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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 23/01/2017 at 16:32

banking time is often in the head....its been said on these forums many times in race reports "at the half way stage i was going too fast for my training/PB but i banked the time....which was handy as i tired badly towards the end of the race so it helped".  

i think Ric is saying, if you didnt go to fast at the begining then you wouldnt have tired badly at all. 

If you are trying to stretch a PB then its not really banking time, its pushing the boundaries, as you need to go out harder for that. sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt but its good to try sometimes


glad the ankle is on the mend Pete

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 23/01/2017 at 13:55

i have no problem with the women who are genuinely racing each other to start perhaps too far forward so they are in sight of each other.  i did however have a problem with 1 woman who looked me up and down and then stood in front of me (assuming i was slower than her) at a 10k and as she wasnt a kenyan or jo pavey i moved in front of her as the start was quite narrow.  i beat her by about an afternoon so she had no business being so far forward.

good session Simon.   Started looking into accomodation for denmark...have you started looking yet?

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 23/01/2017 at 11:38

midlands masters xc champs for me on sunday.  there was a decent handful at the sharp end but thursday onwards i was feeling sick and my stomach was playing games so my early enthusiasm was diluted as i didnt run friday or sat.  So wasnt sure how i would race.    in the warm up i noticed they had messed around with the course and it was really twisty and stop start.  not ideal for me as normally that venue has long stretches of flat hard mud that i can get a high pace on.  Then i saw a few of the people i would battle with.  (a couple of england XC masters with great records on XC, one has a sub 70 HM and the other a sub 32 10k in the last few weeks).  So it was going to be tough.

I set off in the lead group and sat on the shoulder of who ever took the race on.  Every now and again pushed past to liven up the pace.  soon we were in a breakaway group of 4.  with 2m to go there was a surge and only i could go with the leader so opened up a gap behind us.  I pulled alongside to let him know i was still there but over the next mile he worked hard and opened a 20m gap.  i couldnt hold it, my legs turned to jelly but i held on thinking if he faulters i can get him in the sprint.   He extended his lead through the woods and he had too big a lead on me.  i slalomed through the back markers but couldnt get a rhythm going and ran out of race.  i cruised in 2nd overall but 1st in the v40 age group.  30secs ahead of 3rd.  

Happy with that. and to take some more silverware.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 23/01/2017 at 10:57

some good training/racing going on and always nice to see a photo of a fish.

particular shout out to CC, that looks a very good session and Phils XC race.


Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 10:55

CC - if you are tight buying kit..god knows what you will think of my recent impromptu purchase at Nike Store.  only went in to exchange sizes on a pair of my wifes racers.  and i got this little haul for me...a pair of lunarspider stripped back racers, zoom streak racers, 2 pairs of lunartempos, 1 pair of Vomeros, and 2 pairs of lunarracers 3 (1 pair off camera).  Should see me through the year


decent session SG - i quite like the track for runs like that..i know its boring going round and round but you get an accurate reading every 400m so its easier to keep the pace for me.

i did a 16*400m off 80sec recovery last night.  It was very cold but they all came out 68/69s a few 67s by accident and the positive thing was they werent strained...i was controlled and felt "comfortable".  So hopefully in a decent place to push on.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 10:14

good racing matt - particularly with the "distraction" to deal with.

some tidy training going on and good XC as well to simon and PMJ

I had the birmingham league XC last sat.  the race is stacked with talent and you quickly get swallowed up if you are not on it.  I set off and at 800m in, im at 4.42 pace so i ease off to 5.21 pace and im quickly down in the 60th or worse position. i console myself that surely everyone cant keep that pace up.  i notice a few people ahead of me that i have beaten recently so i know im doing ok but not great...but the pace is still warm. Next mile hits some twisty sections and i work hard where possible, i gain a few vests but not many are coming back towards me.  that mile was 5.18.

3rd mile and im starting to work harder but the course gets tricky i take a few more vests including a teammates who is normally faster than me (but is on the mend from injury)  a 5.32 mile.  im happy with the pace but im still in the late 40's will no sign of any group ahead coming back.  So i push on and make a break to catch the group ahead, i drag back to them and pass them so i focus on going for the next group.  im moving fast on the surface now as i take people i get into the late 30's into the last mile.  That mile was a 5.29.  i have passed a team mate and i know he will want to come back at me so im super focused and work hard.  i pass a few others and through the woods i know the sprint finish is there..i kick to give the chasing pack no chance to catching me but there is no one ahead who i can catch as they had too much gap.  Last  full mile was 5.30  and the last qtr mile came out sub 5min pace.  

finished 35th and ave pace 5.25 so not too bad on xc.  The front was stacked with internationals and loughborough uni students.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 20:50

Don't know if it was windy where you lot are but its gale force here today.  So did the 10m on my treadmill instead of braving the outside world and did it watching Phoenix nights to pass the time. 

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 20:04

Dachs, our county champs are what you are after. I ran and counted towards the senior team points.   i also counted towards the vets team points (though our team was incomplete).  Same goes for the u20's.  I think this better than the rules you have to put up with.   Also very good racing.  Should see you at the inters.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 13:02

Cheers chaps, intercounties doesnt clash with Trafford this yr so I should be able to do both.

matt, I agree with the rules as long as the individual qualifies then so does their team.  

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 18:40

Good parkrun splits Phil.

county xc champs for me today.  Wasn't feeling it, but I never do as it's xc!  Plan was to go off hard and hold on for as long as possible.  First mile and I'm in the lead group. About 5.25 pace.  Next couple of miles pass by at the same pace but the lead 6 ebb away but I'm in a group of 4 behind,  swapping places every 100m or so.  Half way and still sub 5.30 pace.  Ok, I decide to push on to make sure I get the vets gold.  To be fair I was well clear but I didn't know it.

4mile and I'm in a battle but press on past 2 but 1 chap has taking 20m lead.  I work hard but can't real him in.  It stayed that way for the next mile but our pace had dropped to 5.40. in to the 6th and final mile Im in 6th and 25m behind 5th.  I try and get back but he knows me and knows if I get his shoulder I will win the sprint, so he is working hard to keep the gap.  Last 200m and the ladies team are loud and bellow at me to give them something to watch and catch him in the sprint. I obilge and kick, I'm flying and the ladies are shouting you have him and I think his head dropped. I pulled along side and passed.  Hit the last 100m and opened a big gap of my own.  

Finished 5th overall, qualified for intercounties, won vets individual gold ( 3rd year in a row) winning by over a minute, and despite a depleted team we still sneak team silver.  Ave pace was 5.33 so decent all round really.  Very happy that I ran a decent xc for once. 

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