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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Today at 16:34

People appear to be offended by your admission of drafting Ric...

Where is everybody??

8 miles at lunchtime at 7:15s for me.  Legs feeling in pretty good shape after the weekend's exploits.  I did no running yesterday as the day was spent doing various jobs, including constructing the treadmill I took delivery of on Friday.  Well, most of that time was spent getting the fucker out of the box - what an exercise that was - mainly due to thing weighing 14 stone and the delivery guys had delivered it and left it standing on its end.  Eventually got it all set up by about 10.30pm which meant there was no time to do the planned 5 mile recovery run.  When I turned it on for a quick test the belt was slipping like mad to the point it would be dangerous to run on!!  A quick google tells me I need to tighten the belt up and it doesn't look too difficult.

I should buy a treadmill every winter - we've had about 2 frosty days since I ordered it and the temperature is due to rise above 10 degrees C later this week...!  That's almost as warm as summer.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 10:29
Oh - and this morning I pulled a muscle in my back walking through my kitchen. WTF??

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 10:28
Great run that Dachs! I too was XCing yesterday. At Dores, near Inverness for North District Chsmps. Tough course but next to no mud due to the unusually dry weather. Went out fairly hard despite starting on a steep hill. We had 1 short lap then 2 big laps. First mile was about 6:08, which isn't furiously quick but I knew there were some decent hills to come, so we''all see... Slowed significantly on the first long lap and got overtaken by 3 runners. Just tried to keep in touch with them and about halfway round the big lap an absolute beast of a hill. Probably the toughest hill I've encountered to be honest. Slogged up there round a flat but then another hill followed by a big descent. Foot down and was past 1 of the 3 that passed me. Another downhill and we're onto final big lap. Feeling much stronger at this point and I go past the other 2 that had passed me and then I'm chasing down this guy with the most ridiculous orange shorts on. I was going to be ashamed if he beat me. I was taking chunks out of his lead on every climb but he was going as fast as me downhill. A long flat before that big hill and I'm not getting any closer. Quick look behind and I appear to have annihilated the 3 runners I passed - nowhere to be seen. Then that hill and orange shorts is walking, hands on knees. I go as hard as I can and pass him and he laughs (not sure if that's at his shorts or at something else) - I really want to walk but put as much between us as possible. One of his club'a coaches is screaming at him that every point counts, which Spurs me on a bit more. One final climb then the big descent which I hammer really hard, willed on by our supporters. Little climb then hang in until the downhill finish. Quick look as I'm nearing the finish and orange shorts is well behind. 29th place in 42:44 for a 6.5 miler. 5 places better off than last year and the day after a PB. Happy with that.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 14:42

Good reps SC

40 miles does seem like an awful long way...

£2 for my 3k race this afternoon.

Another PB

Haven't seen the official times yet, but my watch says 9:52 and I'm confident that was within a second because I now know where the finish line is!  Might just sneak a 9:51 on the official time.  2nd place and managed to beat Jenny Bannerman from Inverness who is very strong (she's been mentioned on this thread a while ago when she kicked my arse at a 10k race earlier in the year!).

PB was 9:57 and I was in the mindset to go and give it a go today with nothing to lose really.  I was thinking I'd have a bash at 3:15/km and see if I could hold on.  First in 3:16.9, second a bit slower at 3:19.1 (but there's a hairpin bend halfway, which loses a few seconds) and final km in 3:15.7.  Had the lead for a while in that final km but the guy went past me and opened a bit of a lead which I was unable to close in the final stages.

Pretty good outing though - delighted!  North District XC tomorrow - interesting to see how my legs will hold up!!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 09:48

Definitely nowhere near coldest day of this winter for us in Aberdeenshire!  It's quite mild today.  One day last week I could feel frost in my beard.

Think it was about -7 C

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 15:19

10 x 2 mins for me aiming for 5:28-5:35/mile at lunchtime.  There or thereabouts and accounting for undulations/breeze/tight bends, happy enough with it.  Recorded 1x 5:36, 1x 5:39, 1x 5:42.  The rest were 5:29-5:35 pace.

Unusual rest day planned tomorrow as I'm doing 2 races in 2 days Friday/Saturday.  3k race on Friday lunchtime, followed North District XC Champs on Saturday.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 11:07

The current pace thing for me SG is just all over the place though.  There's current lap pace which shows the average for the lap you're currently on, which is the best measure of what you're actually running.  It jumps about a bit for the first 20 seconds or so of the mile, but then settles and it doesn't take much slowing or speeding up to alter that really.  The average pace gives me the best indicator of where I am on the entire race and what I'll need to do to hit a certain target etc.

I'm not at a place where I can run without having a good look at my watch yet.  I tried running a 10k without a watch earlier in the year, and I was shit.  I think I look at my watch less than I used to.  To me, not looking at the watch at all is more for once you're in the world of not smashing PBs all over the place.  I'm basically still trying to nail a PB every time I run and when it goes right, I'm still taking big chunks off.  I feel I still need a watch to rein things in a bit probably.  I tried without one and I went far too fast!

I might have a bit of fun with it next year as I've got that gold standard monkey off my back now...  I should be able to get that again next year with relative ease compared to this year and I'm nowhere near the next step up to platinum standard.  I might experiment with running on feel again and see if I can manage it / push things on a bit further...  But then, I'm only 12 seconds away from a sub 36 now...

(I'm a slave to my watch )

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 10:15

Ah Lit - cleared up that comment by SG for me.  I couldn't quite understand that.  But, yes, current pace is a completely worthless metric in my opinion.

In road races, I display overall time, lap pace and average pace.  That seems to work for me.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 09:24

Still a good time SC.

Your report there prompts this question...  I've read a few times from you guys recently judging where you are on mile markers / km markers in races.  When I'm on a road race, I just stick with the pace on my watch / autolap.  I have ran by the markers before, but found that they're never accurate.  I used to think that if my watch beeped a bit before or a bit after the marker that it must obviously be my watch that's slightly out because the race will be accurately measured etc.  That was thrown out for me when I raced a 10k in Aberdeen and I specifically remember the 3k marker coming up at about 2.5k!  And it wasn't the only place they could tie it on sort of thing.  These were massive standalone roadworks type signs - they could have placed them absolutely anywhere they wanted.

After that race, I've just stuck autolap on and gone with it.  I find that it normally starts to even out about 8k anyway if it has been out during the race.  It's absolutely awesome when the watch beeps after the markers all the way round (not so much if it's the other way round though!).

So, yeah - just wondering if you guys do actually prefer working off the markers and why??

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 08:47

Good save PMJ.

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