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Doonst finally runs a marathon

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 9:35 pm
by Doonst
Sunday, May 27, 7 AM. Set off with faithful sidekick dgrant on the last 42.2 K of my 3 year, 5000 K marathon. Okay, I'm the sidekick. If I had a beer for every time someone said, "this is your first?, I thought you'd done 1/2/3 already..." Jeesh, you do a couple dozen halfs and people think you've been running forever. For the record this is the third anniversary of when I first even thought of trying running.

So we set off crossing the line in 59 seconds. Cool running along Wellington and all the government buildings. Gatineau was alright, nice to mix it up. I didn't really find it hilly, inclines at best. Dave and I were running pretty good, maybe a little fast. Tried to keep it easy, kept forcing ourselves to chill. I jumped into the bushes around 6K, caught up by 7. Dave said Jacc had flown by. My mantra, currently my sig, was
"The first half should feel like a party,
the next 10 should feel comfortable,
and then you start to dig"
I was determined to keep the first half stress-free, enjoyable, and social. Lots of time to focus later when I needed it. Its always great to run with Dave, he is such a keen runner, a real enthusiast. I'm glad he was there to share the first third of the race. Thanks pal. Before you know it we're across the bridge and the 10 K mat. Sussex was pleasant, then into Rockliffe. My family was waiting at the 15 K mark, near my brother's house. 2 nieces, 2 brothers, 2 parents, Heather the S.O., my dog Bud, and unknownst to me, the whole block were cheering me on, thanks to 4 year old nieces' "Go Uncle Sheldon"sign. Do I look happy or what? Image
You can see Dave about 20 meters back, I never saw him again after that. :cry: Immediately ran into AlfiefromPickering. He said he was finding it a tough day, we were close together for about 3 or 4 K. My family ran down Birch Ave to see me again at the 17 K mark, more pictures and movies.
Into New Edinburgh, there was a great cheering section there before Sussex. Back along that, seeing Holymoly again on the sidelines, and by the market and art gallery. I was feeling very good, it seemed easy going and right on track. Crossed the halfway mat in 1:50.
Part two, the canal out and back. According to my mantra, I knew the fun times were replaced with focus. Go time. Here, I was saying, stay comfortable. Concentrate not so much on pace, that should be steady, but on caring for your body. The distance seemed to fly by, beore I knew it I was at the 24 K Maniac cheering post. Irongirl was nice enough to remind me that Jacc was in front of me by about 3 minutes, and that i should try to catch him :shock: I shrugged it off, I was racing myself, that and 3 minutes seemed like a lot. Around 25 I had my third gel; plan was 5 K, 15, 25 and 35. I also drank at every water station, usually Gatorade. I find it better to regiment these things, in case I don't feel like it; I don't think about it, just do it according to plan.
From 25 K on my mantra was, "I'm comfy, I'm comfy." Telling myself that I was feeling good, and i was. Then I figured, the plan was to maybe stay comfy to 32 k, then maybe34. I knew it would get tough, question was when. I had a slight calf twinge start around 27 K, I treated it as a plus because it forced me not to push too hard too soon. Cooled it a bit through here and it was fine. Even out the farthest stretch of the canal, when the crowds thinned out, things seemed to be coming along quickly. Soon enough we were at the 30 K mat, then the big turnaround. Started to see people struggling here, and I was passing more all the time. The hill up the bridge didn't seem to bad, I caught myself charging up it a bit, NOT according to plan. Then we were heading home!
I knew about the arboreteum loop, and how it can seem depressing if you let it because you aren't making any progress towards the finish line. I was determined not to let it get to me. It was focus time. Less than a k later, back on track towards the line.
Around 37 K I caught up to Jacc, exchanged pleasantries, and powered past. Then we had the half marathon people join in after Dow's Lake, with a new set of challenges. It did get crowded, and many were struggling or just going slow. There was less order to the road, fast and slow people all mixed up. By this point, 38 K, I knew I was going to pull it off. I thought here of Robbie-T and his great advice as to what to do and how it would feel along this stretch. Thanks to you, mentor guy. I was having such a time, i had fun with the crowds weaving in and out to pass. It wasn't frustrating it was exhilarating! That's how good I was feeling, doing the math for my results. Last 2 Ks I finally was confident enough to kick it, last 2 splits were 4:57 and 4:39 pace. I didn't fade! I literally never slowed down the entire race; my only splits over 5:20 were the first (crowds) and the ones that I walked through the water stations. Final chip time was 3:40:56.8. That is a 5:16 pace. Garmin said I had gone 42.91 K at 5:09 pace. I had figured i would do around 3:50, and said I would be giddy if I broke 3:45. I'm giddy. As much as for my time, is that I did it strong end to end, and finished healthy.
Shortly after I crossed, my calfs and quads really started to hurt. Saw Run26.2, and got my medal from Bebette. Waiting to get my chip cut off, the pain really set in. Crowds here were nasty; I actually went around the food tent because it was so crazy, but then went back. As soon as I ate something, my muscles were fine! I sure didn't stick around for long, as soon as I found my ride I was out of there. In the rain I was shivering. At this point I was both ecstatic and miserable.
Back at brother's house i showered, ate, and laid on the couch all afternoon with equal parts napping, beer, and surfing RM an Sportstats. Off to a great M&G, good company and good food. Thanks everybody for all that.
Monday morning, we took the dog for a 3 K walk down by the river. Wasn't my idea, but it was a good one. I felt totally fine, just a little slow. Driving home 5 hours my calfs started to twitch a bit, and I was a little stiff getting out of the car. Really no big deal though, I've felt worse after a race before. I pulled it off! Injury free, and ahead of my dream time, I'm a happy guy. I thank you all.

