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Maybe you don't see the magic Muddy as you're constantly doing all this race at a zone or 2 down business?
The word "magic" of course is a fun thing runners say, they're not obviously meaning literal magic - I think you read a bit too much literally sometimes.
Literal magic would be producing something there was no sign of - and no one really ever does that.
The "magic" is part of a number of factors that means, for example, if I take SW's numbers the other day - I could comfortably do a 6.10 paced 10miler in a race, in a few days, but I certainly would find it a monumental world of pain to do that as a solo run in a few days.
Even though I'm the guy of the same fitness in both examples, running.
THAT is what people mean by the magic. That you can produce more, easier than in a solo training run. You can surely see that, bearing in mind you often do your training runs in races for that exact reason.
What you are spot on about, is if using training zone paces, to get those right.
As I only produced a 17.15 5k this summer, I'll run that through the calcs to work out a sensible pace for the MP/Threshold continuous runs, rather than automatically work off last year's ones! Naturally if I end up doing it on the track I'll expect to come out slightly quicker.
Wow - thread has gone mad again (wait until after I post this)..
Nothing much to report - 10 x 400 over the road before football Saturday - then Sunday I ran from St Neots Junior parkrun to the Kimbolton half (about 8 miles), the missus was massaging there. Shame that I hit that area of torrential rain halfway there. Very nice finish area though, in the grounds of the home.
Won in 69 something by Will Mackay of Beds & Co. Good 2nd from David Hudson in low 71 I think and my HHH team mate Nick in 3rd.