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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 15:57

Haha - imagine turning up to your local race and f***ing Paul Pollock turns up!!  That's mind boggingly fast.  I think with some speedwork over the summer I could just about manage 1 standalone sub 5 mile (and I would be sneaking it - 4:59 and I'd be delighted...).

To run back to backs at 4:50/mile blows my mind even for 5 miles but then you've got the elites running 26.2 miles at quicker than that pace...!

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Posted: Yesterday at 13:26

What is this "cross training" you speak of?

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 08:17

Ok - so did a very quick read back of the last page!

SG - back in the game!! Ace stuff and an actual good time as well - not messing about with 18s...

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 08:00

Hello.  Not going to attempt to catch up after nearly 2 months of not being on here...  Daughter number 2 arrived on 23rd May, so I've been out of the loop a bit!!

I had an actual race yesterday though.  Shit preparation as you can imagine, but thought I'd give it a bash.  5k race.  Came 5th in 18:03, which on the road, is actually a 49 second PB, but I've got a 17:58 Parkrun and 17:44 5,000m to my name, so not really a PB.  It was bloody hot and I'd had about 4 hours sleep, so I'm pretty pleased with that!  I also got to stand on the podium for the first time as I was awarded 2nd male senior prize.  I was actually 3rd male senior but they only gave the winner the "overall winner" prize rather than also the 1st male senior prize, so I got upgraded...

I'm actually looking for some racing shoe recommendations...

After the race yesterday, I noticed my Saucony Fastwitch have worn right through at the side.  I.e. on the outside of the foot (not sure what you call that bit.  It's part of the upper on the opposite side from the instep).  It's right through on my right foot and getting there on the left foot.  It's just a mesh part but a bit disappointing to have gone through them so quickly.  I've always used Saucony and always loved them. I used to race in Mirage, but changed to Fastwitch in November and absolutely love them.

I haven't really put that many miles in on them either.  I've done one Parkrun, one HM, a 3,000m, 5,000m, 10k and 5k races.  Plus speed/tempo sessions since November.  Once a week through the winter probably and more like twice a week since then (doing track/road sessions instead of one off-road during the winter).

Boost seems to get a lot of good praise - are they worth it?

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 20:07

I intend to go sub 14 at my next 5,000m too.

I don't believe me.

Jesus - 14:12.

12.5x 1.08 per 400m.  I reckon that would be about my absolute flat out 400m pace right now.

According to PO10, Mo Farah's debut 5000m was 14:22 (as an U20 athlete).

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 13:56

Those sessions sound brutal but fun

I definitely think I fancy being a 1500m runner if that's the sort of session involved...

Another 30 minutes at lunchtime for me around the 7:40/mile sort of mark.  Bloody raining again.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 08:57

PMJ - thing is, I seem to enjoy the track a bit more than the road and this series of track races in Aberdeen this year seems to have grown massively in popularity.  Quite a number of local runners around my sort of pace, so there probably would be someone to sit behind as I did in the last couple of races.  Chances of it happening 10 days after our baby arrives are pretty slim in any case, we'll see...

Onto the track this morning to see if I can get the legs turning over...

My coach is away on holiday and I've nothing set for this week, so just made a session up for a bit of fun.  5x 400m pyramid session.  I was going to try for 2 sets.  Target 1:20 / 1:15 / "eyeballs out" / 1:15 / 1:20 off 400m jog and an 800m jog between sets.

I did one set and decided that was enough!

1:19.2 / 1:15.3 / 1:11.9 / 1:17.6 / 1:20.9

I use Strava as a social network type thing but it really is dogshit.  It tells me I recorded my 3rd fastest 400m time of about 1:15 today, whereas I actually recorded my fastest ever 400m in sub 72.  Makes me wonder what I could do on fresh legs as a one-off race effort for 400m.  Certainly sub 70.  McMillan actually suggests 62.  I think I'd need some more speedwork to get to that sort of level!!  I don't think I've even ran 31s for 200m before! (Well at school, I think I managed 27 or something.  On grass, with no training.  No idea if that shitty grass track was accurate!)


Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 10:20

I'm entertaining the idea of entering a 10,000m race on 2 June.  Guaranteed flat course, and out of all my races at that distance the one I did on the track is the one I paced the best / most consistently and smashed my target.  Out of 4 sub 40 attempts in a couple of months, I got 40:04 on the road and 39:44 on the track.  My races since have been way faster but on the more disappointing end of the scale, given where I could have been.

The major barrier to entering that race is the "inconvenience" of baby number 2 arriving on 23 May!!  My wife is having to have a C section so can't do much.  I'll play it by ear and if we're getting sleep etc. I might draft in some help for that evening so that I can toddle off to the track and smash out some 1:27 laps...

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 09:34

16x 200s at that sort of pace sounds "strenuous" to me!  Nice one

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 08:23

Cheers folks - all interesting stuff from more experienced runners.  I reckon I could push myself to the puking stage more readily at much shorter distances so your daughter doing it at 200m sounds less brutal than doing it over 10k PMJ!  But maybe I am a "hurter" as you said yesterday...

I do wonder if I'm still running within myself a bit at 5k and over.  I can't remember crossing a finish line and being done in apart from maybe that 3k race where I needed a bit of a lie down for short while.  But I'm always ready to run the next day, sometimes a bit more cautiously than others!  The only time my legs have been goosed was after a proper hill race.  The quads were in bits for about 4 days.

When I first broke the 40 minute barrier - I didn't even feel tired at the end.  Then I didn't race another 10k for about a year and a half and ran 37:41.  Felt like I could have gone faster.  A couple of months ago, I ran 37:44 on a right hilly bugger of a course on a horrible, windy day.  Went out for my "recovery" run the next day and was flying round in sub 7s, because my legs hadn't noticed the "hard" 10k race the day before!

The only race I think I pushed too hard was the Miltonduff 10k when I didn't wear a watch.  F*** knows how fast the first 2 or 3k were in, but I guess way too fast as the rest of the race was a struggle.  But, at the same time that was on the back end of a nasty cold a few days earlier as well.

All this 10k chat is making me want to actually race 10k again instead of just focusing on the short stuff

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