Doonst at Mississaga Half: getting older getting faster.

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Doonst at Mississaga Half: getting older getting faster.

Postby Doonst » Sun May 10, 2009 6:32 pm

My "A" goal was sub 1:37, my PB 1:37:21. Believe it or not, I split the difference.
Nice day for running, cool but a bit windy. At last the wind was rarely right in our face, more often than not it was helping. The first 6 K were into it but that's when you're strongest. Nice course I guess but I didn't look at the fancy houses much, a little focused on the road today. Nobody has mentioned the hill at 10-11 K, it was as much or more than I expected. I lost a solid 30 seconds there, 5:05 vs 4:35 average pace. Yes there was even more downhill. My pacing was solid, I do think I ran a smart race. I was thinking at around 17 K that it was going pretty well, then turning along the lakeshore it got tougher to hold the pace. For the most part I did, but the 20th split was the only one over 4:40, other than "the hill". Graph to follow. The finish sure seemed to go on forever, it was only here that I knew that I had emptied the tank. Anyways the final was 1:37:14.8, or a 6 second PB. Very happy with that. Like dgrant the PB was on an uncertified course that measured 21 K flat on my Garmin; today it said 21.25 which is average for a certified course. Also that was almost 2 years ago; my only half last year (on that same course) I couldn't quite break 1:40. Also, my half time has always been my best according to all prediction charts. 17th out of 212 in my age group, 291 out of 4400 total. My half splits were crazy, like 48:36/48:39.
Great seeing the gang old and new after the race. Lots of PB stories to share. Absolutely heartwarming to see Lightning BQ, she surely earned it. Thanks to the jsmittys for the ride back to the start. Good racing!
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Postby HCcD » Sun May 10, 2009 6:44 pm

Another great race, Sheldon .... :P :wink:
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Postby redhead » Sun May 10, 2009 6:46 pm

That's some pretty fancy running there Doonst!
Let's see, a 6 second PB for an old guy, when age-graded is about ... HUGE!!
You're like a fine wine. Congrats Sheldon.

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Postby UltraQueenga » Sun May 10, 2009 6:47 pm

Very nice, doonst! Congrats on the PB! They come in small increments after a while. Enjoy!! You are getting faster with age! So cool! 8)
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Postby Mouse » Sun May 10, 2009 6:54 pm

Like fine wine, Sheldon you appear to aging just right. As we run longer as in years, as well as more races it is a lot tougher to get those PB's. Take em anyway you can. Congrats on another great performance. Ya done us proud....
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Postby trixiee » Sun May 10, 2009 6:59 pm

. 17th out of 212 in my age group, 291 out of 4400 total. My half splits were crazy, like 48:36/48:39.

Umm... hello? :shock: That's like amazing!! 8) Way to go Doonst! :D
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Postby dgrant » Sun May 10, 2009 7:18 pm

Hot stuff!

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Postby Lightning » Sun May 10, 2009 7:19 pm

trixiee wrote:
. 17th out of 212 in my age group, 291 out of 4400 total. My half splits were crazy, like 48:36/48:39.

Umm... hello? :shock: That's like amazing!! 8) Way to go Doonst! :D


What she said!!!! Way to go. Good work on emptying the tank. Ya, that hill at 10k was brutal. And I think the markers were off there if I remember correctly. You keep getting faster and faster! 8)
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Postby BJH » Sun May 10, 2009 7:24 pm

Well done "old guy".:P

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Postby QuickChick » Sun May 10, 2009 7:28 pm

Nice work old man! ;) :twisted: You deserved it and it was so great to see you finish so strongly.
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Postby getfit » Sun May 10, 2009 7:29 pm

trixiee wrote:
. 17th out of 212 in my age group, 291 out of 4400 total. My half splits were crazy, like 48:36/48:39.

Umm... hello? :shock: That's like amazing!! 8) Way to go Doonst! :D


Ditto :D :clap:
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Postby richie-rich » Sun May 10, 2009 7:34 pm

your race pretty much mirrors mine. A PB is a PB - you ran a great race on a not so easy day.

BTW, i agree with you about that hill between 10/11 - it takes more out of you than you think.

Solid run. Keep that up and you'll destroy Egg Nog this year

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Postby Robbie-T » Sun May 10, 2009 8:08 pm

Great run Doonst, and I don't even think you are in your best shape you could be, I think you could pick up 2-3 more minutes this year.

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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Sun May 10, 2009 8:08 pm

bravo! that is a great AG placement too - well done!
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Postby Kristi » Sun May 10, 2009 8:11 pm

Lightning wrote:
trixiee wrote:
. 17th out of 212 in my age group, 291 out of 4400 total. My half splits were crazy, like 48:36/48:39.

Umm... hello? :shock: That's like amazing!! 8) Way to go Doonst! :D


What she said!!!! Way to go. Good work on emptying the tank. Ya, that hill at 10k was brutal. And I think the markers were off there if I remember correctly. You keep getting faster and faster! 8)


I think that those markers were way off. 10 and 11k were very close together!

Well done Sheldon!!

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Postby Marg » Sun May 10, 2009 8:12 pm

A PB, ridiculously even splits and you probably wore some hawt looking tights.. a perfect day for you. Congrats dude, that is awesome!!
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Postby Doonst » Sun May 10, 2009 8:15 pm

Robbie-T wrote:Great run Doonst, and I don't even think you are in your best shape you could be, I think you could pick up 2-3 more minutes this year.

PBs are good.


Very true Robbie. That's the thing, my training has been quite light this spring and still I'm faster than ever. Check back in 6 weeks!
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Postby JSmitty » Sun May 10, 2009 8:16 pm

Marg wrote:A PB, ridiculously even splits and you probably wore some hawt looking tights.. a perfect day for you. Congrats dude, that is awesome!!


He did have hot looking tights!!! Funkasoraus!!!!

Great race Sheldon, and for someone who hasn't been on his mileage this monrth....you rock.
And another PB to boot.
Those splits are awesome dude.
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Postby ian » Sun May 10, 2009 8:43 pm

Doonst wrote:
Robbie-T wrote:Great run Doonst, and I don't even think you are in your best shape you could be, I think you could pick up 2-3 more minutes this year.

PBs are good.


Very true Robbie. That's the thing, my training has been quite light this spring and still I'm faster than ever. Check back in 6 weeks!


Makes sense to me: good base carrying over from last year, a bit of rest to tame some nagging aches, and a well-executed raceplan.

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Postby b_squared » Sun May 10, 2009 8:50 pm

Sounds like a great run. Congratulations....a PB is a PB no matter what, unless maybe it's PB&J!!

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Postby msdesigner » Sun May 10, 2009 9:00 pm

Well done Sheldon! Can't wait to see what you have in you for the rest of the season.
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Postby richie-rich » Sun May 10, 2009 9:07 pm

Doonst wrote:
Robbie-T wrote:Great run Doonst, and I don't even think you are in your best shape you could be, I think you could pick up 2-3 more minutes this year.

PBs are good.


Very true Robbie. That's the thing, my training has been quite light this spring and still I'm faster than ever. Check back in 6 weeks!


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Postby scottp » Sun May 10, 2009 9:42 pm

Nice place, and a PB! Good wind for the half today! Congrats

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Postby casual-runner » Sun May 10, 2009 9:49 pm

Congratulations :clap: I am very impressed by your steady progress year after year. I agree with Robbie-T you have a great potential. I think just by not going so fast early in this race you would have improved your result today. You finish was amazingly fast still.
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Postby Nicholas » Sun May 10, 2009 10:17 pm

Well, a PB while just "messing around". What happens when you get serious?? Congrats on a smart race.
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