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

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 17:27

Hi Malcs, just doing a final delurk to wish you all the best for the weekend. Sounds like you have all the training and guidance inside you to achieve your goals. Remember to stay in charge of the things you are in control of and let all the other stuff wash over your head. We will all be with you in spirit to lift your tired limbs whenever you need us 

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

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 21:27

I am one of those silent lurkers... Bet you have lots of them  I have read your posts since last year and loved your spirit and support of Shady Ady  so I voted for you. I am v pleased you won. Behave, I'll be lurking....... Hope the running is as fun as it can be.


I need a training partner for London Marathon 2014

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 13:50

Hi Pipski

seen you post in a few places and wonder if I could offer you a few thoughts here?

I was going to suggest exactly what Ant P has to help you gauge pacing, build confidence and give you running buddies for dark and/ or bad weather runs, find a friendly running club. If you do a parkrun you may find like minded souls there that could point you in the direction of a suitable club. If you don't do a parkrun you may want to look at that to help your speedwork.

I always think a first marathon is always about learning, for example what sort of weather you can train in, what times of day you prefer to run at and how much "me" time you can take away from the family. If your kids are an age that they could cycle as you run along a tow path or reservoir or somewhere safe- that's a nice way to get parental brownie points alongside running.

Take care chosing your marathon pace too early. If you have done a few half marathons before you may be in a position to estimate a marathon time. If not it may be an idea to pop in a couple of warm up races of 10k and 13.1 miles in your marathon training and use the half to put into one of the many race pace predictors. Or double and add 10% for a rough guide.

Hope you carry on enjoying the training and find some safe, constructive company.

best wishes

h oh- Xmas smilies already!!

Target 26.2 - First Timer Steve's Journey to Paris

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 19:43
Hi Steve, a tough decision but I am sure you have made the right one. As you point out you have developed so much as a runner throughout the past few months and no one can take that experience and gain away from you now. There are hundreds of marathons every year in the UK alone but you only have two knees. Are you able to defer your Paris place for next year? Have fun being the official bag carrier, we expect a minute by minute commentary from you!
Best wishes
H your lurker, one of a few I imagine....

The Road to Paris - On a Plateau - Asics Target 26.2 Training

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 18:11
Boffy wrote (see)

Well, as it seems to be the day for it, I may as well de-lurk too 


anyone else to join the party? I'm sure Ady would love to know 

The Road to Paris - On a Plateau - Asics Target 26.2 Training

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 13:55
Just don't send the pound my way! Got round to weighing myself this morning and a combination of full board skiing holiday, valentines, birthday, Mother's Day and running a bit less after a 30k has given me a kilo back I really don't need. Boo! Not marathon training right now, entered the inaugural bournemouth in October.
Never fear, there are many of us keeping up with you on the quiet
Just remember we are quietly right next to you for the whole 26.2 in Paris willing you on.

The Road to Paris - On a Plateau - Asics Target 26.2 Training

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 14:06
Hi shady
Just wanted to delurk and tell you what a fab read your board is and how much I have enjoyed your progress in running and leanness. In view of the fact the mileage will be coming down and how keen you are to get to the magic 148 pounds have a read of this:
I think it's what Ruth eluded to earlier. Pesky special offers! Blooming tasty though!! I'm currently trying to ignor Thornton's chocs and son's birthday cake. I'll never get to my racing weight....
Enjoy all the coming weeks and the marathon itself and keep posting.

Target 26.2 - First Timer Steve's Journey to Paris

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 14:52
I've just got to delurk at this point! Great running and all round health improvement Steve, you should be proud of yourself. Two points:
I wouldn't get hung up on the VO2 max thing, you run pretty well on it whatever the number
I LOVE the watch, v jealous. Makes mine look very slow and boring.
Enjoy the next few weeks and remember to smile round every step of Paris. Stay safe and healthy

A marathon in 4:15 (or maybe less)

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 19:39

Was it the ankle you turned last year?

I was a bit over enthusiastic with some core strength stuff last night whilst watching tv, now i ache sooooooo much, much more than after any run. That'll teach me. I'm still looking at races but entering nothing but i have jumped into a half marathon training scheme at week 13 of 20 to see how that feels to maybe do MK in July. Surely I've got some carryover fitness to ignor the first 12 weeks of a training plan , won't be chasing a pb just want to do something and running schedueless seems a bit weird after 24 weeks of mara training. I have a great book by Matt Fitzgerald but his schedules are v long.

Found out I missed Silverstone and Blisworth 5k last week - must must must enter them next year. Haven't done either for 10 years (pre kids!)

Should enter Blisworth friday 5 in august- always a lovely atmosphere. Need some escapism, we've all had the dreaded "service reconfiguration" letters at work so that'll be a few weeks of stress and fun

A marathon in 4:15 (or maybe less)

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 19:08

Bourneville- mmm chocolate, sounds good.

Make time to bake! I had a conversation with a colleague recently about as the kids grow up and gain independence it'll be the parents we have to worry about and look after soon.... always something, thank goodness for running to escape.

I did MK in 4.06.26. I only looked at my garmin a few times at the beginning to gauge pace and at the halfway point for a time check and just ran at sustainable/ survivable pace throughout. At the end I didn't want to look as I couldn't have changed what I was doing!

When I was looking at my garmin data last weekend I was delighted to discover that I ran a completely even 2.03.13 split.  I couldn't have done that if I had tried, but I suppose the detour was in the first bit and so that means I did a slower second half

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