Beyond #asics262: life after Target 26.2 for sub-3:30 runner Malcolm

What happened to Malcs after the Paris Marathon?

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12/12/2013 at 13:06

Yeah Malcs, can you pick us all up a pair on Sat please?

12/12/2013 at 13:09


Have already said it, but again well done. Looking forward to seeing the programme, and getting tips from everyone, as feeling the yearning for another 26.2 next year (not that i've told Mrs K )

Tenjiso wrote (see)

Cheers Malcs. I'm having an awful time TBQH, hence lack of posting. Just hoping 2014 brings much better luck.  I'm still running and trying to follow P&D again, since it worked so well last year. It's difficult, though, at the moment.


Tenjiso- sorry to hear things not so good just now. Hope it all works out for you. Admire you doing P&D- too much running there for me...

12/12/2013 at 13:54

Thought I'd better show my face

I am so looking forward to following this and hope I can derive some motivation myself from it. Have had a pesky cold/flu all week and done next to nowt! Oh well.

Can't wait to see the reports from the Asics store trip and, secretly, mighty jealous.

Anyhow, as RRR says - get some running done!

Let us know once you've scheduled some races in and I will try to do some as well. be great to see some familiar faces as well.

12/12/2013 at 14:00

Congrats Malcs. Look forward to following your journey. You are so going to smash it!

12/12/2013 at 14:04
Malcs - I just posted this on our old 2013 thread in response to Mr Puffy. Thought you might like the challenge!
DS2 wrote (see)

Mr P - this has always worked for me. Train believing I can run 10 minutes quicker! If I find on the day that I have to go back to my original target it seems easy!

Honestly, most people that struggle to get under 3:30 are capable of running 3:20. They just need to train a bit faster. They are usually capable of that but no one has told them. It's all about belief.

I am nowhere near Sub 3:30 at this point but I will train for 3:15. if I fall short and run 3:25 I won't be too disappointed.

I'm old and pretty slow now so running fast is hard work. if I can train at those faster paces anyone can! Honest!

Most people have the capability of running sub 3:30 if they have the desire and are prepared to train for it. For me, it's all about deciding how hard I want to train, pick a target, set a plan and stick to it. It's possible to make quantum leaps with that strategy - hence Malcs knocking 26 minutes off last year. I will be surprised if he doesn't run under 3:25!


12/12/2013 at 14:47

blimey already a hive of activity on here Malc! Can't wait to hear about the shopping trip soooo jealous!!

DS2 - read the above post, I'm on it like a car bonnet! have the desire

12/12/2013 at 14:53
Malcs, today's how not to train for your 3.30 marathon.
Don't try and cram in your training if you miss a couple of weeks.
I missed a couple of weeks due to snow and a rugby injury in 2010 and instead of easing back into my training I just tried to ramp it straight back up and got injured (again!) I now plan my training to start a couple of weeks early to give me some room for manoeuvre for when life interferes.
12/12/2013 at 15:58

This has to be a safe bet for busiest Asics thread!!! Will have to form an orderly queue to post when the training finally begins!

Let the fun and games begin, nice shiny kit to start!

seren nos    pirate
12/12/2013 at 16:01

so.....where are the piccies of the shiny new kit 

 hope you have had a great day


12/12/2013 at 16:06

Ten - glad you have the running to help. Hope things ease for you soon.

Jen - I think they only sell such things at specialist outfitters. They hand you shades on the door

Clive - many thanks indeed! I'm looking forward to seeing the plan too - excited and a little bit scared

DS2 - what time do you call this then? Nooooo, you can't be ill again? You're not having alot of luck lately. 

Thanks for the advice - that makes alot of sense. It'll be interesting to see what the coaches say about that on Saturday.

Kirsty - great to hear from you. I really appreciate you taking the time to post here.

I know how you're feeling having been in the same position before. Last year we were all going to dress in rags and press our faces up against the Asics store window 

Millsy1977 - that's another beauty, let me get my pen. Have you spoken to any publishers yet? We'll have to get you a thread jingle to start and end these little nuggets of awesomeness!

Rugby injury you say? You're a player? Nice! Where do you play? 

A.W - ha ha Yes, I will need bouncers too. Any volunteers before Reg throws his hat in?

