Vicky Yello

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Weight loss & weight gain

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 14:25

Vegans can easily be unhealthy .... especially if you are eating a lot of brown foods .... bread, pasta, potatoes.

Ditch sugar as well if you can and go long greens.

I try to keep my brown carbs in the forms that provide protein as well, so the pulses and quinoa. Also maybe consider green vegan protein shakes if you need help keeping you full.

2kgs easily spread over the body so not so easily noticeable to look at but it can slow you down.

Berlin Marathon

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 14:16

Bets of luck everyone! This is marathon number 5 for me and the last two months have been a small disaster .... under-valued the power of sleep and stopped recovering from anything! Been unable to do anything over 20 miles in 2months. And now I have a virus .... but on the plus side as this wasn't going to be my greatest race ever anyway the virus doesn't matter massively!

PB is 3:34. Target for Berlin .... to run the whole thing and enjoy myself.

Safe travels and safe running all! x

P&D autumn marathon 2016

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 09:40

Hi all! - hope everyone is doing super well and training for the autumns is going successfully!

Apologies to only pop up these days when I need advice (feel like such a user!) but I am indeed here for advice!

Berlin marathon in 3 weeks time and I'm struggling with pretty much every run now. On the 70/18 program and it was going really well until around week 12. Around this time I had a couple weekends of very late nights and I suspect the lack of recovery this creates has put me into an overtrained condition. I was on holiday last week where I only ran around 20 miles but I'm still struggling this week. The holiday was very heavy drinking I think this nailed the problem home.

No regrets (or maybe only small ones! you live and learn!) but my question is this week I have a half marathon planned on sunday. Should I crack on with this or attempt a last 20miler? I've done 4 20milers+ so far but the last one was 4 weeks ago which'll make it 7weeks by marathon day.

Just a reminder of my info ... this is my 5th marathon, pb of 3:35 from the spring. I have a HM pb of 1:34 from earlier in the year but the last one I did on week 12 I came in at 1:40.

I love racing so would be sad to miss the HM but it might be worth it for the end goal.

Thank you all! x


Berlin Marathon

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 12:47

Howdy - doing Berlin this year for the fast time. Will be my 5th marathon, last one was Brighton this year.

Previous PB 3:35:50

Target A - sub 3:25

Target B - sub 3:30

Target C - sub 3:35

Training going well running-wise so far ... am doing the same plan I did for Brighton and finding the mileage much easier. But I have problems with smoking and weight .... both not too bad atm, could do with shifting a few pounds and minimal smoking in the last month but need to keep a careful eye on both issues.



P&D autumn marathon 2016

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 16:14

Hello everyone - still a background lurker! Autumn marathon of Berlin. Target A sub 3:25, Target B sub 3:30, Target C sub 3:35. Following same plan as last time (P&D 18 week 55-70miler), it's started better this time but I still have some weight and other bad habits to shift ... got a yoga/detox retreat next week that should hopefully help with that!

And just got my London GFA place. BOOM!

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 13:37

Have promised myself am not going to get too sucked into this forum again as I have a lot of work going on ... but AWC am really sorry to hear about Manchester but many many congratulations on finishing MK. Even though it's not how you wanted to do it I really think there's a win there. Best of luck going forwards ... I hope you get back onto the track you want to be on.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 13:02

Hello everyone. This thread still going as fast as its runners I see!

Went underground as I had a bit of a lousy last 6 weeks pre Brighton (2weeks illness and a bunch of stuff that was my fault!). Some good news ... I got a 4min pb of 3:35:50. It did leave me very inspired as to what I could do if I behaved myself a bit more (coughstopsmokingandeatingsomuchcough). Loved Brighton as a course but in general it feels like it can't handle the numbers.

Next main event is Berlin but I actually had a question for the GFA London runners. Do you apply for the ballot and then the GFA as well? And is there some sort of reminder for when GFA opens? (mid-late June says the website)

Hope everyone is very, very well! I won't be on here so much as I struggle to keep up (in every sense!) but I'll pop in every now and again

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 07:53

Morning - yes said I was going to do easy miles but ran my 10miles this morning, was supposed to have 5*600 intervals but started getting more aware of the knee after the 3rd set so brought it back to a job. It doesn't 'hurt' just starts feeling like it's been knocked.

So will stay off the road tomorrow, weights (which don't seem to cause any issues and I think not doing enough of has led to this) and swimming until it feels better.

Thanks Scott - agree that a simple solution of tired shoes is often the answer but the current ones are only a few weeks in so not this time!


P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 14:54

Hello everyone! Massive congrats to AWC and BR and everyone else who raced over the weekend, really awesome stuff!

Thanks for everyone's words re the 10miles with 6*1km intervals last week. Loved them in the end!

However (and I'm generally being a bit backstage on this chat atm because I hate to be the voice of doom and gloom when everyone is doing so well!) I had a rest day on Saturday, felt fine on Sunday for my 18miler with 14 at MP .... and it all felt great, until mile 11 (7miles MP) when the knee started feeling dead. I slowed down for a mile then called it a day.

Its still feeling a bit knocked today so taking it as a warning sign of overtraining. Haven't had a knee problem in 3.5 years since my first HM and at that time it was overcome easily by introducing strength training. So I'm going to focus/increase the strength training and keep the miles easy this week until it feels better. I've got North London HM this weekend.


P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 16:27

Hey all - hope everyone's been doing well. I've been in hiding as having a small crisis of confidence re pace atm.

However I'm just checking out my intervals for tomorrow (5 weeks to go 18/70) and 10miles with 6*1km?? That sounds horrific ... and I like intervals! Anyone done this recently?


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