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… everything works a little bit better. It also might had to do with the reduced baggage, at least during warm-up and cool down. Normally we’re running with two heart rate systems, the Polar and the Nokia one, and have two pairs of shoes with us to switch when coming in from [...]

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micke-midlife on January 8th, 2009

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todays interval runs where from another planet. perhaps it was too much energy drink beforehand. or the inside arena with all the other people around. was it the race shoes? or just the fact that there weren’t two, three layers of clothing? was it the tough training last week? or just [...]

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micke-midlife on November 7th, 2008

not quite sure if this was a good training session or a bad one. on the one hand, out of the planned 8×1000m intervals, only 4 were run. it was way too close after lunch (3 hours), got stomach ache and felt the need to go the rest room towards the end of each effort. [...]

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micke-midlife on October 13th, 2008

the plan said 10×800m yassos, the mental threshold towards those and the sore bottom from the hill runs the day before voted for 10×400m. since the latter two were in the majority and it’s democracy we want to uphold, 400s it was today. those short interval runs tend to be a bit like fast food, [...]

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micke-midlife on October 5th, 2008

all green, good week! with a total distance of 83.5km and two interval sessions there’s a good balance of speed and endurance. the sixth week starts the second part of the first episode where speed work should pick up in preparation of the series of 10k runs from november onwards.
the 400s on monday felt quite [...]

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micke-midlife on September 16th, 2008

the week’s program was re-defined. the original 10k plan sees a slow fifth week, the training program was started two weeks earlier than this blog. but since next week includes traveling to Edinburgh - on the weekend actually, let’s see after the scottish running scene - and a birthday (no age reminders required, thanks) [...]

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micke-midlife on September 15th, 2008

as introduced on the weekend, the Griffin armband fits to the majority of mobile devices. the narrower the better since getting them in or out while running is easier if the device is a bit narrower. with the majority of well-designed music devices having the head phones jack at the top, that one is also [...]

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micke-midlife on September 4th, 2008

finally, it took quite a while to be able to run at marathon speed. if we break down the goal of the experiment, to run a marathon below 2:30, into nice and managable 1km segments, simple mathematics shows that each km needs to be run in 3:33 min. and finally that was achieved, today on [...]

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micke-midlife on August 27th, 2008

i sure can say, i don’t like it, at least not right now, interval training… it’s the killer for all john does who
suddenly mean serious running business. it’s the stuff that separates the wheat from the chaff, the real wolf from the disguised lambs, the tough guy from the mollycoddle…
the plan said today 10 x [...]

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