was searching for #3 for about 10 minutes before I found it (I have not checked splits yet). I told myself - don't get frustrated, just keep rest of the course clean. That did not happen - I overshot #4 and could not locate the flag for some time. Then I decided to go back to #3 and repeat my route and all in sudden found it. Pretty much my mood was spoiled for rest of the course. I was running to finish it. I made another blunder on my second loop when instead of picking #15 I got #19 first and was standing there like an amateur trying to figure out why numbers don't match. Not the way to complete the weekend.

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