micke-midlife on January 9th, 2010

training notes, damn cold, damn fast, 18.6km in 1:16h

Tried to see whether you can run fast while it’s winter, quite cold (-17 degrees Celsius) and all white. Yes you can. The difficulty is to stick to a rythm. The snow surface below the feet is in not even and evenly firm. There are a lot [...]

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micke-midlife on January 7th, 2010

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micke-midlife on December 31st, 2009

training notes, last week of the year
86km so far, last day tomorrow, in total going beyond 100km, goooood
The fartlek three days ago sucked big time, wasn’t able to keep up a same pace over 1,5km that should be run over the whole marathon distance in roughly 16 weeks… there’s an equation that [...]

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micke-midlife on December 28th, 2009

A week back with the old crowd again. Well, the only one old in this group is me. The young stars, Stefano who specialized this year on 2:31h marathons (Rotterdam and Berlin) and Hannes the 5000m rocket (14:20min or so), put on a tough program for this week. It should go beyond 100km and include [...]

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micke-midlife on December 14th, 2009

training notes, 24km long run
thought about a different way to do the long runs. Outside it’s now snowy, damn cold (-10 C) and yes still dark already at half past 3 in the afternoon. Not really too inviting after a day at work to go out there and hover around for an hour 40 or [...]

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micke-midlife on December 8th, 2009

training notes, 11 x 400m in 74.5 sec on average, 15.2km in total
Good runs, the first ones of course too fast in 72sec, but the rest stable around 75sec. Good rythm, good feeling. But hey, the folks on the track at the Espoo Epsort Arena need to learn some track rules. If you’re slow, use [...]

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micke-midlife on December 6th, 2009

training notes, slow run 15km, 4:45min/km
boring run in boring weather, was tired all the way. The little princess got interested in the bathroom scales today, she climed on ‘em, 12,9kg for her. Then she said it’s daddy’s turn. Avoided the truth for weeks. Now I know that I’m a fat pig again.

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micke-midlife on December 5th, 2009

training notes, aggressive run 13,6km, 4:01min/km
was damn tired today, the weather sucks, grey and half dark all day long. A can of sugar free Red Bull gave enough courage to put on the running shoes and get out. It felt surprisingly good from the get go and we pushed it a bit. The run wa [...]

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micke-midlife on December 3rd, 2009

training notes, interval runs 3×1000m in 3:21min, 3×800m in 2:43min, 3×600m in 2:00min, 19.2km in total

Runs were supposed to be 10 x 1000m, we’re not there yet. However, those felt way better than the first attempt last week, things are improving. Interval sessions make decent kilometers. 19.2km in total, almost a long run (= 22km [...]

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micke-midlife on December 1st, 2009

training notes, easy run 16.9km with uphill accelerations, 4:36min/km, 5:25h of sleep
It’s black dark again, this time no rain, but wet streets and damp. Actually today’s training was supposed to be indoors, a nice and cozy circuit training, first some warm up on a tread mill and then some circuit exercises with nice rests in-between. [...]

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