VLM 2010 Survivors

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01/05/2010 at 19:33
Hi yes, and still working on the bloomin gold bond!
01/05/2010 at 20:44

Evening all. Cycled 20 miles last night and 1 km swim so might be heading in a certain direction,even got some lessons on crawling from a very friendly olympic swimmer in our pool, she is very smooth in the water where as I am like a whale.

Bedford Half is that on a Sunday? Keep me posted. I have the Bike ride to aim at in July now and then the GNR so my training will plod on through the summer. Wish we were getting up to do the marathon in the morning...................well some bits of it anyway.

Not bothering with the photos what a rip off the prices are, have they always been that expensive???

01/05/2010 at 20:54

Evening Mark I think we are all back in action now, excellent news

Bedford Half is a Sunday, I would say it will be 12th December not 100% on that but Hash is not normally wrong

You will like The GNR there is divided opinion on here its a bit of a "marmite " thing!

It shares something in common with VLM they all want a shed load of money off you , the photos are dear really, there is a really good one of me crossing the finish at South Shiels last year but I didn't buy it, I can take it or leave it myself.

A day off for me tomorrow, well I am working but not running, best btake it steady plenety of time to get going again

01/05/2010 at 21:20
Rod, or anyone else that use the gym, (Rio not sure if you are around at the moment) can you please tell me what make of spin bike/cross trainer etc you use at the gym and if you would recommend? Going to a fitness store tomorrow to look at equipment for the gym but would be good to have some recommendations.

Pretty sure that 12th will be the date as was 13th last year - I'm a Bedford Harrier so will keep an eye on the web site and ask a couple of club mates and let you know. Typical that daughter finishes at B'ham Uni after being there for four years in 2 weeks time!! Otherwise we could have stayed with her! Rod where does it start/finish? Is there a route map on their site?
01/05/2010 at 21:29
Rowan are you still running for SA then? Great cause! Trying to remember what your nickname was on the SA forum we had back then - seems like forever ago!!! Have you done London every year since? I did '07 and '08 then skipped a year and did this year.
01/05/2010 at 21:30
Was it Moon something???
01/05/2010 at 21:45

Pinks x training I use life fitness but they are dear and a commercial machine but then you only buy once

Spin over to Rio.......

Brum Half starts at the back of the NIA and finishes in Broad Street goes out of town up POershore Road into the back of Selly oak and back down the Pershore Road past the mailbox and into Broad Street its an ok route not Brill but a cracking event all the same you must come up.

I am not sure if the site is in date but you could have a look I guess,.

01/05/2010 at 21:53

Evening!  i know I seemed to vanish into a black hole but mum's taxi duties, food shopping and suchlike intervened last night.  Today was parkrun, tap, MiL shopping followed by MiL birthday tea.  Home now

Still not got too far on that thread for the above mentioned reasons so not yet.

MM - A did her 6th parkrun today.  She took about 42 min but got a huge cheer at the finish as she was our first 100th finisher as we had a record field

01/05/2010 at 23:43
Yep pinks, probably was moon something!  This is the first London I've done since then: got a ballot place this year.  I seem to be an awful fundraiser (or have poor/tight friends!) so no way I'm doing another gold bond.
02/05/2010 at 11:14
Did my favourite run this morning to get the legs going again and landed up running with one of our advanced runners at the club as no one else turned up. Considering my body surely must be knackered I knocked 2 mins off my previous best. More than happy with that
02/05/2010 at 13:46

Rowan - that is why I won't ever consider a gold bond place.  Not that I think my friends/colleagues are tight but more because of the sheer effort involved in fundraising alongside full-time work, family and training

TK - well done!

Ok, I did read that thread from start to finish and generally I don't think people were getting at either slower or faster runners particularly.  I think the question of whether the 'project' works is relevant and must surely be something the sponsors must look at each year if they are going to continue to put money in.  

02/05/2010 at 14:33
Afternoon All,

Fantastic run TK - brilliant!!!!

Just been for my first post-VLM run Tried my heart rate monitor for a bit of variety. Aimed at 65% but this seemed quite fast for what I'd planned to be a gentle recovery run. I got my 65% number by taking 65% or my working heart rate (max hr-resting hr) and adding this to my resting heart rate. Watch told me this was 75% of max heart rate, so which figure do I use? The HR pages on the training section suggest that my calcs are correct but even so it seemed like I had to work quite hard to maintain 65% level and that's meant to be an "easy" run! Does this mean I'm hopelessly unfit? Sorry for being so technical for a Bank Holiday weekend but hopefully someone here can help!


ImRio    pirate
02/05/2010 at 15:05

Sorry all.

Been having a bit of a sulk lately.  Injured and it hurts lots

I fell off my bike on Thursday and have bruised my thigh.  I will try to upload the colourful graphics.  Finding it hard to sit, walking is ok, sitting is not and I don't dare try to run just yet!

Pinks I will have a look at the spin bikes on Tuesday when I go. I have posted the make once before but cant remember it off the top of my head.   I would imagine that the sort of bikes that take that sort of abuse (in a gym) are a good couple of thousand so I am sure you will get better value from a home spin bike.  I will look around and see what I can find for you.  The company we used to get a bike at work is very good value and I know they do spin type bikes

Anyway will upload the pic now if it will let me

ImRio    pirate
02/05/2010 at 15:07


My big ouchy bit

ImRio    pirate
02/05/2010 at 15:10

Mitiog I would say it is nothing to do with your fitness levels but that the HR levels may not be correct for you.  (Even if you did the calculation correctly).  Or alternatively you are still recovering from the marathon or you are coming down with a virus.

Lots of variables when using HR.   But it may be that you do need to slow down a bit also.  It will come with practice.

02/05/2010 at 15:12
Thanks Rio - it honestly felt like I was running a 10K or something, not the "gentle recovery plod" that it was meant to be!!
02/05/2010 at 15:13
Flipping heck Rio a nasty old bruise that, I would say a good rest but I guess you are in training for Bala? Even I am looking at these tri's now I won't do one though but they are very popular now..
02/05/2010 at 15:13

Wow that's impressive Rio!

I think I can see Jesus's face in it.

02/05/2010 at 15:17

hoping to go for my first run tomorow my toes are finally ready to hit the roads again . Intereset in what everyone says about GNR - it's my first one this year so any tips what to avoid would be appreciated.

 Also can't wait for Birmingham half - it;s the fist year I've been home to run it!!

ImRio    pirate
02/05/2010 at 15:19

Yes I was supposed to be spending this fortnight off training for Bala so not quite sure how that is going to happen now!  Think I will be getting some funny looks at the pool this week!   I am not going to be able to run for a few more days but I will have to do some biking - think I might stick to the turbo though (at least I cant fall off that) and if it gets too painful I can just stop rather than having to get home somehow.

Had to cycle 15 miles home on the bruise which I am sure did not help.  Cut my hand too .  Must remember to wear gloves next time!

Tri is very popular but is never as crowded as plain running races.  And they are much more fun!!

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