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My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 19:44

Stan, the 5 marathons in a year were the result of me having a really really bad cold that had me off work for a week, and off running for about 10 days last autumn... in that time i managed to enter 3 marathons, and then a week later found I had a ballot place for London... once I'd entered 4, it seemed easy to enter Bacchus once their entries opened, and then somehow, 75 miles seemed like a good idea too.  I've been a bit unsure about what the next challenge will be once I get my Boston Qualifier- do I keep going for faster times?  Do I go further?  Do I go multi-sport?  or do I go multi-marathon.  I definitely like the idea of the 100 marathon club, but that's one I'd like to build to slowly so I can fulfil my initial goal when I first took up running, which was to see the world, or as it was beautifully stated in my high school geography department: "The best geography is learnt through the soles of one's feet".

Reiki, Sarah, Rachel, Malcs, thanks all for the luck - wow, can't believe I've actually done it- 5 in a year.  Of course had little doubt of completing this one- if I hadn't there would have been less wine!  but I viewed it as the afterparty for all the other hard runs- as enjoyable as they all were, they were all quite taxing on my body, so this one was taken leisurely and thoroughly enjoyed- who will be there with me next year??

Hans, eeeek!  Snapped brake cable on a buggy!!  You've just reminded me of my biggest fear when cycling.... am starting on the triathlon journey it woudl seem- went to the pool today and did the first swim of the bathtub to 500m programme... It was actually fairly easy going, so I'm confident, though not over confident that I'll be capable of covering the 1.2mile distance in the pool eventually... but need to get that confidence in open water too...  I just discovered OSS website today, and it turns out as well as the extensive coastal swimming I already knew was available to me, there are also some river swimming spots in the river Stour, which is one of my favourite places to run and cycle, so I could get quite a good traniing triathlon done nice and close to home when the time comes 

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 19:32

Ello ello,  What can I say, Bacchus marathon was AMAZING!!!  SOOOOOOO much fun to run it with absolutely no aim in mind except for to drink wine at every aid station.  I'll do a full report on my blog when I find the time, but in summary, ran the whole way with RRR, she was dressed as a copper, me as a robber.  I was race number 90 if you want to have a look at some of our pics:

We did drink wine at every aid station, ran part of it with a Turkey, and at the 20 mle point we were told to slow to a walk because a bull had escaped from a field and he may try to jump the fence into the footpath to get to the cows in the opposite field.  We decided to cross the finish line together, so with a few hundred metres to go, RRR finally caught me to cuff me, and we crossed the line together   It was SOOOOO much fun, made even better by it being a lovely bright and sunny day.  5:03, so not my slowest marathon  But wine did well to keep me full of energy, after crossing the finish line they were playing some TUNES!!! and I was dancing.

that's it, 5 marathons in 2014- perhaps Chelmsford next month... o yes, and a 75 mile ultra!!! EEEEEEEEKKK


My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 08:07

Catching me up?!? I've only done 4 this year.... Good job I have another this Sunday  

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 13:14

Malcs, as you know I did proper alcohol training on Friday, and am now tapering (never drinking again) for the event J  I definitely agree with the others, to ‘go for it’ but from a mental standpoint, its almost better to go into the whole thing with a range of happy outcomes rather than nailing it down to 1 time – for example, knowing what your range of paces can be when you are running ‘marathon pace’ to feel can have a range of 10-15s per mile, which is quite a significant difference in finishing time when it comes to the full 26.2

Rachel,  it can always be tough after a gap, but once you start writing out your training plan etc, I think you will get the motivation back- I think it really helps to start the training before Christmas, even if you give yourself time off for Christmas, so that you don’t have the general post-holiday malaise that prevents you actually starting until mid-January.   Shame we wont see you at Bacchus L

Hi again DS2, sorry about your foot, but we know you will make sure you’re on the start line at London, just as you did this year J

Hans C, Thanks for telling me about your training;  I went to Clacton-on sea with a couple of friends in my wetsuit to try out the open water swimming lark, and it was actually fine – so, what must have got to me in my last tri- was just how cold the water was.  I’ve decided that I would quite like to do the Vitruvian 70.3, which is at the end of August, so the water temp should be more like it is now – the triathlon I did before was in June or July 2012, after what was a very cold winter, so I don’t think bodies of water had had a chance to warm up by then.

So, I did a race yesterday that didn’t make it to the thread race list... it was a 10k - blog here: 

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 09:46

Malcs, I’m quite excited to see what you’ll do in York after all the speedwork you’ve been doing – looks like you’re going for quite a fast pace if you’re doing 20 mile runs with middle 15 at 7:30mm!!! Are you gonna beat my next marathon goal before I have a chance to get there?

