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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 13:32

SG, lots of the young phenoms don't even continue in the sport past 15/16 or into their 20s, let alone their 30s or 40s.

At my old club when I was a kid, we had two good young runners, both about 2 years younger than me.  One was massively talented, was placing in the top 3 in national age group XC stuff quite early on, the other was fairly talented but really pushed hard by his father, to the extent that he got into arguments with his coach (my dad) who wanted him to rest more.

The really talented one dropped out of the sport completely at about 16.

A Po10 search showed that the other one got down to about 30:06 for 10K, before there being nothing from about the age of 27. 

It would be good if there was some kind of moral here about how I with my comparably mediocre ability ran well into my 30s, but that rather ignores the fact that I dropped out of running at 18 as well.

It's just a sport with an incredibly high drop-out rate, which is unsurprising given how few people can make a living at it.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:20

Looking at the results, I managed to get beaten by an U13 boy!

A bit galling for me of course, but his performance last night will place him 3rd on that all-time GB U13 1500 list.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 09:13

Ric, really hope things work out for you health-wise.

Good to at least see you enjoying your running SG, even if you're not in racing shape yet.

Dean, I did think you'd be PBing as well, but still a very fine time, and with the races having stacked up in the last couple of weeks and all the other things that went with them, it's still been a great end to the season.

PP - 100 mile week!  Crikey.  I'm struggling to break 50 this summer...

Very promising tempo AG.

SC - speedy reps on the slippery grass.  I'm entirely with you on the sleep.  I get between 5 and 6 hours a night.  My main problem is drifting off on the sofa and awaking fully clothed at some point in the early hours of the morning.  I need more sleep, I know I'll feel better and run better, but can't seem to change my routine.

Back at Watford last night for a crack at a 1500 PB.  PB is a lethargic 4:24.8, so I'm confident of beating it, and I've got my eye on 4:20.  Ditch the watch and decide to go by the big clock at the finish line, with the targets 52, 2:01, 3:10 each time I cross it.

As always, my first few metres sees me at the back of the field, but I use the start of the first bend to place myself about 4th, so that I can get a clear run on the inside.  Through 300 in 51, feels OK.  Keep the pace consistent and move forward to 2nd on the next lap, and go through 700 dead on 2:01.

This is where I made the mistake that many people make, and which I knew beforehand I should be aware of, and switched off for lap 3 when I should have pressed the pace.  This meant I hit the bell off target in 3:12.  Annoyed with myself, I try to change the pace, but a couple come past.  Try to kick, but can't change the pace really, and finish in 4:21.84.

So, a PB (3rd PB in 3 weeks!), but not quite what I was going for.  4:20 is going to be about where I top out without specific, long-term middle distance training, and I don't have the natural aptitude at these distances to justify that.  So I will probably just do the odd 800 and 1500 in the vets leagues for fun, but not bother with going to meets like these for those distances next year.

I had also entered the 3000 on the off-chance I felt sprightly afterwards.  However, rather than sprightly, I felt a bit sick, and a 3000 wouldn't have been pretty (or fast), so didn't bother.  Shame, because for once I had been drawn at the back of the fast heat, rather than the front of the second heat.  Never mind, there are a couple more 3000s to get under 9 in September.

Have you ever been last in an event?

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 09:36
PhilPub wrote (see)

Finally!  Nearly nine years of competitive running and I've just managed to come last!  

A British Milers Club 5,000m race in Eltham on Wednesday evening.  At one stage I was ahead of two runners, and they didn't come past me, but looking up the results afterwards it appears as though neither of them even finished. Lazy buggers!

Finish time: 15:58.57.

Bit disappointed at the lack of goodie bag or a wooden spoon.  

PP - with that time, you wouldn't have been last in one of the world championship 5,000m heats!  Someone ran 16:02...

Of course, it's possible that he might also have DNFed had he been behind you.



Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 09:52

Dean, you absolute monster. Really excellent 1500 PB, you've timed your training perfectly to peak right at the end of the season, and then recover to go again next year.  Sub 4 for 1500 is just going to be a matter of time I think.  Will watch the video at some point.

