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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Today at 09:40

IC - mid November.  I'd imagine it fills up, it's building quite a reputation.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Today at 09:15

I was planning on the Victory 5 anyway rather than the 10K.  Various calculators are giving me a 5m potential time of around 26 dead now, and I would suspect a 5K to 5m conversion isn't likely to be massively inaccurate.  Tempting...

I'll see what I can do at Yateley in a couple of weeks, but otherwise I'm happy to leave having a proper crack at a 10K until Leeds Abbey Dash anyway.

Good stuff Dean.  That's burned off a fair few spicy chicken wings.

Sub 3

Posted: Yesterday at 22:44
PP, don't mind being thought of as German. My kids are half German. Or at least they were until last Sunday, and now they're entirely German.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 20:38
I'm not around for it anyway, would've been a good suggestion otherwise. Apart from anything else, Datchet putting it on means their fast guys don't actually run it.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 13:40

Dean - thanks!  I'll have a look around to see what else I can do, though I have a 10K lined up the week after next.  I'll give a try for sub 33, but it's not a super fast course, and the training I've been doing is very 5K specific so not sure if it'll convert as well as I might hope.

How does the BMC thing work then?  Clearly they have membership standards that are well out of my league, but can you as a slower runner just apply to run one of their regional races and see if they have space and/or the patience to wait for you to finish?

Nice run SG, hopefully you'll be back to proper training and racing soon.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 09:47

IC, indeed.  I will post my full schedule a bit later on in case anyone wants to make a note (possibly an arrogant assumption, but I guess sharing training is what this thread is about), but the last couple of months of 5K specific work came off the back of building a big base in marathon training.

Matt - 15:30!

Sub 3

Posted: Yesterday at 09:33

Ah, you can see marathon season is coming round again.  Very solid looking long runs from Al_P and postie, and Lev's lighter week still looks pretty impressive to me.

Love the spontaneous 50K Dan.  Can't be many people around who are fit enough to rock up to one of those on the spur of the moment.  Good podium too.

Tmoth - mightily impressive 24hour racing.  I'd rather have a small family hatchback forced up my nostril than attempt that, but kudos to you, and for the national medal too.  Woo hoo!

Great 10K PB Jools, hope we'll be seeing you into the low 2:50s at Frankfurt...

Bad luck on the tumble Charlie, but such things happen, and at least you were still able to get a decent time out of it, and hopefully no harm done.

Good to see Dr Dave coming back with a good parkrun, and TR actually doing some running.

Nice racing from bufo too, especially if you're not at peak form.

Hope the knee only keeps you out for a couple of days selbs.  You don't have much luck.  I wonder whether Glenn Hoddle would say you must have sinned in a former life?

My target 5K was last night, the Self Transcendence 5K in Battersea Park.  Not as many hippies as the name implies, didn't see any bare feet or joss sticks anywhere.  Managed a mighty 23 second PB for 15:42 and 4th place.  Smashed myself inside out to get that, never felt so disorientated after a short race (though those of you who saw me after VLM this year will know what that looks like).  Delighted with that, it's my best pound-for-pound PB, so focusing on the short stuff is paying off.  Shame PP couldn't be there, could have been a good race.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:52

Cheers for the kind words chaps.  I am very chuffed indeed.  I think it's testament to what can be done with focussing on one distance for a while and gearing everything towards that distance.

Bus, you would have thought I would be, but I know of at least two faster planners just in the south!

So I had been using 15:45 as my goal pace for training.  Initially I did this because I train well compared to how I race, so the target was still 15:59, but as training went on I started to think 15:45 might actually be doable.  Plan was therefore to set out at 15:45 pace (3:09 per km) and try to hang on.

Course and conditions were perfect.  Perfectly flat, 2 laps, and only 4 corners in the entire race, with the rest all being gentle curves.  I don't mind a bit of heat for a 5k, and it was all shaded.

Bit of a stampede at the start, and then when the dust settled there was a group of three out front with me a few metres adrift.  A little annoyed that I hadn't managed to position myself in a group.  First mile in 5:00 dead - a little too tasty and I was already feeling it.  As the first lap came to a close I started to feel really fatigued, but gritted my teeth.  Second mile in 5:10 - not fast enough.  Determined not to let the pace drop I chase the person who's dropped off the leading group, and overtake with just under a mile to go, moving into third.  Absolutely shattered now, but got to keep the legs moving.  Someone moves up onto my shoulder with a km to go and moves past.  I try to go with him, but I don't have the legs. In 4th now, and I know sub 16 is in the bag, but I want more. 500m to go and my legs have gone, my form has gone and I feel awful, I'm all over the place.  Third mile 5:06.  Try to sprint but I can't, and cross the line in 15:42 for 4th.

Feel elated but sick as hell afterwards, a feeling I've only ever had after marathons.  I think that means I squeezed everything out I could possibly get.  A pleasing thing to know.

It was a strong race as well - top 7 under 16!  Highly recommended for anyone seeking a fast 5K in the south.

Jogged back to the tube (1.5 miles) then, because bus times were rubbish, also jogged the 3.5 miles back from Reading station.  Felt OK by then.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 20:31
15:42 tonight for 4th. Yay! Full report to follow, since I'm sat on the train now.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 09:08

Thanks Bus.  Sub 16.  So it is written.  So it shall be done.

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