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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 11:54

The 'A' target is a PB - currently 32:33, but it will be touch and go whether that's possible - and the 'B' target is anything sub-33.  The winds currently forecast could ruin all that.  What the hell is up with the wind this year?  It's constant.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 21:59

Slow by your standards PMJ, but since it's bloody obvious why I wouldn't give it any further thought. Still, there are plenty who'd be more than happy with that.

Sensible decision Ric.

Light session on the track in view of the race on Sunday. Idea was 5k progressing from 88 seconds first lap (marathon pace), with each lap a second quicker to end at 10k target pace, to hit a range of paces without smashing myself. Wasn't quite as even as that, but 17:04 for the 5k was about right.

Sub 3

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 16:47

McMillan is pretty pessimistic on half marathons I find, so off my half marathon it would expect me to be getting close to breaking 32 for 10K and at 2:30:45 for marathon, neither of which I'd expect to see anytime soon, even though I believe 10k is my best distance..

Shame to miss Berlin bains, but seems a sensible way back.  Good timing to enjoy some time with the little 'un as well.

Sub 3

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 16:08

Popping in to say congrats on the impressive PBs selbs and Jimbob.  Also a solid run from TT, PP and Jools.

Incidentally TT, I have decided that when you come back from Kenya I shall be referring to you as KipTop.  I expect you to live up to the name.

Nice track county titles Charlie and CC2, no-one needs to know how many people turned up.

I'm also at the Bristol 10K Jools, so may see you there.  I shall be attempting a PB, but it may be a tough ask off the last couple of months of mediocrity.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 15:46

Scott - thanks.  No, most definitely not 5:05s!

Pete, I had pencilled the 2m race in (with an obvious target of sub 10), but scratched it when I entered Bristol the day before.  Next year maybe - I'd like to get a 2m time down.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 15:01

I didn't have the map with me.  Is that the trick?

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 11:33

Well done SG, good to see you nibbling under that 17 minute barrier again, just about though!  It's a really nice race in the right conditions, sounds like it could have been a bit quicker with less wind.  The medals for 7 places is a bit unusual, but I suppose it's that instead of finisher medals.

Excellent 10K PB Simon, I still maintain that it isn't the fastest 10K course out there, so think there's a little more to come off that in a quicker race.  It's also very polite of you to remain behind my PB.

Good mileage Ric.

Thanks all for the good luck wishes for the race this weekend.  Unfortunately, I'm not racing until this coming weekend, so I shall just carry them over.  It's the Bristol 10K, and I've just received my number in the post and found I've been put in pen 3 out of 4.  I hope that's a mistake and that they can rectify it, as otherwise there's no point me running.

Spent the long weekend in the Peak District, first time I've been up there and very nice it was too.  As always, I had good intentions of getting some proper old school trail running in, but I struggle with finding time on family holidays.  The one time I managed to get out, I tried taking random public footpaths and going off road, but every time I did I ran into a bunch of unsignposted tracks in the middle of a field, or a sudden impassable wall, or a ten-foot high pile of manure, so always had to turn back and get on the roads like the pussy I am.  Noticed on Sunday that the signs were out for the Buxton half marathon a couple of miles from where we were staying - think if I'd known that beforehand I may have been tempted, but it wouldn't have gone down too well with my wife.

EDIT: I have just found out that the Bristol 10K people have, unprompted, sent me a fresh race pack with a note that they'd made an error, so that's all right then.  Problem resolved before I even had to lift a finger!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 11:21

Happy belated birthday SS, and good reps.  However, beware trying to push on from a period of PBing - that's what resulted in 3 months of underperformance for me post-Wokingham.  Should have just taken 2 weeks easy and built up again.

More track 5000s Simon?  I'm looking forward to my first one in June, but that's just against old men.

Last big 10K session last night.  3 x 2 mile with 4-5 minute recoveries, as per McMillan.  Did the same session 10 days before Leeds last year.  Happy with the outcome, I think on that basis that a PB will be tough but isn't entirely off the cards at Bristol, depending on conditions - will look to head out at PB pace and see what comes out at the end.

I'm planning my first Watford 3K for a bash at 8:59 for1st July.  Anyone else looking at that one? Simon, SG, etc?

Frome Half Marathon

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 19:18

It's pretty hilly. Egford Hill at about 10 miles is a killer, and reduces many to walking. I've done it twice and, as well as the hills, it was a roasting hot day both times. Don't expect a fast time and you'll be fine!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 13:59

Great sub16 in the conditions Simon, this wind is a reet bugger.

Nice reps SG. The trick is not to worry about what Dean would be doing.

So, Vets track league last night. I was down for the 800. Aim was just to enjoy it - a nice no pressure hammer down blast. No expectations on time - the main aim was to avoid getting beaten by the B String runner, who is 4-5 minutes slower over 10k, but had cranked out a 25 second 200 earlier in the night off long distance training.

The wind was strong and cold, but the evening had at least been sunny. However, as we lined up the heavens opened. Great. Let's forget about PBs!

A and Bs ran together off the curve. I get an inside lane draw, which will help, but I don't have a quick start, so I know I'm going to get swamped by the 18 strong field, which is precisely what happens. Drift to the outside and push past the mass down the back straight and attach myself to the back of the lead group of 5, but the slow start then surge has already cost me energy. Into the wind from 200, but I've got a little shelter. I'm in 4th now and 3rd is starting to pull away. Through 400 in 65, but legs are tiring, and by 550, they're swimming in lactic and I'm treading water. Back into the wind, and there's no hiding place now, and I'm slowing badly. Someone comes shooting past down the home straight, and two more try to overtake, including my B String. Since I am the team manager and decided who was A and B, I am NOT losing to him, so I throw the kitchen sink at these two, pull back alongside and dip to beat them both by a fraction of a second. 5th place in 2:17:06.

Obviously, 2:17 is not a true reflection, but that wind reduced times across the board by several seconds. I will do some speedwork and try to have a proper crack at 800 over the summer.

Then leg 3 of a 4 x 400. No split times here, thank f***. Take baton in 5th, about 30m behind 4th - eat up the ground, and overtake him by 180m, but in the home straight he comes back, and my 800 lactic has gone nowhere, so can't respond. Another guy is on my shoulder but I have enough to hold him off and hand over in exactly the same position again.

Had the kids with me, and they had a great night, shouting support at me, and hooting with laughter at the racewalkers. They were even inspired to do their own comedy racewalk round the edge of the track, tho I feel my 6 year old should have been DQed for lifting off.

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