VLM 2012 Outsiders Thread

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01/01/2012 at 10:17

Yes leedslass -it is this year you are doing it

had a whiskey fueled 14 miler this morning. A slow 2:31 but pretty pleased to have done it at all.

01/01/2012 at 13:57
Well done! feet up recovery for the rest of the day!
02/01/2012 at 23:22
So far so good with 2012 training plan! Stuck to it on Day1 anyway.
What a beautiful day it's been here in N Yorks today. Had a brilliant walk on beach this aft. You have to take advantage of winter days like those don't you?

So, after 8 miles tempo today, it's intervals on Weds. Looking at the weather, think that might be a treadmill session! Proper training plan now. No chopping and changing and no excuses!

I'm really upbeat today about the whole marathon thing. I was a bit iffy about it yesterday when I woke up to the realisation it's THIS year.
Long may my positive vibe continue.

Happy running folks.
03/01/2012 at 09:05


Managed to get my first two runs of 2012 done, but the weather at six o'clock this morning made it a bit of a challenge. At least it was quite mild.

03/01/2012 at 12:51
Happy New Year!!!!

Well done Sacco - easy 5 for me yesterday...trying not to let my post-Christmas enthusiasm get the better of me. 21 weeks til Edinburgh!
03/01/2012 at 13:22

I'm not sure how long I've got left. I only look as far ahead as my next run.

I looked at the VLM countdown over Christmas and, as far as I was concerned, it only said "too soon".

03/01/2012 at 13:26

Looks like all are really getting their foot into training again

well done leedslass , mitiog and Sacco

Happy New YEar all of you (if I hadn't siad it before)

good 5 miler today in the wind and rain -enjoyed it "after" -lol

04/01/2012 at 10:15

Happy New Year outsiders and welcome leedslass

Running is a bit pants at the moment.

Did an easy 3 miler NYE and it felt like I had never run before in my life. I thought that I just hadn't quite recovered from the previous Tuesday's 10 miler but when I got back my hip started to feel really sore.

Was planning to run 8 miles on 2nd but was stil suffering quite a bit. Plodded an easy 2 miles just to test it last night and it doesn't feel too bad today -  at least nothing is hurting while I am actually running. I've swapped back to my old Asics for the time being  and will do plenty of IT band stretching.

If that doesn't work we have a physio at work but it is very frustrating at this stage, especially after the 10 miler going so well the other week 

04/01/2012 at 12:18

Screamy I'm exactly the same - I feel like a beginner just now and my shins and knees are aching like achey things - but unfortunately when I'm running!

Happy New Year one and all and here's to things getting betterer instead of worse

04/01/2012 at 12:45

Afternoon All,

Good to see everybody being so upbeat about their training. I'm just concentrating on endurance atm, so far this year I played rugby on Sunday, (Which killed me. Couldn't sprint, couldn't run, couldn't tackle and spent the whole game at tighthead. I'm 5'7" and weigh 11 1/2 stone, not your average prop size!), 19.5m on Monday (Which strangely enough felt a damn site easier than 80 minutes of rugby, but I didn't have quite the same evening before hand of course..... ), 10m last night and a 5m recovery run this morning. Not sure how much I should push it for the rest of the week as I have an Oxford League XC race for WHH on sunday, 10K. I don't want to just jog round as I'll be a counting member of the team, but I also don't want to cut back on mileage in this endurance phase.... I also don't want to push a knackered body so hard that I break something......Me or Us....Me or Us....

04/01/2012 at 13:14
Chimney wrote (see)

 I'm 5'7" and weigh 11 1/2 stone, not your average prop size!

Wow, you're not kidding - that's more fly half size isn't it? No wonder your rugby games are so punishing 

Hey I bet you're good at getting the lids off pickle jars though?  

Minardi: my knees don't like stairs - especially going down them - when I'm training over longer distances but they don't play me up in any other way, thankfully. As you say let's hope things get betterer rather than worserer 

04/01/2012 at 16:31


Just a little heads-up for anyone that might feel in need of a bit of a boost at mile 17

Edited: 04/01/2012 at 16:32
04/01/2012 at 16:37
Wicked, thanks Screamy! Was just coming on to point people in our direction
Edited: 04/01/2012 at 16:37
04/01/2012 at 16:38

Hi all

wow Chimney -that rugby would take it out of you. I found the same when I returned to judo and wrestling a few years ago. I felt every bone on my runs. Stopped it as was getting old and got sick.

Minardi - my kness used to suffer but since doing yoga ther are a lot better. Flexibility is a real must for me now I am over 21.

Screamy, my wife was wondering where she could perch when I do the run. Perhaps the RW support wuld have her with 'em (depends who is there I guess).

04/01/2012 at 16:41
She's more than welcome Stu, the more the merrier! Promise we'll look after her
04/01/2012 at 16:44
Sister Bad Habit wrote (see)
She's more than welcome Stu, the more the merrier! Promise we'll look after her

thanks Sister
04/01/2012 at 16:51
Thanks for the heads up screamy. Now I've just got to convince my wife to stay in one place rather then follow me round the course.
04/01/2012 at 20:01

Hi everyone, hope the training is going well and the niggles are just a result of "getting back in the groove" after the turkey & mince pies!

The weather has been so dreadful I've been forced indoors today - my first ever treadmill hill session!

10x2 min repeats with 2 min recovery - 4%incline and speed set at 9kph. Didn't really know what to start on but the last 2 reps were hard but not impossible so think I got it about right. I listened to a podcast from Marathontalk about treadmill training. Recommendation was to alter incline but not speed so went for steady pace. Managed just over 4 miles including 5 min warm up & cool down. 

Quite enjoyed it so if weather keeps on like this I will include it every couple of weeks - share it with interval session! There aren't many hills where I live so hopefully this will help if I can manage Leeds 1/2 Marathon in May (VLM recovery dependent!)

Recommend Marathontalk site BTW. Weekly podcast, training tips & motivation. All free to download. The Jantastic challenge they're running is great.

Training mojo is quite "up" at the mo. Long may it continue.

Happy Running Folks

05/01/2012 at 08:10

Morning all, 

Hi Sister Bad Habit (great name ) thanks for popping in. I've never done VLM support but I think it would be a good place to be for the rellies. Lots of friendly people, easy to find and on a relatively quiet part of the course.

I did Yoga for a while too Stu but found it didn't help. Nothing to do with running really but downward dog would give me awful problems with my neck and shoulders - being pear-shaped, my skinny arms really aren't designed to support my entire bodyweight. To be fair I have been told that I am "too flexible" and should do Pilates rather than  Yoga - never got round to it though.

If this wind keeps up I'll have to stay in and get on the bike tonight

05/01/2012 at 09:01

I've been meaning to mix in some cycling into my training but the weather hasn't really made it very appealing.

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