ASICS Target 26.2 - 2013

A great prize & challenge

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23/04/2013 at 20:21

Cheers Reg. 

Reginald wrote (see)

As for applying again, I still have dreams of the voting stage and have never felt so unwanted in all my life

Aww reg, I feel terrible now. Then again, I think the campaigning between myself, you, Ady and the other Martin was pretty civil compared to the good for age group. That got really nasty - who could forget those newspaper headlines "Runny's socks made me go blind" and "DS2 ate my hamster" shocking stuff 

On a more serious note (yes, I have that capability) as Minni said, there is so much to gain on these forums. In addition to my adopted mentors, I got some great help on the 3:15 thread that DS2 and Minni frequent from some seriously knowlegeable runners. I've also hung around on the Paris thread where there are some really nice people covering the whole spectrum of finishing times. Got some great help from them and the moral support is brilliant.

I can't say there's anything here that people suggested which didn't have a positive effect and I've been amazed that after 4 years of running I still had so much to learn. So I can almost guarantee that hanging around, asking questions and acting on the advice really will make a difference.

Oh and eating less pies will help too

23/04/2013 at 20:25
Ha ha Malcs. It isn't true that I ate Runny's socks though despite the rumours!
23/04/2013 at 21:05

Great race report Malcs.......I hope you gave Mrs. Malcs a big sweaty embrace after finishing! I can't believe after our Spitfire experience, you went and replaced me with just a random! I agree with you though that running with somebody has amazing abilities to lift you. I was very nervous attempting to run at MP at Spitfire for the first time for such a distance, but running with you made it feel comfortable. 

The camraderie on these forums is definitely the best thing I've got from this experience. None of my friends really run and all my training is normally done solo, so to have all this support, banter, experience and advise has been incredible. 

I'll definitely be supporting next years competition entrants and winners.

24/04/2013 at 09:39

OK Malcs you got me. I'll stick about, now which other thread should I go in on. As for being unwanted, that only lasted a day or so, then I had a pies and was ok.

Now, whats my next running challenge?

24/04/2013 at 11:57
Thankyou Tigger, im just glad that you enjoyed following my progress and was just as excited about my time as me.

DS2...dont let the taper madness get to you, enjoy the rest. You have put so much hard work in to your training and have some fabulous runs and times under your belt. I have faith in you. What do you think to your daughter wanting to run a marathon? I would love to do Lands end to John o'groats.

Thankyou reg....I will accept anything, especially man hugs.

I hope you get into York to Clive, will be keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you. Thats shocking about those people you had to sit next to...surely they should have paid for half of your flight!! I would go for cologne as a back up plan, ive always wanted to go there (but more for the christmas markets)

Good luck Jen with your 5k PB...thats going to be my target in may/June I think once I have recovered from VLM and can get to a park run!

Now to read Malcs race report..cant wait
24/04/2013 at 12:13
Fabulous race report Malcs, It made me feel like I was running with you. Your poor OH though. What time did he get in the end? I cant believe that you managed a 26 min PB with a toilet stop as well, im impressed and so happy for you to get such a fabulous time. What category would you be in if you entered the comp couldnt be stuck on a platue (no idea how to spell) anymore!!

I normally like running round with someone and having a natter but I have done so much training on my own I dont care anymore and im quite content in my own little world!

Congratulations to Jen for being a fantastic support to Malcs (and the other guy).....can we tempt you into coming down for the York marathon at all????
24/04/2013 at 12:15
forgot to say, I wont be entering the comp again, there was alot of work involved and when I didnt get through I was kind of relieved so I dont think its for me, I will let someone else have a turn. I agree though its been a fantastic experience and so rewarding despite not winning. Ive met so many lovely people on here who I hope will be friends for life.
24/04/2013 at 13:26

Sarah - thanks so much! Not sure I'd have done the toilet stop on a busier course. I had the advantage of being able to duck into the trees. If I'd had to go for a portaloo it would have added another two minutes for me to scrub my hands - I'm a bit OCD when it comes to that.

