Thursday, Oct. 20th, 2011

ahhh… only 10 more days till the end of October. It’s funny how SMALL the months seem with BIG work tasks in one’s head !!

But how I am lovinggggg Milan’s weather this fall … !! This is very untypical.

  • 17min to the track
    Sicilian training

  • 20min warm up

  • stretch, drill, stride

  • 200, 150, 200, 150, 200, 150 (walk back recoveries) @ 29.4, 22.4, 30.1, 21.5, 30.3, 22.1 (lactic-ouch in the end)

  • 17min biking back

And that’s it.

Oh. My knee has been bothering me from the dog-collision since this morning, with some trouble going down the stairs, but it’s slowly going away. =) (all fine during training).

Friday, Oct. 21st, 2011

  • 17min biking

  • 40min run (@4.40/km) I can’t believe I’m posting running pace like that… like my distance-runner friends :stuck_out_tongue:

  • 4 x 100m strides

  • 17min biking

tired today and cold. And stomach issues. This iron consumption is not working well for me. Unless it’s the multivitamin… God knows.

Saturday, Oct. 22nd

  • 17min biking

  • 20min warm up

  • 4 x 100m strides, stretching

  • 3 x 40m accels

  • 5 x 80m hills, w/ walk back recoveries
    5min rest

  • 5 x 80m hills, as above
    5min rest

  • 1 x 700m cross/country (aaiii…) distance not so accurate, time about 1:25

  • 10min cool down.

  • 17min biking


people who truly care are so RARE. I’m blessed to have found a couple, on this foreign land.

Which is almost 13.0 km.h-1 :slight_smile:

If 1:25 or there about is correct, the 700-m X-country is shorter for sure.

Yes Nick, I might as well enter the x-country national competition in February … :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue: I can offer the team some points, so it seems… =S

Sunday, Oct. 23rd

Monday, Oct. 24th

8am training (all on grass)

  • 15min warm up
  • 16 staights of drills into strides
  • 2 x 100m strides
  • 5min cool down

7pm training

  • 40min run along the canal (this was alone, so I don’t have the ‘tempo’)
  • 4 x 100m strides

Tuesday, Oct. 25th

raining alllll dayyyy longggg. But I asked for Sicilian training anyway :stuck_out_tongue:

(17min biking)

  • 20min run

  • fartlek: 4 x (run 500m - fast stride 200m) , all one continuous set.

  • 7min cool down

  • 40min gym (strength, abs, stretching)

( 17min biking home).

I love crab meat.
And drawing.
Now I also love Renzo Meschis, a Sicilian painter.

Wednesday, Oct. 26th, 2011

(all on grass)

  • 15min run

  • 20min drilling along with strides

  • 4 x 60m bounding on grass

  • 15min run

Last night in my dream, there was a group of sword killers that entered my Thessaloniki home, and they killed a bunch of people there - there were all lying dead. I didn’t get hurt, but I decided to fall down and play dead, by the front door. The killers were wandering around, bragging on their accomplishment. One woman who remained alive, got raped by the fire place of my living room.
I then realized, that laying down there by the front door, the door would eventually have to open, and I would be thrown aside - I didn’t want that. So while no-one was looking, I changed my position, and moved away from the door - stomach always facing down.
After a few minutes, one of the killers, (who looked like a pirate of the Carribean), screamed “oh nooo you didn’ttttt” and attacked me with his sword, and stabbed me on the back.
The sword remained there.
I didn’t feel anything, because the sword was blocking the would, and no blood came out.
I got up (sword inside my back and everything), and headed to my room. I sat on the bed, across the woman who was raped before, and I think I talked to her.
I still felt no pain, but I remember expecting a warm feeling to come, that would be the blood running out of my body.
So I laid on my side, on the bed, and waited.

Then I woke up.

Thursday, Oct. 27th, 2011

(17min biking)

  • 20min warm up run

  • stretch, drill, stride

  • 7 x 150m w/walk back recoveries @20.6-21.8

  • 30min gym (strength, abs, stretch)

(17min biking)

woooops I’m behind with training updates

Friday, Oct. 28th, 2011
(17min biking)
20min warm up run
many strides and many drills and that was ittttt (supervised by sicilian coach)
(17min biking home)

Saturday, Oct. 29th
(17min biking)
15min warm up, stretch, drill, stride

  • 5 x 80m (walk back) @ 9.8-10.2
  • 5 x 60m (walk back) @~8.2-8.3s (sicilian buddy has a minor injury, so he was just watching, and I didn’t have him next to me to ‘steal’ his momentum, so these were slightly slower than other times. I hope he feels better FAST)
  • 1 x 300m @ 44.5 (slower than last time’s 43, but also done alone) oh well.
    (17min biking back home)

p.s. this point I’ve reached severalll times (just not as early, and never so UNinjured). Time to start overcoming mind-barriers now… It should be interesting… :slight_smile:


Monday, Oct. 31st, 2011

  • 30min run
  • 12 x 100m grass tempo runs
  • 7min cool down

Time to add an extra ‘stimulus’… perhaps start doing 500+ abs per day could make some difference.
Oh, and some more arm work. !!