Good tri-ing Iron.

Also nice to hear Bus's garbled holiday messages.

I was actually entered for a track 5K down in Southampton on Sunday, but didn't realise when I entered that I was double booking myself, as we had tickets to take the kids to the Lion King in London.  Glad I didn't run it in the end, it must have been pissing down, and people's results look a bit slow.


Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 14:33

SC, no it keeps going a long way after Wengen!  It finishes at Kleine Scheidegg, which is the hotel/train station right underneath the north face of the Eiger - where they filmed the Eiger Sanction (I know that as my parents were having their honeymoon there when they were filming it).

I think one of these maps beloved in the Alps explains it best.  Start is at Interlaken, in the flat bit between the two lakes.

I have an ambition to do this one day, hence mentioning it to Phil on Wednesday.  When I'm slow though.



Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 16:02

You've got to just focus on that tiny downhill bit at the end.

Sub 3

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 15:59

PP namechecking me seems as good a reason as any to return to this thread.

I'm going to resist the urge for a mammoth read-back over the last couple of months, but I am guessing it included deeply complicated CW long training runs, Jools beating PBs by 1 second and madmen running 2:40 solo training marathons (I cheated on the last one).  Instead I will just refer to the stuff on this page.

Mammoth couple of days for SL.

That's a huge run Ryan.  Were you seriously contemplating doing it at marathon pace?  Well done on holding back, relatively speaking.

Looking forward to more insane untra-ing from Dan.

KipTop, sounds like Kenya is very much suiting you, and sounds like a great experience, the running bit of it anyway.  Hope to see you energised and smashing PBs upon your return.  Will you be using your new off-road chops to represent us in XC this year?

As PP mentions, BMC 5000 last night.  An interesting head to head between PP and I, given that PP is coming to it off marathon training, whereas I've been doing a lot of 1500 paced work to try to resolve my weakness of basic speed.  Ended up with 15:36.85 or similar, which was a PB, though I was gunning for sub 15:30.  I felt pretty much like PP did throughout, but didn't have the marathon training as a handy explanation.  Even the prospect of a golden vest from Dan A for a sub 15:30 couldn't get me there.

Relatively sure I'll be coming back to marathons at VLM next year, so will start popping in more regularly.  No doubt you'll all be delighted to know that.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 11:12

Good work too Phil, and nice to see you last night.  Worth bearing in mind that you ran that with a 10k win from the weekend in your legs as well as all the marathon mileage, so given that it bodes very well that you can still crank out a sub 16.  Would be good to see you having a real crack at shorter races, which are very difficult to balance with marathon training. Hope you got your washing done.  I celebrated with a filthy McDonalds at Cobham services.

SG, cheers.  I ran 15:54 for a 5000 in June about 45 minutes after a hard 1500, so I think I may be able to manage a 3000, even if it's not likely to be a PB, but I'll see how I feel after the 1500. I suppose the benefit of the track stuff is that you can just crank out race after race because it's so easy to recover from.  I suppose there comes a point at the end of the summer where it eventually drains you, both mentally and physically, but I'm enjoying it at the moment, and am likely to run out of races before that happens.  I suppose what helps with the motivation to keep cracking out the races is firstly that I'm a pretty consistent runner, so even when I have a bad day, it's not really that bad at all (which often leads to ribbing on here when I complain about bad races).  Also I seem to be pretty lucky with injuries, with nothing that has forced me out of running (other than illness) for the last 2 years now.

Hopefully the motivation can continue when the PB streak dries up.  A couple of years now until I turn V40 and can start obsessing about WAVA and age rankings, so that can be the next thing.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 00:34

Yes, it was a good meet. Still think Watford is my preference, as the track is a bit more sheltered when there's a bit of wind like tonight. And there are more toilets. But I like the little park you can warm up in, and I especially enjoyed the Quaggy River, which sounds like something Frodo might have had to cross in the mist.

Yeah, do Watford. I shall be there next week. Main aim will be a 1500, though I may do the 3000 as well if I'm feeling sprightly afterwards.

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