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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Today at 23:25
Samir, why are you ducking JonnyD? That was the part of the day I was most looking forward to.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Today at 12:10

SG, for what it's worth, when I was seeing the osteo it turned out that he was only dealing with the symptoms and not the underlying cause. Once I went to see a chiro instead things really started to get fixed. It did take quite a few sessions in my case, but that was because I had had this for a few years. A work colleague sees him and assures me that isn't the norm unless it's a chronic condition (which yours doesn't sound like).

Sub 3

Posted: Today at 11:52

Good luck at Bristol Al_P.

Just thinking we haven't seen a marathon list for a while. Do we have any marathoners next weekend, aside from Berlin; Nottingham or others?

Track for me last night. 1km cut-down reps off a 200m jog. I ideally wanted 10-12, but had to stop after 8 because of the back of the knee stiffening up, etc (no surprise, left knee, left-hand turns). Decent session for current fitness though (3:28, 3 x 3:25, 2 x 3:24, 3:22, 3:20), so probably just inside current HM pace to just insider current 10k pace.

Sub 3

Posted: Yesterday at 17:33
TR wrote (see)
TT - you can still race well and not every race can be a pb race anyway.

But we can always hope it will be

PP - I dropped Berlin a line. I suspect the cut-off is 2:30 as they said I could have a place for next year (but have to pay), so you know what to do to guarantee a return

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 17:31
Dachs wrote (see)

TT - looks like Wanjiru only did 3 x 3000, so I'm already 33% better than he was.  Jurassic!

I'd back you in a head to head Dachs

SG - sounds frustrating. Have you seen a chiropractor to rule out any back issues causing the tight hamstrings? Your abs exercises could have caused something to go amiss in your back if your form was off. It seems unlikely to say "Not sure it'll ever go" though, but I can appreciate how it seems that way from my own past experiences.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 13:52

Popped in for a look and I see that there's a JonnyD v Samir smackdown on Sunday Looking forward to that one, though Samir seems to have gone quiet since Jonny announced he was on the same leg (though he could be busy having a crack at one of his teachers I guess).

Dachs - if 3km reps were good enough for Wanjiru.........  I suspect you won't need to worry about a National Relays/Cardiff clash, but you never know next year if we can persuade everybody to put it in their calendars

SG - what injury have you had that has taken so long to come back from?

Sub 3

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 20:39

That's a fair point TR. It was always my intention to follow through and actually get two marathons in this year for the first time since '08, which is the other attraction to make the startline (the flipside is I'm getting a freebie and it wouldn't feel right to 'abuse' it if I'm not in shape, but if the knee settles I still have enough time to pull something reasonable out of the bag - a 6m tempo at 5:39 yesterday probably puts me in 5:45-ish shape, despite everything).
I'm not sure I've ever reached the startline of a marathon thinking I was in perfect shape. Amsterdam was the closest and I felt that it came a couple of weeks early, but I have twice over the years taken the option to use a fall-back race a month later, though in both cases it worked out alright. 

Sub 3

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 19:47

TR - Good news on the ribs! And making the finish is never an issue as long as I make the start
Funnily enough, I have already toed the line at more races this year than any other since 2009, but your point is valid nonetheless if qualified to making them in decent shape as 2 of those I ran with my hip/back issues, 1 I jogged around with my brother, and 1 I dropped from the full to the half, plus as well as the recent DNS there were two other DNS' earlier in the year. The second half of the year was always planned to be lighter race wise because of hols and the house move.
The irony is though that I actually feel stronger in myself (which I guess is borne out by my race results - of the other 4 I actually won 2, ran quickest time on a relay and came 2nd in the other), so just need to avoid all diy
I am planning on doing xc across the winter and am taking steps to improve my basic strength after getting the all clear from the chiropractor to start some conditioning.

Nice reps Toro.

Sub 3

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 16:08

Dachs - I know you weren't but it's well within your compass.

Lev_ - this is pretty much a constant situation at the moment. For any other race where I had only paid entry I'd bin it, but given the outlay I might as well see what happens. Sounds sensible to me on binning the deplete/loading. Just regular eating and some PSP22 worked well for me last autumn. The only change I made was to eat less fruit and veg 2 days out, and only orange juice and a couple of bananas (with porridge) for breakfast as my fruit and veg intake the day before.

Sub 3

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 15:22

Good stuff on both counts Dachs; we can't have those whipper-snappers showing us up (72:10 to beat).

PP/Toro - cheers. I've emailed them to ask altogether, as I notice the ballot opens in a few weeks and I'm away for a chunk of it.

PP - nothing wrong with that in taper. You want your legs to be perfect Sunday week, not today.

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