Stevie G

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Overdone it?

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 20:36
mace wrote (see)

Just read on SG's thread that he's struggling a bit at the moment so good luck SG if you're looking in. And if you're not looking in.

ta Mace (and others), much appreciated.

Just another one of those barriers frustrating the aim to get on and progress. One day one of these will stop me for good, but barring something untoward in any of the heart tests this won't be the one. Am still keen! even this many years on!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 19:18

Ta for the advice people, today's run told me for certain just sacking it off for a bit is the answer. Not going to put any timescale on it, but ill have a few tests/get results, and wait until breathing feels more normal again before thinking about it.

In the meantime will enjoy slightly later sleeps and getting up at 8am each day


Forgive me just rucking off for a bit now though, but don't worry, i'll be back to posting oodles of pony ever so soon

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 09:58

Bus, lucky you're here with me to add some realism to the anyone reading this would have a slightly warped sense of what is possible!

The milers we've covered, but then Matt slipping and pooping to some epic long distance win, Dachs casually stroking one off on a hilly course, a sub 35 i mean. Bigger question in what is presumably a fairly cock and biscuits type race, is who the heck are these chaps beating Dachs into third?!

I've had a week to reflect on last week's shock outcome. Can't help but feel a bit of missed opportunity. The 10k was won in what has to be the slowest time it's been won in. I'd have won it on my last 3 goes, and even feeling like i did Sunday I was still level with Rob in 3rd up to 5k, within a half marathon.

Obviously the bigger missed opportunity was the placing in the half. With a pal I've beaten at half this year and 5k 2 weeks ago coming 3rd, and a whole sh!tload of people I don't even have to check their pbs to know I should have beaten. All in a year with no Cooray, Downes, EOG etc...oh well, can't change circumstance, and am so glad I finished!


Last week was  2 full rest days, 4,4, 6&4, 6 and 8. A bit of a mental effort to keep them going, especially the 8. While paces aren't overly reduced, I can feel I'm warmer than I should be, sweating more than normal etc

It feels like someone has drained half my energy and fitness away, so goodness knows what's going on. Also feels like I've not got my full breathing range, not like the costochondritis, where you had to breathe very deep as it felt locked in the ribs, but just a bit more wheezy.

Had a blood test last Tue, should get results tomorrow when I go in for an ECG. Then An echo cardiogram or something later....

Am presuming it'll be some virus or similar thing, logic would say if it was heart related it'd have come up before or would have been some kind of pain in that area in the race.

Having said that, I did record 199/99 on the blood pressure test straight after the collapse, which if you check the charts, the first number especially is capital DANGER!

Again, having said that we never usually take blood pressure at the peak/end of races anyway. Most likely it'd be sky high anyway, so not quite the alarm it could be.

People who've spoken to me about it presume I was "Overdoing it". I'd say any overdoing it was in relation to how i was on the day, rather than on usual fitness. After all, HM should be 5.45-5.50, and I didn't break 6 once, and from midway it dropped off a cliff down to easy pace for the last 3miles.
Have also had to sheepishly accept the "well dones" from non runners who just see 16th/420ish, and don't understand the situation. 

to conclude...i might be done for summer racing now...which is an arse as I had good plans to smash at least 3 or so more races.
However, i'll settle for getting back to normal in time and not having to quit, which would be worst case scenario!!

everyone keep up the good work either way, and I'll back later this week hopefully with the "it was just a cold, i'm ok" good news, and some sentiments on better to be safe than sorry 

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 20:38

great work mile boys!

Dachs, any other week, we'd be fawning at your time, but with Dean doing that kind of behaviour you probably feel unsatisfied! And that's why you'll come back and smash it.

AG, I scan read your post, and I'm afraid the phrases that leapt out were "rubbing on the rim", "semi" and "hard going". On a proper read, it still sounds like a nice day's work.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 21:32

Deffo Ric. If I can recover quickly, I'd love to get another 3k/5k and a club event in over the next few weeks. But all of those are nice to haves, rather than me risking putting a recovery back.

Over the course of a running year, a 2 day full break is quite a rare thing, so I'm looking forward to a couple of 8am wakeups, and relaxing!


Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 21:21

Ric, deffo agree, although today I was pishing out 5mins before the race, so thought I was covered. I am puny muscles wise though, no getting away from that.

Matt - I try and entertain as well as merely self indulgently writing monster reports. You have to take the comedy from today, it was ridiculous. My mum took a whole stack of pics of me in the last 200m, and kept showing me them, until I snapped

"I know, I was experiencing it"


I've a small stable of silly races now.

Over exerting on a boiling hot day, and ending face in the turf for 30mins
Doing a race with a fever
Doing a race with a chest infection.

But they were all 10k jobs.  You can sort of blag that a little. I found today there's no blagging in a hilly humid half

Matt, I'm up to 9 races in 2015 now. A real mixed this last couple of months of couple of cracking ones, couple of weather related ones, and couple of under the weather ones!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 21:10

171 races, and this was only the second on my birthday.

And it now is automatically the best "birthday race related story", over the time I drove to Hanney for a 5miler, found a sports centre, but couldn't actually find the race, so spent a lonely 35mins pootling round some council estates instead.

Glorious day.

In an odd way I am glad there was something clearly wrong, and I wasn't just showing a heart the size of a flea by easing down so ridiculously. Take any positive

looking forward to 2 compete rest days minimum though. Will revisit on Wednesday.
It's always pleasing to complete a half, I suppose especially in these circumstances. It's super easy to finish one you're smashing, but what about one that you knew was off as early a 3miles!

Iron, wow that's quite a break yourself really. I think it's situations like today which show me 2 paradoxical things.

1) That I don't like to take extra rest days to my 1 a week too often, as you never know when you'll have a forced one

but 2) you realise how little harm if any such a rest day or 2 will do.

Brown pee, costochrondritis, constant tightnesses, pelvic niggle, putting my back out, stomach issues.

Have to love it to deal with all that stuff over the last 5 years!


Pete, ta. I do love a real detailed waf...sorry write up. Hope others are even vaguely entertained!

I'm not certain you can enjoy race pace effort, bar perhaps that last min burn up with a rival, but you can definitely enjoy a nice scenic run, no worries on pace.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 19:25

Ric- always get a report up, whether it's gone excellently, averagely or ridiculously!

Needless to say I can't stress enough the "Luck" that this happened on a park 1/2mile from home, rather than a race 90miles away!!

GNR ebay places scandal

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:19

the best bumps are when someone then asks someone a question, or thinks they can pick the debate up, infinite years on!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:14

Oh no, it was Steve Butler from Marlow. Getting you chaps confused. He didn't have that ability to regulate effort v how you feel like we all do. Whereas I naturally slowed, he'd have been forcing the higher pace out, until the inevitable.

Hopefully this is the last stage of getting this virus out, as even in the Marlow 5 I was breathing dodgily, but thought I was seeing it off with a bunch of 5k races.

However, always good to have an obvious reason it didn't go to plan.

Roll on a recovery!

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