VLM 2013

2nd year VLM runner

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12/10/2012 at 14:52
Ricardo86 wrote (see)
Is it an.issue to skip week 1 being too easy?

A sixteen week training plan in fifteen weeks, are you mad! Plus you'll end up running the marathon the week before everyone else.

I'm really not sure you've thought this whole marathon thing through.


12/10/2012 at 15:04
Woo just heard that I have a charity place for next year!

Do they still have timed starting zones so if I'm aiming for x I'll start with others who say they are aiming for the same time?
12/10/2012 at 18:25

Ricardo- if anything, I'd rather start a week earlier so I have a week in hand in case of injury. 

15/10/2012 at 12:07

I went for 60min yesterday and was very pleased with the results.  7.8 miles.  very pleasant.  Just keep adding 5-10 min a week and it'll soon get the mileage up.

17/10/2012 at 17:09

I'm in too...first ever marathon and first try at london !!! Trying to decide in a training plan is quite hard  .Did a half marathon a couple of weeks back in just over 2 hrs and did struggle the last couple of miles ...gonna keep ticking over until december time and then crack on !

17/10/2012 at 17:38

Jennifer- so you need to look for a 4:15 plan.

18/10/2012 at 20:43

Will do thanks ....although my target was under 5hrs and would be pleased lol

22/10/2012 at 14:15

Just run Abingdon yesterday and now can look forward to VLM 2013 after a short rest of course.

I definately agree with keeping your own training plan and log. It keeps the training structured and more motivational. I'll start mine from the new year with my modified RW programme.

22/10/2012 at 14:33

i have a charity place - this will be my first marathon. Beein running since May and am now totally addicted to it. If other newbies are looking for a plan i can recommend the Shades plan which you will find on the forum. Shades is super helpful and a great mentor and her plan rocks! 

Good luck to you all.

22/10/2012 at 15:09

I'm in and going to follow the pfitzinger 18-week plan, as I've heard various good reports for it.  Its my second marathon, so I have a simple aim of beating my previous time as I hit the wall and really suffered in my first one.

In a strange way I'm looking forward to getting up at stupid o'clock at running through the dark mornings! 

22/10/2012 at 21:36

my understanding is that the wall is purely to do with nutrition. maybe do some research on gel's etc?

25/10/2012 at 23:30

Hi All! This is going to be my first marathon, I ran the Royal Parks half marathon in 1hr 52 mins - does anyone have any tips for speeding up (I want to aim for 3hrs 45 for the VLM) like gels and stuff? I've heard of them but never used them, can anyone recommend a brand?

I also have a charity place, so have the joy of raising £2200 in the next 6 months - totally worth it though as it is for Make-A-Wish foundation. (if anyone fancies donating would be much appreciated - www.justgiving.com/ahshasmarathon)

26/10/2012 at 00:04

Hi Ahsha, I think the gels just keep you going by replenishing your energy supplies and stop you 'hitting the wall'. I don't know that they make you faster. I have heard it is best to try the gels before the race itself. I have heard of some horrible side effects if you get one that does not agree with you such as cramping stomach and well.. think diralyte and you will get the drift. I have my first half marathon in November - hope i can do it as fast as you! What training plan have you been following to date?

26/10/2012 at 08:37

Hi all, got my final half marathon of the year on Sunday, then one 10k race mid-November and then I'm good to go - full on training mode.  Has anyone got any pre-London races planned? I'll be doing the Brass Monkey Half in York and the Silverstone Half.

02/11/2012 at 14:57

This'll be my first VLM so looking forward to it.

Gaz - Already booked Paddock Wood HM and am debating Reading HM. The thought of running around Silverstone sounds romantic but pretty sure i'd be bored senseless 2 miles in but agree it's well placed as a VLM warm up.

02/11/2012 at 15:35

I have gosport half marathon booked for later this month (my first half marathon) and Brighton half marathon in Feb. Between them I hope to have a good indication of my marathon pace as this will be my first marathon

06/11/2012 at 11:09

My Charity place has just arrived, so I am VLM for the first time next year I had Silverstone HM (I did the 10K this year) and Reading HM both booked anyway, and I have just checked my training plan and they actually fit into the schedule quite well, The 10K was geat lots of interesting running around thinking Jenson broke down there...and there and there..... wifey loved it as well as she is more a F1 fan than I am.


08/11/2012 at 13:32

Hi Everyone,

I got a place through the ballot at the 1st time of asking.

It'll be my 1st VLM but my 2nd marathon, having ran this years Edinburgh in 3hrs 59min.

I didn't really train much for that (due to injuries ) so am hoping that I can do London in a lot less.



03/12/2012 at 23:14

Ahsha- I use gels for any race longer than an hour and then take them every 40mins. I've always used  Lucozade gels but they are unavailable at the moment and a new version is apparently coming out in the new year- luckily I have a box of them!  Some people say gels make no difference, but even if its a placebo effect, I'll still take them!  But do use them on your longer training runs, partly to make sure your stomach is OK with them, partly to practice taking them on the run.  If you are going to use them, you'll need a belt to carry them in-I use one made by SiS.

07/12/2012 at 20:22

Hello folks.  The forum 6 competition is now open:


Have you been shunned by Asics?

Stuck in a training rut?

Got a marathon place and can only run round the block??

Busy busy busy and no time to train??

I have six lovely mentors all lined up and chomping at their Mizunos to get involved

All you have to do is to tell us why you should be given the prize of the millenium


Should not threaten to harm small animals
Should not send people to sleep or need a screen break

It will contain your hopes for a marathon time
It will contain your marathon entry confirmed
It will contain a brief running history of recent times and pb's

We would love to hear all about YOU, strengths, weaknesses and limitations


This thread will close on Monday 17th December and then Kittenkat and her esteemed Adjudicator(s) will cogitate the pitches and we will then announce the LUCKY SIX on Christmas Eve

Asics 6??  As they said on Channel 4 ... thanks for the warm up    

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