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

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 09:52

Did my last longer run on friday (9 miles) before the big day...legs felt rubbish...but what else did I expect in a taper one week before the main event. On a positive note my legs felt great yesterday on a 5 miler so that saved me from entering the panic stage of a taper! Was looking at my milage and so far ive done 625 miles since starting the training for this ultra. Can't wait to see how much ive done for the year now.

good luck to all those racing and running today

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

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 09:45

Well done feral bob on a fantastic time at Somerset Levels and Moors marathon and the park run PB 

That was an excellent surprise 10k time Stan. I don't think thats ever happened to me before...but I tend to enter so many races...its bound to one day! glad to see your knocking big chunks of your park run time!

well done RR on coming first in your category last week and for beating those other ladies . Im in zone 2 for york to

how did Mrs P get on a GNR?

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

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 09:33

Trying to catch up but ive three pages to get through...please bare with fault for not getting on here for the last few weeks. 

Looking at your plan so jealous of all the speed work youve done. I haven't been doing much and have really missed it. like you was saying im guessing its less important when your training for an ultra but even so, I don't want to risk slowing down too much. I did a half marathon last week but as it was only two weeks before my ultra I decided to do it at my marathon pace (although it ended up being a little bit quicker). Managed to finish in 1:35 (7:16mm pace) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Was hoping yo go to park run yesterday to race but my puppy was ill so I missed it. Did a farklet session instead and really enjoyed the faster pace. I'm wondering whether to just concentrate on 10ks next year rather than enter London marathon. Still have a month to decide though. Your long run at a steady pace (8mm) made me laugh....when was 8 mm steady! I do think your capable of a sub 3:15 marathon however I would aire on the side of caution and set off at 3:20-3:22 pace and if you feel good still at half way then pick up the pace. I think I may have tried to take too much off my marathon pb last year at york and wish I had chipped away at my time rather than trying to knock 9 mins off.

thanks for the bike info Angela...I might put a bike on my Xmas list. Good luck in your marathon today.

Rachel the running will get easier and easier the more you do...just think of paris! 

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

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 07:01

mr P I would love to go to New York, especially just before Christmas, but its so expensive. Would be an amazing trip though. 

Mc Hilly im completely in agreement with you on that one, never tried an alcoholic drink whilst on the run...but the thought of it turns my stomach. 

So sorry to hear about you having to drop out of cheddar feral bob but I think you did the right thing. Think its so hard for runners to stop mid race and instead they continue and cause more injury and illness.

hi Angela I have the same idea about my ultra...just to finish/get around...and mines only 31 miles! My legs always feel better towards the end of my run the day after a long run too. Good luck with your 10k this weekend And your marathon next weekend. 

thanks Malcs my training has gone surprisingly well so far, quite pleased with myself, never thought I would just plod around 25 miles in a training run. Did a race last monday aswell (3 days after my 25 miler) and managed to come second lady without much effort. It turned out to be all off road (only found out a few hours before...just intime to pack my trail shoes). Glad you managed to get some good runs in whilst you was on holiday. To still get a sub 20 after tying your laces is fantastic In parkrun.

Ouch RR that sounds like a nasty accident. 

Well done hans c on completing your first iron, you did amazing and should be proud of yourself. The difference a good bike makes. Chris (husband) has been wanting a new one for a while ready for when he cycles coast to Coast....he's been trying to tell me how important a lighter bike it! What time are you going for at york now?

sorry to hear about the eye rachel, was surgery successful? How long did they advise you to rest for afterwards?

did my last long run this weekend (20 at 8mm...a tad too fast, followed by 10 the following day at 8:50mm)....ive now officially entered taper time!

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

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 11:25
Opps didn't mean running long runs at race marathon pace...more the pace you do for your long run during marathon training (ie between 8:20-8:50 mm)

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

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 11:19

Thanks Hans for the info on the pram...gona make a note for if the time comes. There seems to be so many out there, but yours sounds fantastic. 

