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KING KONG DONG IS BACK: 50 minute 4.75 miler, to 35 minute 5 miler, in 12 weeks

Posted: Yesterday at 10:53

Having a King Kong Dong is also an impediment to running well, no-one needs to carry that kind of weight around. 

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 22:43
Yep Scott, already entered that Basingstoke one!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 21:56

Simon, I don't think I'd have got anywhere near a 1:37 even with someone to chase.  In fact, I don't think I could have got close to a 1:37 even with the promise of enough money to retire on and a weekend with BBC South weather presenter Alexis Green.  Some things are beyond me.

Excellent work on the 1500 though, very nicely under 4:10.  Hardly surprising that the 3000 was a bit on the slow side by your standards.  I tried to do a 1500/3000 combo at Watford last year.  PB'ed at the 1500 but gave up on the 3K when I started feeling sick during the warm up.

Anyone doing the SEAA 10,000 championships at Stoke Mandeville on 21st Sept?  Simon, that could be up your street.  I'm down for it.

Bus, of course you will squeeze out a parkrun.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 10:59

Dean - think that's pretty promising, you're not too far off at all.

Hope Watford went well Simon

Good work on the reps Bus, just put a wind asterisk next to them.

12 x 600 at the track last night came out as 1:51, 1:49, 1:51, 1:50, 1:49, 1:47, 1:48, 1:49, 1:49, 1:50, 1:50, 1:47.  Tried to hammer that last one and run a Simon style 1:37, but as you can see such speed is well beyond me.  Still, decent paces and volume.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 10:26

Sounds like a really tough event AG, and can't imagine how unpleasant an off-road hilly half marathon must be after all that other stuff.  Shame you couldn't hold together for the run, it does sound like a bit more long stuff is needed.

Well done on the official PB CC82, they all count.

Scott, I wouldn't say I eased off - merely stopped worrying about the watch and tried to enjoy it.  AG, I suspect there would have been a quicker time in there if a PB was at stake, but can't imagine it would have been massively quicker.  Maybe 20-30 seconds.

Racers - have used and liked Hyperspeeds in the past.  Boosts are good, but for me they aren't light enough for the short stuff.  Currently racing in Mizuno Wave Ekiden, probably the lightest road shoes I've ever run in.  I almost wore them on Sunday, but decided at the last minute it was a bit of a risk having never gone over 5K in them.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 21:41

As for me, I was up in Swansea for the weekend.  Main reason was the Swansea Half Marathon, but also a chance to return to the city where I did my degree for the first time since about 2000.

Lovely weekend, got sunburnt on the Gower, and ate far too much.

Fortunately, my 1:11 from last year saw me sneak into a free "elite" entry, meaning I got to hang out in the elite tent with internationals like Dewi Griffiths and ... well, just Dewi Griffiths really.  Course is pancake flat along the seafront, a straightforward out and backer, so hopes were high for a PB, calling upon my marathon mileage.

However, after a 5:23 first mile, it became clear it wasn't going to happen.  First half was largely into the breeze, and soon found myself in no-man's land, and the pace needed for a PB was just too hot to handle.  Just knew deep down it wasn't on, so resolved to stop worrying about the watch and try to run relaxed.  For that reason, as well as the lovely route, past all my old familiar areas, I really enjoyed much of the race, despite being on my own and not running as well as I'd have liked.  Support was really good.

At the turnaround, I was able to calculate that I was about 11th - despite there being about 8,000 entrants, the front end is somewhat light - and this kept me honest.  Overtook someone who was in some trouble to move up to top 10, and thus it stayed to the end.  A solo run really, although I had someone in view ahead the whole way.  Started suffering the last couple of miles and the pace dropped but by then I knew it'd be 1:13:xx regardless.  Some irritating uphill cobbles sapped the momentum, but with less than a mile to the finish it wasn't the end of the world, and ended up 10th in 1:13:27.

Definitely recommend the race, decent organisation, great course (if it isn't windy), good support.  I will certainly want to return at some point.

Whilst I enjoyed much of the race, I am a little disheartened by how I can't seem to get close to that 1:11 again.  Maybe that race was just a one-off, one of those rare events where everything came together on the day.  Hard to imagine being able to run 2 minutes faster than today again, and 70 minutes is starting to look like a pipe-dream.

May also need to accept that I've well and truly plateaued, and that, if I want to improve again I will need to do something different - maybe more mileage, but more particularly all the things I cheerfully ignore, like strength training, eating sensibly and actually getting enough sleep.  Something to ponder.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 21:24

Never has such a short, informal race generated such a monumental race report SG.  Every step, breath, thought and detail described beautifully.  I almost feel like I was there with you.  Great stuff, and good to see you back.  Now, let's see more races, and try to keep the paragraphs per mile ratio the same.

Excellent PB Pete plus old man trophy.  Edging down towards the 60?

Scott, that kind of race was clearly there waiting to come out.  That's two races back and a 1st and a 2nd.  Could be the start of a great little run.

Dean, I'd love a 4:31, but appreciate it is below your high standards.  No, Les wasn't in the 5000, he did a 4:17 1500 instead, which is all he needed to do to win it.  Can't blame him, he'd done the final leg of the Ridgeway, so had even less time to recover.

Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 13:47

Jim Plows does sound quite made up.  And Jaywick is the kind of place an imaginary moron might live.

Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 13:46
Peter Collins wrote (see)
Dachs wrote (see)
Screamapillar wrote (see)

The POV of EU nationals living and working in London is sobering.

Sadiq Khan's Facebook page has a lot of comments about how they no longer feel welcome here. They appreciate his support for them but say they are considering leaving.

 

This is exactly how my wife feels - originally German, she has been here 15 years and has British citizenship but sees this as a comment on the presence of her and others like her.  It is also how my French sister-in-law, and my French friend feel, both of whom have been here for more than ten years.  Hopefully this is just the immediate disappointment talking, and the whole atmosphere will settle down such that they feel they can stay, but it's all pretty raw today.

Don't forget that London is progressive and voted overwhelmingly for remain. They're among friends here. Can't speak for the rest of England and Wales. I think this all puts to the lie the idea that all our problems stem from London.

My wife and friend live in Berkshire.  My sister in law's in Bristol.  Mind you, both of those areas voted to remain too.

Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 13:26
Screamapillar wrote (see)

The POV of EU nationals living and working in London is sobering.

Sadiq Khan's Facebook page has a lot of comments about how they no longer feel welcome here. They appreciate his support for them but say they are considering leaving.

 

This is exactly how my wife feels - originally German, she has been here 15 years and has British citizenship but sees this as a comment on the presence of her and others like her.  It is also how my French sister-in-law, and my French friend feel, both of whom have been here for more than ten years.  Hopefully this is just the immediate disappointment talking, and the whole atmosphere will settle down such that they feel they can stay, but it's all pretty raw today.

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