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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14/12/2013 at 21:28

Great thread !!

Not at 3.30 pace my best was MCR last year at 3.55 but looking forward to seeing the plan when its posted and seeing if I can adapt parts to try for a PB this year in London

15/12/2013 at 14:41

 Malcs! as I'm not so speedy as you, I probably won't post much on here of help, but be assured of my support and that I will be stalking this thread every day!

15/12/2013 at 15:57

Not So Great North Runner - many thanks indeed! Where are you at now in your marathon running? Got a target for a spring marathon? If you have the speed then that 3:30 may be closer than you think if you get the training right.

Minni - never ceases to amaze me how you can get so many long runs in!

That's one impressive parkrun! 

DS2 - report is coming. Not sure I can match Ady for humour. His store day report was hilarious. I promise to bring you all the details though. Don't worry, it won't involve any lycra

Slowkoala - so have you settled on a target time for this campaign or are you going to wait and see how things go?

Angela - ha ha I couldn't possible by shoes for anyone without them having a full gait analysis. Sorry, have to be cruel to be kind

Millsy - another great tip there! I know my brother-in-law suffered badly even in the dry. He ended up buying some industrial looking plastic guard things. Micropore has always been the weapon of choice for me. 

Hope the hangover isn't too bad today!

PD - this year was the first time I tried the MP miles in the long run and it really was an eye opener. In previous years I'd run my long runs too quickly so running slowly and then doing a quick set of miles at the end I found much better and a reall confidence booster too. I'm sure you'll be fine.

Dd1969 - what are your shorter race PB's? Before April your 3:55 was better than any I'd run up to now.

Jen - many thanks, really appreciate it! 

Kirsty - ha I'd never thought of it like that but yes, it does appear that I am indeed multitasking! Or am I just time slicing? Not quite as impressive a feat but I'll take it. Thanks again for your good wishes it means alot.

Edited: 15/12/2013 at 16:02
15/12/2013 at 16:04

ah he's back but is he sober...?

Its not hard Malcs as I enjoy them so much.  21 banked today.

15/12/2013 at 16:12

Ha ha - just about Minni, just about. The joys of Prosecco - seems to serve up a more gentle hangover

Had the Mini Rugby Christmas party this afternoon where I was on Powerade!

Must admit I don't feel very powerful as a result but a decent night's sleep should sort that out.

Wow, 21 already. That's some base you must have built up!

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15/12/2013 at 16:25

malcs so your plan starts tomorrow...........does it follow triathlon schedules and start with a Rest day


15/12/2013 at 16:42
Malcs wrote (see)

Ha ha - just about Minni, just about. The joys of Prosecco - seems to serve up a more gentle hangover


You clearly didn't drink enough.  

15/12/2013 at 16:54
yay Malcs, so glad you made it . sorry I'm joining in so late but better late than never

Minni's sub 3:30 thread is my spiritual home but I will make a conscious effort to follow this one coz I'm sure it's gonna be a good one

Now you must work on those drinking skills ..... there is a correlation between plenty of hangovers and breaking 3:30, honest!! In years when I abstained from alcoholic beverages I ran shite races
15/12/2013 at 18:40
Malcs, saw the pic of you all in your new gear on Twitter. You all look very smart. How many pairs of shoes did you get?

Well done on the 21 Minni. Is there a time of the year when you don't run long runs at all?!

I've not decided on my London target yet. Will wait until I've done a HM in February to see how that goes. Would like to beat 3:29 though! 18 miles today which went well (especially considering I had 3 mojitos at a party last night and got back in the early hours!) I find it OK running with a bit of a hazy head but I've collapsed on the sofa now and don't intend to move until I've seen who's won SPOTY!
15/12/2013 at 19:50

Malcs my best 10k is 45 mins and a half of 1.45 I am just returning from the dreaded plantar faciatas injury so have run little since late August, will your training plan be posted on this thread?

