Ant van Oviedo

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Sub 3h15

Posted: Today 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.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 18:57

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

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Posted: 14/04/2014 at 23:20
Minni wrote (see)

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.


Sub 3h15

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 18:43
PhilipMJones wrote (see)
 the goose liver is a bit risky with the gout à ce moment.


 Chacun a son gout, en effet...

Sub 3h15

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 09:36

Thanks for all the good wishes. I got over to London, and actually quite enjoyed the expo, although the goodie bag was spectacularly rubbish. I picked up a pair of NB1080s for 60  quid and some top Ronhill kit. I was also stopped by this gentleman asking to have his photo taken with me:

 PMJ - I hope  you have sorted the picnic blanket and the Fortnum & Mason hamper for pre-race?

Lorenzo - Hope to see somewhere around Woolwich!

Poacher - Buck up, old chap! You're British, for Haeaven's sake, man!

Very, very best of luck to all the VLMers tomorrow, and I hope to see you all looking happy in the Chandos!!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 08:34

Minni - Forgot to say, just leave the key in the usual place and I'll let myself in

Mennania - Great report and the main thing is that you know what time you did.

Slokey -  Great presence of mind to take pics at those various stages. Not attractive, however.

Sporty B - The girls on here were telling me they hoped you'd be better-looking than that.

Bike It - Sad news - hope dealing with the will doesn't prove as difficult as it seems at first.

I had the longest lie-in I can remember this morning and have only just got up. I thought about going for a run but it really would be tempting fate and I just don't see the point. The physio seems to have done a good job and my niggle is in remission, with the whole leg a lot less tense. I have lowered my target from sub-3 to 3.05-3.10 so can go into the race more relaxed, and that means resting up as much as possible from now on.


Sub 3h15

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 15:10

Abbers - Mrs. Ant is off sick this week, coughing and spluttering like a good 'un. Luckily it doesn't seem to be contagious, but just in case I've got her sleeping on a mattress downstairs! Anyway, I have been sneezing a bit but would also put it down to hayfever. In taper time it's difficult to distinguish between what is normal in terms of niggles, sniffles etc. and what is not.

Minni - my plane lands at Stansted Airport tomorrow at 15.50, and I'll be going straight to the Expo from there. I should be there about 5.30-6.30. I'm hoping to buy some stuff - shoes, shorts etc.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 10:53

Dodds - I did 4 miles on Tuesday w/ 2 @ MP, 3.5 yesterday w/ 3 a bit faster than MP (unintentionally - a good sign, that) and that may be it for me til Sunday. If I feel like it i might do 3-4 miles tomorrow morning, to calm the pre-travel nerves. Definitely nothing on Saturday.

Abbers - Take no notice of the impending cold - they thrive on attention. "Nothing to see here".

Birch - Nice pic, good end-of-race form.

Minni - ((()))

Speedy - What exactly do you mean by "flappy-style shorts"?

Off to the physio now for a leg-loosener (oo-er, missus).


Sub 3h15

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 08:38

Great to see Keir and Frazer back on here!

Good news on that toe, PMJ.

Red Start

Ant: 32952. White vest with "Ant" on it in orange, blue quite-flappy-style shorts, tennis-ball-green shoes. A: sub 3:05, B: sub 3:10, c: sub 3:15

MartinH: 32377.  Purple vest, purple shorts, rest of me painted purple. A: sub 2.45, B: sub 2.49.44 (new PB), C: Renew GFA

Dodds 34357.  Purple and white Asthma UK vest with Dodds on the front.  A: 3.10, B: 3.15, C Sub 3:22 (PB)

Blue Start

Abbers5289, black T-shirt with "Glyn" on the front, black shorts, blue shoes. A: 3:15 (dream target),  B: 3:20 (real target), C: finish (which would be a PB!)

CC2 151 (Champs start) Notts AC vest (White/Green/Gold), flappy style shorts, blue and pink (not by choice!) shoes. A: 2.59.59 B:2.59.59 C 2.59.59 Sh!t or bust.

Green Start 

Lorenzo: 29741, magenta and blue Dorking and Mole Valley AC vest. A: sub 3:07:30 B: sub 3:10 C sub 3:11:05 (PB)

Minni: 28513, white Alnwick Harriers vest with red, yellow and black stripes (bit like the German flag!), black shorts.  Hair in the usual running plaits.  A: 3:12 (not very likely now) B: sub 3:15:48 (for a PB) C: Sub 3:20.  Anything slower will mean all is not well with the hip and I will probably pull out at some point.



Sub 3h15

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 16:03

Abbers - Yes, you have to come to Chandos! Rude not to.

3.5M miles in race kit at lunchtime in weather that was a lot sunnier and warmer than we're going to get in London on Sunday, which is fine by me. 7:00mm pace, leg less niggly than for Tuesday's 4-miler, but I fear it is going to give me something to think about until I get to the Mall sometime after 1.00 p.m. on Sunday.

Leg-loosening massage tomorrow at the physio, hopefull he'll see me right.

Keep your head, everyone, and I'll try to do the same.

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