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Essar Four Villages Half Marathon

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 11:12
Also have a spare, cplloyd@me.com I'm in Flintshire so would need to arrange to meet somewhere today!

VLM 2012 first timers???

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 19:24

Wow, memories of last year have prompted me to return to say hello, good luck to anyone running & I'll be watching with a slight envy as I would love to be running it again.

Currently trying to decide between Jersey & Chester for October for my second marathon (I knocked 25 minutes of my 1/2 PB in Feb & would be hoping for sub 4 hr marathon!).

Anyway, back to the point I hope everything goes well tomorrow & running is in the news for amazing fund raising efforts & fantastic stories of personal achievements ... and most of all runners and supporters have a great day!

VLM 2012 first timers???

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 11:54

Hi people!  Sorry to hear about your knee Pip, mine plagued me from May to August but I used the time to stregthen myself in the gym and concentrate on shifting excess timber (though if I remember correctly you are tiny already?).

Cross trainer seemed to be good as low impact on knee, loads of stretching, squats to stregthen glutes etc etc seemed to do the trick for me.  Sadly I'm addicted to the gym now and infrequently get out on the road (well the combination of sauna/jacuzzi afterwards, a gym with sky sports on and a fair share of lycra clad women is pretty appealing!).

I did 10k on thetreadmill today in new pb of 46 minutes, not sure how that would equate to the road but guess road would be a little slower.  Out of interest I put that in Mcmillan and it would have me doing a marathon in an hour quicker than I managed London ... the wonder of shedding 2 stone eh!!!


Weight loss and my first half marathon.

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 08:15
Hi mate, the running for waste loss thing is hard to get your head round sometimes. Quite simply weight loss comes from consuming less calories than your burn but for some of us we end up overcompensating for what we burn running by increasing what we eat.

I started running at 17.5 stone but got injured straight away, so lost my first stone in the kitchen ... mainly cutting out excess carbs and sugary snacks.

I trained for VLM this year and barely lost anything as I used to think eating pasta etc was healthy for runners but in reality its great to load before a big race or if you are already at an ideal weight but Carb loading for the guy trying to burn fat means you'll burn the pasta off not the fat.

I started London marathon at 15 1/2 stone and I'm now closer to 13 1/2 through lifting weights, cardio but most importantly getting nutrition correct. At your weight if you are aiming for weight loss and running I'd imagine you'll lose a pound or so a week if you consume 2000 calories a day. At present you must be eating more than that (you may total it up but if you are not losing weight you are totalling it wrong). Just an example, that smoothie that you think is great for weight loss ... assume 200 ml of semi skimmed milk, 1 banana, 100 grams of berries and you could be looking at 350 kcals (a 5k run!). The smoothie is great nutritionally but not if it is on top of what you were eating before.

Bottom line, if you want to lose weight you are going to need to know every calorie that goes into your body for maybe a month (myfitnesspal app will help). After a month you'll have lost weight and have a good knowledge of what food has what kcals... if you've not lost weight it'll be as you are underestimating portion sizes.

VLM 2012 first timers???

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 16:58
Congrats Pip on getting in again ... it was odds on one of us would but individually the odds of getting in via the ballot 2 in 2 must be massive, do the lotto this week!

VLM 2012 first timers???

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 19:53
Difficult decision avoided ... got the sorry magazine!

VLM 2012 first timers???

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 08:01
Haha, so Pip, what was it I said to upset you Anyway, I'll forgive this once as you have unblocked me now!

I've done a few 10k runs on the road this week, felt pretty good and averaging under 8 1/2 min miles ... but calfs not used to the road and ache like mad!

VLM 2012 first timers???

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 13:16
Thanks b&t and Kaff, strange re not seeing my messages for Pip. I just looked on my settings as I could only read my own when not logged in ... I found I was on my own ignore list ... very strange!

VLM 2012 first timers???

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 09:00

Yeah, I'm in the ballot ... for months I thought there is no way I;d be able to do it even if I get in now I'm thinking if I did it I'd be going for sub 4 hour!!!  If I do get in (which I doubt) its gonna create big decisions as I'm not sure I would do a third marathon and I'm split between trying to enjoy the London experience more second time round or doing something else.  Isle of Man & Barcelona are the current thoughts but Loch Ness also appeals.

The weight loss certainly helps, proved by the fact I can run quicker now than I could during the peak of my London training & I have covered a total of about 20 miles on the road since mid May!  

Its a good advert for anyone that ever has any doubts about themselves too, as 22 months ago I couldn't run a mile, I weighed 17 1/2 stone and lacked motivation to do anything about it.  As a New Year resolution (2011) I decided to lose weight and run a half marathon and 50 lbs down (with an eye on the last 10 or so now) my thought aren't whether I can do a marathon but which one and can I do it under 4 hours!!!  

Best just add sorry if that sounds completely self indulgent or like I'm saying look at how great I am as its certainly not meant that way but rather for anyone that has any doubts ... if a fat, lazy swine like me can go out and do it, anyone can!  

VLM 2012 first timers???

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 10:30

Hi everyone! glad to report a happier (and slimmer) Speed-10 checking in!  Weight is still dropping and more importantly I have started to run a bit, in fact quite a bit!  

Went to Mallorca in August and had 3 runs in the sun of 5 miles & was back at my pre injury pace.  When I came home it was back to the gym and one Saturday morning I decided to have a warm up on the treadmill and got off 1 hour 57 minutes later having done 14 miles!  Not bad considering my pb for 1/2 marathon is 2 hours 5! 

I'm gonna book onto a 10k for end of October and start introducing a bit more road running but am still wary of knee breaking down so will have to be careful.

On another note, isnt it about now the London 2013 rejections start coming through our doors (for those that have entered the ballot)???

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