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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 14:13

Right you are then.

Watford open. 3000m. No surprises on the target - sub 9. Just like it was again and again and again last year and again and again and again this year.  Desperate to scrub that infuriating 9:00.23 off the record!

Bit of a warm up rampaging round a pitch black field in the rain with Simon and his mate.  Because you're never 100% sure which race you'll be in, you need to be ready for the earliest possible, which I was, but as I was in the second race, I was probably fully warmed up a bit early, and my legs felt a bit stiff by the time our race came around, at what must have been almost ten o'clock.

Big field means it takes a while to settle into a place, and I notice immediately that Simon has jettisoned the sensible 72s pacing strategy and is heading out with the lead group.  Screw that for a game of soldiers, I'm sticking with the 71s.  Well, it's a 70 to start with, but it always is.  Second lap and the pace is already feeling hard, maybe I'm suffering from not having properly raced anything shorter and faster than 3K this year.  However, it's a 71, so 2:21 at 800, and the 1K comes up in 2:57.

Now I'm in a bit of no-man's land.  There are people around, but a few metres ahead and behind.  Still, at least it's good to have space to run in.  The 71s keep coming, feeling increasingly hard work, and 1600 is reached in 4:44ish, which is still ahead of schedule.  Simon is way ahead in a good group, not going to bother chasing him.

The 72s start coming in on the fifth and sixth lap, but I know I'm ahead of target.  More worrying is the feeling that I'm going to run out of steam at this pace before the last lap begins, but at least I'm counting down now.  Into the last km, and it's just a case of hang on.  600m to go, and the mental calculations for what happens if I have a meltdown start. 400m to go and the clock says 7:44.  All I need is a 76.  That's slower than 5k pace, but I try to hit the last lap hard anyway.

200m to go, and someone is coming back towards me.  It's Simon Coombes!  Right, the race is on! Put the hammer down, or what little hammer I have left, and I'm eating up the ground.  100m to go I'm 5m down. 50m to go, I pull alongside. He sees me and responds.  We're neck and neck.  No-one blinks and we press for the line.  Briefly consider grabbing his hand and holding it aloft, in the style of Dick Beardsley and that other bloke, but think better of it.  Across the line right alongside one another, and neither of us know who crossed first.

Either way, I'm stoked to see that I have broken 9 comfortably.  Final results confirm that it's 8:55.22.  Final results also show that I have edged Simon by the width of a money spider's ballsack - an imperceptible 0.02 seconds.

Thank god for thread rivalries for spicing up a race!

So, with my only PB since last September being the marathon, I now have four PBs in August, and my plan for five August PBs is nearing completion.  Bonza!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 06:07

Ha ha!

Now, there is a thread etiquette question here, which is that I can't really do a proper race report without largely revealing Simon's result. So who goes first?

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 00:02
Done it!!

Too late for race reports now though. I have to put the bins out.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 16:15

Simon - nah, you don't wanna be doing 1500s, not when there's a 9 minute barrier to be broken.  Mind you, hadn't clocked the timetable until just now.  9:30?!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 10:16

Great triathlon there Reggie, and fingers very much crossed for the GB qualification.  You can join Dean and IC on this thread's internationals list.

Handy reps there SG, sounds like there's plenty of speed in the tank.  Will be interesting to see which parkrun you crop up at.  Maybe we can have a sweepstake.

CC, good threshold session, I really like those 3 or 4 x 10 minute ones, although I usually do them on the track.

Dean - sorry to hear of your travails, and shame not to see you down at Watford, was looking forward to meeting you.  Recover well, and hopefully there are still fast times in the tank for the remainder of the season.

Simon, nice front running there.  Yes, I shall be there all present and correct tonight.  Will have my eldest in tow, he doesn't usually mind a bit of spectating.  We ought to agree a target time so we end up in the same race.  I usually put down 8:55.

Track spikes - I wear them up to 5000, but my feet do moan for a couple of days after that.  I've got a track 10000 next month, but think that'll be a bridge too far for the spikes.


Sub 3

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 16:44

Afternoon all.  Thought I'd drop back in, somehow I neglected to make an appearance here after London, and then the place moves so fast one loses track.

Not intending to do a proper read-back, but hope everything went well for Mr and Mrs Padams.

After London I struggled through some very sub-par races, and, whilst training paces improved fine, the racing was still shy of what I wanted.  However, since August began, everything has come together very nicely indeed with a season's best 32:50 and the win at the Yateley 10K (there's some undulations there as well, so very pleasing), plus PBs at a road 2 miles (9:48), road 5K (15:38), both in Battersea Park, and culminating last night in dipping under 15:30 on the track at Wimbledon with 15:28.  Think I am benefiting from the boost I usually get 3-4 months after a marathon.  3000 and 5 miles to come as well before the month is out, and PBs seem likely in both.  A very decent month.

Spent a week in the Lakes a couple of weeks ago, at Wastwater, but gave up pretending to be a fell runner after the trails I was following degenerated into horrible bogs.  Too much of a pussy for that kind of business, so just stuck to roads and valley bottoms after a couple of days.  I forgot where LS21's shop was, but looking back we did drive through Lorton on the way to Buttermere, and could have popped in.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 12:00

I will be at Watford, together with my son who will be spectating.  Would be good to have a showdown/meet-up.  70s would be too much for me though, it's 72s for dead on 9, so 71s is the plan.

It will also be my birthday, and what better way to spend it than running 7.5 laps of a track in Watford.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 11:21

It wasn't Chris Greenwood, if he was there he would have been very much in the A race.  The guy on the PA kept saying it was ? Phillips?

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 21:57
Oh, and a 72 final lap isn't bad by my lame-ass finishing standards.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 21:44
As I'm on the train, you lucky devils can get an early race report.

Tonight was Hercules Wimbledon's 5k festival. Plan was 74s for 15:25 pace to give me some leeway. Bit of a breeze, but the Wimbledon Park track is awesome, because its bounded by a line of big trees that prevent the wind coming into play. Drawn in the fourth heat of five, and it seems this one will be paced at exactly 74s. Perfect!

All I have to do in the initial laps is follow the pacer, who is doing an awesome job in hitting 74s every single lap. A couple of guys fancy a quick one and scoot past the pacer, but I'm not going to be drawn into that kind of malarkey.

Pacer lasts 6 and a half laps and then steps aside after having done a great job, leaving me in no man's land, because I'm the only one who stuck exactly with him. Three are further up the track, the rest are behind somewhere. Having to make my own pace now starts inauspiciously, as I am through 3k in 9:17, meaning the last lap was 76. I up the effort, and get back on pace, and soon enough one of the two ahead is coming back to me. I go past and forge on.

A couple of laps later though, whilst I'm certain my 15:36 PB is going, I feel 15:30 might be slipping away. Determination kicks in again. A km to go, and 2nd place is coming back to me quickly. I give chase, and this must help my pace. 2 laps to go and I need a 2:28 800. I can do this!

One lap to go, and I need a 74 to hit 15:30. I try to up the pace, and manage to summon something from somewhere. Pull alongside Kent chap in second, but he responds. We keep pushing each other, but at 100 to go he gets away. I don't care because I'm certain I've got the time. Resist the urge to look at my watch and just press to the line, crossing third in 15:28.30.

Yes! Well pleased with myself. 15:30 is a decent target in itself, bug doubly pleased as its just sub 5 minute miling. And I wasn't even rude enough to beat Simon's PB.

Great event. For those in the 15s -17s it is well worth looking at next year, assuming they put it on.
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