micke-midlife on April 7th, 2010

training notes, 8 x 800m in 2:38min, quite alright
quite a good session today. The last one with Ari before the Hamburg Marathon, he’s on a vacation trip to southern Spain, lucky guy, he is. We did a really good series of 800m runs. Wanted to do 10, i.e. the Yasso 800s, but got a cramp [...]

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micke-midlife on April 4th, 2010

training notes, gradually getting back to normal
2 x 6km in 3:40min and 3:44min/km, it’s not a record pace but a positive sign of getting back to normal. The iron deficiency has left its marks predominantly on the interval runs. The weekly amount has been at 110km on average for some weeks now again. Another 2 [...]

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micke-midlife on March 14th, 2010

This is a story worth telling. First I need to introduce the protagonists. Ari, the running buddy I met a almost two months ago is playing here a connector role. Then Heikki, the fast guy running in the picture above. As you can see, he’s way too fast for the camera when running his 3650m [...]

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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 August 10th, 2009

It’s a training session you can really show-off with. There are surprisingly often some kind of runners or colleagues with a passion for endurance sports present at meetings in the office. Today I was quite sure I would get understanding and appretiating nods from all three participants, Mika, Kari and Marko, when I let slip [...]

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micke-midlife on August 5th, 2009

Already yesterday I was too tired to go on the track and did a slow 15km instead. Same indicators today. Yawning after lunch, hunger at 3pm, and general reluctance to go on the track to do 10 x 1000m in a kind of breath taking pace at 3:20min. The way from the desk in the [...]

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micke-midlife on July 14th, 2009

The last of the 400m interval runs was supposed to be fast. The first 14 were all within target between 74 and 78 seconds. The last one was supposed to take it to the next level, i.e. give the muscles a real kick. After all they’re used to long efforts at much slower pace.However when [...]

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micke-midlife on July 10th, 2009

Unfortunately I left my mobile at home. Should have had it with me and taken a couple of good shots of the Japanese long distance runners I met on the “Eläintarha” track today. I was there to do my 10 x 1000m. They were preparing for the 5000m race in Lappeenranta on Sunday, June 12. [...]

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micke-midlife on March 11th, 2009

had to change scenery today. In the Helsinki metropolitan area there are two indoor running tracks, the Esport Arena in Espoo and the Liikuntamylly (= “the sports mill”) in the eastern part of Helsinki. The Esport Arena has a 400m Mondo track which can be a bit hard on your muscles and especially fibers. Hence, [...]

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micke-midlife on March 1st, 2009

It happened again today. The training target was 2 x 7km in 3:45min/km and already km 3 on the first one was beyond this limit. The following ones then just worse. Forced me on km 4 and barely got a 3:46min together, km 7 was then totally the end with a 3:54min. Quite annoyed by [...]

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