I believe my adopted partner (Gareth) finished about 12 minutes after me, around 3:44 ish. He was smiling over the line but he said at one point he dropped to over 10mm pace! I joined him for an obligatory bacon sarnie afterwards. Best bacon I've had since Spitfire

Yes, I'm firmly off the plateau now which is the main reason for entering the competition in the first place. I said the other day that I'd wait until the autumn to decide but really I think my mind is pretty much made up not to re-enter. I've got everything I wanted and so much more out of this. I'll definitely participate in the voting threads and will follow at least one of the lucky ones in the hope of grabbing more free advice from the pro team!

Reg - depends to an extent on what your next target is? There are threads for 3:45, 3:30, 3:15 etc. But there are also other more general ones like this one and the Paris thread. Do you have another race in mind or do you just want general advice? 

I guess most people run spring marathons so there's quite a few threads in that section. As this is my first year here I don't know if they just run and run (no pun intended). Minni or DS2 may have a better idea.

Or perhaps we should start our own thread and all stick together?

It would be interesting to know what Sarah, RRR and Ady plan to do with their threads?

If you have any specific questions I would just ask on one of the threads. I have been amazed at how willing people are to offer help and advice. 

Edited: 24/04/2013 at 13:29
24/04/2013 at 13:59

I like this thread personally. The variety of targets and abilities is more reflective of the running community.

I've found it a very supportive place to come whenever motivation has been hard to keep up. Like Sarah, I've met people I hope to stay in touch with and I'm looking forward to travelling around meeting up with others like I did with Ady and Malcs at the Surrey Spitfire 20.

I think it would be great if a few of us could consider an overseas marathon at some point together.

Maybe a German one Autumn 2014???? Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne?


24/04/2013 at 15:54
I agree with DS2 I love this thread. The varied chatter n support has been SO good for me.
Tigger is right York weekend I will be in total snowdon meltdown!
I fancy the idea of an overseas autumn marathon 2014. as long as you all promise to wait for me at the end
Breaking news. I have decided to stop being a loner n take my motivational skills to a running club. I am going for the first time this eve. I will let you know how I get on.
24/04/2013 at 15:57

oh and I don't think I will apply next years comp. There's no way I can do justice to a thread. but I will definitely follow and support.

Edited: 24/04/2013 at 16:07
24/04/2013 at 16:21
I agree with DS2 I love this thread. The varied chatter n support has been SO good for me.
Tigger is right York weekend I will be in total snowdon meltdown!
I fancy the idea of an overseas autumn marathon 2014. as long as you all promise to wait for me at the end
Breaking news. I have decided to stop being a loner n take my motivational skills to a running club. I am going for the first time this eve. I will let you know how I get on.
24/04/2013 at 16:29

Jen - glad to see you agree with me twice!!!

Totally in taper madness now. Completely lost faith in everything I've been doing this past 5 or 6 months. Luckily malcs has been reverse mentoring me via text and I'm a little calmer.

In past few days I've gone from aiming to run sub 3;15 to being pleased if I get under 3;40 even though I've run a 1:30:44 half marathon and a 2:28 20 miler in this campaign. No sense whatsoever! What am I doing?

I rather unscientifically decided to run a very hilly 9.25 miles first thing this morning at MP just to prove I can still run fast enough. Averaged 7:24mm which considering the hills was very good and easily the fastest I've ever run that route. Legs are a bit sore now.

Note to self: trust in the training!

Chances of listening to 'note' - almost zero!!!

24/04/2013 at 16:45

This one it is then, just going to be a bit more active as I may have missed out, I'd love to go back through the 132 pages and 2633 messages, most of which are Malcs!!, but don't think I can find the time.

Jenf, where is the running club, not Langport Somerset is it? as its my club, well not mine but I am the outgoing treasurer!!!  Pretty much all running clubs are freindly and welcome new members with open arms.

24/04/2013 at 16:47

Malcs - I think I am capable of a 3:45 at some stage, shed 7lbs in weight eat even less pies and i'm sure I can go for it.

Need a marathon to go for. Was already thinking about entering Brighton again next year as well as trying for London 2014. entries open Monday. Unless there is a communial one I could enter with all here?