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 09:45

Hey hey,

Malcs, my body is certainly feeling the high mileage, so David and I spent Sunday training for Bacchus – we walked into town to have lunch at a pub (almost 2 miles) then we walked home and I left him in the pub whilst I did some kneading of the bread I was making then went back out to meet him in that pub- it felt like it must be the last day of summer so we had to get some cider in J

Hans C That half ironman result is incredible, and you’ve inspired me!  I’ve done one triathlon before, and the shock of the cold water gave me an asthma attack; I was last out of the water, but recovered somewhat on the bike and was fine on the run- that was only a sprint, and I put it down to never practising in open water here in England- who knew it was much colder than Sydney!  But RRR and I are going to do some OW swimming this weekend, with a view to working toward a half iron next year.  Be interested to hear more about your training.  I would suggest that you need to keep all your running between now and York slow- possibly add speed during the 2-3 week taper in the same way you would maintain speedwork had you just worked toward the marathon – slow stuff the next few weeks will help you repair and recover from your half ironman.  Get the distance up as best you can – maybe 15, 17, 20, 15, 8 for the next few weeks of longrun.  I tend to err more on the side of caution than most, but in order to do the hard work /speedwork etc, you need to have a sufficient volume of ‘recovery work’ slow easy stuff, and the two need to balance out- a half ironman doesn’t really count for that, but an easy swim may help your recovery- doing work where your muscles can create energy with oxygen- if they do too much without oxygen, it causes acidosis, which is not a great environment for your muscles to operate in- I would keep everything light and easy until your body is raring to go, and then put in some speed from there, but remember a marathon is long! 

Well done in your race Reikirabbit! You’ve got to be pleased with that- especially speeding up each lap.  I quite like multiple lap races- you can set yourself challenges within the race, so even more motivation J

Mr P, hiya, are you planning on doing Chester marathon? Or half?  I remember you doing the Sandstone trail last year- looks a fab race J

Hi Rachel, sorry your running has had to have a hiatus due to your eyes.  Didn’t realise how common detached retina (retinae??) were, but it really does put you out of action.  Will we still be seeing you at Bacchus?  Have you got your fancy dress yet?

Sarah, I would encourage a nice bike as long as you can store it securely!  When I bought mine, I didn’t have a car, and it was my main form of transport around Colchester, so it was quite easy to justify the cost- previously I had my sister’s old Raleigh max which was such hard work carrying up the stairs to my flat, and it was too big for me- road bike I can just pop on my shoulder, and its very easy.  But you don’t want something too nice that it would get stolen... An entry level road bike for a man isn’t that expensive- they are a bit more for women, because they tend to have a higher specification at the entry level on a woman’s bike...  Both david and I have the most basic of road bikes but they are still great fun, nice and light, and I wouldn’t spend more on it, but just get it serviced regularly.  Good luck in your taper (and no sympathy for too fast long runs )

Malcs, I’m quite excited to see what you’ll do in York after all

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 16:11

Hey hey,

Wow Malcs, Can't believe you do a progression at the end of a 20 miler, although I guess my training is making my legs constantly tired, so I can't imagine too much faster than 8:30 mm for any length of time.

Reiki, sounds like an interesting analysis- what do you think of it?  Does it seem consistent with your experience?

I've had another high mileage week... Am now at a total of 220 miles for the month, my most previously was July where I did 180ish, and that included 43 miles at TR24 and the Lakeland trails marathon.  No races this month, just lots of training.  I did another 21 miles on the Essex way yesterday, and saw a grass snake!!!  managed to take a picture - it was so small and really struggled to slither across the road, but as soon as it got onto the grass verge on the other side of the road it began moving very fast!  And then this morning, I ran to parkrun, ran parkrun with my hubby (who drove), then ran home, then out with a client who's training for a half marathon, so did a total of 14 miles.  My first significant back to back long run, and actually the later miles felt better than the earlier ones.

My legs are feeling quite tired though, so I'm going to keep the mileage low this week- I've got a 10k race next weekend, and then bacchus marathon the following weekend - I'll taper for Saltmarsh 75 from there. 

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 21:58

Mc Hilly, Reiki rabbit, Although I set the goal to qualify for Boston, I'm not so sure I actually want to run it- but if a bunch of us were going it would be worth it.  I know Sarah and RRR might be up for a trip if we all went.  I've been to Boston before as I have family there, but am also forever going to the states for the same reason, and would probably rather spend a holiday elsewhere having a holiday - not exactly a cheap place to visit.  We're in DC this autumn for my cousin's wedding, and I'm not going to go there a week early to do Marine Corps marathon, nor am I going to get an overnight coach to NY to do the NYC marathon (thought hasn't crossed my mind... honest!!!)

That's the real reason I had to enter the ultra!!  Yes, I'm quite excited Sarah, the possibility of finishing it seems within reach now.  Its funny, I was just talking to one of the other trainers where I work about my ultra and he was asking about what time I wanted to finish in... I had to say I genuinely have no goal other than to complete it - I don't think I've ever done a race before where the only thought in my mind was finishing  - I've always had a time in mind, even if that time was completely unrealistic.

Feral Bob, sorry your race wasn't great.  With all you've had going on, its not surprising that you didn't manage to get in sufficient training- make sure you recover from it.

Mc Hilly, I only baked these sweet treats, as it really was ultra training-  I wouldn't run on cake and florentine when i'm at threshold pace. 

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 21:38

What time do you need to bq MC?

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