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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 20:34

come on son, that was no faster than 7 min miling

But I guess it is all a relative game! I vividly remember big Trev from Handy Cross leading me and Frankie back to the clubhouse for a mile at a ridiculous pace that no one could call a "cool down" back in the day!

nice training sesh...everyone loves progressive.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 19:00
RicF wrote (see)

Once again Bus, you don't half find it.

Admit it, your training is the absolute maximum energy output you can muster in the time allocated .



Oh he's definitely guilty of that.

On "easy pace" runs with me, i'll turn up expecting my easy pace, he'll push the pace up a leap beyond that, then blame me for ratching the pace up 

and we're all onto the attempts to "hide" the effort level, by quoting 8min miling on 15milers, hoping we don't realise that it's actually up steep offroad running, meaning in effect it's all been done flat out

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 16:35

Bus, it was the new internal job i've just started, the Slough move is 2016, and not to the's just the chance to fit the long lunch runs in on occasions if you're around is much less likely now.

Fair play on trying the reps (although less demanding to my first mis-read of 5x1MILE at 10k!! Did that once, at 5.30 dead...must be my best ever session, but very much round a track!

Offroad reps and pace zones are very tough anyway, without any shenanighans. I remember the challenge of finding a sensible location once, when i didn't run mornings. The time of year meant anything post 5pm wasn't going to be safe, so i had to shoehorn a woods section in at lunch, and really hope no dogs would emerge, as I was flooring it back and forwards on a not exactly wide stretch.

Goodyou got away without anything more than session hampered!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 10:19

Took the MP run to 5.5miles today, so very close to the classic 6miler now. Got to 4.5 and just told myself I fancied an extra 1/2mile, and then did the same 1/2mile back to end near work. That's better, 6.04 average across town.

Felt fresh on the warmup for once, and it just felt decent. It's taking little steps each week, gaining confidence again, and making sure any increase isn't costing anything.

Fancy 200s on Friday as a bit of a treat.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 18:56

tending to have an evening read through these days.

PP, well done old son. Presumably earnt for being the fastest geezer in the running community?

CC, you're in a really nice place, that place where the big sessions are on your plate, and you're dealing with them. I'd like to get back there one day soon!

Is a sub 50 10k quite a barrier/achievement?

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 19:04

Dorbs, I think it's as simple as can be in your case.

Cut out some gym/interval stuff, add slow easy mileage up to a decent total in a week (25-30miles perhaps), over 2-3months and I'm confident that alone will get you under 50 pretty easily.

At the moment, you're doing stuff that may well keep you "generally" fit, but it's not that effective for your race times.

In the elite and top runners, gym stuff will be a key part of their weeks. But in the "keen amateur" world, the runs always come first, and the rest is "Nice to have"

Overdone it?

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 18:39

You're right to be cautious Muddy. If I ever see a distance come under distance it does set off alarms. At your 5k pace, 0.12m could be worth 40seconds, so if it was short, even a tiny amount of that 0.12m could add up to a fair chunk relatively within a 5k

Think the lowest reading I've got from a race was dead on for a half marathon.

Although If I'd had a proper garmin on, the day I did a 10k around Canary Wharf that would probably have given a strange reading!

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 18:29
RicF wrote (see)

Good enough stats there SG.

If stats were anything to go by I'd happily dump 100 of my 400 races plus for just one sub 2 minute 800m.

Mind you, if I did that I may lose a few anecdotes. Remember the Marlow HM when it was a bit damp?

The power of commitment. Only the presence of the thread stopped me dropping out after the ascent of the first river.

No running for a few days as I'm determined to lose this niggle. It's almost gone. I've executed a few two hour plus bike rides in the meantime.

I've also executed a few lagers and glasses of wine too.

The effects appear in the posts sometimes. Make allowances. I'm old and on my last legs.

Mind you, they are also my first legs so not to worry

Hope the niggles go away as quickly as they appear.

ps, I'd noticed, I've taken many a thread roasting off you over the years

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 18:27

I also remember that year's appalling conditions at Marlow Ric! What I can't remember is if it was the Wokingham the year before or after you pulled out of because of potential bad weather. Yet raced Marlow in about as bad as it gets

Never lose the anecdotes Ric. It's in one of my relative "Malaise" periods that I like to think back to old races, with their achievements, hard luck stories, old pals and different places. I think one of my happiest spells was when myself and a mate just picked any old race, turned up, had a blast and enjoyed it. Think that only actually lasted 2 races in 2 weeks, as it was quickly overtaken by joining Marlow and their set of races.

Sub 2 for 800 sounds fast of course! Dean aside, probably solely the domain of track kids though.  In RW mag, "Tonky", who in thread terms is a severely average runner did a piece once about "lacking speed", and I thought, yep you sure do. But then he meant, not breaking 2mins for 800 as a kid. Not sure if he was any good as a kid, but that sounds a pretty harsh measuring tool.

Bus, it's 3 weeks away, and the next appointment is 4 weeks away. There's stil lthe niggling feel that breathing aint right, and to be honest, until it is, it'd be madness I think to even entertain a race. Thinking being, that when (if!) I'm back, there's tonnes of races, but if I overdo something, there won't be!

Is a sub 50 10k quite a barrier/achievement?

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 18:20

you need to give a bit more detail about exactly what your training is, miles, pace, frequency per week, how many weeks doing it etc.

age, gender, background, weight all help as well.

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