(Athens on Wednesday for 6 days, and Thessaloniki for another 6, and then back to Milan)

Tuesday, Nov. 1st (HAPPY MONTH), 2011

(17min biking + 10min biking)

  • 15min warm up jog
    stretch, stride
  • 5 x 80m hills
  • 5 x 80m hills

Italians are OBSESSED with dogs. EVERYONE at the park was only dealing with their dog. I don’t think one single person directly talked to another person about something, unless it was about the dog…
What a canine-day…

Personal sin: I did not do my “transformation” run, which should have been a 400, 500 or 600 at the end.
Only because I was alone. My training partner is recovering from a foot niggle. Darnnn…

( 15min biking back home)

Travel day tomorrow !!! (but also training with my Athens-group :slight_smile: )

Wednesday, Nov. 2nd, 2011

travel, blahh blah blah …

training with marathoners !

I am aware the following training is more for a 1500m runner =P but at least it proves fitness !

15min warm up (stretching)
4 km @ 4.26, 4.08, 4.08, 4.07 (!!) , 8min break
1km (@4.10) , 4min break
1,5km (@4.07/km) , 6min break
1,5 (@3.55/km)


Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 2011

  • 15min warm up, stretch, drill, stride
  • 5 x 200m (walk back recoveries and in much colder weather, brrr…) @ 29.75, 29.87, 30.15, 29.00, 29.20

cool down

Friday, Nov. 4th, 2011

  • 30min run

Saturday, Nov. 5th, 2011


Sunday, Nov. 6th, 2011

tried to run but I had a huge blister that was not ‘pampered’ enough for running… went home

Monday, Nov. 7th, 2011

  • 30min run
  • 10 x 70m strides ala tempo

Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 2011

  • 20min warm up run
    stretch, 4 x 60m strides
  • 5 x 80m hills
  • 5 x 80m hills

Ok, so this is a ‘recovery’ week …
(going to Milan on Sunday)

Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 2011
I forgot… it was something light.

Thursday, Nov. 10th, 2011

  • 20min warm up, stretch

  • 5 x 100 stairs (singles)

  • 5 x 100 stairs (doubles)

  • 1 x 300m fast relaxed

cool down

Friday, Nov. 11th, 2011

-20min warm up, stretch

  • 6 x 400 all one continuous set,>> fast stride 120m, and light run the rest.
    cool down

Hold your breath for this:

Saturday, Nov. 12th
OFF (oldest sister’s Baby Shower party =)). I’m going to be an aunt in about a month =)))) ) (girl)

Sunday, Nov. 13th
OFF (travel to Milan. HUGE headache towards the end. I had a cold all day, and I cold when I went to bed at night. Which converted into a 38.9 dC fever, which I couldn’t manage to drop, all night =S )
A bit better in the morning

Monday, Nov. 14th,
OFF (fever gone, but, ya know… this day had to be off)

Exciting training, wasn’t it? :stuck_out_tongue:

Tuesday, Nov. 15th (cold)

  • 15min warm up
    stretch, drill, strides
  • 6 x 200m at a relaxed pace (I had to do only warm up, drills, strides and go home, but I decided to jump in since I was feeling ok).
    for the first 4 recoveries were very short - only 100m walk, times were 31, 31, 32, 33, then took two longer rests, and 31, 31. Ok, I suppose, under the circumstances.

Wednesday, Nov. 16th

  • 40min run
    (dinner at the coach’s house, and it was a very DELICIOUS and MUSICAL night. This guy can play the keyboard, the guitar, and has a GREAT voice).

Thursday, Nov. 17th
(15min biking)

  • 15min warm up
    stretch, drill, stride
    (legs feeling a bit “off” due to the influence of fabulous white wine from the night before, so did a pretty ‘relaxed’ training (again) )
  • 400m (@1:12), rest 4’
  • 300m (@50), rest 3’
  • 200m (@30), rest 4’
  • 150m (@22)

cool down

  • 40min gym (strength, ab work and stretching)

(15min biking)

Friday, Nov. 18th
(15min biking)

  • 15min warm up
    stretch, drill, stride

  • 5 x 80m, walk back recoveries (we weren’t timing these, because it was VERY cold and we had to be careful), 4’ rest

  • 5 x 60m, walk back recoveries, 5’ rest (almost pulled a hammie here, but all good).

  • 1 x 300m @46" (very relaxed at the first 150m)

(15min biking)

Saturday, Nov. 19th
soreeee todayyyy :slight_smile: (I like this kind of pain)

30min + 30min of biking

Sunday, Nov. 20th

(15min biking > fabulousssss, no cars in Milan today =))) )

  • 15min fast warm up (this sicilian is incapable of warming up slowly …)
    stretching, drills

  • 3 x strides

  • 4 x 110m hills + 6 x 100m hills (all with 1’10" recovery, > pretty much jogging back). 6 min recovery

  • 4 x 60m hills, (walk back recoveries). 6min recovery

  • 900m fast stride.