Hi Reikirabbit it was fantastic seeing you last week At parkrun, I lovely surprised. I still cant believe that you managed to pick me out from the 300 runners with just the small profile picture to go on. I was hoping that we could have all ran round together but after manoeuvring around some of the runners we had already lost you (which I apologise for) after park run nature called so it was a quick dash to the toilets so we couldnt stick around to say buy. Sorry to hear about VLM, but fingers crossed you will get a club place. I did york last year and struggled round it. I didnt think it was as flat as they made out but then afterwards I wondered if it was due to being ill/not feeling quite right that I found it tougher than I should. Dont worry about the hill at the end...the downhill finish afterwards to cheering crowds makes up for it! Well done on your long runs. Hope you get your injury list completed.

sticky 88 leeds 10k sounded like a nightmare, nothing worse than coming to an abrupt holt 1k into a race because people are walking in front of you. It happened yo me at GNR and I had started in the second pen!

hi Angela well done on your 30 mileS on sat followed by the 5 yesterday, you must be so excited now for your ultra. 

Wow Malcs, 19:02 is so quick, the holidays obviously done you some good! On the baby front it was a comment about me and Angela....but I think having poppy has put chris off the idea of having children just yet....bought me a little more time .  Shame about the photo...will try and upload it again later . I'm quite looking forward to the ultra now ive done a few runs over 20 miles with another 6-8 mile run the following morning.mi have done them mainly at marathon pace but haven't really been doing any speed work as I had a tight hamstring and ITB. I'm hoping that im on top of that now though and can start doing alittle more speed work again this week.

well done mc hilly on your new PB...youve completley smashed your previous PB, congratulations. 

How was your holiday mr p?


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

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 12:24


17-Aug Cheddar Gorge Marathon - Feral Bob

24-Aug Vale of Pewsey Half - McHilly

25-aug spofforth 10k - sarah a
31-Aug Hackney Marshes half - reikirabbit
31-Aug Wetherby 10K - sarah a

6-Sep Somerset Levels and Moors Marathon – Feral Bob
7-Sep Lingfield Dry Hill 10 - reikirabbit
7-Sep Great North Run - Clive

7-sept major stone half - sarah a
13-Sep Thames Path 100k - Shady Ady
14-Sep Bacchus - Angela, RunnyRunRun, SupermanRuns, Rachelcgen

14-Sep Dunstable Downs 20 - McHilly

20-sept st Oswald way ultra (50k) - sarah a

20-Sep Sutton Six 10k - Mr P
21-Sep Richmond Half - Rachelcgen
21-Sep Bristol half - Feral Bob

21-Sep Cotswold 10 - McHilly
27-Sep Sandstone Trail - Mr P

27-Sep Woodstock 12 - McHilly
28-Sep Ealing Half - Rachelcgen, James Linney
28-Sep Berlin – ArrowsLou

28-Sep Bath 2 Tunnels Half– Feral Bob
4/5 Oct Saltmarsh 75 - Angela, RunnyRunRun, DS2?
5-Oct Glasgow Half - Dd1969
5-Oct Chester Marathon - Mr P, Mc Hilly

5-Oct Chester Metric Marathon - Stan 
12-Oct York - Hans C, Malcs, sarah a, 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

19-Oct Dartmouth Vale Marathon – Feral Bob

25-Oct CTS Suffolk Marathon - McHilly

26-Oct Accrington 10k – Stan

2-Nov Lancaster Half - Stan

2-nov guy folks 10miles - sarah a
15-Nov Brecon Beacons Ultra - Feral Bob

15-Nov CTS Gower Marathon – McHilly

17-Jan CTS Anglesey Marathon – McHilly

21-Mar CTS Sussex Marathon - McHilly
12-Apr Paris Marathon – Rachelcgen

19-Apr Manchester Marathon – Stan

2-May CTS Pembroke Marathon - McHilly
31-May Comrades - Mc Hilly




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

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 12:19

Thankyou feral bob. 46 miles sounds tough. Whats the furthest that youve run before?  Good luck this weekend with Cheddar...sounds like youve been doing some proper carbo loading 

thanks Hans I would def recommend the coastal run, its such a fantastic event. It does tend to sell out within about 6- 10 hours so you just have to watch out for the entries to open.  1:45 for a hilly 13.1 miles in training sounds great. Good luck for your half iron man. Well done on your buggy park run PB. What buggy do you use And would you recommend it?

hopefully see you both at thunder run next year 

I normally do my long run on a friday, but Angela is coming to visit so were planning on running to park run, around park run and then back tomorrow morning instead, roughly 22-24 miles. Feels strange not running on a friday morning...ive ended up entering two races instead; major stone half in a few weeks time and guy folks 10 in nov.

good luck to everyone racing this weekend.

