Doonst does PEC: Good race, great weekend

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Doonst does PEC: Good race, great weekend

Postby Doonst » Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:33 pm

A marathon is the totality of your training and the day. This race, this year, I've had a few issues affecting my training. My runners knee reoccurred after the ITT in August, costing me some speedwork and long runs if only for a couple weeks. Then for the last 2 weeks I have had some nasty stomach issues. Again canceled and delayed long runs. Right up until race day I wasn't sure if I could finish or be at my best. In the end, I was fine on race day, except for the training hit.
The big event went well. I am proud of executing my plan well. I said first half was at 4:56 pace, 1:44 total. My splits were so even its crazy, all 4:5x's, and we crossed the half line at 1:44:09. All that without any huge forcing to slow or speed, just natural. Sometimes running with Casual, and often our personal pacer bgroot. Still if they slowed down I would just ease ahead at my pace.
Kms 21-35 I pretty much ran near my goal for there of 5:01s, plus or minus 10 seconds. Bgoot left at 27K to get a little tempo in, just as well as I needed to zone. It was great while it lasted , very nice of you Brian to pace our little shallonge.
Starting around 35K not unexpectedly it got a little tougher and slower. Pace average edged up towards 5:20 as my leg muscles threatened to cramp. Walk through water station to take a gel, 5:19. Stop to stretch, 5:17. The hills, 5:40s. In between, around 5:10. So, I ended up 3:33, 3 minutes over my goal. Its what I had and I am happy with it. A PB and a BQ. Second in the shallonge, I never had any real expectation to beat Dave. Did I mention I am now qualified for the next 2 Bostons? :lol:
The real news of this race was the manic gathering. Young and old, newbies and the originals. It really blew me away, it still hasn't gotten old to be a maniac. I don't know what impressed me more, those who stayed over Saturday night or got up at 4 AM to drive here Sunday morning, just to cheer! Who does that? Maniacs! God bless you , it made a real difference so many times all weekend. Special shout-out to the worlds greatest fan, Jo-Jo the Hula Girl.
The shallonge was fun too, especially the trash talk. Other runners all did so amazing. Special shout-out to the amazing Robbie-T, its always a privilege to play a small part in your racing successes. Dave congrats on that potato thing. I still suspect that you tanked your race just to stay in the shallonge and not get kicked out for running a 3:20.

Next up for me is New York Marathon in 4 weeks, the final act in my dream year. Then I'm pretty sure that I 'll pass on a full in the spring, concentrate on chasing some shorter distance PBs. The half is such a nice distance. I do think I can run 3:30, I guess next chance is a year from now. Then its Boston 2010. One thing i know is I'll always be a running maniac!
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Postby Jo-Jo » Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:50 pm


When Hula Girl saw you flying down Main Street looking fast and happy she was one happy cheerleader...and remembered back to last year when you told her at that same spot......"it's not looking good"
Well this looked good and that was a happy sight :D

BTW...did you hear what Heather said to me as you guys were heading out.....something to the effect.."I'm glad that Sheldon has a fan who actually appreciates him" :D

As always it was wonderful seeing you. And Heather. But especially Buddy...what a dear sweet doggie. He's a dear sweet older gentleman and a reminder to me to cherish C-Moss even more as she gets older.

Now that you have "officially" BQ'd I am taking applications for the Fan Club but I am thinking there will be a pretty steep fee to get in...hey...I believed in you ...right from the start :wink: :wink: :D
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Postby Robbie-T » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:05 pm

Doonst man, you may not know it but you impress me, competing in these silly races and competitions against guys a fraction of your age, and pulling it off. You are a great runner and a class act.

btw Great PB/BQ this weekend!!
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Postby dgrant » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:14 pm

Yeah, that's okay. I guess.

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Postby casual-runner » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:15 pm

Congratulations :clap: :clap:

With exception of David, who belong as we all know to another category ;) you were the true winner. You executed the race very close to your potential and pre-race plan, and you are still saving something for the New York Marathon ;) (3:30 attempt ?)

