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

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 18:51

Malcs -  I am truly impressed that you ran as a pair, what a Fantastic achievement! I saw you on an early lap as you ran past the Arrows camp at km 3-4 on the bend just out of the woods, but you were gone too speedily and I looked out for you but there were a lot of people there! Had I realised you'd be lapping more than a few times, I'd have been more determined to spot you.

I absolutely loved it and the conditions were so much easier than last year despite the heat. Did my laps at 7pm, 3am and 10am (yes, I did 3!) and the night one was very magical (did the same slot last year in the middle of the torrential thunder storm and clocked a PW, so it was great to enjoy that one the best this time). Took it slow and walked all the steep bits, but managed to clock 56, 58 and 57 mins so was only 3-4 mins off my times last year which I was amazed with. Feel tired and aching now, but the tendon has not reacted so I really really feel I am back now. It has been such a long time!

Loved your report as always and YES, if you haven't run TR then you have missed out on the most brilliant event. I shall be back again.

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

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 22:30

Hi everyone, glad you're all still here! I've been trying not to get too depressed whilst recovering from the hamstring tendinopathy (and a calf tear shortly after Paris) - what a literal pain in the bum! - so haven't been around here much. Anyway, physio doesn't want to see me again (I think because I am healed rather than him giving up) and I have managed 3 x 5 miles and a magic 6.2 in the last fortnight so..... I shall go to the ball..... TR24 here I come! I'll be running 2 laps very slowly and carefully, and having a fantastic time. See you there Malcs!

PS no Berlin for me sadly, it has just taken too long to sort this, but I hope to do the half in Amsterdam, then have my GFA place in London next year.

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

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:21

Hmmm - he cramped at 16 miles, passed us at 24 with a very strange running style, and came in at 3:29:37. He says he was happy to have finished. I am sure he has another sub 3 in him, but he cramps all the time, even lying on the sofa after a massage, so needs to work out why as nothing else he has tried has worked. 

I did joke that he would have to pace me or risk being beaten by me! 

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

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 11:54

Phew! that was nerve-racking!!! FANTASTIC race and I am so pleased for you.  

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Posted: 13/04/2014 at 08:01

It's still happening and I don't think I can be bothered any more

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

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 23:02

Good luck to everyone this weekend!! I'll be cheering at Blackfriars but not trying to sprint across a city this time (although my leg actually feels better for it). 

Excellent write-up Malcs and well done once again, you have been a star throughout this process and I hope you are recovering well.

I think I can round up the sponsorship a notch or two - did you have a justgiving link? 

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

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 15:43

Well done Malcs! You did it!!???? Sorry I didn't see you - people kept coming in waves and it was hard to see people even in a bright yellow shirt! Now celebrate!

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

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 12:16

DS2 go for it!! I was choked standing on the start line, I felt so proud to be there.

Malcs - I am sure you will be online, but just in case, GOOD LUCK and I'll look out for you. I'm really excited to see how you do after all this training, I am sure you will smash 3:30. PS the weather forecast is cooler up to 15C with light rain - nice (not).

 

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

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 10:44

Good luck Chickadee - you'll have an amazing time in Boston. In case you don't know, there are masses of loos near the start, so don't worry about queuing for an hour in the tent area (like I did, but fortunately people in the wave after me let me in front ).

I realised quite early on that it was not going to be a fast run for me, so relaxed into enjoying it and taking in all the atmosphere, high-fiving the guys at MIT and girls at Wellesley, reading all the posters, accepting sweets and trying to remember as much as I could. I am so glad I did, I even laughed at the chanting my name up Heartbreak Hill, and it was the happiest marathon I have done, despite how it ended. 

That said, if you want to go fast, it is so much easier when everyone in your pen runs at your speed, and the course thins out quite quickly, not like London. I just found it difficult to establish a pace in the undulations right from the start - it wasn't as downhill as I was expecting (and I hadn't trained enough).

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

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 11:05

Haha that one really got me going!! I was about to check the marathon website

David and I will be supporting and waving a red/white Harpenden Arrows flag. We'll be at 6.5km Reuilly-Diderot, then cross to the half way mark. We'll leave there in time to see our 3hr runner at 36km where you enter the Bois de Boulogne. I will stay there until our 4hr runners have passed through, whilst David heads to the finish.

We'll look out for you (all). The yellow top should be easy to spot Malcs! What are others wearing?

If anyone manages to find out how to track then please let me know - I have searched and failed.

I'm not sure we'll make it to the pub afterwards - we are staying in 17e at Ternes and I think the other Arrows will be meeting up near there, but I have noted where it is and will get over if I can.

Stay well and enjoy the taper!!

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