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

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 21:14

reikirabbit - hope those quads improve soon. Strange aches are a real nuisance. Sadly they seem to be all too common amongst we runners. 

They have the opening ceremony on in the room next to me. Keep popping my head round the door to see what's happening - all very exciting!

Feral Bob - d'you know I always found bending over when cycling very uncomfortable. Sorry to hear it's turned into something more serious for you but good to know the treatment has had a positive effect.

Like you say, stick to the running!

I did 5 miles in my trail shoes today ahead of TR24 at the weekend. I'm not running tomorrow so next time I set out it'll be midday on Saturday with a 24 hour stretch ahead of me. Can't wait!

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

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 23:53

Minni - running? There's running involved?

I've been testing out fruit cake today in anticipation

18 x 200m for me today in the midday sun. Absolutely boiling. Didn't want to go at it too hard as I'm still recovering from this hamstring thing (it was alot better today). So I decided to do 3 sets of 6 and do each as a progression from 50s down to 45s ie. a second quicker on each rep. 

Didn't manage a perfect progression but I did get the three 45s reps in.

I'll do a steady 7 tomorrow and then a gentle 4 or cross train on Thursday. 

What's everyone else up to?

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

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 08:54

Minni - many thanks indeed! I'll enjoy it while it lasts

June to October were horrible for me last year but nowhere near as bad as you've had it. You certainly don't deserve it after all the help you've given us on here. I reckon TR24 will be the turning point for you!

Mr P - very well done to you and Mrs P! 

Sarah was washed away in a tide of white wine at the end (provided by Minni I believe   )

reikirabbit - well done! Executed the plan perfectly. 

Can't believe that driver. They were obviously in a hurry to get somewhere.  People get so crazy when they're stressed and just don't think straight.

I had a busy weekend of running mixed with endurance gardening

Ran to and from parkrun but didn't race it. Instead I paced Malcs Jr. to see if he could get under 23 mins. Sadly he struggled towards the end and missed out by 10 secs. Next time!

Yesterday I did 13 miles at 8:15 pace. Once again the hamstring was fine during but tightened after. Bit better than before though. However, same as earlier in the week, my outer leg was a bit sore during. Maybe some over compensation? I dunno. Anyway, feeling alot better than I did going into TR24 last year!

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

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 23:36

reikirabbit - lol "diabetic amputee "

I'm not sure it's a good sign when you start raising the excitement levels of the medical community with your ailments. I suppose at least it's good to know what's going on down there and that someone is interested.

Good luck at Harlow tomorrow!

Sarah - I agree with reiki. Mainly I would keep a cut back to a cut back and not race hard. Do a race by all means but don't race competitively. But it's ok to break the rules once in a while.

Dress has been sorted but thanks for the offer  Anyway, yours will look nice which might give the impression that I chose to wear it. I needed something that was truly rancid. I think I have managed to achieve that.

Good luck for tomorrow!

And good luck to Mr & Mrs P - no dirty tricks and trying to trip each other or take the other one out! 

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

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 22:21

reikirabbit - that was quite some storm last night. Not seen anything like that before. It was as much the light as the sound that woke me up.

Hope the scan went ok.

chickadeee - wow, well done for churning out the long runs in the heat. No way I could manage that - respect!

Have a great time cycling

I did 7 miles at 8mm pace yesterday. The hamstring that had been bothering me was fine during the run but tightened up afterwards. Strangely, another part of my upper leg was more troublesome during the run but that was fine afterwards. Weird.

Parkrun tomorrow but I don't want to risk racing it with just a week to TR24!

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

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 23:44

Crazy, crazy, busy, busy here! The week is racing by already. I can barely keep up.

Sarah - wow, yet another prize! You'll be turning professional soon

Hamstring is improving (I think). Ran 10K slooowly on Tuesday and it behaved but tightened up afterwards. Did some endurance gardening in the heat earlier as cross training. Hoping to have another runette tomorrow. We'll see how it goes.

reikirabbit - you really are an athletics junkie aren't you. My mum says the city is buzzing with activity. Games makers everywhere. Looks like it'll be great.

chickadeee - many thanks indeed! Bro did really well in the heat. She's looking forward to TR24. Just over a week to go (please let the weather hold!).

Minni has been in the wars. After the bike accident she now has a chest infection. I suspect that's why she hasn't been around.

Great to see you churning out those high mileage weeks. Don't know how you do it. If I manage 35 miles in a week I'm very happy. 

Well done to Germany. Agree with Mr P - deserved winners and provided some great entertainment along the way.