24/04/2013 at 19:08

Malcs/DS2 - a thread will stay active for as long as you are posting on it.  My thread started two years ago and has just kept going.  It has about 30,000 posts now.  Most of those are about drinking and partying though!

DS2 - how long to go?  If it helps I felt so not confident on the Friday before London.  Not panicky but just accepting that perhaps it wasn't on.  However, I kept my cool and it all came good on the day.  I can't stress enough the need for even pacing.  Do not let yourself be dragged along too fast.  I was checking my garmin constantly in the first half and kept slowing down, even though it felt easy.  Didn't check it so much in the next quarter and virtually not at all in the last 6 miles. from then on I kept chanting to myself, ''maximum speed, minimal fade'', over and over and over again. I was amazed that my fastest mile was mile 24 @ 7:09 (apart from mile 3: 7:04, but its downhill).   Keep your head and you'll be fine. 

24/04/2013 at 20:49

Malcs......I think my thread will soon disappear off the first page for good! I'd love to keep it going if people kept posting, but I think  people have already moved back to the main sub 3:30, sun 3:15 threads.......and my life certainly isn't interesting enough to keep it going with my posts alone!

It's actually been nicer having more free time to browse some of the other threads now and then instead of being focused only on my own thread. I'll probably get more advice that way as well. 

Minni.......I've just seen your London time. My word that is phenomenal. Many congratulations. A sub 3:15 is now my new dream, but this is a long term dream. Looking at the Paris video, there's still some work to do on the weight loss front!

DS2.........I did exactly the same as you a few weeks ago. I doubted my training and went out and did my 15 mile LSR at MP. It didn't go down too well. No damage done, and it did give me the confidence of knowing I could keep MP. It was great meeting up with you and Malcs at Spitfire. First time I've ever gone to a race and known people. Definitely made it more sociable. You must be well and truly in to your taper now?

Jen........Good luck with the running club tonight. I should really follow your lead and do the same!

Reg.......I think your definitely capable of 3:45. I think that will be a lot easier to do than catch up on 2633 messages! How did you find Brighton? I've thought about doing this if I obviously fail with London application. I think I'm going to stay clear of an autumn marathon and focus on speed and strength, which should hopefully put me in a better position for a Spring Marathon next year! you have a new target in mind now you have a shiny new PB? Have you done like I normally do and enter another race in the week after the marathon to help ease the marathon blues!

24/04/2013 at 22:46
Ady - it's taken me two years since I broke 3:30. I ran 3:28 in 2011, 3:20 in 2012 and 3:15 in 2013. Before that I'd done about 7 marathons all between 3:31 - 3:43. Once you've broken 3:30 the times just seem to fall. Smart training and loads of long runs (I did 9x 20m or more long runs). It's there for the taking.
24/04/2013 at 23:54
DS2 - keep going with the breathing exercises and take those sedatives I recommended

I know exactly how you're feeling, in fact most of us do as we've only just been through it. I was a complete car crash last week and as I said earlier, the day before race day I was in a right state. I'm definitely going to remember that for next time because you are 100% right - the training is all there. Don't freakin' panic!

I'm all for us settling in here. Great to see Ady back. Hopefully that other nutcase in the pink socks will be back more often too.

Reg - agree with Ady. Looks like a great target to me. What are your most recent 10K and HM times?

Do you fancy an Autumn marathon? I know yo can't do York but there are others around.

I'll be entering the London ballot again as I'd love to be there for DS2's birthday run. I don't know what anyone else is planning beyond the autumn.

Jen - that's great news. Can't wait to hear how you've got on.

Overseas autumn marathon is very tempting
25/04/2013 at 10:22

Thanks for the reassurance Minni, Ady & Malcs.

Minni - I'm looking at you as inspiration. I think our times for shorter races this year have been fairly comparable so I have to take your mentaility into the race, especially those closing miles.

I may have found someone to run with as well. Their is a lady running who was targetting sub 3:15 at VLM but was ill and had to drop out. She got in touch via the Halstead thread which I sometimes frequent. That would be really helpful! Even if it's just for some of the race.

I feel like I'm the only one running now!

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