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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 09:06

Last year was a disgusting quagmire though.

Well run Pete and AG.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 19:05

Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire XC Champs for me today. Tough course, lots of up and downhill, and pretty cold. Long story short, I had an absolute horror show. Lost to people I've never lost to, or even been close to losing to, before, including AG's very own nemesis. Don't know what's going so badly wrong, but I think I'm going to steer clear of racing until I'm able to pull some kind of form together, assuming I can do that - I realise that's a bit precious, but every time I race it's knocking my confidence further. Oh well, it's a run out at least.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 08:53

Bus, it was a consultant-sponsored external meeting.  We haven't been allowed food at Council meetings since about 2008.

SG, I suppose I should start my answer by saying that McMillan can predict me a 2:30 marathon all he wants, but it ain't gonna happen any time soon.  Whereas you use MP as a theoretical zone, I have run marathons, and, despite what I should be running, I've never actually run one faster than 6:07 pace.

Prior to my half PB, I was doing these long tempos of 10-12 miles at around 5:50 pace, but I'm not in that kind of shape right now, and I don't really need to be getting anywhere near a peak until February.  The focus right now is just on building up the miles and getting reasonable sessions under my belt rather than trying to force myself into top form with big sessions too early.


Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 16:51

Right, catch up done...

Simon – congrats on being the fastest old man on the mud in Old London Town.

Bus, sorry to hear that Herbert’s Hole was windy…  Good racing nonetheless.

AG, very well done on finally beating James, he’s been running pretty well over the last year or so, so a good marker.  I think I know who the ‘child’ was, he’s got an 8:51 3000m to his name, so not too shabby as kids go.

Good stuff at the cross country as well Pete

Never mind Dean, hopefully you’ve got all your bad luck out of the way in one race. 

Nice halfs in the wind PMJ and CC82, sounds like there’s a couple of minutes in those.

Congrats on your first bit of international action PP, and nice medalling work too.  Good to be so close to making the scoring positions on your debut.  Fantastic experience, I only hope I can be in the kind of shape to run that stuff when I hit the 40s in a couple of years.

As for me, work and home is a bit mental at the moment with a combination of big deadlines and trying to get my youngest's bedroom sorted out, but managed to quietly up my mileage back into the 70s on a regular basis.  12 with 10 @ MP on Monday (59:40), and my first 20 since early 2014 today - 7:04 pace in what can only be described as a stiff breeze.  Made the mistake of doing it along the Thames, which made the first westwards half a little tricky, particularly when I ran directly into it on the exposed meadows that make up part of the Reading parkrun course, whilst my feet were at the same time slipping on the mud.  Incredibly, those were two of the quickest miles of the run, must have been overcompensating.  No track tonight, as I have to go and give a talk for work.  Hopefully I will get some free food.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 09:13

Iron, I've also heard good things about the White Horse Half, not too far away and flat apparently.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 16:01
The Bus wrote (see)

I'd generally agree with that for any of those obstacle/deliberate mudfest type races, but the Grizzly is supposed to be a good race.

Not saying they're all novelty races.  Just that I'm not running them.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 11:48

SG - you're doing a lot of stuff at MP (good run by the way), and at the same time wondering about lack of sharpness.  I know you're doing some 200s and the odd session, but they're quite low volume.  You seem to be very fit in a 'general' sense, with those medium long runs coming in at sub 7s, so I can't help thinking some big sessions or races might help you get that top-end back.  Seems to work for me.

Good XCing Dean, Simon and PP in your respective very competitive leagues.  I saw some pictures of a mud bath at the Birmingham XC on Facebook, I'm assuming it's the same one Dean's talking about.

IC, nice work in the Ballbuster.  I have an unwritten rule that I will never compete in any event with a descriptive term for how hard it is in the title.  'Grim', 'Tough', 'Gut-Buster', 'Grizzly' etc, these are all things that I will avoid like the plague.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 19:03
Fingers crossed its nothing serious and doesn't last too much longer SG.

12 hour shifts? pah! I did a 36 hour shift once, though that is of course illegal, plus it was as a security guard so I wasn't doing anything really except sitting around pressing buttons to raise a barrier for lorries.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 14:24

SG, yes, that's what I meant. So there will be people who wanted to enter last year but couldn't, so it might be popular this time.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 12:50

Dean - as flat a half as I've run, and a good field so there are usually groups to run with whatever you're targeting. Yes, I'm in for next year. Go on, get involved, we may end up with a similar target. It's 4 miles from my house as well, so I can always offer you a cup of tea before you head back up Norf.

If you're up for it, you need to get your entry in though, as it fills up, particularly since last year's entries were just carried over from the previous years cancellation, so there's a year's suppressed demand.

Cried off cross country today, for all manner of reasons. I've had a sore throat come on this morning, so the prospect of pissing rain and 40mph winds if I'm getting ill seems idiotic. Plus I'd have to make my kids stand around in it too, as my wife has commitments, and I also have to redecorate my youngest's bedroom. I like this course, so it's a shame, but it wouldn't have been a good idea for any of us.

Bus, the shocking part of it is how comfortable that 33:40 felt.

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