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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 19:10

if anyone is at a loose end, and fancies doing a little summary of the different courses they've done i'd be Interested.

So far I've done 3 different courses only, but fancy racking up a few different ones for a bit. For one thing, a little drive to a parkrun helps bring back the "proper" race vibe preparation wise.

  • Dulwich, fastest I've done, 3 laps, nice surface, did my 16.53 there, in spite of an insane start. Hour drive!
  • Black park, flat enough, but dodgy woody type footing in the main, can be a splash fest
  • Wycombe, steps, couple of inclines, perhaps 1k on grass?

On another note, I noticed the fastest parkrun time in the records is 12.12.

Tidy, I thought, being about 20secs quicker than the world record for the track!
Is a wheelchair time though, and while still sounds a really good effort, just wondered why that's included in the running stats! Not like it'll ever be beaten!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 16:39

Don't ruin tomorrow's race report son 

Tomorrow is looking like a 16 year old's dream day, 5k race, Tott v Pool, Wycombe v whichever pony we're playing, Hull v United.

It's either amazing, or worrying living such an existence at my age, but for now, let's go...amazing 


Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 15:36

A local town to me, Princes Risborough do a weekly 5k time trial in a park. But they don't link it to parkrun for some reason, and they do it on a Sunday.

Anyway,sniffing through their months of results, the fields are generally miniscule, and the winning times, with all due respect generally midpack fare.

One time leapt out, some geezer did a 16.30 there, and a quick Phil-esque leaf throguh PO10, it seems he's done a 8.55 3k himself.

Erm, not particularly interesting on its own, but, while we're talking 8.55s!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 14:17

nice one Dachs.

Although you have now "completed" 3k, as a sub 8.55 aint gonna be as impressive 


Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 16:53

Ah Watford... from my whopping 2 race experience i'd describe the below as typical

  • The nightmare of parking, unless you don't mind being half a mile away in some random estate
  • Races always starting later than even the already ridiculously late start time, while they smash through 37 800m races and 73 1500s, including the inevitable ones that feature 53 year old blokes racing 7 year olds.
  • Swathes of scary looking teens with all the latest gear, sporting stomachs honed from iron, with their pushy parents loitering in the background trying to make up for their own crushed dreams
  • The toilets not having any lights, meaning any turds past about 8pm have to be conducted in either pitch black, or very dark with the door half open, trying to use the tiny bit of light through the main door
  • Super intense officials, who despite most of your race being made up of teen girls still talk about false starting people if there any "elbows", react furiously if you can't immediately break your 10years road racing habit of taking splits (thus blocking their cameras), and ticking you off if one of your (two) numbers comes off.

Enjoy though chaps, you guys are not 'king amateurs like I am (ed...was?)


Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 09:08

fair do's CC, and another good session. You remind me of me a few years ago, enthusiastically embracing new sessions and taking them on with vigour.

Dean, speedy recovery. The mind boggles at a 4.12 being seen as a terrible result. Sounds excellent to me, as does Simon's 4.11. Obviously you're both capable of better but still.

Pretty warm today, conned myself that i'd "take it easy", as it came out the usual sort of mix of 6.49.

Will probbo do another parkrun this weekend coming, but make it a travelling brief, to gently get back into the vibe of a "proper" race a bit more.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 19:07

CC, never spikes for me, haven't ever worn them.

Overdone it?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 17:14

Just a random drop in Skinny!

We chatted on the other thread the other day about this strange qualification system, as I'd wrongly presumed that all of the men's marathoners had at least hit the sub 2.18 B standard. 

It came to light that the guy who came 2nd last, for Cambodia had tapped into the rule  that  if a country has no qualifiers across the whole of track n field, they can pick one wildcard in one event.

This time out Malaysia had an 100metre runner (i presume she qualified, rather than was the wildcard(!) ), so that would have killed it anyway.

On another note though, the guy who came last, in 2.46 (?) is a 2.19 marathoners, proving to me how hard a) a marathon is, and b) one in heat and humidity.



Overdone it?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 12:37

  Surely most runners once they're past that spell where they only have to turn up at a race to pb do that!

For example,i'm the king of playing down expectations, but I don't think for a moment I wouldn't be able to beat the 17.30 Wycombe parkrun times on a course without grass and steps! I don't think that's blaggery 

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 11:15

8x1km certainly felt plenty for me, and served as a quality peaking session.

The best thing with my current situation is the flexibility of training. I tend to try and do a couple of track sessions a week, but sometimes decide exactly what on the day.

fancied a quicker session today, both pace and timewise, so went for the shorter of the 200s ones, which is a very easy on the brain 10x200 off 90 (the other is 16x200 off 60 before anyone moans at the recoveries )

all 32 and 33s.

Any purists would have been disgusted by me with no shirt on, over ear headfones, and due to a ridiculously loose pair of shorts ditched them, meaning i was in a pair of skintight lycra pants, so scandalous that I kept a beady eye out for anyone arriving!

Gorgeous scenes 


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