P.S. I'm 4:58 to Boston. :o

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 9:41 pm
by ultraslacker
woohoo!! welcome to the marathon club! I'm one of the ones who had to think twice--"he hasn't done one yet??" lol

It sounds like you ran a really SMART and strategic race--which is great (and probably due to all your racing experience!). Awesome job!

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 9:42 pm
by ChrisL
Great race Sheldon; you are a natural.

I am happy that you enjoy the race.

I am sure that I'll see you in Boston!

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 9:48 pm
by mcshame
Excellent Sheldon!! You executed your plan perfectly. Boston baby 8)

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 9:49 pm
by JSmitty
I said it at the meet and greet and I will say it again.

I am thinking about all the halfs you ran and how all the racing for 21k must have helped you. Makes me think of a new plan.

Again congrats and I see a BQ in the fall.

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 9:52 pm
by Mich
Congrats on a great first marathon. When I saw you at the 25K mark you were looking really good and to the best of my knowledge doing well on time. Even mentioned that to Lorne when I found him in the finishing area. Nice meeting you on Sunday evening.

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 9:58 pm
by QuickChick
I couldn't possibly be happier for you, Sheldon! I knew you had it in you. You are such a strong runner! When you're ready, Boston is yours.

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 9:58 pm
by Marg
All that Idiot racing has done you good! :lol:

Seriously, it's no wonder anyone is surprised this is your first, you are such an incredibly strong runner and this just proves it.

Congrats Sheldon, I am thrilled for you and have enjoyed following your journey to get you here...bravo!!

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 9:58 pm
by Ed Fizz
Fantastic run Sheldon!!! You ran it like a marathon vet.

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 10:08 pm
by Lx2run
Wow Sheldon :!:

I checked your time at work today (can't get onto RM there) and was floored. What a super time for your first time and progress from ATB.

Sounds like you had a great time running as well which is important.

So what's next?

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 10:28 pm
by markB
you nailed that sucker. way to teach that course a lesson!

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 10:33 pm
by seuss
wow - you ran that like a very experienced marathoner - no wonder folks think you've done them. you rocked.

Boston's yours baby!

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 10:41 pm
by DougG
Well done Sheldon!

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 10:43 pm
by Nicholas
Awesome run, Sheldon the (finally) marathoner!!! It must be so nice to nail your first marathon and rock all the way to the finish line. Wow, kudos to you, buddy.

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 10:45 pm
by Ken B
Great report as usual Sheldon.

Even better is that time! You are truly an amazing athlete to achieve such a great time for your first marathon.

Congratulations man!!! :lol:

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 11:09 pm
by The Joggler
That's just not right! On your first marathon, you're supposed to bonk at 34K and crawl across the finish line sometime after dusk.


Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 11:31 pm
by scottp
Congrats on a nicely paced race and "bonkless" thon!


Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 6:05 am
by lovethehills
Wow, what an awesome marathon debut. Your race seems perfect!! I loved your report, especially that it holds alot of lessons for people like me :lol: Your mantra might well be my new mantra!!

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 6:05 am
by runningman
Sheldon, you ran an absolutely fantastic race and should be very proud of yourself. I always learn alot from your reports and really enjoy reading them. You sure ran this according to your plan, and it showed in a great result. Enjoy it. You deserve it.
Great job!

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 6:14 am
by trixiee
Outstanding, Sheldon!

Congratulations, MARATHONER!

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 6:16 am
by Jo-Jo
Now...that was a beautifully executed race :D You are an amazing runner...and a pretty nice guy too :wink:
I love the picture of Buddy and you. Buddy's stance tells me he is thinking..."What the #$% is my human doing" :roll: :roll:

I remain your every loyal are definitely on an express route to BQ :D

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 6:38 am
by Kristi
Way to go Sheldon!

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 6:45 am
by scrumhalfgirl
What a fabulous first marathon! I love how positive and upbeat your were! That picture is fabulous - sounds so nice to have so much family support out there. Congratulations.

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 7:03 am
by redhead
Congratulations on your marathon debut Sheldon. 3:40:56 is incredibly fast! Your story is an amazing one and your race report is a fine example of a man with goal and a plan on how to achieve it. You look so darn happy in that photo, like a big kid. What a race! That was a beautiful way to top off those 5000km.

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 7:10 am
by HCcD
Congratulations, on a totally awesome marathon debut, sheldon .. :clap::whistle:

though, I was a bit disappointed that you were not wearing your orange snakeskin tights, however ... :lol: :wink: