ASICS Target 26.2 - 2013

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09/04/2013 at 18:10

Sarah - how many times have you re-laced your shoes this week? If you can't beat 5 then I am indeed worse than you. 

In actual fact, compared to how things usually are I currently have very little to worry about. This in itself really worries me!

DS2 - don't joke, I'm getting that paranoid I might end up trying it!

09/04/2013 at 22:19
lol win

....although I have just sneezed twice...!!
10/04/2013 at 11:42

I'm so jealous of those already in taper. I think i'm suffering from tpaer madness as well just from listening to you two.

Keep thinking I'm going down with all sorts of flu-like symptoms!

Your respective marathons are so close now Sarah and Malcs - you are both so well prepared you just need to execute your race plans now. Remember at some point it will get tough but your bodies are trained to get through it!

10/04/2013 at 14:27

DS2 - Many thanks! I know how you feel. After watching the guys going through their Paris taper I was definitely getting sympathy pains. Unfortunately for you you're having to go through it twice over!

I've encountered that very same tough point on every marathon and I've always panicked. I think you're spot on - knowing that it will come and preparing in advance to deal with it is very good advice. I've never done that.

Whilst I am very nervous about running at a much higher pace than I have in previous campaigns, there's quite a few things on this one that I've done differently which provide good grounds for optimism. I've done more mileage including a midweek long(ish) run. I've not felt like death at the end of any of my 20 milers. I had a great Spitfire 20 with Ady. I'm switching to Jelly Babies which seem to agree with me much more than the gels. I'm doing a proper carbo load and not just a big bowl of pasta the night before. And finally I have a few mental issues worked out ready for the mind games.

My one nagging doubt is speed as I have sacrificed speed work for endurance training. However, I did score a 21 minute 5K in Feb and I can't have lost that much since my HM PB last year.

Did a nice 5.5 miles today with 3 @ MP. First run of the year in short sleeves! Nice but I'm hoping it doesn't get much warmer

Sarah - I am taking extra vit C's daily and if any family member sneezes I run a mile. 

12/04/2013 at 17:10
hi you taper mad runners. I'm back from a 4 day break, no phone no I internet! it was quite liberating.
just hang in there Malcs/sarah. you WILL survive! let me know when you start carbloading, I'd like to keep you company. DS2, sorry you'll have to wait a bit longer before you can carb load. Has anyone else tried the m&s chocolate hot cross buns? perfect carb loading !!!!
I did a couple of lovely lonely runs while away. tested some wicked hills and still have to admit finding them hard! However 2 years ago I only got halfway up them before I had to stop, this year I hit the top n carried on running.
12/04/2013 at 17:32

Nice one Jen - bodes well for Snowdon!

Where were you? Anywhere exciting? Sorry, couldn't have been exciting with no wifi

I'll be carb loading next Friday and Saturday. M&S choc HCBs - sounds like heaven!

Can't stop for long - I have some serious worrying to do. 

13/04/2013 at 00:30
Thankyou DS2.....I just hope that we are all as successful with our aims/targets as those that run Paris....feel under greater pressure trying to follow in their foot steps!

Whens your marathon again? It cant be that far away now either.

Hi Jen, I love going away and being away from technology. It feels like a proper holiday. Choc hot cross buns, just doesnt sound right, but im intrigued with how they taste!

Congrats on conquering those hills, just shows that all the training is paying off.

I will be starting my carbo loading next friday, but I almost feel like ive already started....always seem to be feeling hungry.

Good luck with your 8-10 miles tomorrow Malcs.
13/04/2013 at 13:22

9 jelly baby filled miles done and dusted. It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life...for me...

And I'm feeling good!

13/04/2013 at 18:12

Malcs, I went out and checked the course this morning. Its looking good! I 've pitched my tent so as to have the best spot to cheer you, ( close to the café) I'm feeling really positive about this race for you.  Carb loading next weekend then, Great!

Sarah, the choc hot cross buns are lovely! hint of orange spice n choc chip, n only 90 cals each!

I'm getting SO into all this marathon training, I can't wait to start mine!


13/04/2013 at 20:20
very positive post Malcs, I like feeling quite positive today to, legs feel great.
13/04/2013 at 20:21
Hi Jen...I will keep a look out for them in marks....not a huge choc fan, but you are making them sound lush
13/04/2013 at 21:49

Sarah - yes indeedy...but underneath I'm like a car crash

Jen - excellent work Jen. Keep the good vibes coming, I'm going to need them when it hits 30 degrees in Llanelli

When do you start your training then? You weren't tempted to do the half marathon next Sunday?

14/04/2013 at 17:04

Evening all! Tigger here all fresh faced and bushy tailed after 4 days in good old London! I have MASSIVE marathon envy tis not soo good!

I have done all of sweet F.A since the children broke up from school so can not wait until tomorrow! Run Bike swim curry with the running commitee!! then DIE!!

14/04/2013 at 20:44
Surely looking after children in the holidays is like running, biking and swimming all at once tigger?
15/04/2013 at 10:28

Hi all,

Sorry not to be on here much. Had a really busy couple of weeks. Twas my 49th birthday on Saturday and spent it hosting a party for my Dad on his 80th. Was joined by my twin sister who came up from Devon. We haven't spent a birthday together since we were kids so it was a great occasion!

So I am now in my 50th year. Have planned 3 marathons - culminating with VLM 2014 on my birthday and Lands End to John O'Groats in August. Could be a very busy year!

Am intending to raise £10k for a brilliant childrens charity - Action Medical Research. So, sorry to take advantage of this page but....... here is the link (please note extra link to the tribute page to my nephew who died at birth and would have been 18 in August:


Anyhow, enough about me. Only 6 days to go Sarah and Malcs!!!

The weather, both In London and Rhyl is looking like it may be ideal. I really hope so. You are both in great shape to smash your target. I shall look out for you, Sarah, at VLM. malcs - I shall be waiting for the text!

Tigger - I'm glad you had a great time down here. I have massive marathon envy as well.

Very sad news from Brighton yesterday with that young lad passing away.

Temperature for my 18 miler yesterday was 22 degrees. I handled it ok but the wind was really tough. possibly my worst run opf the entire campaign. Anyone else out in that?

15/04/2013 at 12:52

Hello all you regular forum posters. It been nearly 4 months since I was on here last. Think the presure got to me! Or Mrs Reg.

Hope all are running well and happy and prepared for teh next big event. I did Brighton yesterday and a 20min pb. The motivation that this competition gave me was the kick start to some good running. Although my knee won't agree yesterday.

As DS2 says above it was very sad news and I passed the young man recieving treatment of both CPR and mouth to mouth. Puts things in perspective really.

How long before I post again? 

15/04/2013 at 13:38

Hi Reg - good to hear from you. Well done on Brighton and a massive PB. What was your time? I hear it was pretty warm and windy and the last 5 were into a headwind.

You must be chuffed with yourself!

15/04/2013 at 13:51

Reg! - Welcome back sir, great to hear from you!

Brilliant result in Brighton, you must be very pleased.

How did the race go? We demand a full report (though not as much as that pink sock wearing friend of ours provides, we don't need War and Peace  - sorry RRR, you know I love your reports!)

Don't leave it another 4 months for crying out loud! I'm having to do the double act on my own and am in danger of developings schizophrenia! 

Tigger - after the two weeks I've just had I'd agree with Sarah - looking after kids definitely counts as excercise, physical but mainly mental, depending on their age


DS2 - Happy Birthday! No apologies required for promoting good causes here. I was about to drop some money into Reg's knee replacement fund but I've diverted the cash to yours instead (sorry Reg, you'll have to wait until pay day). 

I am absolutely champing at the bit now. I just hope that the weather is ok. Mine is in Llanelli Dave and so far it does look like it may be around 10-12 degrees. All depends on the cloud because the sun can make a huge difference and then of course there's the famous coastal wind! Last time I did it was 20 degrees, sunny and there was virtually no wind at all. 

22 degrees is my idea of hell (for a long run anyway). And then you had the wind too - not nice at all. Glad I'm on my taper

Yes, terribly sad about the young lad who died.

Edited: 15/04/2013 at 13:52
15/04/2013 at 14:09

Thanks malcs - it is very much appreciated. My sister lost her son at the same time we were pregnant with our eldest daughter. it was a terribly traumatic time not helped by the fact that my sister lives in Canada. Being as he would have been 18 this summer - and the charity has done much in the area of stillbirth i thought it made sense to have a tribute page to him.

Reg - yes, it is good you are back. I saw malcs at the Surrey Spitfire 20 and he kept having arguments with himself. I, also, second the request for a full report. Nothing better to inspire than a successful marathon effort. The 4 in Paris produced fantastic reports and more are needed.

My geographical knowledge of Wales is non-existant. Apologies! I shall be praying for an overcast day for you and sarah!

15/04/2013 at 14:18

Tigger - Reg is back...hmm, are you thinking what I'm thinking? Reg, do you know how pretty the Derbyshire countryside is in July? I really think you'd love it...

DS2 wrote (see)

Reg - yes, it is good you are back. I saw malcs at the Surrey Spitfire 20 and he kept having arguments with himself. 

Edited: 15/04/2013 at 14:19
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