VLM 2013 Outsiders Thread

"For anyone who doesn't fit anywhere else"

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24/04/2012 at 10:07
Dear Fellow VLM 2013 Runners,

Hot on the blistered heels of the highly successful VLM 2012 Outsiders thread, I thought it was necessary to get psyched for the 2013 VLM! Thanks Screamapillar for the inspiration!

I felt highly supported in the 2012 Outsiders forum and hope others felt the same. Let's keep up the momentum!

If you're not sure if this is the forum for you, here's a quote from Screamapillar from the 2012 Forum:

"So, if there's anyone else out there who doesn't quite fit anywhere else this is the place to come. Pull up a chair, have a virtual Hob Nob, tell us your story and let's share the experience".

Looking forward.

Run Zaftig Run
24/04/2012 at 11:27
Morning! Not sure I'll be there next year or not....but will keep popping in for a virtual coffee and cake, and chat about latest running exploits!
18/06/2012 at 22:27
Hi - planning on doing this as I was in 2012 but injured. Have paid now. It will be my first marathon so any advice would be great. Started running in Jan and slowly but surely am up to 17 mpw with my long run at 8. Taking it slow as every time I up pace I get tweaks. My question is when do you start training and what do I do to get a solid base? Thought about a 5k , 10 k then a half in October not for times but to get race experience. Should I follow a half plan for oct then steadily rise or just maintain and should I do a beginners or intermediate from dec. smartcoach looks good. Doing 4 runs a week 1 long,1 easy,1 pace ( my pace!!!!!) and 1 as I like (usually bloody very easy!!!!!).
21/06/2012 at 13:27

This is the thread for me!

Shedboy your plan looks good from this far out. I would agree that a half plan will give you a good base. Trying to adopt a full marathon plan from about 45 weeks out will just leave you stale and very tired. If it were me I would look to do a half marathon in October/November and build up steadily to that. Then take a couple of weeks off and start again easily in December. Use December as a month to get back in to the groove and start your plan for London at the end of the year. You should be in fine fettle come April.

I'll be there again in 2013 (4th year running) but have the small matter of Amsterdam to run first on 21st October. Started 18 week programme on Monday and can hardly stay awake today. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

21/06/2012 at 13:30

where has the button gone for bookmarking threads?


21/06/2012 at 18:16

Hello Shedboy, haven't seen you around for ages, not since your lawnmower thread ...   I have a place for 2013 so will be popping in for a bit of chit chat and catch-up.

22/06/2012 at 18:27

Dave - I think you have to "follow" the threads now rather than bookmark them, that's what I've had to do.

22/06/2012 at 20:36
Hello peeps, this looks like the thread for me too. Like Shedboy, I too was ill only the day before VLM but not stopped me. Got my place for 2013. Doing British 10K, Demon 5m, GSR (with Phatboyrunning, although I expect to lose him at the start as I plod) and Ealing Half.
22/06/2012 at 23:26

That's rubbish Screamapillar - I hate change 

I still have other threads bookmarked!

27/06/2012 at 17:09

I do too, I just can't add any others - pants isn't it?

01/07/2012 at 21:17
I have a place in 2013 via a charity. This will be my first marathon. Started training at16 stones and only able to run for about 5 mins. Im now 14 stones and did a 10 mile long slow run today I am following the shades marathon plan. Really enjoying running - main issue is the fevers I get after every long slow run

Last to weeks have been a bit of a disaster due to the the fevers. Missed a run and the diet has gone to pot.
03/07/2012 at 09:15

Hang in there Tortuga - You can do it and the rewards are most definitely worth it!

03/07/2012 at 09:30

Thx Dave - your avatar has inspired me to keep running. There is something quite hypnotising about it

04/07/2012 at 12:18

oh if I had a pound for everyone who tells me that. I thought hypnosis worked best when you looked in to the eyes?

03/09/2012 at 21:22

LWJ - Helloooo!!!!  Haha remember the lawnmower thread...how is your nicely trimmed bush nowadays anyway?  

21/09/2012 at 13:01

Alright all,

Just getting back into running after going in a running huff after having to pull out of Edinburgh this year, I'm in VLM 2013 through deferring from last year, fractured sesamoid, various other issues blah blah blah  but fingers crossed, touch wood and all that malarkey I am getting back to normal!

Not been around the forums for a while so will make this my virtual home to talk bollox on until April next year!!!

Phatboy - good to "see" you mate, how are you getting on, seems like an eternity since we did 2011 - I've still got a major score to settle with London so feeling rather chuffed that I'm in for next year. I'll see you around the thread no doubt so let me know if you're running? How's Sandra and the rest the mob getting on (is my old mate Squeakz still squeaking?!?!)

MC Dave, how did you get on in Edinburgh, you were going for a fast time as I recall? It was a glorious day, I remember it well as we had a bbq and I just got extremely drunk to try and forget about the fact I had to pull out

Alright Shedboy. good to see you're proud to be an Arab, see big Housty's still keeping you in the right side of the table, will be a while before our teams meet again (I'm a Bairn )

So hello and cheerio, see you all around, not long before the training starts!!!



21/09/2012 at 15:33
Alright Miggito!
I deferred too and to be honest thought my running days were over. No chance got to do vlm next year! Sounds bad for you and hope we both manage it. As for me being an Arab don't get up very often nowadays but I've been to a few cracking cup games with Falkirk in the past! Keep us informed how you get on. I'm just back again and have my first long run in ages tomorrow it's only 6 miles but soon it will be 7 then onwards and upwards. Cheers
21/09/2012 at 15:35
When is it ballot folks find out anyway expect the forums juices start flowing around then. I actually start my training on Nov 5 th so I expect fireworks. Everyone one else January?
26/09/2012 at 13:15

I started my training yesterday. If I don't miss any session I will have completed the 18 week plan I am following before the end of Jan! Not quite sure what i will do with myself after that though

27/09/2012 at 13:00

Shedboy, yes I'm in a similar position, my running has been totally non eventful this year and my sesamoid issues have been causing me all sorts of problems! Been to see evry specialist under the sun but the official line is now "it will probably always be sore and we can't do any more unless you want to try surgery" - no thanks! Anyway, I'm back out getting the miles up, currently doing around 15 - 20 miles a week and want to get up to 30 - 35 before I start the proper training for London. In saying that I am doing the Edinburgh 10K next week as my wife decided to "take up running" a couple of months ago - she's only ran about 15 miles in training so that will be fun! Don't think I;ll be getting a PB anyway

Tortuga, not sure if you're taking the p1ss or not  Seems you're making good progress though if you've lost a couple of stones and doing 10 milers already? If you are being serious though and doing an 18 week plan, I would hold back on starting your training until about 20 / 21 weeks out to give a few weeks respite if you get injured during training, certainly wouldnt be starting it now? Best just now to build up the miles in preparation of the training starting otherwise you'll be fecked by April! I'm also using the time now to mentally prepare myself for the alcohol withdrawl symptoms I will self impose (loosely!) once the training starts.

I will be doing a sub 330 16 week plan, starting on 1st January  


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