Toad '09, what's a Doonst to do

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Toad '09, what's a Doonst to do

Postby Doonst » Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:12 pm

I've been aiming at this race for 6 weeks now, the first big test of my return to any distance after a slow summer of AT issues. Aiming means stressing, hoping, and riding that fine line in training between conservative injury management and maximizing distance to be prepared. All along I've said the main goal was just to be ready enough to finish the thing. Then, after one 20 K last weekend, and a couple of tempo runs this week, I started looking at my previous time here (2:19:43) and saying, what if? Oh, vain hopes. I even made the plan; 1:08 first loop, then a 1:10 final loop.
SO and Tuzo bailed on coming yesterday because of rain forecasts. Of course it turned into a fine day (for running), cloudy with sunny breaks, some breeze. Coolish except in the sun. There wasn't even that much mud on the course, just a couple of spots.
Lots of maniacs in attendance, way too many to mention. Hopefully all will race report in. The social aspect is a big part of this race. If I started I would write a book!
So we're off, the 1200 people didn't seem to make for the crazy crowd scene you might think. At least for those of us up front. I went out too fast last time; this year it was a conservative yet strong first half. Totally in control. It didn't feel all that easy though, I was wondering how I'd manage to keep up near that pace second loop. Went through the line at 1:08 45, sort of okay with that. I felt strong enough up until about 14-15 K. Then my feet started to hurt. Made me mad a bit, but really I just don't have the miles on them lately. Slowed down noticably here. Then my hip started to hurt for a while, probably because I was running funny because of my sore feet. All that passed though and I got a few good miles in. Then around 19 K, I started getting sharp pain in my right knee. It was intense for a while, had me worried, but that too passed. I slowed down big-time here. Mid-Packer and Bruyere (yes, doing the 50!!)passed me between 19 and 22 K marks, of course so did a lot of people. I had basically stopped racing to baby my knee. The pain did come and go, and I did get moments of good running in, in between the sucky parts. My goal had changed from sub 2:18, to sub 2:25, then please sub 2:30. I need some small victories. The last part wasn't too bad, nothing hurt for a change. Came in at 2:26:06, or 6:23 slower than last time.
I figure that most of the pains and most of my slacking in the second half, is caused by the reality of my lack of substantial training for the last 4 months. Just because I'm less injured doesn't mean that I snap my fingers and return to peak form. I should be happy that I got it done, my AT feels fine, and I'm making progress. (getting there) I just wanna be fast again! Only fellow runners would know what that 6 minutes means.

Sometimes wardrobe malfunctions are just wardrobe malfunctions. As MidPacker passed me (around 20-22K I guess?) he mentioned that I had a split in the rear of my shorts. Yes, my beloved Lava Flow shorts had a 2 inch crack in the seams. So as soon as I finish, I go over to sit on a picnic table in the med are with Marg. A couple of minutes later, a guy comes over, from the Chiptime van area it looks like. He tells me that I have a split in my shorts, I say yes I have heard that. He says, no in the front too. As we all look down, woops there it is, mostly berries but some twig. I quickly cover up with a shirt after thanking him kindly. And I slink off to the car to change... :oops: Worst part was Trixiee gleefully make me re-tell the story 100 times.
The Toad, at 1250 people, is still the Toad only bigger. Never my favorite course, still they do so many things first rate. Runners and walkers from all over the spectrum. Course records this year in both distances. Lots of great Maniac performances today too, DKLS as always stands out, but how about that Bruyere???!!! So impressive, a BQ will be an anti-climax. Thanks to all, especially Prats and Trixiee, and Mini-T for volunteering. And Marg and Tortoise. And Ed Fizz... and...
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Re: Toad '09, what's a Doonst to do

Postby BJH » Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:18 pm

Great report! Rest up that knee. Hopefully your shorts can be repaired.

I think many people are going to be looking very closely a the race photos. ;)
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Postby eljeffe » Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:21 pm

Doonst wrote: mostly berries but some twig. I quickly cover up with a shirt after thanking him kindly.


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :mrgreen:

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Re: Toad '09, what's a Doonst to do

Postby Marg » Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:23 pm

Great seeing you today Sheldon! ... :lol: :shock:
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Postby toobusy » Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:29 pm

eljef-fe wrote:
Doonst wrote: mostly berries but some twig. I quickly cover up with a shirt after thanking him kindly.


