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

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 22:39

ive been a little lost this week with regards to my training. 1-2 weeks post ultra with an urge to start upping my miles but also two weeks before the marathon. I haven't done any long runs this week (or in fact since my ultra....the longest being 9 miles) but I have been doing some speed work. On mon I just did 5 miles with two of them at 10k pace (6:30 mm) and then on thur I went to speed training and did 6 x 800 m with my ace pace being 6:05 which was the same as when I got my last 10k PB. 

I was worried that I would have lost all my speed with the ultra but so far that doesn't look to be the case. Ive a 10k race tomorrow so I'm hoping that I don't struggle too much with maintaining my 10k pace for the full distance. A friend of mine is running whose getting quicker and quicker at the moment...I have a feeling I'm going to be left in her dust cloud!

good luck to everyone racing and running this weekEnd, esp angela doing her 75 miler

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

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 22:32

thankyou for the link to the comrades thread mc hilly , I will do a bit of lurking in the background for a bit 

hi RR , well done on your new parkrun PB. I will have to look out for you and your sister on race day. I should be easy to spot with a large 3:56 flag!

your run last week Mr P sounded exhausting. Hope youve recovered from it now. 

your ur run last week Rachel sounded like my coastal run race a few months ago....far too hot! Well done in it. 

Thanks malcs. That's twice talking has affected my races this year, the first time being missing the start of the race and finishing second, not far behind first! Im undecided with London at the moment. I can enter at the end of this month so I need to make a decision soon. Im hoping to enter as a pair too at tr next year with angela 

for a moment I thought I was on sarah/RRR thread with the reference to the toilets! Well done on your new parkrun PB 

Thanks chick ...I am wondering if I did try hard enough as my legs have been surpisingly ok post ultra...much better than after all my marathons. Glad to hear your Achilles is improving and getting better. 

Well done sean R5 for getting into London. 

Good luck tomorrow Stan 


congrats hans on a new buggy PB. 

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

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 09:22

Good luck for today Mr P and for Rachel tomorrow (And anyone else racing this weekend).

sorry to hear the sad news Sean, but glad to see you back here. I hated working nights.

i cant wait to start doing so e speed work again. It sort of went out of the window with the ultra and a tight ITB but I'm hoping thats ok now and I can start concentrating on 5ks and 10ks over winter. I'm going to have to print of your 10k plan Malcs. Hope parkrun went well today and you managed sub 19 

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

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 09:13

Just seen HansC that you going for sub 4 hours, so if you want to run with me it would be great to have the company...although I have been warned that sub 4 hours is a popular time and the pacer can sometimes get swamped!

wow RR 25 mile training run...thats far. hows the taper madness affecting you?

Well done Mrs P on your GNR time. Glad you enjoyed training with your new club Mr P

hi chick, nice to hear from you. Sorry to hear about your injury. Its glad to see you back.

well done Rachel at Richmond. Did you see pavey? Did she race or plod?

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

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 08:59

i quite fancy comrades....anyone else...we could do a group trip?

Phew Malcs for a moment there I was thinking your easy pace was now 8mm and I was going to have to start following someone else! when do you think I should start my 10k training...how long did you rest between Paris and starting your 10k training again?

your photos are fab angela from bracchus. I want to run it next year! Can't believe its only one week until your ultra. Are you camping over night?

Hans what time are you going for at york? I was reading the race instructions and they said you can drop in to pens behind you if needed

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

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 08:40

Hi all...been a busy few weeks again, not sure where the time goes too..had all intentions of coming on here several times but other things would distract me...mainly poppy our puppy!

thankyou for all your good luck for my ultra last week. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The course was stunning. It was roughly 80-90% off road (although advertised 50% on road so I wore road shoes but would have benefitted from trail shoes). There were stunning views of the coast along a lot of the way. I had support crew (parents, chris and poppy) that went around the course cheering me on in every village Which kept me going. I found people to talk to up until bamborough (19 miles) but then after that I ran on my own. Think everyone was too tired to talk. I took a 10 minute break at bambrough to talk to my support crew (which was lovely to do and a welcome break...but cost me a podium finish). I got lost once when I was too busy talking and following the person infront. Luckily the person infront quickly noticed his error and we turned back round only running roughly half a mile out of our way. I managed to finish the race in 5:26. It was 33 miles but due to the slight diversion I ran 33.5 miles. I came 4th lady only a minute and half behind 3rd and 4 mins behind 2nd. I ran all the way and didnt need to walk. Immediately after the race my legs hurt and didnt want to walk but after a cold shower and putting my skins on they were suprisingly ok. The next day I was able to do some 100m sprints whilst walking poppy and did a comfortable 5.5 miles yesterday...my first post ultra run. My ave pace for st Oswalds way was 9:30 mm, slightly slower than the 9mm that I was going to do but that was when I thought it was 50% on road and I didnt take in to account the styles and gates I had to climb!

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 me...my fault for not getting on here for the last few weeks. 

Looking at your plan Malcs...im 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 man...wow, 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!

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