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Training Log Archive: BorisGr

In the 7 days ending May 20, 2007:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering4 4:36:51 24.73(11:12) 39.8(6:57)52 /72c72%
  Running6 3:52:08 27.43 44.14
  Total6 8:28:59 52.16 83.9452 /72c72%

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Sunday May 20, 2007 #

Running 10:00 [2] 1.11 mi (9:01 / mi)
shoes: 2007 VJ Falcons

Warm-up. Feeling very, very sluggish.

Orienteering race 52:15 [3] *** 7.7 km (6:47 / km)
spiked:14/18c shoes: 2007 VJ Falcons

Hälsingekaveln. I ran leg 15 (out of 16) for Linne's second team. This is one of those "breadth" relays, where certain legs have to be run by women, others by juniors or veterans, and so on, with a maximum of 6 H21's per team. My leg was the last open leg, and, along with leg 1, the longest one in the relay. It's also the first non-parallel leg after the previous four legs are run by three runners each, in parallel. This meant that I need for all three of our previous leg runners to finish before I could start.
Warming up, I felt totally dead. No energy, no strength in the legs. This didn't get any better when I started, and my motivation level was pretty low, as I went out alone with no other teams in sight. I sort of sleep-walked through the course, unable to run or concentrate particularly well. Made a few mistakes, but nothing too major. Just couldn't make myself go hard and kept tripping over stuff when I tried. Very frustrating. I came into the finish right after Sofie Johansson anchored our first team to victory, so at least I got to witness the victory pile. (Photo by Johanna Gullberg.)
Map part 1:
Map part 2:

Saturday May 19, 2007 #

Running 25:00 [2] 2.94 mi (8:30 / mi)
shoes: 2007 VJ Falcons

Warm-up / cool-down

Orienteering race 25:42 [5] *** 4.3 km (5:59 / km)
spiked:9/13c shoes: 2007 VJ Falcons

Rehns BK middle distance.
Back to the area where we ran the long distance on Thursday, though this time we used the hilliest and most detailed part of the map. It was still very fast with high visibility, but the constant up-and-down was tiring, especially after back-to-back days of long distance.
I didn't get to run H21E because of my low ranking, so I ran H21 and tried for a top-10 or maybe top-5 result. Started out aggressively and missed #1 by about 10 seconds, then kept going at probably too fast a pace, spiking 2 and 3, and finally paid for it on 4, where I approached the control with no real plan and lost about 40 seconds in the circle. Started feeling tired on the climb up to 5, so took a flatter "around" route choice to 6, which cost another 15 seconds. Mostly ok after that, just tired. Ended up 7th, about 2:30 back of the winner.

Friday May 18, 2007 #

Running 15:00 [2] 1.76 mi (8:31 / mi)
shoes: 2006-2 VJ Falcons


Orienteering race 1:49:12 [4] *** 12.8 km (8:32 / km)
spiked:12/20c shoes: 2006-2 VJ Falcons

Faxeträffen - long distance race north of Söderhamn, Hälsingland.
Very different terrain from the day before - hilly, rocky, low visibility, with areas of really fine detail that was very hard to read at 1:15. Will put up the map tomorrow. This map also featured a number of boulder fields, which were pretty much unavoidable the way the courses were set. I didn't so much race as survive this course, and was quite pleased with myself just for finishing - there were 20 dnf's out of 69 starters on H21E! I made a bunch of mistakes along the way and was very slow and careful on a few more legs, but managed to avoid disastrous errors, except for losing about 3 minutes on #9. I wonder how differently the race may have gone if I had started out aggressively instead of slowly cautiously...

Thursday May 17, 2007 #

Running 20:00 [2] 2.35 mi (8:31 / mi)
shoes: 2007 VJ Falcons

Warm-up / cool-down

Orienteering race 1:29:42 [4] *** 15.0 km (5:59 / km)
spiked:17/21c shoes: 2007 VJ Falcons

Rehns BK Long Distance race near Bollnäs, Hälsingland.
Very fast terrain with some areasof contour detail and a good bit of route choice. This was about the fastest I'd ever run for a course this long, and I felt relatively pleased when I came in and saw the best times around 77-78 minutes by the likes of Erik Rost. The Mats came in and blew us all away with a time of 71, winning by over four minutes. Impressive!
I had a total of maybe 2 minutes of errors in execution, but an additional couple of minutes in route choice - I took a few too many "around" route choices, rather than going straight. Lesson learned.

Running 32:56 [2] 3.87 mi (8:31 / mi)
shoes: Saucony 2006

Evening jog, part with Mats and Sofie. They started going into the woods a bit, so I turned back, not wanting to twist my ankles in running shoes.

Wednesday May 16, 2007 #

Running 41:07 [2] 5.31 mi (7:45 / mi)
shoes: Montrail Trail Shoes

Usual loop in Stadsskogen on a nice, sunny morning. Kat is coming today for the long week-end!!

Running 6:00 [1]

Strides on the grass after the run.

Tuesday May 15, 2007 #


Swedish ranking: 496.

Running 57:17 [2] 6.36 mi (9:00 / mi)
shoes: 2006-2 VJ Falcons

A long warm-up for the Testbana, including running a full lap of it with Jan, Mats, Joffe, and Michele. Plus the cool-down.

Running 24:48 [5] 6.0 km (4:08 / km)
shoes: 2006-2 VJ Falcons

Testbana. Wet and muddy, a few felled trees across the course. This was my second time racing our test course, a trail loop starting close to the clubhouse and going through both Nåsten and the Norby forest. It doesn't look very hilly on paper (, but there aren't really any flat sections, either. Lots of small (and a couple of big) ups and downs and uneven ground the whole time. A good course, in other words. Last year I ran this in 25:47, and the goal this time was to run better and approach 25. There was a good pack of guys running today, and I ended up running with Lars and Gustaf Granath pretty much the whole way. I kept gaining on the uphills and losing on the downhills. Ended up a bit behind them in the finish, but quite pleased with the time - a PR by a minute. Progress.

Monday May 14, 2007 #


Read the following on Öystein Kvaal Österbö's site today about the warm-up for a race he ran:
"The course setter Per Arne Troset tried a new way of start this year. At the arena we had a pre-start where we got a warm-up-map with 5 controls. The course lead us to us to the real start, there we had to be within 30 minutes to reach our start-time. It worked well and was a nice way to be transported to start while you could warm-up with a course."
I really like this idea!!

(rest day)

Off today. Felt borderline sick last night and so slept until 10am this morning and woke up feeling better. Then was out planting trees with the club all evening.

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