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :mrgreen:



:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :shifty:

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Re: Toad '09, what's a Doonst to do

Postby RA. » Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:33 pm

Who here thinks that it's a bit too much of a coincidence that there was a split in the back and front of the shorts????? Trying to distract the competition, were we?

Nice job, Sheldon! Wish I could have been there to see it for myself. The race, I mean.
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Re: Toad '09, what's a Doonst to do

Postby Ken B » Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:54 pm

Great report and pretty darn good race considering your AT problems this year. So that's why you were wearing the tights after the race??? It was really great that you and the other maniacs were a couple hundred metres from the finish to provide support for all the runners and of course especially maniacs.

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Postby ilee » Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:07 pm

There must have been some confused squirrels in the woods today.

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Postby drghfx » Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:22 pm

Good job Sheldon!
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Re: Toad '09, what's a Doonst to do

Postby scrumhalfgirl » Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:50 pm

Could this be the end of the shorts???

Congrats on a solid performance - I know it wasn't what you hoped for - it's hard when a few good runs get our hopes up, but we just aren't there yet. Keep taking care of those body parts!
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Postby MINITEE » Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:05 pm

Sooo... when the volunteers said "oh, look at that guy's tights" and I said "oh, that's my friend" (just knowing it was you and not even looking) that's why I got the funny look! :shock:

If anything, you put on a show for those behind you & those ahead who may have happened to be looking back to see who was hot on their heels ;)

Nice work out there today, regardless of any incidents ;)
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Postby Robbie-T » Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:27 pm

Always the show man, literally this time, glad to see you racing again.
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Postby casual-runner » Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:33 pm

Great report :clap: :clap:
You couldn't run to a PB, so at least you have made it a memorable clothing malfunction. I want to see the photo evidence :lol: :lol:

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Postby UltraQueenga » Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:43 pm

It was nice to see you at the Toad today, doonst! Good time, great report. Sorry to hear about the flaming pants. Time to re-order them from the Funkypants site.
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Re: Toad '09, what's a Doonst to do

Postby jes » Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:51 pm

BJH wrote:
I think many people are going to be looking very closely a the race photos. ;)


Or not looking at all :wink:
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Postby Irongirl » Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:55 pm

LadyJ wrote:
BJH wrote:
I think many people are going to be looking very closely a the race photos. ;)


Or not looking at all :wink:


ha - that's right - LadyJ is married now....no looking at other men's twigs or berries! :P
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Postby chunkymonkeymelonhed » Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:57 pm

Marg wrote:Great seeing you today Sheldon! ... :lol: :shock:


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Postby b_squared » Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:01 pm

That's the way to show 'em how it's done, Doonst!

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Postby jgore » Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:04 pm

Nice run, especially considering the knee and other problems.

I think the "show" may have more to do with why people were passing you and getting away as fast as possible than the fact you were slowing down. :D

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Postby ian » Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:05 pm

They don't make lava shorts like they used to... but fortunately your legs held up under such strenuous running.

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Postby VeloCarrie » Sat Oct 03, 2009 11:06 pm

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Re: Toad '09, what's a Doonst to do

Postby BaldGuy » Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:31 am

Doonst wrote:As we all look down, woops there it is, mostly berries but some twig.
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Runners and walkers from all over the spectrum.

Sheldon, you'll forgive me for thinking that last word there started with 'scrot' rather than 'spectr'.

Nice freaking time, regardless. Not bad for a guy who's been off running for 4 months. Fix the beloved shorts!
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Re: Toad '09, what's a Doonst to do

Postby purdy65 » Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:16 am

Ohhhh, the dreaded wadrobe malfunction! Let us know what becomes of the flaming lava shorts!

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Re: Toad '09, what's a Doonst to do

Postby Jo-Jo » Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:03 am

BJH wrote:I think many people are going to be looking very closely a the race photos. ;)

Yes...will have to make sure that someone posts a link to them :D :wink:

Ahhh....Doonst...we wouldn't tease you if we didn't love you :D :D

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Re: Toad '09, what's a Doonst to do

Postby richie-rich » Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:03 am

glad i wasn't there to witness - i'd be blind. the run was a good test for you though. you'll get your speed back in time.


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