Ant van Oviedo

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Posted: 26/04/2015 at 11:52

Everyone going really, really well!!! There are going to be some very happy people at lunchtime, if all stays as it is.


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Posted: 25/04/2015 at 07:00

Very best of luck to all of you running in the VLM tomorrow! Is that list of names/race numbers a couple of pages back the definitive one? Isn't there a list with your targets, too (as per tradition)? Jase? Speedy?

I will be sitting in front of the telly watching the Eurosport coverage while following all of you on the website tracker, and throwing in my ha'porth on here.

I'm very sorry I won't be there with all of you. Just hearing that VLM music (however cheesy) makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. I will never forget the sheer excitement of walking into the Expo for the first time, then walking across Blackheath Common to the start, the start itself, and then so many moments along the course to the finish, which will always rate as one of the best moments of my entire life. The times spent in the Chandos with many of you was memorable, too.

I hope to be back next year.

As they say...'ave it!!


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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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