15/12/2013 at 19:53

Malcs Looking forward to your asics shopping day update. Is there any truth in the rumour you had your own personal shopping assistant? 

15/12/2013 at 19:57

Prosecco...took delivery of a case of a very fine example on Friday   Malcs from an Italian supplier, I won't be wasting it on the family, how about we put two bottles aside, one for Paris and one for London?

15/12/2013 at 21:21

Chickadee - thanks very much indeed! Ha Minni's thread is basically for hardened drinkers only so I've heard. I would never be hard enough to grace it's pages

Minni - lol - yeah, probably true

Slowkoala - I managed to sneak two pairs in (see report which will follow this post). Well done on the 18 - wow, that's impressive. No SPOTY spoilers, I'm watching delayed!

Dd1969 - you've got some speed there then. The plan Steve is looking looks at a 1:37 half so if you can get close to that you can get 3:30 in your sights. Sorry to hear about the injury, that's a nasty one. 

Yes, will be posting the plan here or if not it'll be accessible from the 262 hub. I'll post a link if that's the case.

SupermanRuns - thanks About to post it. And yes, I needed help!

Mr P - now that is a very fine idea indeed! 

Edited: 15/12/2013 at 21:24
15/12/2013 at 21:22
Hangover wasn't too bad this morning. Tried to stick to the weakest lager as I knew there would be various drinking fines going round. I also had to down a dirty pint as a fine for "missing too many games due to running"
Managed a very slow 17 today in the mud, wind and rain.

My schoolboy error of the day is. if you start to feel a niggle in a run, try and run it off. I've now found so much better to take a couple of days rest rather than risking it and missing 2 weeks training.
15/12/2013 at 21:24


So this was it. I'd read all the reports from previous winners about the fabled store day. Last year I'd even dared to dream about being there. But now it was a reality and I couldn't be more excited.

On arrival we met Claire from Asics and were taken to a secret underground bunker where Andrea, Gemma and Katie from RW were all waiting for us. I was disappointed that access wasn't via fireman's pole - I think any secret underground lair worth its salt should should have this kind of entry system. I'll be feeding that back to Asics.

Once inside the first thing I noticed was a number of croissants and other pastry based items on the table next to us. Could this be some kind of Willy Wonka-esque test of our commitment to the programme? Well I wasn't about to jeopardise the day ahead by yielding to temptation. They would have to be a bit smarter than that if they wanted to out fox me!

[ above pic shows the afore mentioned table of treats. The fact that Gareth is looking down at exactly the spot where they were located is merely a coincidence. I can confirm that he did not succumb and is still in line to inherit the chocolate factory

Having passed the pastry test we were led back up into the store to have a browse. Now, I'm not the best of shoppers. I usually buy my kit online and selection is often a matter of picking what's on special offer.

I feel quite self conscious shopping in a store for any kind of clothing. In my mind I'm thinking that everyone is watching me, sniggering each time I pick up an item that would never suit.

Usually I'd convince myself that I was just imagining this. However, on this occasion everyone really was watching me! What's more I had a photographer snapping every moment as well. It's quite a surreal experience. Now I know why they have a psychologist on the team

After browsing for a little while I was summoned to a very high tech looking lab area where I was informed that I was to receive a body composition analysis. This involved standing barefoot on a machine, holding some metal paddles and being mildly electrocuted. 

I was quite confident that I was in decent shape and the results started well when my body fat was reported to be 15.1% - not bad at all. Muscle mass was normal and weight was ok too. However, the smile was wiped off my face when I was told that I was lop sided! Drilling down into the data it the cause was revealed - apparently I have a fat arm. Who knew? 

I didn't think my right arm was any more neglected in terms of physical activity than my left but apparently. If anything it's the other way round. But hey, who am I to argue with technology?

I tried to put this shocking revelation behind me as I was swiftly moved on to the gait analysis. Many of us have had gait analysis before but this was no ordinary gait analysis. It started with a 3D foot scan! This involved the poor unfortunate Libby (our gait analyser for the day) having to stick dots on my feet before placing them, one at a time, into the the scanner. 