Kit? I thought they said Kilt. That was the only reason I entered!

Seren - store day is Saturday. Are you sure you want to see it? It's embarrassing enough having such gifts bestowed upon you without rubbing it in with pictures.

Edited: 12/12/2013 at 16:10
12/12/2013 at 16:18
Malcs, I'll keep sending them through every day. I think I have made all of the schoolboy errors over the years.
Rugby wise I'm a winger / fullback although have scaled back my playing since I started running. As I've lost a yard or so of pace over 100m I've got a lot faster over long distance. I still play if the team is short of numbers but am concentrating on running a lot more now as am still seeing good improvements.
I got a dead leg 2 weeks before VLM this year and nearly wasted 4 months of the best training ever so am being extra careful from now on.

When does your official Paris plan start?
12/12/2013 at 16:47

Excellent we'll have a special "Millsy's schoolboy error of the day" slot - love it!

Oooh, wing/full back - same position as me! 

I was playing up to last year but decided this season I just couldn't combine running, rugby and the kids. Something had to go and Mrs Malcs wasn't too happy when I suggested it could be the kids.

Dead legs are a nightmare. I was out for a month with a really bad one. What team do you play for?

On Saturday we will be meeting the coaches to discuss our training. I believe that will then start next week!

In anticipation of this I have been trying to get at least a little match fit. Yesterday I did a nice little 4 mile fartlek with Mrs Malcs. Well, I say fartlek, we were just all over the place on pace. 

Today I wanted to get some time on my feet so did an hour slow. Ended up about 6 miles at a bit over 9mm pace. Didn't feel great I have to say but I know things can improve quickly (please God let that be true).

Edited: 12/12/2013 at 16:48
seren nos    pirate
12/12/2013 at 16:51


Malcs wrote (see)


In anticipation of this I have been trying to get at least a little match fit. Yesterday I did a nice little 4 mile fartlek with Mrs Malcs. Well, I say fartlek, we were just all over the place on pace. 


I shouldn't have read the sex and running thread before reading your post.that conjured up a picture


12/12/2013 at 16:51

Hi Malcs, you're going to be busier on here than running.....  ;-)

my injury is a badly torn calf muscle which would have not been so bad if I'd actually realised how bad it was and recovered properly in the first place Before trying to abuse it again. it took several times before I learnt..... 

12/12/2013 at 16:55

Wow, I go away for one day, and there's a frenzy on the forums... who is this guy... I voted for the other baldie... I thought he had won...  This Malcs guy actually thinks he can sneak in by pretending to do some running?? hmm

I see he's a rugby player... I'm going off to find some runners. . . but no wonder he's so willing to wear a dress and bright pink compression socks!!

I'm such a tease!!!   Good luck Malcs... look forward to seeing your training plan! 

seren nos    pirate
12/12/2013 at 16:55

Chimney.  I think the hardest part of running is learning the difference between a niggle and an injury

12/12/2013 at 16:56
Don't panic, I always have that nagging doubt in my mind for the first weeks of a new plan. This spring I felt like I was going backwards in Jan but by the Wokingham half on 10th Feb everything started to click.
I play for the Wheatsheaf, in Dorset and Wilts Div 3. We were a pub team for about 13 years but have been in a league for the last 7 or 8 as we wanted more fixtures. We are more rugby and less beer orientated than we used to be.
12/12/2013 at 17:02

Seren -  easy now kid!

Chimney - it's looking that way!

Ouch that injury sounds nasty. I would have thought you'd know if you had a torn muscle though? Weren't you hobbling? Did you see anyone about it early on? I'm guessing not.

Brolish - apologies, I forgot you in the earlier post. Many thanks. I really hope you are right!

Angela - ha ha Thanks! 

Millsy - thanks, good to know. It's the same any time you have a little lay off in training but you always forget how quickly you get back into it. 

Edited: 12/12/2013 at 17:02
12/12/2013 at 17:21

Ooh I love a bit of rugby talk.

12/12/2013 at 19:52
Good luck Malcs, I loved following Ady & Sara last year whilst I was training for the Brighton Marathon. Reading this tempted to run a Spring Marathon myself in 2014, so I feel part of the gang!
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