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

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 13:33
I'm off on holiday tomorrow so may not get a chance before Monday to say good luck to Chick and GOOD LUCK...go smash it

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Posted: 16/04/2014 at 13:32
I may not get a chance to get only before next week, as not sure what wifi coverage will be like on just wanted to wish Chick, 2old and DD good luck for Monday. Take in the atmosphere, as you are going to be part of an amazing experience

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

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 17:59
Epic reports guys - DS2, Mr P and Rachel - I'm exhausted just reading them all! Rachel especially - from a complete non runner to a 4.30 marathoner in just over a year is just brilliant

All getting exciting now for Chick and your Boston adventure. Just make sure you execute a la Malcs and not a la Freemers!

I'm feeling very philisophical about Sunday now. I can't change it and it's better that I had my sensible head on. I just need to get my act together and get my foot sorted properly rather than just trying to manage it myself.

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Posted: 15/04/2014 at 15:36
Perfect pacing Ant and a great report. That must be such a great feeling to have such a well executed strategy. I've no doubt you can go much quicker next year in Brighton

Minni - good report from you too. I think as you say you had it in your mind that a DNF could be the outcome, but you have handled it really well, and your day will come again!

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Posted: 15/04/2014 at 07:45
KFC - go do some training!! You sound like you really enjoyed yourself on Sunday

AA - great report...such a shame your stomach issues slowed you but well toughed out to get under the 3.30. I remember that feeling from the Town Moor, I think I was 7 seconds inside with an almighty sprint to make it.

Simon - ah, the Masons Arms...know that very well! We've had dinner there in the evening a few times and you get great views from the upstairs restaurant as the sun goes down - stunning views across the valley. Yes, no doubt will be very busy over easter but will try and go there at some point.

Nell - I'm actually feeling a lot more positive today. There is no point dwelling on it as I can't go back and change what happened. To be honest I was surprised that when I did stop the decision to do so was so easy - a few years ago I know I would have hobbled through it, and hated every minute of the second half. I would have felt so much worse if I'd done that. In the scheme of things I will take the positives from my training, in that I know I am capabable of a good shot at 3.15 and just need to believe that I can do it uninjured!

I think the fact that I'm off on holiday in 2 days helps - I can just enjoy the break and then come back to get the foot fixed.

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Posted: 14/04/2014 at 16:33
Brilliant report O4S. Your result was so well deserved, and I'm really pleased BA got his time too

I agree it did feel more congested than last year. Also the celebs were a lot harder to get past at the start - it seemed as the gun went off there was an immediate wall of them doing about 12 minute miling or something like that, so quite a lot of dodging in the first mile. I then got bumped quite a few times right up until the time I stopped. Thankfully no incidents with bottles or anything like you had there.

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Posted: 14/04/2014 at 09:10
Some photos are already up on the official site - only one of me so far, and although it's not a bad one of me, the guy next to me is blowing a snot rocket right in my direction. Kinda sums up my day!

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Posted: 14/04/2014 at 08:37
kfc - ha ha! One good thing about pulling out early is I can at least walk down the stairs without my quads screaming at me!!

Jack - tough luck, sounds like you had a much better time in you. Nail it next time!

Nicki - sorry, meant to say hi, and well done on your race. Stick around....loads of us have taken huge chunks off our PBs since joining this thread, it's definitely a good place to be

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

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 07:43
Well done reikirabbit - great new shiny PB

Foot very sore this morning, so I can imagine how much worse it would be had I gone any further. Thr right decision but really gutted as I knew my training had gone well and I'd put myself in with a great chance of a good time. But I'd been running with the foot problem for a while, and thought I'd get away with it as it always eased off. Not yesterday though! Possibly I hadn't worn in my shoes enough (50 miles), plus consistent MP miles, but whatever the problem it definitely bit me.

Malcs was in a great spot and easy to see - the crowd was quite thin around 10 miles and as soon as I'd gone under the footbridge he'd mentioned I could see him up ahead. A cheer and a high 5 was very welcome - thanks Malcs!

I also managed to see some other friends at 11 miles, but by then my mind was trying to decide what I should do. As I approached Tower Bridge I initially though I would stop , and in fact I did stop on the bridge just after the 20k mat. Walked for a bit and then started to run again. I really wanted to see the lead runners on the other side of the Highway, so trotted along until they came through. Looked at the clock at half way (I'd actually stopped my Garmin by that point) - 1.36.xx, which was actually bang on schedule even allowing for the 30 seconds or so I'd spent walking....but I knew I was going to stop so didn't dwell on it. Just before 14 miles the lead runners came through, and then Mo appeared and the roars from the crowds and all us runners were incredible. It was worth running to that point just to hear that! But soon after, as we went round into Narrow Street I hopped off to one side.

Then I had to find my way to Limehouse station and eventually back to the finish to get my bag. On the train I got chatting to another runner who had dropped out so am glad I had some company! Got out at Westminster as my Mum was watching in the last mile so would have been waiting to see me. Just missed my brother go through (he did a 2.39!). Mum was surprised to see me, but happy I had my sensible head on!

How did the others get on?

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Posted: 14/04/2014 at 07:14
Got out of bed this morning and ouch!

CD - I think I started chipper and got less chipper as the afternoon went on! Was beating myself up about it on the train! But it's one of those things and nothing I can do about it now, so will move on.

I might re-think my plans for the autumn though. Clearly I can't get away without getting the foot fixed, which I've been doing up to now. So that's my top priority, and then I might stick with shorter distances for the rest of the year.

Scratch that - my absolute top priority is our holiday as we're off on Thursday up to Cumbria....ideally would be doing lots of walking but I'll have to see about that now! Good excuse to find some nice pubs to while away the hours...

Well done again to yesterday's racers
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