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Great Birmingham Run 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 17:13

valley, im afraid not.  its line to line.  .  it might feel longer from the left as you go round a roundabout to join the route but its possible the right had a longer route just to get to the roundabout.  the left might have been more direct....  in truth i dont know but as the race is UKA affiliated im sure the length of the race is measure from all starts.


Great Birmingham Run 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 16:04

valley, a garmin is only really unreliable when calculating exact distances...its very good at timing.  so assuming you started and stopped on the line that will be your time.  so it sounds like you havent broken sub 90 yet.  but on a faster course in less blustery conditions i would say you are likely to get it next time.

the issue people are having from the left are they timed it to be 1hr 55min and the official time said 1.53.   the official time is wrong for these people

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 10:38

iron -echo the other comments, its looking promising for you, hopefully a clean period of no niggles/injuries is coming

just got a text from the "nurse" he wants to set the world record for a 5k dressed as a camel.  i explained whilst i was happy to help today, racing as a camel is a bit niche for me and i might concentrate on traditional races...on 2 crowd muppetry for the foreseeable.

though got major Dad points as the kids spotted me on ITV news last night.  followed by the inevitable "are you famous Dad"

Overdone it?

Posted: Yesterday at 09:29

some good running at birmingham 

i was pacing a mate round in the nurse outfit and he is normally a 75min man but the wind and hill meant our mile 11 was an average was 7.01mm.  i notice muddy was faster on that section.  that course isnt a classic PB course IMO, and is slower than the notts half or wilmslow.  at times it felt like the wind was always head on...and going through the tunnel with the leaves swirling was bleak.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:34

Matt - tough day, but you have been on fire recently so I'm sure it's a one off blip.

dachs - firstly congrats on a strong PB and agree its slightly down on expectations but like matt surely the autumn is all about Leeds from now.  Get that race right and I'm sure this will fall into the background.

i did birmingham half, as part of the pacing team for my mate going for a world record dressed as a nurse.  Plan was to take them through in 6.06 pace and then if all were feeling good we would push on.   By mile 3 they were falling behind and we were 30 secs  over the 80 min target.  I asked if all was ok and when we got to the downhill I pushed the pace.  Got to 10k about on target.

 Crowd were loving the nurse.  Come on nursey! every 50m or so. i was acting as chief muppet getting more cheers from the crowd, slaloming from left to right high fiving kids, people dressed up as a bear,  some clowns, basically anyone to get cheers.  Got some great noise when doing the old "the otherside off the road cheered loader", then going to the otherside and saying "you can beat that"!  

back to the running but we hit the hill, and some nasty wind.  Blowing a gale, pace fell off but I pushed on hoping he would catch up..but the gap grew. So I slow down to let him take my shoulder.  We are off pace now, and he is suffering, the pace is outside of sub 80.  But a strong last mile could pull it back but it wasn't there, some more muppetry going into the last 200 and we cross the line to the sound of the announcer acknowledging our names and confirming we had broken the world record!  Crowd give him a huge cheer and then he is pounced on by the tv crew for an interview which will go out on itv tonight.

Time was 80.39.  

Slower than he wanted but a 7 min reduction of the record.  So all is good.  I had a great time but the course isn't fast and at times was very windy.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 19:58

great stuff Stevie S. 

but there is nothing tin pot about the quality of the kids at your club.  Some real prospects there. 

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 17:34

i think I can categorise my half tomorrow as a B race.. target is an 80.  I wont be dressed as batman though as the chap whose world record attempt it is isn't keen on it taking away some of the attention to his fancy dress WR.  and as its all for charity for his 1yr old son who has had open heart surgery 3 times I think that's fair.

good luck at the cabbage patch for those doing it.


Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 07:36

max, i do something similar to stevie see when a b race such as Xc comes around. I will still do my sessions but the 2nd session is often reduced. Either in volume, pace or with extended recovery.  In effect the b race replaces a tempo session. And I imagine the b races aren't every week.  It's like throwing in a parkrun as a temp check. 

Stevie see - obviously you are in good form at the mo and in time for a good go at Leeds. Have you seen the podium 5k races. Fast and very flat, 6 times a yr. looking at the course it could rival christleton,  might be worth a dabble bearing in mind your good form at present. 

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 19:44

Ha ha! Just as I thought SG is right all the time, and any other view is wrong, absolutely wrong apparently. It's an absolute miracle he is injured or "coming back from a niggle" the majority of the time. 

Yes I understood what your physio said, but your lack of perception or understanding that maybe high mileage isn't for your frame and trying something different could help appears alien to you. That was my point.   Different ways of doing things, not absolutely right and absolutely wrongs, just different. 

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 14:21
Maxpower North West wrote (see)

. Otherwise they are likely to be in a cycle of niggles (or injuries as I like to call them).

spot on Max.

Stevie G wrote (see)


I remember hearing a pro dancer saying if you work out for an hour, stretch for an hour.


see thats the difference between us, when i talk to pro dancers they normally say "you give me £20 i give you good dance"     i rarely talk to them about their warm up exercises.

Stevie G wrote (see)


When you go to pro medical people and they say you're so locked and tight it's like your muscles have hit a catabolic state, it's time to re-assess. With high mileage, sitting all day, getting older all working against natural muscle length and flexibility as it is, why on earth .!

i cant be the only person who finds this lack of personal perception odd.  he says its time to reassess...but doesnt..he continues with the same old training that caused the issue and just layers on maintenance in stretching. its like having a bonfire on the forecourt of a petrol station.  you are told to reassess but instead of changing where you put the bonfire you buy a hose pipe and buckets of water to put the eventual fire out..   

Why persist with high mileage, why not change your training for a yr.  run smaller volume but faster pace eventually. Take more rest days.

this is included for the wider discussion as we all know SG cant read my posts either


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