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02/07/2013 at 16:43

I got my VLM GFA confirmation and just entered. Sorry Ant you are next

02/07/2013 at 16:52
Ant van Oviedo wrote (see)

Very happy with the Pegasus - I know they're not the world's most exciting shoe, but I've always got on well with them, and them me. Great cushioning, surprisingly responsive and light, too. They are also very durable. And for that price... 

Anyway, that's the verdict after a 5k test run - let's see how they (and I) perform tomorrow, as I do a few kms @ HMP minus 15 secs/km.

Drizzle has set in. Forever.

Has anyone heard back from VLM?

Not heard back from VLM yet, but that suits as I am in the doldrums as my hamstring has gone again today. Think I may need to either rest completely for a week, or accept that any running must be done at an ultra easy pace which I don't see the point of.


On the subject of trainers, I've come to realise that my interest in them goes no further than wine. I know I prefer red to white, but other than that I know little else about them. 

02/07/2013 at 16:57

Sorry to hear that AR. VLM is miles off. Chin up, I'm sure you'll be flying again soon.

02/07/2013 at 17:47

AR -Not great news. Give it a rest and some (red) wine and I'm sure you'll be back in no time. Keep those spirits up.

My attitude to trainers is more like yours than you imagine. In fact, I would say I don't know much about art, but I know what I like.

OO - Chhhssss - bloody queue-jumpers.



02/07/2013 at 20:47
AR-Sorry to hear your hampstring has gone (where?). That's not one I've had on my extensive list of injuries, perhaps Slokey can help.
Rest easy.

White wine for me, after beer...and cider.
02/07/2013 at 21:08

My hamstrings are one of my few untarnished parts. Along with some other important bits! 

Red for me ce soir. A cheeky fitou.

Hi MsE, how are things going?

On the seasonal debate, I feel more serious when training over the winter. There isn't much scenery to gawk at when its dark and raining at 6 in the morning  Consequently, I feel a bit more pleased with myself for completing a session in the cold and damp. However, running in short shorts and vest through the woods and over the fells in glorious sunshine (yes, this was my run on Sunday) just cannot be beaten - glorious!

Taper is in full swing. Oscillating wildly from feeling ill / tired and then feeling great. I have developed a hankering for flapjacks and everyone's favourite - the office is full of ill people with hacking coughs.... yay!

02/07/2013 at 21:12

Oh, and the weather forecast is for 26degC for Sunday with bright sunshine. I know how to pick 'em!

02/07/2013 at 22:30

Remind me what you are tapering towards Slokey?

Just booked my accomodation for VLM can you believe. Left it late last year and it cost me a packet....


02/07/2013 at 22:35
I think Slokey is doing his first park run.
02/07/2013 at 22:58

Hasta luego Oviedo, hello Southport! Tomorrow I'm off to Blighty to spend the month of July there. I've packed summer clothes so the weather had better play the game...


02/07/2013 at 23:22
You're in luck Ant, it's going to be a glorious summer. Don't forget your factor 30.
03/07/2013 at 09:08

Gul - did you oversleep?

Oh dear AR - not good


Minni wrote (see)

But Bike It, you hadn't been well? Do think that slowed you up a bit this year? I'll put my cards on the table now and say I'll definitely be aiming for sub 9. After all I do hand two years to train!

It is very kind of you to remember that I was ill.  Yes that was a factor on the day as the illness was still there a little and also I had not been able to eat properly in the 2 days prior which left me low on energy.  The critical factor was the brutal heat of up to 33C and 20mph headwind.  It was a bit tricky to run a hilly marathon in it especially after already having immediately before run the biggest uphill marathon ever.  The weather was freak and it lead to the biggest attrition rate of modern times.

I tried a 10m (metre) run yesterday and still too painful so I'll wait to hear the consultant on July 9.  I've been on Total Abs and spinning instead.  I am now getting very fat

Edited: 03/07/2013 at 09:09
03/07/2013 at 13:56

Great vid Bike It - whetted my appetite for it, perhaps in 2015. Hope things sort themselves out soon.

Safe journey Ant - good luck with your childminding duties.

Fingers crossed AR - plenty of rest seems to be the order of the day.

Shortish run this morning with a 2 mile burst in the middle. Surprised myself a bit by averaging just under 6:40 for the fast part.

On my way to Truro via Exeter and Barnstaple so hoping to get in a nice Cornish run in the morning.

03/07/2013 at 15:32

That's not the best route to Truro, Lorenzo

03/07/2013 at 16:35

All well thank you, SJ, but MrE may be redeployed back home which is exciting as am still homesick but would end our excursion rather prematurely. Have much to do still having been benched this past year and only just out there hiking again with a bit of run-walking the dog. Still would mean getting back into forum related business and running around the UK again.

Edited: 03/07/2013 at 16:36
03/07/2013 at 16:36

Got my London entry sorted. My acceptance says Championship entry.  Is that what everyone else got too? 

bike it - hope the pain goes away soon. Yes that headwind sounded like a nightmare. 

03/07/2013 at 18:35

OO, I'm doing Outlaw on Sunday. Iron distance tri 

03/07/2013 at 19:33

Poacher - I have a taker for your coastal number. 

03/07/2013 at 19:53

Minni, mine is definitely GFA:

Dear Phliip Jones,I can confirm your application for a 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon Good for Age entry has been verified.In order confirm and complete your Good for Age entry, please make a note of your username and password and follow the link to the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon Good for Age entry system where you can complete the online entry form and pay for your entry.

03/07/2013 at 20:33

PMJ - its the next bit that'll return a Championship acceptance, mine did too, although my GFA was rejected at first.

SJ - all the best, the last long Tri I did in Sept ended up with load of folks catching hypothermia in the wind and rain, so I'd rather have hot than cold esp for the swim and bike. You wont be running hard either, so should be able to keep coolish, maybe wear a cap to soak in water.

AR - easy does it. It was only a week or two ago that you posted big miles, doubles and that you were still doing speed work. We're only human, and not robots. Dont kick your body, it can kick back.

Edited: 03/07/2013 at 20:34
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