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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 13:30

All been there Andrew! Have to have a big blow out now and again! Well I may be a little raw still after the German Shepherd Dog incident (claw marks going slowly) but there's just too many of the f**kers! keep sniffer dogs, guide dogs, police dogs..round all the others up and cull half of them. Job done .

Good parkrunning over the weekend. Bus - good account, quite amusing (sorry!!) good session Dean. Phil - Andy Maud was a tennis pro as in 'teaching it' in a tennis club.

Right. Did a 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 pyramid at Willen lake MK after the missus had done a the parkrun. Sunday, did a 16 miler from ours in LB to the pool we take our boy to at Newport Pagnell..bit lumpy over the firat half. Felt ok, hip flexors maoning as per usual.

Did 6 getting to work this morning - then realised as I had left my trousers at home! So ran 2 miles from Camden down to Next on Oxford St and back to buy some more..knackered!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 14:13

Phil - I think that's Andy Maud in the middle of the photo, think was top ten (the ex-tennis pro who tried his hand at running..sick making!)

Bus - the recoveries do seem a bit quick to me too! but it's what Simmonds told us we'd had and it is about right, looking back. I really think though that the core stuff has helped this week, felt a lot smoother going round.

Iron - I've got a track 20 secs away from my front door! It's now half as wide and tarmac with 'exercise' points round it. Obviously it's busy with bloody dog walkers and kids on scooters!! Weird as the other photos show my estate being built too!

Runners under attack by idiots

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 13:59

No worries! Speaking to the owner, I was suprised as he seemed quite intelligent - 'one of us' if you like, as he did a bit of running and cycling himself. Although my wife did say obviously not 'that' intelligent if he has been down the Police station previously!

I think (and hope) that this will be the kick up the backside that he needs to keep the thing muzzled and on a lead!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 23:19
Cheese and Port is lovely, but I think I'll stick to a bit of flapjack and some green tea , just can't run completely fuel free! Some great miles in there Phil and good reps Dean! Bus...please don't mention PH, still having nightmares about that place!!

10 x 800 tonight, managed 4 at 2.29, 5 at 2.28 and the last one 2.25, absolutely bolloxed at the end. I think it was 80 secs recovery. Well happy with that, more happy with feeling totally niggle free on my left side, hopefully those Mo and Rupp conditioning exercises are helping!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 13:26

Dachs - yes, Nationals was horrible..apparenatly the intercounties has a different course this year, hopefully getting rid of the long drag. Weather possibly might be getting colder, which could mean drier hopefully..

Luton tonight, back on the track again..wonder what Simmons has in store for us..

Runners under attack by idiots

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 13:19
MiserableGit2 wrote (see)

I could loan out my neurotic 7 year-old female German Shepherd, who used to love accompanying me, when I ran a few years back. 

We'd leave the house well armed.  I'd have my iPhone secured to my forearm in its protective cover, while she would emerge wearing full head gear (muzzle & nose-guard), in addition to a couple of poop bags tied to her collar. 

As much as she's a loving family pet, due to the protective nature of her breed, she's never had very little time for strangers, briefly demonstrated by her behaviour, before she's placed into check.

Thankfully, a simple tug of the lead is sufficient to break the chain of her unsociable behaviour, helping to quickly re-focus her attention upon placing one paw in front of the other.   

Thus far, I've not yet told her that my wife and I have successfully entered into this year's GNR through the ballot, meaning that walkies are soon to become a lot more exciting, something I'm sure she'll be ecstatic over, as she'll soon be re-acquainted with her once retired running lead. 

I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you're seen running with a German Shepherd, due to their reputation and the field of work in which they're regularly employed, very few people will feel inclined to mess with you and your dog. 



Hmm..Yes the claw marks from when I was attacked by a German Shepherd dog a few weeks ago are just starting to fade. The owner said he had already had a go at someone else a few weeks back. Said I would report it again if it wasn't muzzled and on a lead..glad my wife and 4 year old weren't with me at the time...

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 13:02

Dean - yes not nice at all, it might as well been a cross trainer machine competion, it certainly wasn't running! Yes, Greenwood is a beast and just keeps getting better and better, well in the last 2-3 years that I have known him and I was a distant 2nd V40 overall to him in the Surrey XC league this year too. I had a quick couple of words with him and Phil (hi mate ) in the pub after. (Good luck at Bath)

Can't wait for the XC season to finish to be honest. Got the intercounties to go and then I can throw my spikes away - they have done their 2 years!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 08:46

Yes Bus -  It was!

One of life's joys is toothache going away. I have a bit of a grey tooth as I stupidly openend a bottle of beer with my teeth whilst working as a stupid campsite courier in France, 95.

I don't think people appreciate what feeling well is, I really feel for folk with chronic back pain, it must be a nightmare.

As an aside - I saw off a tweet a link to the Oregon project core and stability stuff (used by Mo and Rupp) and so thought I would get an advantage on my rivals by doing them. And low and behold they are now on the bloody RW website. Typical ...

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 13:35

Well did the National at the weekend - and as expected it was muddy as hell - this is Parly hill of course. But not the deep wet mud, this was deep sticky mud. The national course is 2 big laps and better than the southern course, with the first half being the harder half.

So I didn't feel I was doing that well and them the first half of the second lap nearly finished me off. Ended up with 254th and I would say 6/10 for performance. It's just too muddy and i'm not strong enough basically. The results are so up in the air too - the guy who accidentally tripped me up at fast, flat Richmond was 72nd! only xc can do that.

Only intercounties to go until the blessed road and track

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:10
Great stuff on Paula and Mo. Often get a bit of extra stuff on her as the missus is Bedford & County since the year dot. Got annoyed about all the choker bullshit after Athens, especially as we knew the background to the problem. As we all knew how gutsy she was, it was infuriating tbh

Mo will go down as a great runner, obvs Bekele is possibly one of the all time greats, so to get that Olympic double when Bekele is still about is possibly quite fortunate!

Did 11 x 200 yesterday just to wake the legs up, nothing today as it's the national tomorrow.
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