Friday, December 2, 2016


Nice final session with Sy - a bit of everything. Did a good set of 4 x 4 @ 50kg on the bench but failed on the first rep at 55kg, I think it was too big a jump up...

1hr lift


A little short - the loop naturally comes in at :33 at current pace, and I found myself much more eager to get home for my day with Brent than to add on a little extra leg! Very nice running weather, damp and a little warmer - my lungs like it a lot better than the dry cold version...

:33 easy

Thursday, December 1, 2016


:32 easy. It was FREEZING this morning - but really I also needed to finish my lecture, get it printed and make handout, etc., so it was fine to leave it to the last bit of daylight. Must shower, make myself respectable and go off to acquit myself of final Oxford responsibility! (If you don't count returning library books.)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


:43 easy. Chilly but sunny - gorgeous, really, but not as gentle on the lungs as when it's wet and in the 50s. Fully immersed in putting together tomorrow's lecture, combination of running and writing (and then lunch with Brent) is fantastically enjoyable....

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Didn't get out in the morning before 10am appointment at the Magdalen College Library, managed to do it just before (very early) dusk. :40 easy.

Monday, November 28, 2016


(Omitted to blog it earlier, was in a hurry to get on with work things. :30 easy on an implausibly sunny nice day. This is a recovery week now, that's good - got my first of two lectures later this afternoon, that one's easy as it's already written, but the Thursday one is still needing frantic assemblage!)

:30 easy

Saturday, November 26, 2016


1hr easy. Waiting for Brent to get here now! Ready for a rest week I think, various minor aches and pains, nothing terrible - but I was out and about in nice shoes for 2 longish sessions yesterday and my feet really wanted to be bare and resting on a couch!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Long run!

Actually quite closely approaching to blissful - a true running meditation. It's beautifully sunny this morning albeit colder, that may have been a factor: the days are so short here at this time of year, add that to raininess and I think I am genuinely physiologically suffering from light deprivation. I took a sleeping pill last night, I was just DONE, which meant I slept from maybe 9pm to 7:30am, woo-hoo! (It's not as good as "real" high-quality sleep but there are times when it is worth the tradeoff, last night was one of those!) I was well-hydrated but didn't need to pee, my back didn't hurt and at the 1hr turnaround I met the most hilariously friendly dog who frolicked with me for some time following. Brent is getting here tomorrow! Anyway, good mood all round.

2hr easy

Thursday, November 24, 2016


Worked on all three lifts as we were down to a single session this week. I'm really happy with some minor technique tweaking we've done on the deadlift.

(Then in the locker room afterwards as I was putting everything together I realized - not entirely with surprise, as I was in a scramble today out of my usual routine - that I hadn't brought my house keys, and had a complicated trudge around town to find a spare copy at the porter's lodge, which is not particularly close to my actual flat....)

1hr lifting


I have been grumpy all week about how my own choices have thwarted actual desires! I put aside Austen book at the end of last week in theory to switch over to writing the second lecture for next week, but in fact I've barely worked on it at all as I had three library appointments, two daytime talks, an evening workshop - also three letters of recommendation I needed to write - anyway, it's just sorta one of THOSE weeks! And when I have a 10am appointment, as I did today (unavoidably given other priorities i.e. 2pm trainer session at the gym), and when it is so dark still in the morning, it is somehow virtually impossible for me to get myself out of bed and out the door in time to run before first external commitment. Anyway today it worked out OK. Had a great session at the Balliol archive, came home and organized the stuff I'd looked at, then ran - have eaten small lunch, won't shower, will head over to gym shortly so I have plenty of time to stretch and warm up pre session. Today's run was a little short (should have been 50) but close enough.

:43 easy

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


I am feeling very overwhelmed by the world and the week, didn't have time or vim for intervals once I'd snoozed alarm excessively (really must hop into shower now and get across the street for 11am meetup for an out-of-town excursion to Unnamed University to see a Canadian eighteenth-century colleague give a lunchtime talk on - I am hoping? - Austen!), but once I'd been out for 10 minutes I did feel better. Did a compromise 70 minutes easy so that it was at least a LITTLE more than the default but didn't strain the system unduly - I know from experience that when I am really feeling at the end of my tether like this it is very easy to tip over into illness/injury.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


In general I have been very good on this trip about running in the morning before I do anything else, but today it all just sort of fell apart. It was a longer run with intervals, and the (a) very poor night of sleep (b) cold driving rain (c) need to write 3 letters of recommendation before going to a lunchtime talk combined with (d) the knowledge that (unusually) my trainer had canceled our afternoon session made me justify prioritizing letter-writing and hoping rain would clear up by afternoon. It did, and I had a fairly pleasant 1hr easy, which was written on the schedule for tomorrow - hoping I have vim to do today's original workout tomorrow not long after I get up....

1hr easy

Monday, November 21, 2016


Really tiring weekend travels. I got up this morning and ate breakfast and pretty much just went back to bed to huddle, it was wintry and stormy outside - but grudgingly admitted to myself after a while that (a) I wasn't falling back asleep and (b) I really would feel better if I would just get out the door and do my run. Fresh air was helpful and the weather wasn't as bad as it seemed from indoors. Then I had a very good afternoon session at the library, and I think I'm going to take the rest of the evening off and read a novel or two (possibly a chapter of Gibbon as well if I feel like it). Grateful for the fact that running and library work both ease my soul when I am feeling dispirited or negative! Also grateful for the fact that this week I do NOT have to celebrate Thanksgiving! It's never been a holiday I'm keen on - I don't like the food much, it comes at a horrible time in the school year, the iconography and the occasion are also historically discredited - and it is a boon to be missing it completely!

1hr easy

Saturday, November 19, 2016


When I set things up right it makes me feel like a genius - I was thinking as I waited for the elevator in the hotel lobby that though I could probably work harder in my thirties than I can now, I got a lot smarter about how to get things done without undue effort. I am a creature of habit, I like intellectual exploration of all kinds but I am not a geographical adventurer, it is INCREDIBLY comforting to me that I'm in the same hotel and had the same run route and the same breakfast from Pret a manger (2 HB eggss and a smoked-salmon sandwich if you are curious) that I had when I was here a few weeks ago. I AM A GENIUS or at least have greater self-knowledge than in prior times!

1hr easy

And that's 440 for the week by my count, 7:20 - hoping David will let me have an eight-hour week this coming week, then Brent's here a week from today and I will be lazy for my last week in Oxford and eat cake!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Wintry long run!

Feeling good about that, and about finishing my chapter first - was inevitably tempted as I came towards the :30 mark to turn around and just do the 1hr today and leave 2hr for tomorrow in London, but it was much better to get it done properly today and have a more modest goal for tomorrow near King's Cross before getting on the train to Cambridge.

2hr wintry run!