Ant van Oviedo


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Posted: 24/05/2014 at 22:32

Good luck Frazer!!

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Posted: 24/05/2014 at 17:52

Just popping to see how everyone is.

Sorry to hear you don't feel it's worth persisting with running after all your injuries, AR, but I hope that with time you change your mind and gently ease your way back into it.

Good luck with your continuing recovery, Gul.

The rest of you seem to be flying and so does the next generation! Well done to everyone today and yesterday in the shorter stuff - really impressive.

I've stayed away from here recently as I didn't want to bring everyone down with my negativity. Basically my recovery from VLM, which itself was a disappointment, has been spectacularly awful. Aches and pains just about everywhere and then Achilles Tendonosis followed by something else followed by my dodgy knee really starting to concern me and even threatening to become life-changing. I now also have either periostitis or shin splints but am taking painkillers and running thhrough it as running is about the only time it doesn't hurt.

I went to the doctor's this week and have started the ball rolling and arranged a series of x-rays as well as a full check-up (blood test etc.).

Meanwhile I am running four or five times and doing 25-30 miles per week. The first five minutes or so are depressingly painful, but then I actually seem to be in decent shape. Hopefully I can keep things ticking over until a) the niggles and pain go away of their own accord or b) medical science sorts me out. (Don't) watch this space.

Good luck to Jase at Edinburgh, and anyone else racing.

 

 

 

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Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:49

Call me a cheapskate, but how do you save the enlarged pics on the MarathonFoto VLM site? I did it a couple of years ago, but I can't remember how.

Poacher - Nice medal. It should be - it cost enough...

I promise never, ever to post any pics of my feet on here ever again. Please can everyone make the same pledge?

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Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:19

Moof - Thanks for those kind words - I have just found that my efforts in training, such as they are, have not led to the expected rewards in races in the last three years. I  have been "plagued" by injuries, it's true, but there is still something holding me back from doing myself what I perceive as justice again and again.

A good rest should see me right, I dare say. Now, where's that pizza?

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Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:13

Abbers - Brilliant stuff! An early fall and you go on to do a 2-min negative split? I think you have underestimated your form by a good margin, making your next campaign one to watch. Many congratulations!!

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Posted: 19/04/2014 at 20:16

Lit's report was a fascinating insight into the keys to success in a marathon - clearly her decision to only poo once pre-race was crucial.

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Posted: 19/04/2014 at 17:16

Lit/Minni - I also had "vaginal" in the same game...

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Posted: 19/04/2014 at 15:09

Blown away totally by those race reports, Speedy and Lit, and feeling pretty useless reflecting on my own spineless, sorry showing this year.

I went out for the first post-VLM recovery and it proved to be premature. 5k @ 8:00mm and everything that posssibly could hurt, did, and worryingly, still does - achilles tendon, left knee, right ITB and now the inside of my left quad feels like it's torn.

I am going to take at least the next week off while I consider if this much pain and discomfort - walking more than 200 yards is almost unbearable due to the pain my left knee - is worth it, especially given such poor results.

I would be straight down the doctor's clamouring to get this knee operated on, but it is just not convenient at all this year.

Sorry about this post, but I feel absolutely sh*t.

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Posted: 17/04/2014 at 18:57

http://s3.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/83537/gallery/foto0174.jpg?width=350

 

http://s3.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/83537/gallery/foto0173.jpg?width=350


It was all smiles in the Chandos - the place to be post-VLM!

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Posted: 14/04/2014 at 23:20
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Ant - regardless of what the others say I think you were awesome yesterday!! 

What do the others say? Lovely to see you yesterday and spend quality time in the boozer. A shame things didn't go to plan in the race.

Really great to speak to Speedy, Poacher, OO51, AR and  Lorenzo in the pub, too. You are all really special people.

Many congratulations to all those of you who got PBs and/or reached their targets, especially Speedy, Lit, Marrows (ladies first, eh), OO51, Lorenzo, Martin, TR and the relentless Poacher.

To those who didn't come away so happy, bad luck and I hope at least you had as great a day out as I did.

My race can be summed up as follows: I cruised - cruised  - to half way in 1:32:55, and felt great to about 17, when everything started to tighten up. I kept my head, however, and, convinced I had loads of time in the bank, slowed up a bit til 22 or 23 when I realised that a) I was now feeling really tired and b) it was going to be a tight thing to even go sub-3:15, so badly had I paced things. I made a frantic (relatively speaking) effort from Big Ben in,  with the last km in 3:52, but it wasn't enough and I finished with a miserable 3:15:14.

I am not too disappointed, however, as the positive thing I can take away is I didn't totally crumble, and however poorly deployed the effort was, I can honestly say I gave it my all out there. I will be back next year to put this one to bed and do myself justice for once.

No excuses at all on the day, but I do feel the two-odd weeks' training missed, and esp two or three 20-22 milers in March, told negatively on my endurance in the end, and that is that.

The whole event was, for me, absolutely brilliant - the weather, the crowds, the volunteers, everything.

So I had a small skinful in the pub, said my goodbyes, staggered/limped to the tube, got on it, met a Spanish girl who apparently took a shine to me and kissed her, got the train to my mum's, had a quick dinner, and crawled off to bed at about 9:00. 

What a day. See you next year.

 

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