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Mara
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I like to think of myself as a returning intermediate. I've taken a break from running for about 10 years now following relocation to the UK and am now getting back into the swing of things - BAREFOOT, except for racing, offroad and sub-zero temperature running in which I wear minimalist shoes.

Prior to that I was highly competitive on road, track and cross-country.

All the nitty gritty stuff on my barefoot and minimalist running expeditions, as and when they happen, can be found at Link (roll over me to see where I go)

---:[ 2013 Training and Racing Plans ]:---

Going slower to go faster worked very well for me last year, so I'll be doing much the same this year. I will however be throwing in a fortnightly race-specific training session to try and push things on a bit.

I'll continue to document my commute to and from work each day, but will now also be logging my rest days so I can keep an eye on how lazy I really am and see why I take my days off.

Oh yes, and lots of PBs are on the cards with the biggest and most important being my first sub-3 hour marathon (so I can qualify for London 2015 using "Good for age").

---:[ 2012 Training and Racing Plans ]:---

This year I intend to spend more time going long and slow and less time concentrating on actual speed work. I think I spent too much time worrying about speed last year, that I may have actually ended up running fatigued most of the time.

This year I'm going with a "go slower to go faster" program. Speed work won't be excluded, it'll just be significantly less - ie less than once a week. We'll see how we get on. I'll be sticking with the 2 non-running specific sessions a week like I did last year too.

I'm also documenting my commute to and from work each day. I won't be taking HR and GPS readings, just documenting them to see how far I go through the year. After all, every little bit of exercise has got to help.

---:[ 2011 Training and Racing Plans ]:---

The intention is to concentrate on 5k with a fair few 10ks thrown in. My plan is to follow a varied training program which has at least 2 non-running specific sessions a week, ideally a swim and a weights session.

** 1 August 2011 - 30 Day Challenge
On 1 August I set myself a 30 day challenge to run at least 3km everyday for 30 days and log each run here. Link (roll over me to see where I go)

** 13 September 2011 Training Change:

Decided to start running a lot longer and slower than I've done before to try and build up a huge aerobic base in preparation for next running season. I've never done this so it'll be interesting to see how much it helps.

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Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2014 162 18 70 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 277
2013 106 195 166 196 173 90 206 231 238 176 125 109 2011
2012 161 101 49 105 154 209 143 235 167 156 187 87 1754
2011 43 47 47 52 80 69 84 145 87 134 157 26 971
2010 12 26 47 74 64 53 6 12 43 23 33 22 415
2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 8 2 36 33 20 108
2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Date Recent Training Notes Comments
23 Apr 0.00km, 00:46:53
Cross-Training - CrossFit
Crossfit WoD 140128

Not been to the gym for a while so dug through the crossfit WoD archives and found this one, done for time:

135 pound Thruster, 15 reps
135 pound Sumo deadlift high-pull, 21 reps
135 pound Thruster, 12 reps
135 pound Sumo deadlift high-pull, 15 reps
135 pound Thruster, 9 reps
135 pound Sumo deadlift high-pull, 9 reps

There's no way I can lift 135lbs/61kg over my head more than about 3 times so I went for a more sublime 20kg o-bar + 10kg.

Started with the crossfit warmup before diving in. As with most of the "done for time" workouts, this really got me huffing and puffing. Great workout.

Approx time: 9mins (only started the timer after the first set of thrusters)

Finished with some stretching and then 13mins of treadmill walking to kill time as I waited for the Mrs to finish her class.
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23 Apr 11.69km, 00:25:29
Cycling - General
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22 Apr 13.55km, 00:30:56
Cycling - General
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21 Apr 25.14km, 00:55:17
Cycling - General
Morning Ride

This started off as a short "I must get some exercise else I'll go crazy" ride and ended up being nearly an hour long. It would have been longer had I not got a puncture.

I was really enjoying this ride until I got a puncture. Forgot to bring along the puncture repair kit too so had to walk home.
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20 Apr 0.00km, 00:00:00
Cross-Training - Rest
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19 Apr 0.85km, 00:08:34
Running - Warm Up
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19 Apr 4.96km, 00:18:20
Running - Parkrun
Reading parkrun

After taking a whole week off running, my right ankle was feeling good today with no signs of pain or discomfort at the start of the run. Started noticing it at about 4km though :-(

I guess it's another week off from running. This is really starting to get to me.
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19 Apr 7.58km, 01:02:00
Cycling - General
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18 Apr 0.00km, 00:00:00
Cross-Training - Rest
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17 Apr 10.63km, 00:24:00
Cycling - General
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16 Apr 12.63km, 00:31:06
Cycling - General
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15 Apr 0.00km, 00:48:20
Cross-Training - CrossFit
Crossfit WoD 140413

Did another crossfit workout today.

Started off with official crossfit warm up, though in retrospect I shouldn't have done the dips, and then went into...

10 rounds of:

- 1 minute of rowing @ 120 drag
- Rest 15 seconds
- 30 seconds of push-ups
- Rest 15 seconds

Triceps couldn't cope with doing full push-ups beyond the 40th so did cheat push-ups with my knees on the floor and those soon became tough.

Finished with:

96 push-ups,
2626m of rowing
302 cal

Finished off with some stretching of my hammies and peroneal muscles as they're quite tight from cycling.
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15 Apr 5.87km, 01:16:44
Cycling - General
Ride to & From Gym Add a comment
15 Apr 12.72km, 00:29:57
Cycling - General
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14 Apr 10.64km, 00:25:18
Cycling - General
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14 Apr 14.39km, 00:31:43
Cycling - General
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13 Apr 0.00km, 00:00:00
Cross-Training - Rest
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12 Apr 4.96km, 00:19:00
Running - Parkrun
Reading parkrun

It's been a while since I last ran a parkrun and also a long time since I ran with any pace.

Taking last week off from running seems to have done the world of good for my ankle. It felt pretty good this morning. Not 100%, but close.

Surprised myself with how fit I still am too. All that cycling and crossfit workouts must be doing a great job at keeping me fit. Not sure I'm 1/2 marathon fit, but we'll see what the next two weeks bring.

Will also see how my ankle fairs over the course of the day and tomorrow.
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12 Apr 0.28km, 00:04:32
Running - Warm Up
Pre-parkrun warmup

Only a short one as I cycled down.
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12 Apr 7.46km, 01:03:58
Cycling - General
Morning Ride

Cycled to and from parkrun
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11 Apr 0.00km, 00:53:20
Cross-Training - CrossFit
Crossfit WoD 140410

Borrowed another crossfit workout for today's gym session:

Started with 3 rounds of the crossfit warm up and then 30-20-10 reps for time of:

Body-weight back squats
Body-weight bench presses
Strict pull-ups

Time: 28:28.

There was no way I could use my bodyweight on the barbell for the squats and bench presses so I scaled down to something I knew I could do for the 30 reps without too much rest. I prob did this wrong.

Did the squats at 40k, the first 45 of the bench press at 30k and the last 15 at 20k as my arms started feeling very weak.

Pull ups were scaled down in reps to 25, 15 & 10.

Good tough workout that took much longer than anticipated due to all the rests I needed.
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11 Apr 15.35km, 00:35:36
Cycling - General
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10 Apr 20.84km, 00:44:46
Cycling - General
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09 Apr 15.37km, 00:34:36
Cycling - General
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