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Mizuno shoes

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 16:26

Cheers for the advice all.  I went for the Wave Ekiden in the end.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 13:26

I was following along with the debate nicely and then PMJ posted, and, whilst the individual words made sense to me, the order they were arranged in made my face hurt, so I gave up.

Anyway, very good stuff from Reg/AG there, an impressive performance indeed.  And who'd have though that open water in Wales in May would be cold?

Hope all's OK Iron.

SC - sounds like a very decent performance, well done.  Doesn't sound like too bad a second half fade.  I was on the reserve list for it, as I'd left it too late to enter, but considering my 10K two weeks ago, I don't think I'd have much liked the result.

Scott, can't remember if you posted it here or FB, but that training 5K was mind-blowing.  Back to it in style!

Everything's been a bit stop start for me.  Week before last I tried coming back towards my usual mileage, then got an ankle soreness that kept me out a couple of days and also made sure I came back relatively easy.  Then, just as I started building back up again, I started having really unpleasant left-side lower back pains, which stopped me again for a couple of days.

Went along to the physio, and had what must be the ideal physio appointment, which is to say that he fixed me.  There and then.  No 3 weeks rehab stretching, second appointments etc, just massage, some pushing of bits and pieces in various directions, and a bit of sports tape in a lovely star pattern on my back.  Turns out that with the hip I'd been overcompensating and relying on the left side more, and it was the strain of that.  He said I could just keep running, but leave the fast stuff for a few days.

So I planned 12 with 6 at MP on Saturday, as I figured MP wasn't really 'fast'.  That was before I did the first two miles of MP at 5:30.  No idea where that came from, but I suffered for it later in the run.  Pleasing anyway that 2 miles at 5:30 didn't feel massively hard.  Tried 2 x 2m at tempo last night, but it was slower.  Mixed bag then.

Mizuno shoes

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 18:17
Due to being a Very Special Boy, I recently acquired a voucher for a free pair of Mizuno running shoes up to ??120. Now, I am none too familiar with Mizuno's range, and when I tried to interrogate their website to see what their offer was, I lost the will to live somewhat. The only ones I know are the Wave Riders, which I started running in a few years ago, but I have long since graduated to much lighter shoes, and don't reallly run in anything over about 220g. Any suggestions please?

Talkback: 48 runners disqualified from 10K for wearing headphones

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 17:10

There are enough headphone-rights types out there, that someone is clearly missing a trick by not putting on some kind of running silent disco type event.  On closed roads, obviously.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 17:59
SG - I love the notion of there being a 'crowd' at parkrun. I often use parkrun as sub 100% training runs, and have paced there before. Besides, I can quite happily do an easy run at 7:30s, so 6:19s doesn't feel too weird.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 13:52

Great relay leg there Simon, can’t argue with going so well under target.  That second half is really promising too.

Nice parkruns Bus and PMJ (identical time to me, for which see below). Good 3 miler alehouse.  Nice standard parkrun/10K combination there too Pete, and an age group win and a PB is a fine weekend indeed.

Excellent to see you back running fast again Scott, your patience will hopefully be well rewarded with forthcoming good times.  Race reports are certainly better than arse reports.

Just bank the PB CC, and know you'll smash it next time out.  Maybe you should move somewhere with better weather?

Nice longish run there SG.  Race, race, race!

So I had a bit of ankle tenderness last week which kept me out for a couple of days.  Was really worried, due to my usual pessimism.  After a couple of days rest, decided to try running on it with an ankle support.  This resulted in 300m of pain, followed by not feeling it at all for the rest of the run, which was a little strange, but can’t argue with it.  Next few runs were similar, but it seems to have disappeared now.

Anyway, Saturday I was asked to pace the elder brother of my son’s friend to the parkrun U11 course record (19:42).  A bit of pressure, as this is his last chance before he turns 11.  Start was a bit more lethargic than intended, but a good last lap got him home in 19:41.  Bit close for comfort, but hope he was happy when the results came out.  Followed that up by going and doing some fartlek on stretches that just happened by total coincidence to be Strava segments.  Missed out on one because someone else seems to have done it at 1 min per km pace, the lying bastard. 

Races measured short

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 19:52
Nose Nowt, if you ran 2:28:59 and the course was later found to be 100m short, and you then got injured and were never the same runner again, I don't think anyone could hold it against you if you counted it as a de facto PB and were satisfied that you were once a sub 2:30 runner. If you want to count something as a PB, that's up to the individual.

But the official results can't, and shouldn't, be changed.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 23:08

SG, I could not have done 3 x 1m at target pace at the start of training - I had to build up the length of the reps to get there over consecutive weeks.  400s, then 600s, 800s, 1000s, 1200s and finally miles.

Sub 3

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 22:38

LS21 - we'll be on the shores of Wastwater, so probably a bit far, unless I, as a primarily urban creature, manage to get lost on the fells.  Looking forward to tackling Scafell Pike.

TT - fair enough, hope you're back amongst it soon,

Charlie - if you manage to recover completely from 56km within a week, I reckon you must be a doper

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 16:36

SG – my thoughts on the programme is that I like the mix of paces, and when I did 5k specific training I alternated sessions at 5K and 1500 pace, so the principle looks similar.  My comments are

I would want to be doing more work at 5k pace.  When I did 5k training, I based the whole thing around building up the length of the reps at 5K pace until I was doing 3 x mile (plus a little bit).  I wasn’t confident of running my target pace until I knew I could at least do three mile reps in training at that pace. 

I’m also wondering whether, in practice, there will be enough difference between your 1500m intensity and your 800m intensity to justify two different types of session, particularly if you’ve just been doing base work for ages.  I suspect they will end up feeling quite similar.

I would also want some continuous fast running in there – whether a tempo at 10m pace, or a shorter distance at 10K pace, say 3 miles.  At the moment, the longest you would be running quickly is 1 kilometre, which I’d argue doesn’t really prepare you for the strains of race day.

What I found really helpful were parkruns on the two weekends prior to the target race.  This is because I find pacing a 5K to be a difficult one to get right and really benefitted from the pacing practice, and I found that I went quicker each time.

Ultimately, to do all the above, I ended up often having 3 sessions a week.  I found this OK as I reduced the overall volume.  However, that may not suit everyone.

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