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

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 22:53

running over the finish line together and completing the race.

We managed to come 25th out of the mixed teams, completing a total of 25 laps, I had done 6 of these.

After I had finished we went back to spectating and cheering on the other runners. The solo runners are so inspiring, and cheering them on was such a privilege. After the race had finished we collected our medals and had a team photo before sadly leaving for home hoping to be returning again in 12 months time.

We had a fantastic weekend, with an amazing bunch of people. The whole weekend is such a brilliant experience and I cant recommend it enough. Even my husband who hates running had a great weekend and is planning on entering it in a team next year.

i did write this for the york knavesmire harriers so it is focused on them rather than on the people I ran with and the people I know from here unfortunately

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

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 22:48

 2 laps back to back.

At 20:00 it started to rain so we all ran off inside our tents. Memories of last year came back to haunt me as I recalled thunder storms at 20:00- 23:00 with torrential rain, thunder and lightening turning the course in to a huge mud bath and knee deep puddles. The rain didnt last and by the time I was getting ready to start my 3rd and 4th laps it had stopped. I had mixed thoughts about this. Running in the rain and mud last year was so much fun (when else do you get to do this) but it was also quite dangerous and such hard work.

I walked to the start of the course to take over from my friend but was a few minutes late. I felt so bad as my team member had just run a double lap and had started to panic that she would have to do a third one. Luckily I caught her before she went round again. By now it was dark so I had to rely on the light from my head torch to make my way around the course. Last year this was my most memorable often do you go running through the woods in the dark surrounded by so many runners doing the same crazy thing. The tree roots on the course were painted so that they were highlighted in the dark. Despite this they were still difficult to navigate, but this just added to the fun. With it being much later now there were fewer supporters but still the odd ones here and there whispering words of encouragement.

I officially finished this lap in 58:26 but it would have been quicker if I hadnt had been late. As I ran over the finish line, I continued round to do another lap. Its such a strange feeling not handing the baton over to someone else, but at the same time it gives you a sense of achievement...I almost felt like a solo runner.

The second of the back to back laps was tough, my legs started to fatigue and I was starting to get hungry. By 5k, mid way my stomach had started to rumble and all I could think about was food. I had planned to meet chris after my 4th lap just after midnight to get this swedish potato dish served at one of the food stalls. The thoughts of this kept me going and I managed to complete this lap in 56:56.

My legs were so tired I laid down on the grass whilst waiting for chris to meet me. At this point I had no idea how I was going to run another 2 laps. We had the potato dish and then got ready for bed. After a quick wash, I put my skins on and then tried to go to sleep....but I couldnt sleep. I knew I had to be up again in 3 hours time to run the next lap and I just couldnt relax enough and switch off. Finally at 4 am I dozed but quickly woke up at 4:45 in a panic wondering why I hadnt been woken up ready to do the next lap. I later found out that one of our team members had injured his knee so had taken a lot longer than planned.

At 5 am I was getting ready for my next lap and ended up bumping in to the york knavesmire harrier (ynh) again who was heading out for his 4th lap. The sun had started to come up now so we no longer needed the head torches. We had a short wait before both our team members came in, but soon we were on our way. I set off first, but within 1k the Ykh came flying past me at a ridiculous speed on one of the most steepest parts of the course.

I had been dreading this lap, but found it surprisingly easy once I had got going and completed it in 53:58. My legs felt so refreshed and as though they hadnt already run must have been the skins as it certainly wasnt the 45 minutes sleep I got!

After this lap I decided to have another shower and some breakfast, just in time for it to digest ready for my last lap. My 6th lap I managed to complete in 52.55 mins, my second fastest lap. Despite having run 60k, my legs felt great...I was amazed. Despite being so relieved to have finished running for the weekend, I decided to join my team member for the final 400m. It was such a wonderful feeling run

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