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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 08:47

Dachs - you turn 40 next year.  Go and humour me...  When did you start running?  And how fast (or slow) were you when you were my age? (34)

EDIT:  I just looked at your Po10 which was the obvious thing to do...

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 10:12

I don't have a problem with having to pass slower runners on a lapped course at all.  At the Inverness PR, the RD said something like "Anyone being passed, it's not your job to get out of the way, it's the job of the person passing to do so safely."  And that was that.

It's different when you're running towards each other because you can clearly see each other and clearly see that there's not enough room to be running alongside your pal.  It's just like common courtesy on a pavement or wherever.  If there's not enough room for you to be alongside your pal to let one single person past coming the other way, then you should move out the way!  Same as if I'd been running side by side, I'd have tucked in for the 2 seconds required to get past the oncoming traffic without even thinking about it.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 08:40

On those multiple lappers, I presume it's just done on trust and if you cruised in after 4 instead of 5 laps, nobody would question it (unless you're a 15 minute runner knocking a 3 minutes off to come in in 12 minutes - that might be noticeable).

My local parkruns are all 1 lappers - well in Aberdeen, it's more or less an out and back job.  Inverness is a 3 lapper which I did last year - I was out for a morning run and halfway round realised I'd timed it perfectly to do Parkrun in the middle of my run and I had my barcode with me so went for it.  I quite liked the 3 laps to be honest.  Backmarkers were the only thing that made it a bit trickier on the narrow bits.

On the Ellon Parkrun which is my closest - the first 2k is also the last 2k in the opposite direction and the path is only wide enough for 2 runners in places, so you need to be going in single file.  I almost had a head-on collision as I was flying along at sub 18 pace (I think I was in the lead at this point) and a runner coming the other way didn't seem to appreciate that there wasn't enough room for more than 2 runners and just carried on running alongside another runner until the very last minute...

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 09:58

Quick read back - looks a good weekend of running / cycling.

Good PR win SG and good 10k (and a bit) Bus and awesome TT Cortina!

More of the "easy" base building for me, so Sunday was a 13 miler with bags of hills (about 1200 ft of climbing).  Was out with my mate Pete, so the pace was a bit slower than if on my own, and we were slowed by losing the path and having to climb up through heather etc.  Cracking run out though to complete 51.11 for the week.

10 miles this morning with the last 7 @ about 6:40-6:42 pace.  That sort of thing feels remarkably easy to be honest.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 15:43

The skies in Aberdeenshire have turned (partly) blue again, maybe not quite time to give up hope on the Summer just yet.

SC - what's with the fecking 62 final 400m??  There's just no need to be able to run that fast, particularly at the end of a tough (on paper) session!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 09:41

Quick skim over the last couple of pages.  Everyone's too hot and Ric is laying out stories of days gone by.  Par for the course

Nice session Pete.

Getting decent miles in - did 10.5 on Wednesday morning @ about 7:20/mile, 4 yesterday @ 7:45/mile then some gym work (don't feel as stiff today as I did last week after the gym work, so that's good news) and then 9 today with the last 6 @ 6:41-6:45/mile.  Long run put off until Sunday as I'm going out with a mate for a hilly 15 miler.  Longest run since the marathon last year I think!!

The weather's been a bit shit here the past few days.  I think Summer may be officially over.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 11:29

Nice reps there SG!

6 miles @ 7:45 for me this morning.  Nothing exciting.

I've started entertaining the idea of a marathon in 2017...

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 12:55

I have also never consumed an entire cup/mug/shot of coffee.  I have once attempted to drink coffee and it tasted absolutely awful so I gave up after one sip.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 10:18
Stevie G wrote (see)

Back on tax, always find it interesting when people are contractors and can legally set themselves up as a company. Pay say £100 a month for the privilege, pay themselves  a tiny salary which is minimal tax, whilst keeping the other money in the company, occasionally paying themselves a "dividend" which apparently isn't taxable , unlike a bonus which would be! How do they allow that sort of set up!

I think there's a slight misconception here SG.  I am self-employed and although I pay myself a smaller salary and top it up with dividends, the dividends are taxable - they're just not liable to National Insurance contributions.  So, you do pay a bit less, but if your salary plus dividends equals rock star salary, you're still going to pay a shit load of tax.  And, the company is liable to Corporation Tax as well.  I also don't take the piss with the salary portion - it's basically the bare minimum we need to pay our bills and in the first 6 months of my business, it was a bit of a struggle for the company to even afford to pay me that!!  On the flip side, there are plenty of piss-takers, particularly in Aberdeen in the oil industry where I work that have been "self-employed" for many many years, working 5 days a week for the same company but exploit every single loophole / tax break out there and seem to get away with it!

I currently drive a 2003 VW Golf by the way.  It's by far the shittest looking car in the car park, but with 180,000ish miles on the clock, it's still a beast.

Anyway - running.  Good 10k efforts Dachs and Pete.

12 miles on Saturday including over 1,000 ft of climbing in the middle 8 miles - ave. for the run was 7:45/mile.  Not going to claim that as an "easy" run.  It was pretty bloody hot and I was pushing it up the hills and on the steepest downhill I went for it and had a bit of practice running fast downhill!  A touch scary...  Quads still complaining a bit today but a nice 8 miles this morning with the last 6 miles all between 6:42-6:44 pace. 

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 15:00

Cars - never given too much of a f*** about them.  Bottomless money pits really.  A necessary evil in my life given I live in the middle of nowhere and I need to drive a fair bit to get to work.

Running - 4 miler (7:25ish pace) + some strides this morning followed by 6 miler (7:13 pace) this afternoon.  Was in the gym for the first time in months yesterday.  Going to make an effort to go once a week and do some strength/core work (like I had been doing before daughter number 2 arrived in May).  Misread my sheet and mistakenly thought I'd been doing weighted squats initially at 40kg, then upped to 45kg after a few weeks.  Did 3 sets of 8 at 40kg and was surprised at how difficult I found it.  When I re-read my sheet, I'd been reading the weights off the deadlifts rather than the squats.  I'd never done more than 35kg on the squats before!  Oops!!  The inside of my thighs are very tight today.  It doesn't really impact running too much as they are obviously muscles that I don't engage much when running otherwise they'd already be stronger...!

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