  • 10min cool down

(15min biking)

I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee training. <3

Monday, Nov. 21st

  • 20min run
  • few strides


  • 40min run (progressive)

Tuesday, Nov. 22nd

(15min biking)

  • 20min warm up

  • stretch, drill, stride

  • 300, 200, 300, 200, 300, 200 (1min walk rests, shortly longer between reps 4 and 5), @ 51, 34, 53, 34, 52, 32

40min strength, abs and stretch

(15min biking)

Wednesday, Nov. 23rd

(15min biking)

  • 20min + 20min run (progressive) (the “+” was a short bathroom break)

(25min biking)

(30min bking)

Thursday, Nov. 24th, 2011

(15min biking)

  • 20min warm up run
    stretch, drill , stride

  • 6 x 150m walk back recoveries
    3min break

  • 1 x 150m
    3min break

  • 1 x 150m
    (times: 21-22")

(15min biking)

(15min biking)

(15min biking)

Tireddddd… (last day off was Monday the 14th, but I’m resting this Saturday). Other than that, all is perfect =)

Friday, Nov. 25th, 2011

(15min biking)

  • 20min warm up run (progressive)
    stretch, drill, stride

fartlek training:

  • 3 continuous 700m, with a 200m straight going faster, splits @ 2:45, 2:47, 2:31.

cool down

  • 40min gym (strength, abs, stretch)

(15min biking).

Drawing some cool stuff.
Trying to finish this phd.
Delivery of final draft is Dec. 12th
Presentation is Dec. 14th (for approval to complete the work in February). Think positively for me… please.
Eating a whole lot of diospyros - kaki (I discovered this fruit last week at my trainer’s house. I HAVEN’T LIVED… !! )

My next fruit-enlightenment must be 'fico d’india ’ !!! (= prickly pear) !!! I can’t believe there are so many fruits I’ve never tried beforeeee.

I asked my mom why I’ve never had a diospyros kaki in my life before.

Here’s her whitty story:
‘Dear… a dispyros kaki in Greek, is called a [i]lotos /i. In Homer’s Odyssey, when Odysseus found himself on the island of the lotofagos (νησί των λωτοφάγων), whoever ate a lotos (a diospyros kaki), forgot all about his home land and never returned back home.
And because we were in the States for all those years, I was afraid to treat you with a lotos, because I didn’t want you girls to forget all about Greece, and never return back to your roots’.

Imagination runs in the family.

Saturday, Nov. 26th

So after 11 days of training, today had to be off. But I was feeling so in need to ‘turn on my engine’, that I literally ran to the supermaket … I know, I have a problem. :stuck_out_tongue:

I had Korean dinner tonight, cooked by a friend =)) Yuummmyyyyy. That was my second korean dish ever.

I’ll miss Milan… Having friends does wonders to one’s life. The last time I felt like an entity with friends, was in 2007. (good ones are truly hard to find… )

Sunday, Nov. 27th, 2011

(15min biking)

~25’ warm up run
stretch, strides

  • 4 x 60m hills on an ‘insane’ inclination (45-50d??). This burned the quadssssss. It was great =))) .

  • 8 x 80m hills (on regular inclinations). These felt like cake. (walk back recoveries).

Fast 10’ run back.

Sicilian lunch, mmmm.

(15min biking)

Monday, Nov. 28th, 2011

40min run with just a brief stop every 10’, cause the machine wasn’t going very 'smoothly ’ …

Tuesday, No.v 29th, 2011

(15min biking)

-15min warm up run
stretch, drill, stride

  • 200, 150, 200, 150, 200, 150, 200, 150 (rest between 45" and 1:10’ between reps), times @ 33" for 200s and 22" for 150s tops.
    felt nice =) tightness (lactic) showed up on the 7th rep.

cool down

  • 40min gym (strength, abs, stretch)

(15min biking)

Wednesday, Nov. 30th, 2011

(15min biking)
(15min biking)

30min easy run (effortless)

Thursday, Dec. 1st (HAPPY MONTH - This month, I will become an AUNT !!! ) =))))) I’m sooo psyched. She’s going to be an exceptional young girl (I think).
I’ll teach her violin.

(15min biking)

2km easy warm up
stretch, drill, stride

  • 3400m “race” (700m on the track and the rest on the peripheral dirt path, with some ups and downs) - it wass supposed to be 4k race, but I gave up, a) because I wasn’t having much fun at all :p, and b) my calf got a bit overstretched but I caught it on time.
    My time was 13:32" (running at 4’/km)

Ate a lot of after-race cake and cookies.

(15min biking).

I have a shin issue, but I’ll resolve it. (Nik jinxed it)