It's quite an amazing thing to see your foot being represented in 3D. From this picture, various foot and, crucially, arch measurements could be taken. Libby was able to assess that I statically pronate. Basically my arch is pants (2nd bad news of the day).


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15/12/2013 at 21:27


This is the modern equivalent of the wet foot test and it suggested I needed a support shoe. However, Libby said that she needed to be see me running too in order to complete the assessment.

To do this I was handed the running equivalent of bowling shoes (I'm no fashion guru but even my gran wouldn't be seen dead in these). Thankfully these were special shoes for doing the gait analysis and not the latest in retro styling. I did 30 seconds on the treadmill with the usual camera setup looking at my foot strike. 

Rather bizarrely it appeared that my feet are pointing outwards to the right on ground contact? I'm a freak! Could this be a consequence of my fat arm? Hard to say but it looked freakin' weird (3rd bad news of the day).

Interestingly the dynamic assessment showed that there was no over pronation and that a neutral shoe would be best for me. I tried a pair of Asics Gel Nimbus 15 and they did the job nicely. First shopping item in the bag!

Next stop was the one I was really looking forward to, talking training with Steve Smythe. I said earlier I was really excited about having Steve as my coach for this process. RRR and A.W had spoken so highly of him and having talked to him now myself I can see why.

We talked about where I was currently at with my running (pretty much back at the drawing board) and if there were any weekly commitments I had to work around. I came out of the discussion feeling really inspired and raring to go. Steve has already emailed a plan to me but we're just seeing if any adjustments need to be made. I will share it here as soon as I am able.

Next stop was apparel (that's kit to the rest of us). Given my earlier revelations about my fear of shopping it won't surprise you to hear that I needed help and the staff at the Asics store were just brilliant. 

I made a few selections and we totted up the value. We had been given an incredibly generous budget of £500. I thought I would be over budget but was quite shocked to hear that I was £200 under! 

Time was running out now and thankfully Andrew from Asics was on hand to take charge and sort me out. He found me an amazing Gore jacket and with the remainder he suggested some racing shoes. Who needs training now? I could probably shave 3 minutes off my time running in lightweight shoes and a pair of underpants

I went for a pair of Hyper Speed 5's. With a name like that I surely must be able to run faster! Here's a pic of all the loot.

 So with my kit ready it was time to suit up for the photos. Tom, the photographer (who was at last year's bootcamp) was very good at getting us organised and keeping us smiling. We were arranged in what looked like order of luminosity with the more 'glowing' among us in the centre. After that we had a few individual shots and we were all done.

Like bootcamp it was quite a busy day and I didn't get to talk to the others as much as I would have liked. However, we all got on really well and it was clear that they are all an incredibly nice bunch of people. James (sub 4) lives not far from me so we ended up taking the same train home. Hopefully we'll get a chance to meet up for a few runs and races along the way.

So that was it - a day I will never forget. Quite an unreal experience in many ways but I loved every minute of it. I can't thank Asics, Runners World and Steve enough for this opportunity. Now the hard work begins and I can't wait to get started!

Edited: 15/12/2013 at 22:16
15/12/2013 at 22:34

Good to hear you had a good day Malcs, those hyper speeds are super light, tried some myself but went for ds racers.

Will be interested to see what the next few months training for you are like.

Is tomorrow the first official day of training?



15/12/2013 at 23:13

Oh no wait till Angela reads you've got a fat arm. You've had it.

it does sound fascinating, I read Gareth's post earlier with interest, though I don't think I've spent £500 on gear in five years let alone a morning. 

15/12/2013 at 23:54

Chocolate factory? I'm a bit confused.


15/12/2013 at 23:55

I will say that I found it very tough spending £500. As I mentioned in my thread, at one point I had to sit down and take it all in as the whole morning was overwhelming.


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