Mr P - cheers! The lakes must be amazing in this weather. I know Angela was up there recently for yet another marathon.

Oooh, racing the missus? Who will triumph? Will you be courteous or is it no mercy?

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

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 23:16

Thanks Bob!

Cycling eh? You're only one event away from the dark side now

Ooh, the Bath half sounds nice. You will of course have to do alot of flat ground training as your legs are not used to anything shallower than a 1 in 3 incline

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

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 08:32


20-Jul Harlow 10 or Leeds 10K - reikirabbit
20-Jul Northumberland Coastal run - sarah a
20-Jul Penny Lane Striders 10k - Mr P
22-Jul Stillington 10k - sarah a
26/27-Jul Thunder Run - Jenf, sarah, Angela, Tigger, RRR, Malcs, Clive
27-Jul Down Tow Up Flow half - Mc Hilly
3-Aug York 10K - reikirabbit
9-Aug Pride 10K - reikirabbit
10-Aug Salisbury trail marathon - Mc Hilly
17-Aug Cheddar Gorge Marathon - Feral Bob
31-Aug Hackney Marshes half - reikirabbit
31-Aug Wetherby 10K - sarah a
7-Sep Lingfield Dry Hill 10 - reikirabbit
7-Sep Great North Run - Clive
13-Sep Thames Path 100k - Shady Ady
14-Sep Bacchus - Angela, RunnyRunRun, SupermanRuns, Rachelcgen
20-Sep Sutton Six 10k - Mr P
21-Sep Richmond Half - Rachelcgen
21-Sep Bristol half - Feral Bob
27-Sep Sandstone Trail - Mr P
28-Sep Ealing Half - Rachelcgen, James Linney
28-Sep Berlin - ArrowsLou
4/5 Oct Saltmarsh 75 - Angela, RunnyRunRun, DS2?
5-Oct Glasgow Half - Dd1969
6-Oct Chester Marathon - Mr P, Mc Hilly
12-Oct York - Hans C, Malcs, Freemers (unlikely?), Minni, reikirabbit, Sticky?
12 Oct Aviemore Half - Runbikecat
12-Oct Swindon half - Mc Hilly
19-Oct Abingdon - Freemers (more likely)
19-Oct Chelmsford Parks - Angela
15-Nov Brecon Beacons Ultra - Feral Bob
12-Apr Paris Marathon - Rachelcgen
31-May Comrades - Mc Hilly

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

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 08:00

Sarah - many thanks indeed! I am both ecstatic and still a little shocked. Heat wasn't too bad to be honest as it was at 8am but the hamstring was a worry so I'm glad it held up.

I know I keep saying it but you will cruise under 40 once you do even the smallest amount of speed training. My money's on you going much faster too.

I think I will be sensible at TR. Should be amazing yet again, really looking forward to it too. Will be great to see everyone.

Angela - weh hey! Sooo... how many marathons have you done since your last post here ?

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

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 10:54


So this was it. The 11 weeks of training came down to this one race. Well, I say that, I had already broken 40 mins on my test run in June but I still wanted to try and better that if I could.

I was up at 5:30am to get into London in time for the race at 8. I saw Brolish again so it was great to have company for a warmup and to handle those pre-race nerves.

The day hadn't started well. I woke with a massive cramp in my left calf. Oddly this isn't the one I usually have trouble with. Even after stretching I could still feel it but thankfully once the race started it was fine.

Two miles in I was looking good for pace 6:17 and 6:14 but my hamstring (which I'd had trouble with on Tuesday) came back with a vengeance. It was so bad I was genuinely thinking I would have to pull out.

It's funny how the mind works though and I just tried to ignore it to see what happened. Luckily the point of pain moved higher up into the muscle and then eased and I felt much better. After that it was just a mental battle to stay on pace.

Mile 3 was 6:18 but I dropped pace to 6:26 and 6:25 on the next two. Luckily I only had one more to go and put everything into it. Approaching the line I saw the clock at 38:50. 19 seconds for sub 39! Unfortunately that was too far to the finish but I was very pleased to come in on 39:16 - 18 seconds better than the dress rehearsal in June and well under my sub 40 target.

I'm still amazed that this has been possible. Prior to the competition my PB was 42 minutes and everything before that had been quite a bit slower.

It just goes to show that with the right training it can happen. For that I have to thank Steve. Yet again he's done the business for me and I owe him a great debt of thanks. 

I'm now hobbling a bit as the hamstring is seizing up. Next stop TR24 and marathon training for York. No rest for the wicked

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