It was pleasure to run and chat with you at PEC :)
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Postby bgroot » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:20 pm

It was a pleasure to run with you. It always makes a race more enjoyable to just chat about for awhile and you forget you're even working so hard. I'm still waiting on details about New York but will let you know if I do get the opportunity to go. Big congrats on the BQ and of course a new PB!!!!!! You deserve it!

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Postby Irongirl » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:33 pm

it was great to finally meet Heather!

oh, good job on the BQ as well ;)


Heather taking pictures at 32km

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Postby mcshame » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:49 pm

Man, that's one scary looking chicken! Sheldon, very impressive. No doubts this time, Mr. Boston qualifier.

Until next time...

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Postby Nicholas » Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:09 pm

Great race, Sheldon. It's always a pleasure to meet and chat with you. If I could still run marathons, we could hunt those youngsters down and teach them a thing or two....if could we only remember what they were. Good luck in NY. It's a great event and I'm looking for you to do yourself proud. Just don't get off-course in Harlem, or Brooklyn , or Bed-Stuy....

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Postby UltraQueenga » Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:28 pm

Congrats on the BQ and PB!! Nicely done!
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Postby AlfiefromPickering » Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:51 pm

Another amazing performance'll always be a Maniac!!
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Postby दिवंगत » Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:58 am

Congrats on your BQ Sheldon; this one must be particularly satisfying after the challenges you have faced in your training. Well done, cheers!

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Postby Strider » Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:30 am

For me this race solidified that when you just missed your BQ last year, you truly did deserve it (as we all knew anyhow). A lot of people would just surrender, you came back faster and stronger to prove to everyone that you are a Boston Qualifier, and then some. Hats of to you, young fella.
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Postby blank » Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:35 am

Great run Sheldon! Congratulations on the PB and the BQ!

Very nice to have met this Doonst chap too!

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Postby a-slow-5 » Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:39 am

Congratulations on the BQ. Seeing you at the 1/2 way mark was impressive, you were so graceful at that pace is amazing to watch. Great race.

I love the competitve banter between you and those "young dudes"! Keep them on their toes, Sheldon!
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Postby pts » Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:46 am

AWW! Now you made me wish i was there to feel the RM magic.

Congrats on a great run, see at the Egg Nog Jog!

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Postby cgraham » Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:19 am

Great race - congrats on both the PB & BQ. And you've still got room to improve at New York :D

Great meeting you as well & thanks for all your encouragement/thoughts pre-race.
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Postby lovethehills » Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:44 am

I just think you're great! You truly deserve all the work hard, have fun and always have a great attitude!
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Postby La » Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:51 am

Yay, Doonst!! You ran a great race!

It was wonderful seeing you again. I love your laid-back style. Do you get that from Robbie? :wink:

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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:09 am

Congratulations on a solid performance - topped off by a PB and BQ - great stuff!
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Postby Ed Fizz » Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:18 am

Another great run by the doonster. Congrats on the PB, best of luck in NYC!!! :D

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Postby Hermes » Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:29 am

I'm so happy for you Sheldon! A PB and a BQ... and a great maniac weekend to boot. :D

Congratulations, and enjoy New York!! You are having one fantastic 2008 season. I have no doubt you will keep on being a no. 1 maniac. :)

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Postby Smitty » Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:29 am

I was a little concerned looking at September's training log that you might not be 100%. Great race! Congrats on the PB/BQ!

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Postby DougG » Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:15 am

Sheldon, once again you amaze me. I saw you run by my relay station, and you were flying. You look like you're coasting though! :shock:
Congratulations on a fantastic race.
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Postby JSmitty » Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:29 am

Sheldon, congrats on your race. You are a very deserving runner who is dedicated, talented and unselfish about sharing running experiences.
Hope that New York is good to you.

Oh, and that's great about your PB and BQ...whoohoo!!!

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