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Training Log Archive: Samantha

In the 7 days ending May 3, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering5 3:42:20 15.52(14:20) 24.98(8:54) 615
  trail run5 2:33:00 12.87 20.71
  road run2 14:00 1.82(7:41) 2.93(4:47)
  Total5 6:29:20 30.21 48.62 615

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Sunday May 3, 2009 #

trail run 12:00 [2] 1.2 km (10:00 / km)
shoes: Falcon O shoes

Team trials Long Distance. Warm up to the start with Ross, who about 1/4 of the way there realized he didn't have his description holder and had to go back and get it. Arrived at the start about 1 minute before his time - perfect timing! Stopped raining as we were running which I was very happy about! Of course, still came back soaked as the woods were still quite wet. Looking forward to this course and having a fun run.

Orienteering 1:30:27 [5] 8.4 km (10:46 / km) +370m 8:49 / km
shoes: Falcon O shoes

Long course. I was pretty relaxed at the start but really botched the first control. I came off the corner at a bad angle. I knew at the time it would be hard, because coming off corners always is, but I wasn't careful enough and I let the wet green push me around. I ended up too far right, which I realized but I wasn't sure how far right I was. Tried to relocate by looking around and I couldn't match anything up on the map. Reading 1:15000 is hard enough while running, but then trying to move along a wet, thick rocky hillside and map read was beyond my ability. Therefore I stood around longer than I should have. Finally decided the best decision was to climb back up to the trail and try again. As I was climbing back to the left and up I came across the two boulders in the open area. I remembered seeing them on the map and tentatively started moving back across the hillside double checking other things as I went. The clearing matched up really well, so I ran back to the cliff. Had a brief glimpse of Pavlina further down the hill, also looking for #1, and punching #1 with Angelica, who started 6 minutes behind me. Ran hard and accurately to 2, 3 and 4, trying to lose Angelica :) Really took off at full speed to #5 trying to pull away and blasted through the woods - which was a wonderful feeling. Hit the narrow trail going down and saw Clem in front of me and worked hard to catch up to him. Hit the big trail right behind him and we caught up to Viktoria. Unfortunately, Clem pulled away and I pulled Viktoria down the wrong nose (sorry!) when I thought I saw the ride. Moving slowing down the nose as I could sense something wasn't quite right (no ride...). At the end of the nose Viktoria actually relocated and we had to cut through the woods and reentrants to #5, losing a couple of minutes. Pretty clean after that for the next few controls and didn't see Viktoria after 8. 8 looked tricky and I was glad that I took my time to read the rides as I came into it. Ran a bit past 10 on the ride as, again, my compass angle to the control was quite poor. I think I had an ok route to 12, but I just needed to run it harder and be more confident. I ended up running a bit past the cliff on the switchback trails and having to come back up. Ran the trail around to 14, and although safe, was obviously a bit longer. Botched 15, coming around the hill too much and running above and past the control. Bailing out to the trail below when I saw it far to my right (thinking could I really have missed by that much?). Blasted out of it and ran hard down the trail to the last control (I love simple last controls :)). I recovered nicely from #1 and running with Angelica and Viktoria in the beginning certainly forced me to run harder, which was nice.

Saturday May 2, 2009 #

trail run 20:00 [2] 3.0 km (6:40 / km)
shoes: Falcon O shoes

Team Trials Middle warmup. Jogging to the start with Ross, which was fun :) We had close start times both days and it was fun to warm up together. Decided to wear my Falcon studded o shoes today because of the rainy weather. I haven't worn studded shoes in a long time, as I find the inov8s have really good grip. It's hard to tell if there is a difference but I did spend a lot of this course running in stream beds and I did have good grip on the mossy rocks. Logs still slippery.

Orienteering 45:45 [5] 4.0 km (11:26 / km) +170m 9:26 / km
shoes: Falcon O shoes

A pretty good middle course for me! It's interesting how my races went this weekend, with the middle certainly being my best race. I think I went into it with the right attitude - don't get lost! I told myself that it didn't matter if I took the "longer" route to every control as long as I found it with ease. This worked very well on most legs and I'm really happy with how many of the legs went. Everything made sense and was exactly where I expected it to be. A clean beginning, finding the old car and the boulder with the control on it on the way to #1. Then ran the stream bed and cut up a bit late and had to come back up the nose to #8 and ran down the wrong nose to #9 and had to cross the reentrant. Hesitated going to #11 as I thought the ride was the trail and couldn't for the life of me figure out what the boulder was doing on the left side of the trail. Missed 13, but caught it very well. Ran too far on the trail and attacked from the further rocky hilltop. Slowly moving down the hill as I realize there is no reentrant. Thought back to what I did and realized that the distance I ran from the trail to the hilltop was too short to be the hill that I wanted to be on. Contoured around the hillside and right back into #13. Dropped down and "ran" the stream bed to 14, although it's obvious now that I should have climbed back up. At the end of the leg I ran the trail around and attacked off the trail, basically making it a yellow control and so followed my rule of taking safe routes.

