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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Today at 17:49

Thanks Ric - I need to remember it wasn't that long ago that just breaking 37 seemed impossible, so all relative I guess.

Bit of a niggle Andrew, but only enough to force a taper for the last two weeks and I didn't feel it today.

Well done on keeping it together to get under 1:19 today! Don't be disappointed, it's still a very good time and very polite of you not to beat my PB (also 1:18:46) just yet . Is Cardiff a fast course? Sounds like it has its benefits!!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Today at 14:39

ps - last time I did this one in 36:23 was with no fast tempos OR intervals, but it was in the first week of a marathon taper, which shows what strength can make up for!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Today at 14:37

It's a fair enough question Dean. I don't tend to target specific distances (a weakness in itself I guess) but I think the main thing that has been missing for some time that would affect 10k and above are regular tempo runs of a decent length - 5M+.

For many years I never used to do regular interval training with a regular weekly tempo as my only speedwork and that got me so far. A switch to intervals with less tempos saw my PBs tumble, but looking back over the training log, tempos have gradually become rarer, especially now I have regular access to a track. Since my last 10k I tried to reintroduce tempo work, but probably not long enough and on the track so I'm not getting the real road "feel". Certainly in all three of the 10ks I've done this year it really seems to have been a big fade in the last few ks - I put it down to the wind in the last tow, but this one is a bit of a wake up call perhaps. I know I can get below 37 again, just not sure about 36 anymore!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Today at 13:10

All true Philip. Trouble is, it's another 3 years before I get to race against my peers again

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Today at 12:08

South Bucks 10k today. Whilst I knew I was not on for my ultimate goal of sub 36, I thought I would be able to get a sub 37 on the books for this year after wind affected 37:06 and 37:05s. Conditions were as good as it gets today.

First 5k went well, nicely paced in a group of 3 in 18:12 and felt comfortable - plenty of time for the second 5k! The 6th k is a bit of an uphill drag and my pace fell off a bit here - never to be fully recovered! Still, all the following splits showed with a bit of digging deep I could still retrieve a sub 37. 9th k was a slightly down hill, and fast enough, but I really don't know what happened in the 10th. There is a tight turn and run in over gravel to the finish, but all I needed to do was a 3:45 to go sub 37. Despite mustering a sprint finish and just failing to hold off the runner behind, I went through the line in a very disappointing 37:02, so 3:49 for the last k! Last time out on this course was 36:23. The course is slightly different now as they have moved the start, which adds a little ascent at the start, but removes some of the off-road at the end.

The question now is do I just accept that my peak is a few years ago and at 47 I'll never break 36 now if I can't even go under 37 anymore? In which case I might as well give up trying and just accept the decline gracefully!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 16:54

Ha, ha - Orson Carte!!!

Congrats on the PB Pete. That is a fast course that one. Need another trip over there one morning, preferably without having to bike across London first!

Are you getting the DS Trainers or Racers? I've not used the trainers myself, but if they are anywhere near as good as the racers they'll be fine.


Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 14:53

Is his first name Go?

Different type of competition SG, for most parkrunners it's against themself. Yep, South Bucks 10k tomorrow. Think I'd rather have  lie in though to be honest!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 10:36

Strange sense of Deja Vu with the names!

Yes, running...

Pre-race leg loosener this morning of 3M. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the quad and a bit of underlying sciatica this week keeps away tomorrow!

Should be good conditions mind - cool, dry and (allegedly) very little wind.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 22:31

Indeed - stupid or cruel?

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 22:21

Why SG? Kanye West? You think you know someone...

A previous manager of a local theatre in mine and SG's home town was called Michael Ockwell. I occasionally had to call him. I always phone it both amusing and difficult to phone his PA and ask "is Mike Ockwell in?"

Parents eh? What were they thinking - ask the current CE of Community Impact Bucks - Michael Hunt....


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