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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 23:33

Dean, still a mighty impressive 800 time for anyone, let alone an old fella. You could be right in still having Saturdays race in your legs, after all a mile counts as long distance for you these days.

Simon, great reps after a shaky start. Bus, likewise good reps in the conditions.

Glad in the end that I wasn't at Eltham tonight, as despite the forecast stillness there was yet another blustery wind down the back straight at the track tonight. Had a pop at Dean's 1500 session from a few pages back, i.e. 2 x 2 x (400 fast, 15 secs, 200 faster). Wasn't sure what the recoveries were, so took a couple of minutes between the two, and 5 mins between sets. 400s all in 68, 200s all in 32. Think the 400s ought to be a fraction slower and the 200s a fraction faster. But a decent blast anyway 

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 16:40

I have just resigned myself to the fact that every race for the foreseeable future will be windy.

Pulled out of the 5000 at the BMC Regional at Eltham tomorrow night.  A shame, but it's a 2-hour train journey each way (plus the journeys to/from stations either end.  I can maybe get away with it another night if I drove or stayed the night with a friend or something in London somewhere, but I've got a really early start and loads to do on Thursday, and it's just too much.  I will take 2 or 3 weeks to work on my speed and have another crack at a 5K in August hopefully.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 21:56

Excellent win Matt, despite falling and defecating all over the shop. Sounds pretty eventful, and a quality bit of race-craft to build a gap on the uphill. You're going to have to let your wife wear this fleece I think!

Got to love the misplaced confidence of a guy who turns down a week in the Pyrenees without checking with his wife first.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 21:46

Dean, just watched the race. What a finish! Can't argue with that sort of pace at the end, and it must set you up very nicely indeed for the worlds.

It was PC2 who pipped your clubmates. It was your clubmate who was the youngster who fell, I believe.

Another cheeky race today, the Frome 10k. I was back there anyway to see my parents at quite short notice, and to visit my grandmother in hospital, and my Dad mentioned that it was the half marathon/10k weekend. These are pretty damn hilly races, so didn't think I could get away with the half, which I've done a couple of times, and still recover for upcoming races, but was tempted by the 10k, where the course record is 34:50ish, and which I was confident I could break without going all out, and get my long awaited first win of the year.

That was until I saw the entry list. Knew I couldn't win it without a huge effort, so decided to run at about 90% and just enjoy it.

Lined up in the second row behind a fat bloke. Standing next to me, also behind a fat bloke, is GB international Frank Tickner (fortunately doing the half). Said fat bloke had better have an electric start.

Start is a bit of a cavalry charge, with all kinds of randomers getting overexcited and haring off. I start off steadily and pick my way through for the first mile or two of flattish/ downhill that merely serves to highlight what is to come, i.e. a big old hill to the halfway point (then an extra short steep bit, just for giggles). I'm shafted by the time I get to the top of that (17:12 at 5k), and not really certain where I am in the race, cos there is a 5k/10k/half all starting together, but I'm in 2nd at best.

Round an estate, and I've recovered from the hill and back in cruising mode as the half/10k separate. I can see a 10k guy ahead, but it's a big margin, and I'm not going to muller myself giving chase. Steep downhill into town centre then the uphill drag to the finish line at the football ground, a few hundred metres down the road from where I grew up. Not sure what the time is, as my watch has run out of juice, but round the corner and cross in 34:27. See two blokes with 10k numbers standing there, clearly I'm 3rd. 

That's ok for a hilly 10k where, whilst I was more letting it flow however I felt than pushing it. I reckon the course is worth at least a minute, so pretty reasonable, and legs are sprightly afterwards, which was the main aim.  My prize was two crisp fivers, my first ever cash prize. Only a £2 net loss, yay! 



Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 13:27
WIll watch that later Dean, should be good.

For a bit of context, Les is the guy who destroyed my 20m lead in the last 200 of a vets league 3k a couple of weeks ago with an awesome kick, so for Dean to do that to him is damn impressive.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 00:38

Anyway, open mile race today. In the fastest of the open heats, before the fast boys start in the BMC races. 

Bit of a compromised warm up, as I had the kids with me and didn't want to leave them sitting on their own, and my youngest wasn't enjoying the gun, but managed a couple of miles with strides. 

Into the race, and there's some familiar faces, with PC2 and James B of Abingdon, who I've decided is going to be my rabbit, along with lots of eager youngsters. Gun goes, and I settle at the back of the pack to try to keep out of trouble, as there's lots of veering around and lane changing going on. Through the end of the first lap in 71, so bang on target (bearing in mind that's 409m), and start to pass a couple, still sticking close to James. One youngster in particular is chopping and changing position all over the place. Leaders are starting to pull ahead, and I'm in more of a second group with JB and this lad at 800 (well, 809) in 2:20.

As we come to the end of the back straight, I am at the back of the group of 3 when the youngster goes sprawling to the deck, and James pretty much goes with him. I skip to the outside, losing time, but come through unscathed, and now alone, with a lot of running still to do. To the bell in 3:31, I need a fast last lap. Can I do it? No. Push hard but the legs aren't giving me anything. 200 to go and James is suddenly there again. Can he recover from a fall and still beat me? Yes he can. Try to race him down the home straight, but it's the eternal story with my finish, and it's 4:42:xx. Glad at least James recovered for a decent time.

Hoped I could have broken 4:40, but never mind. Must have run a 4:23 1500, which would be a PB there too, even though I should be much quicker. Will keep trying. It's funny though that on Wednesday I was doing 3 x mile reps in 4:53-4:55, yet I can't go much quicker in a mile race. That's the lack of pure speed I suppose.

had to shoot off to Somerset straight afterwards - looked for Dean afterwards, but didn't expect to recognise him without the club vest on already, and didn't.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 20:28
Well done Deano, whatever you ran. Wish I could have hung around to watch, sounds like it was a good one.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 18:06
Dean, think I would have no choice but to let him go...

Saw your 10k PP, impressive stuff indeed, looks like the form is reemerging as the marathon approacheth. Looking forward to a burn up at Ladywell again, as long as I am invited again, and the Mrs gives me permission.

Shall we take wagers on Dean and my mile times?

Dean - 4:22
Me - 4:41

PC2 is in the race too...

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 11:58

Sounds a good run PMJ.

Good week of workouts Iron.

Dean, I'm at 2:10 pm, so ages before you.  Unless you're arriving in Oxford super-early, looks like our paths may not cross, which is a shame.  I had wanted to hang around and watch the BMC stuff, but I need to be at my parents by around 5-ish.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 20:16

It's the open race. Ah, hadn't realised you'd entered both, you'll be fine then.

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