10K Training – Day 2: Preconditioning Phase – Day 2

Tracks: ZR, Endomondo

This run was supposed to have been done yesterday, but I missed it due to the rain. Target today was 8km @ 7:46 min/km. I did 8.30km @ 5:49. The first 5k was fine – a nice, steady pace, but the last 3k I had trouble keeping the pace up. Next run is tomorrow – 5km @ 7:46 min/km

Zombies, Run! | New Zombies, Run! missions are now available!

The hiatus is over! We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming: Zombies, Run! Season 2. We have another ten weeks worth of new missions (30 in total!) to deliver to you, dear fans, so we hope you’re all caught up with the story. And if you’ve enjoyed the first half of season 2, just wait and see how much more epically bombastic things get in the second half…

If you already own a Season Pass Plus, all of these story and side missions will come at no extra cost to you whatsoever. You will simply need to head on over to the mission list, download the new content and away you go!

Earlier today we had a slight problem with mission downloads. We’ve since fixed the problem on our end, but if you’ve had difficulties playing the new missions, please delete them from the mission manager, restart Zombies, Run! and then redownload.


Don’t forget to check out the new achievements system over at the ZombieLink beta site. Can you collect them all?

Zombies, Run! | New Zombies, Run! missions are now available!.

Annette Fredskov: Accomplish your running goal | Most km (Running) Challenge | Endomondo

Remember my previous post about Annette doing a marathon a day? (If not, it’s in the links at the bottom of this post)

There’s a challenge out now in Endomondo.

Annette Fredskov: Accomplish your running goal | Most km (Running) Challenge | Endomondo.

Encrypted LVM — Setting Up, Shrinking and Growing

I’ve been tinkering with my LVM config and exploring, and trying to learn how to setup an encrypted Logical Volume, and then, how to grow and shrink it. I’d like to share my workings with you so you know too. This is a long article, so I’ve hidden it under a cut.

Remember, before you do ANYTHING that involves shrinking or resizing partitions on your hard drive, you MUST make a backup. Ideally as an image. If anything goes wrong, you will need to revert back to this image.

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Zombies, Run!

The beta version of the ZR website now houses achievements which you unlock as you progress. Here’s the details from the blog page

We now reward you for running certain distances or at certain speeds, as well as building your base in certain ways or even listening to the same song on ten consecutive runs — yes, we track all that and more! There are over 70 achievements to unlock, so getting all of them should take you quite a while, even if you’ve been playing Zombies, Run! from the start.

We designed these achievements not only to help you to explore everything Zombies, Run! has to offer, but also to motivate you to improve as a runner. Every achievement falls into an “early-game”, “mid-game” or “late-game” category so you can always feel you have a new task or milestone within your grasp.

A final category, “hardcore”, contains achievements for those who have done everything there is to do in Zombies, Run! but who don’t want to stop running. Things like running for a total of 1000 kilometers or collecting 500 supplies within a week.

The achievement list will not necessarily tell you how each one is unlocked. Some you’ll be able to guess from the name. Others you’ll unlock accidentally, but we have no doubt that the community will figure them out before very long…

Crucially, achievement unlock retroactively, so prolific Zombies, Run! players may have a bunch of achievements already – in fact, over 150,000 achievements have already been unlocked! If you don’t have any unlocked, you simply need to sync a new run in order for your achievements to be generated.

So head over to the Zombies, Run! Beta site and sign in to visit your Achievements page to see which, if any, you’ve already unlocked. And which you should work towards next…

via Zombies, Run!.

Here’s the achievements I’ve unlocked so far:

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10K Training – Day 1: Preconditioning Phase – Day 1

Tracks: Endomondo, ZR

My first run of my 10K training, and was pretty reasonable. Target today was to jog (not run) 5K at 7:46 min/km.

I ran 5.44K at 5:37 min/km. I ran at a pretty steady pace too. I’m pleased with this run.

No PBs today. Tomorrow’s target: 8K at 7:46 min/km


10K Training Preparation

Mo Farah bids for gold in the 10,000 metres at...

Mo Farah bids for gold in the 10,000 metres at London 2012 (Photo credit: TerryGeorge.)

I’m now starting to prepare for my 10K run in October, planning a set of structured runs with the aid of the MyASICS website. My target is 54 minutes, but I’ll be happy as long as I can get under 1 hour.

MyASICS only allows a maximum of 4 runs a week. I’d prefer 6 max, but I’ll make do with what I have. Unlike miCoach, MyASICS uses pace training. The app is appallingly bad, so I haven’t used it for a while, but I will keep an eye out on it in the unlikely event that asics update it.

My first week’s training is a 5K Jog on Monday, 8K Jog on Tuesday, 5K Jog on Wednesday, and 8K Comfortable Run  on Saturday. As with all my training to date, I’ll keep blogging on my progress.

As with most structured plans, there’s 5 phases:

  1. Preconditioning
  2. Getting Faster
  3. Race Simulation
  4. Race Preparation
  5. Recovery

Next week, it’s Week 1 of 1 of Preconditioning. I need to stick with this plan because it doesn’t look like there’s much room for slippage in terms of time.

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