VLM 2012 Outsiders Thread

For anyone who doesn't fit anywhere else

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28/12/2011 at 08:25

Morning Outsiders, hope you all had a great Christmas

Welcome aboard Fairy Elephant - love the avatar

Christmas plods went well. Ran 5 miles on Christmas Eve in 54.34 which I think is a PB for that distance. Yesterday I ran 10 in 1.55. 17 so I can still afford to slow down a little bit (believe it or not) and still get round faster than last time

I am done in today though - my legs feel as if they belong to someone else

28/12/2011 at 09:56

your legs are probably mine screamy

I am in and proud that I don't fit in some threads also

Lost 2 1/2 stone this year and trained up to 20 miles in October. It is Run/Walk (have COPD) 1 in walk for every 5 run on average and looking at 4 1/2 hours for VLM in April. Went back a few weeks on schedulew as a rest and trying to peak at the right time. Got 14 miler Sunday.

I see some great efforts here over Christmas period -well done. I did a 6 miler on the day and a couple of 4 and 5 mile since.

28/12/2011 at 10:35

Hi Stu, welcome aboard

Well done on the weight loss - if I could shift that extra stone I'm sure I would turn into a whippet

I do run/walk on my long slow runs - 1 minute in 12. It helps my mind as well as my legs (it allows me to concentrate only on the mile I'm running at the time) and it also stops me choking on my jelly babies which is a bonus

28/12/2011 at 10:41

Hi screamy and thanks .  I am certain that extra stone will drop off no probs Funny enough I use my walks for Jelly Babies too although have to take care when using a sports drink with 'em (seem like I could float then-lol)

Would love to reach 1 in 12 walking and will aim for that. I do not think a wee walk does any harm tbh.On a good day I could do 12/1  in time. My sub 8 minuting has gone though,  I feel .

28/12/2011 at 11:30

Ha Ha, goodness I can only dream of 8mm

If I could do 10 minute miles for a 10k I would be happy - we'll see what happens at the BUPA 10,000 in May   

I'm in the odd position of being a faster runner than the last time I did a marathon but a slightly slower one than the last time I did a half so I know better than to be surprised by any of my times - slower or faster.

I'm experimenting with jelly beans next time out  

28/12/2011 at 13:56

sub 8 was a long time and a million fags ago -lol

10 min mile or a bit under appears to be me now. Good luck on BUPA 10k - I am sure it is doable. Just see where your feet take you.

Yes - I read that Jelly Beans are actually better when mixed with sports drinks than Jelly Babies.

28/12/2011 at 14:50
Plus they don't leave icing sugar everywhere
28/12/2011 at 16:17
Belated merry christmas everyone and here's to an excellent 2012 with fab running from everyone *fingers x'd*
28/12/2011 at 16:20
minardi wrote (see)
Belated merry christmas everyone and here's to an excellent 2012 with fab running from everyone *fingers x'd*


Owwwww - my quads!

28/12/2011 at 16:24

you too minardi Sup with your quads screamy?

28/12/2011 at 18:20

Hi All,

 Back again, work and family took my life this month. My only solace was my running, though not much of that in evidence in places!

Nothing on Xmas day, 80 minutes of vets rugby on Boxing day. Well, it was supposed to be vets but t'other side could only get a vets pack together, the backs were the kids from the 1st's. As I'm one of the faster vets I was on the wing rather than were I usually play in the pack which meant I spent 80 minutes sprinting back to make tackles. I was knackered, would prefer to run the Picnic backwards.....

8m at 07:50 pace yesterday, 11.5m at 08:30 pace today. 112m this month at an overall average of 08:33 pace. Distances for runs are 4m to 22m. Been wearing a HRM all month, average HR is 140bpm, average max is 167. The week I was felling a tad flu'y shows with max HR's of 190, 214, 187 & 184. Was a bit scared when I saw 214!

Still smoking.......

29/12/2011 at 08:04
Great running Chimney 
29/12/2011 at 10:52
well done on your running  Chimney (from a fellow smoker)
30/12/2011 at 16:23

Hi folks. Mind if I join you? Long time since I posted on RW site.

I'm a lucky(!) one who got a ballot place by "donating" their entrance fee.

Hoping to get round in less than 5hrs 30 so I ain't quick. Got my pre-xmas long run up to 16 miles in 3 hours but just starting back on the training plan post-mince pies & Quality Street.  

Got a 5 miler and 6 mile Fartlek of sorts in so far this week. Staring 12 mile LSR in the face tomorrow!

31/12/2011 at 13:52
Welcome leedslass

Sounds like you've already made good progress with your long runs! I'm up to 12 miles at the moment. I did 5:31 2 years ago and hoping to improve on that time (I'm doing Edinburgh so have an extra month on the VLM-ers) but I'm a couple of stone heavier than 2 years ago and another couple of stone heaver than I should be, so I'm trying to address the weight thing too.

good luck with the LSR tomorrow! I had a week off over Christmas so I've got an easy week planned - just 4x5 miles then I'll start gradually increasing the miles again. I'm trying to to look at the big weeks on my plan....20 mile runs and 40 mile weeks sound rather scary!!

Happy New Year

31/12/2011 at 15:47
12 miles done! Last mile was a bit of an effort but not too bad. Longest run for 4 weeks so pretty pleased. 2hrs 15 min so not fast!

Doing the Brass Monkey 1/2 marathon in York in a few weeks so hoping for a good run in that to give me a decent time gauge for London.

Has anyone signed up for Jantastic on the MarathonTalk website? Looks a good bit of motivational fun for a 'run on your own' type like me.

Good luck for everyone runnIng this w/e and Happy New Year to all!
31/12/2011 at 17:05

Happy New Year all

Welcome leedslass. Well done on the 12 miles I havew 14 tomorrow but is Run/Walk . 2hrs 15 is respectable IMHO. -well done!!

31/12/2011 at 17:48
Thanks STU. Good luck tomorrow with the run. I was going to leave my run until tomorrow but thought it might be a bit tough if I have a few sherbets tonight.
31/12/2011 at 17:58


I was debating similar leedslass but opted for early night tonight

01/01/2012 at 09:34
Well, this is it now. I'm doing a Marathon THIS year. Can't say 'next year' any more. It's all so very near when it seemed so far away.
I'm pinning the training plan up on the fridge door for motivation. Will tick off each session when complete. Thankfully it starts with a Rest day as I dd LSR yesterday!!

Good luck to anyone running today - hope the hangovers aren't to bad!
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