All in all, a huge success for me, considering how middles normally go. Also, my highest score yet for a team trials middle :)

Friday May 1, 2009 #

trail run 30:00 [2] 4.5 km (6:40 / km)
shoes: INOV 8 Muclaw 330 -old

Team Trials Sprint race. Ran to the start and back with Cristina, then ran there on my own with pick ups when it was time for me to start.

Orienteering 15:08 [5] 2.5 km (6:03 / km) +75m 5:16 / km
shoes: INOV 8 Muclaw 330 -old

Saw both route to #2 - around or through the water towers. Figured I should be able to get through the towers without difficulty, so took that route. Map was a bit turned around when I passed through the towers and I got off my kine, causing me to come out left of the control. Saw what looked like a parking lot and was unable to find it on my map. Ran right, and ran over the trail. Wasn't thinking clearly, as I should have followed the trail to the control. Ran to another rock feature hoping that was it. Then ran down to the trail again and came back around to find the control. In my anxiousness I overran #3 (I was also looking for a pit). As I turned around to run back to it, I saw Viktoria approaching. When I ran by #5 to the picnic tables beyond it I turned around again to see Viktoria punching #5. We ran together the rest of the way, each taking slightly different routes and her catching up a bit of ground on me when I hesitated coming into 11.

Didn't remember my relocation plan when I missed 2 and really freaked out for the next couple of controls. It's almost like my mistake took me by surprise and I had no idea what to do other than run around in circles. Will be working on that....

road run 10:00 [1] 1.2 mi (8:20 / mi)
shoes: INOV 8 Muclaw 330 -old

Went on a cool down jog with teammates Viktoria, Cristina, Corinne and Holly.

Orienteering 20:00 [2] 2.0 km (10:00 / km)
shoes: INOV 8 Muclaw 330 -old

Froze and got soaked while running around on the model map with Kat and Corinna. But really fun to run with other people. The map seems to make sense to me.

Thursday Apr 30, 2009 #


Travel day to San Francisco. Ross arrived at the airport about 20 minutes before our flight was scheduled to leave, which caused me to be quite stressed out. I had checked him in, but then had to wait for him outside of security.

Wednesday Apr 29, 2009 #

trail run 32:00 [2] 2.7 mi (11:51 / mi)
shoes: Asics 2130

warm up and cool down for Access Hill intervals in the Blue Hills.

road run 4:00 [5] 1.0 km (4:00 / km)
shoes: Asics 2130

up the hill.

Orienteering 16:00 [2] 1.6 mi (10:00 / mi)
shoes: inov8 Mudclaw 270

Part of an old sprint with dad.

Orienteering 10:00 [2] 1.0 km (10:00 / km)
shoes: inov8 Mudclaw 270

relocation exercise with dad in the blue hills

Tuesday Apr 28, 2009 #


Went mapping on a part of the Blue Hills with dad. It was hard trying to get everything to fit right. I changed a few things but in the end needed the eraser and dad's help to get everything to fit right. Distance estimation is something that I will need to work on in order to improve. Also, reading contour lines as they go across the hillside.

Monday Apr 27, 2009 #

trail run 27:00 [2] 2.9 mi (9:19 / mi)
shoes: inov8 Mudclaw 270

warming up with Cristina as dad put out streamers

trail run 22:00 [3] 3.0 km (7:20 / km)
shoes: inov8 Mudclaw 270

Running uphill on the trail and then orienteering downhill. This was the up hill trail part. I only took a split once at the top and I have cleared my watch since then so.... this is close :)

Orienteering 25:00 [3] 4.5 km (5:33 / km)
shoes: inov8 Mudclaw 270

Again, deleted my splits. Ran to one wrong boulder on one loop and had to relocate.

trail run 10:00 [2]
shoes: inov8 Mudclaw 270

Run back to the car.

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