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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

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

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 22:45

Race report tr24 (sorry its long) 

Race report for Thunder Run;

Last weekend saw my second Thunder Run (TR24), a tough, hilly 24 hour off-road relay race. You can enter this race as either a solo runner, as a pair or as a team (of either 3-5 or 6-8). Last year I was entered in a team of 8 with some friends I met at the runnersworld bootcamp, this year we met back up (in bigger numbers) and ran as several teams of 5.

You can set up camp from friday mid day so we headed down to Catton Park, Derbyshire in the afternoon. We arrived at camp roughly 2.5 hours later. By this time lots of people had pitched their tents and set up camp. Luckily a few of our team members live local so they had arrived at 12 and secured us a fantastic spot near the start/finish and the food stalls.

We quickly pitched our tents and started on the pre race celebrations, this included far too much fizz, cider, cake and other niceties...unfortunately we forgot the BBQ. Everyone seemed to be in good spirits and excited about the endurance event starting the following day. That evening we went to watch the fun run (for the kids), walk around the stalls and mingle with the other runners.

The camp is supposed to be quiet by about 9 so as the sun set (and we got out our head torches) the general buzz and chit chatter became quieter until we were all in bed by midnight, hoping for a refreshing sleep.

I woke up to a quiet camp site at about 7, however it didnt remain quiet for long, quickly more people woke and started getting ready for the briefing at 11:30, followed by the start of the race at 12. Whilst walking around the camp I was surprised to bump into a fellow harrier.

There was a fantastic atmosphere at the start of the race, hundreds of excited runners and people in good spirit were out to cheer on the first runners. From then on it would be 24 hours of running. The rules are quite simple; there has to be one team member on the course at all times (unless your a solo runner or running in pairs) and you must complete the full 10k lap before handing over the baton. The runner/team who does the most laps wins. Every runner has chip timing

For me my first lap was the one of the hardest. I set of just before 13:00, when the sun was at its highest. It was uncomfortably hot. Chris, my husband had decided to run this lap with me. He hadnt entered the race but had come to stay for the weekend (family members, children, dogs etc are all welcome to stay over and dont have to pay, just the runner). I was so relieved that he was running with me as it gave me an excuse to run slightly slower in the unbearable heat. I completed this lap in 1;01:28, my slowest lap of the race. Despite it being my most difficult lap it was also one of my most memorable. The crowds out on the course shouted words of encouragement to myself and chris and children were out with their water pistols attempting to cool us down.

After this lap we decided to have some lunch, a shower and a massage. The showers were warm and were included in with the cost. The people doing the massage were working all weekend, 24 hours a day, raising money for charity. They just asked for a donation.

By the time I had done the above, it was time to get ready for my next lap, this I ran at about 17:30 and managed to complete it in 51:43. It was much cooler by now and much more pleasant. Between 18-19:00 was the conticlimb (a short up hill section that was timed). The winner managed to complete this in 13.8 seconds where as it took me 23 seconds.

After this lap, I just stayed around camp, talking to other runners and supporting people on the course. I would have long until I was running again and this time I was going to attempt

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

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 22:39

Malcs at appears to have made you look a lot wider than you actually are though!

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

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 22:37

Sorry for the abscence husband decided we needed to have a dog and I finally gave into him last week...we now have a 10 week old puppy at home tiring us out and taking up all our spare time! She is delightful though. We've now had her a week.

Thanks for all the kind comments about my race report. Forgot to remove the oedematous bit after another friend commented on it..opps sorry mr p.

Good luck Feral Bob for Cheddar marathon. How far is Brecon ultra?

i don't think ive ever diagnosed meralgia paresthetica....I hope you get on top of it soon reikirabbit and you make a full recovery asap. W hen are you coming to york?

Think im eating more than im burning off at the moment too Stan!

Im impressed that youve stuck to the healthy eating Malcs (minus the beer of course). I'm hoping that me and Angela will enter as pairs next year (providing no babies are on the way)! With the conti climb I just carried on without stopping the same as you but there were lots of people around me stopping and resting before giving it their all. I didnt see the point as I had witnessed the probable winner running up it just before me! Dont be a the coastal run next will love it...just hope for an earlier start or a cooler day!

Shame I didnt see you sticky at york...although it was so busy...would have been like finding a needle in a haystack. The course seemed even more twisty and turney than I remembered it. leeds must have been bad if york was organised better...couldnt believe the 30 min start delay....and did you see the bouncy castle blowing away? 

Looking at your race list mchilly I dont have that many races coming up....had better do some more entering! How did your race go this weekend?

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