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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 08:36

Haha - it was duly noted...

I've had enough of the bastard wind this year, so for once tried to avoid it as much as possible.  I'm not apologising to anyone

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 13:00

Had I known what that Metro runner was going to do, I would have tucked in with him early on and had a more enjoyable race with possibly the same or slightly better outcome - he overtook everyone I overtook plus me!  He just did it better than me by not going mental early on...!  

  On the plus - the Metro I tracked early on is Callum Walker - serial sub 3 marathoner so pleased to have beaten him and hindsight is wonderful so I actually think I ran it well - just needed to man up a little bit in miles 10-12.  That's where the PB was lost.   All in all though - 84:38 is a solid time on tough(ish) day/course.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 12:56

Fraserburgh HM yesterday for me:

Feeling pretty good in the few hours leading into the race if a little nervous.  Got a nice slow jog warm up with a couple of mates then a few strides a bit later just before the start.

  The weather was perfect when I left the house but definitely windier in Fraserburgh and it picked up just in time for the start and the drizzle started about 1 minute before the start.  Ace   Headwind on the way out and for most of the first 6.5 miles but only strong in a few places.  Set off at what felt comfortable, checked the watch and I was at 6:16 pace which was a bit quick but I had a decision to make early on.  I was at the front of a pack with a gap ahead.  I could tuck in or give a little push to tuck in behind the runners ahead.  I went for the latter this time and tucked in behind a couple of Metro runners.   First mile came out at 6:15 but I thought that was fine as I was running tactically to get shelter from the wind.  One by one the runners seemed to drop away except for a Metro runner I knew and I stuck to his shoulder like glue.  We picked off a couple of runners and I let him do the work - he was picking a good line all the way so I just followed him.  At about 4/5 miles we were joined by one of his clubmates who was handily a massive guy and he went past me and alongside his mate for a while.  Good wind barrier   He dropped off a little again as we went through 6 miles and I was still following the first guy.  The splits weren't consistent here but I went through 6 miles at average 6:24 so I thought I'd made the correct decision to follow this guy instead of sitting back early on.   At 6.5ish we turned into the railway line out of the wind and I decided to leave the 2 Metro guys and chase down my clubmate up ahead.  Old boy Robbie Youngson - awesome runner with some good PBs but I've been ahead of him this year generally and beat him at Brodie 10k a couple of weeks ago.  Just focussing on his vest the whole time and getting gradually closer.  7,8 and 9 at 6:17, 6:23 and 6:16 and at this point I'm convinced I'll be getting a PB but probably not sub 83.  A different Metro runner (one I was with right at the start) comes up alongside for a bit and we catch Robbie at about 9.5.  Metro goes past and I go past Robbie for a couple of seconds and then it starts to go a bit downhill (my race I mean!!).  Robbie and Metro pull away a bit and for some reason I don't go with them.  If I'd gone with them I'm sure I would have beat them and might have PBd.  I should have beaten those 2 as I've been quicker than them over all distances this year.  But as soon as there was a gap I just couldn't seem to close it.   The climb out of the Philorth estate from about 9.5 to 10.5 seemed to take forever!!  6:30 / 6:32 for miles 10 / 11 and I knew mile 12 was the hardest...  I was just hoping to hold it together so I could try and chase them down on mile 13 on the downhill.  They never seemed to get much farther away - uphill mile 12 in 6:43, round the corner and really trying to push the pace but only as far as 6:24.  I got a boost when I saw my wife and daughter at about 12.5 but too late by then to catch the guys ahead.  Round into the park towards the finish - a bit gutted to see 84 come and go but push onto the finish and see the last bit was at 6:12 pace so not too bad.   13th place.  I didn't really manage anything I set out for but I don't think I was in HM shape - I think I knew that deep down though.  I haven't been hitting the threshold pace like I was in the first half of the year and not done enough long stuff.

is this possibel

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 14:15

Well, I suppose "anything" is possible, but this is very very improbable.

Sub 2 at age 44 would be world class.  I just had a look at the results from the World Masters earlier this year and some of the finalists didn't even run sub 2!

1:55 is a decent time (that I would be more than happy with...!!!) but is probably about 10 seconds off world class (which is a lot over 800m).

Is his "fitness coach" a proper running coach or personal trainer type from a gym?

Scott's training log, advice, support

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 12:46

Scott - that 10 x 1 mile session is a bit mental...

What's your 10 mile PB??  Looking at that, you would surely be confident at hitting somewhere in the region of 54 mins?  Sub 55 anyway.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 11:53

I just re-checked mine and it's dropped back down to 49 - so yeah, I wouldn't worry about 50 at all!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 09:14

Think positive thoughts SG.

50bpm would seem fairly normal for a runner I'd have thought.  I keep an eye on my HR most days and it varies from about 49-65 depending on what I've been doing.  In fact, it's just over an hour since I ran (tame tempo workout with a bit of 10k pace and a bit of 5k pace) and my HR is sitting at 64bpm just now.

I've only been a runner for a couple of years, so I'd guess my average will creep down a bit over time.

When I was in the hospital last year for an op the nurse was always astonished at how low my HR was - resting it was down at low 40s sometimes.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 13:19

Yeah - I was kidding.  Totally appreciate that.  I am satisfied with it.  I wanted to be ecstatic with it but given a couple of days to reflect, it's massive improvement, both my legs are still working and I'm only 33 (having only been running for a couple of years), so plenty of improvement still to come.

Last 2 days of 20 mins recovery yesterday and 30 mins easy today.  Big session lined up tomorrow with HM on 15th November in mind.  Another PB hopefully on the horizon...

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 11:45


I was hoping to take 2+ mins off per year until I'm at elite level.  35:xx in 2016, 33:xx in 2017, 31:xx in 2018, 29:xx in 2019, 27:xx in 2020.

Just in time to challenge for places at the 2020 Olympics.  And it's easier on the track as well, so we can call that 26:xx.

I might even win Gold.


Setting goals

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 09:59

Hey - firstly, well done!  That's massive progress in well under a year!!

I wouldn't think a sub 1:50 would be unfeasible if you keep up the good work (and I certainly wouldn't curb your ambitions at 1:50 - if you've only just started running, there could be plenty more to come off that).  Sub 4 next year may be a bit more of a stretch - the step up to marathon is much, much bigger than say 10k to HM.  That said, if you put in a really good marathon training campaign on the back of achieving your sub 1:50 goal, sub 4 wouldn't be unrealistic.

Something that is often said though is that on your first marathon, don't get too caught up in time goals etc.  Just focus on getting round in one piece and enjoying the experience.

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