Robbie-T @ Egg Nog Jog 2009

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Robbie-T @ Egg Nog Jog 2009

Postby Robbie-T » Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:14 pm

The Egg Nog Jog is always the race for me that indicates just how successful the current year has been.
I've run this race 6 consecutive years now and PB'd each time. My goal this year was as usual challenging, top 10 finish, to do that I figured I need to run a low 41:xx. My best finish was 16th and best time 42:41, so plan was to drop over a minute.

The week prior to the race the weather stayed amazing, but as expected the snow and ice rolled in just in time to make the course more challenging then just the hills. To make matters worse I've had more changes and challenges this week the I could dream up, mentally I felt exhausted, over tired and stressed. I haven't been able to get my mind 'up' for this race, I changed up my routine and didn't run Friday, because I was working with a plumber fixing our drains, he was here all day getting things working properly again. I ran Saturday and felt flat, no spring that I like to feel going into the race.

Race Day I woke up to freezing rain.

I wasn't eager to get going, but of course I got things together and Dad took me down to the race. I put on my trail shoes and went for a couple km warm up then came back, stripped down to my shorts and put on my racing flats. I wasn't sure what to put on my feet, it was slushy/ snowy and icy, so I figured lets try the flats and try to stay in the gravel and sand for traction.
I did a wee warm up in the flats, and I felt great, legs just came alive putting on these shoes.

The rain stops as the race starts and I'm off, I was in 2nd position for the first bit, I usually have slower starts so I was happy with this one, feeling comfortable at this pace. A couple super speedy guys came by and I was in 4th, (first mile 5:15, I'm pretty sure that is what he said!!). At 2k Lisa Bentley is out on her own cheering us on, a bit later I'm in 5th, well I was running with a small group of guys for the first 4 km, me and another guy dropped the group before the bigger hills and he then dropped me like a bad habit, that left me in 5th for the rest of the race.

Once I got out of the hills I worked on cutting the distance to the 4th place runner, which was Larry Bradley (ShaggyTour) I was catching him slowly, very slowly. With 2.5k to go again I saw Lisa Bentley cheering us on (man she is fast) I was likely 30 seconds or more back at that point, but ran out of race and ended up 6 seconds behind him at the finish. Larry had an outstanding race, running respectfully hard right from the start.

40:43 (almost 2 min PB)
5th place overall
3rd place AG (2nd place AG prize)

I did feel really great today, with better footing maybe I could have run under 40 min. A great way to finish the year off!! Maybe the big guns didn't show up for the race this year but hey, maybe they did and I don't know it :wink:

My new ENJ goal is sub 40!!
Nice seeing everyone again!!

These splits are interesting with effort level pretty level for the race.
1 - 3:16
2 - 3:18
3 - 3:58
4 - 4:01
5 - 3:56 (18:30 5k)
6 - 4:29
7 - 4:11
8 - 3:56
9 - 3:44
10 - 3:40 (38:30 10k, thats a 10k PB)
10.8 - 2:16 (3:07 pace)

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Re: Robbie-T @ Egg Nog Jog 2009

Postby Dean Simon » Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:25 pm

Not really qualifying as a "JOG". Wow! Great run man!
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Postby Darth Tater » Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:36 pm

Way to go Robbie - nice work out there!
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Postby jgore » Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:04 pm

How do you set a PB when everyone else is talking about the crappy footing? Awesome stuff, Robbie. Congratulations.

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Postby Doonst » Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:19 pm

Awesome Robbie, I'm running out of things to say in your reports. The statistic that struck me looking at you races this year: top 1 %, in a medium sized race like this, bigger like ATB, or a small 5 K where getting top 1% meant you had to win it.
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Re: Robbie-T @ Egg Nog Jog 2009

Postby BJH » Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:23 pm

jgore wrote:How do you set a PB when everyone else is talking about the crappy footing?


:lol: You should have seen Robbie-T's face after the race when I just assumed the crappy footing had meant no PB. Silly, silly me.

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Postby West Grey Runner » Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:28 pm

It was nice seeing you again Robbie. Your time is even more amazing considering that you were running in racing flats. I am curious if there were times when you were loosing traction? I found myself heading for the crunchy stuff at the edge of the road. I am sure that the conditions add a wee bit to every ones time. I really love this course , its just so different from any other short road race. The 2K blast off followed by the climb and of course the dramatic finish...the Egg Nog Jog has it all.

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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:44 pm

another incredible performance. job well done!
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Postby ROW » Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:35 pm

You ran the last 800 meters in what I basically can run for the 800m.. way to go!
(Wouldn't it be a 2:50 pace for the last 800m?)

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Postby pts » Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:27 pm

WOOHOO Rob, way to go! I can't wait to see the sub-40 next year :)
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Postby CinC » Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:58 pm

nice! impressive as always Robbie-T!
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Re: Robbie-T @ Egg Nog Jog 2009

Postby Jwolf » Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:03 pm

I already told you twice, but I'll say it again- I'm SO impressed, Rob. Your running is still improving each year-- I don't know how you do it-- but I don't think you're done yet. ;)

I also don't know how you guys race on that icy stuff.

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Postby Jo-Jo » Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:44 pm

I'm so happy for you.
Your ability to focus on a race course and put aside all your other cares is incredible. I "zoomed" in on a couple of the pics...you look ferocious :shock: If I didn't know you were a nice guy I'd be really scared of you :D :wink:
Mind you...I think your competition is a bit afraid at this point...nice :D :D
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Postby Robbie-T » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:09 pm

West Grey Runner wrote: I am curious if there were times when you were loosing traction?


I did find myself always looking for better traction, salty, sandy or gravel patches. I don't remember getting frustrated so I couldn't have been slipping too much, as long as I always landed underneath my body on my toes or mid-foot then I was fine, if I landed on my heels then I'd slip. I do remember the gravel part of the road in the final 2 km on WinstonChurchill I was slipping more.

It wasn't too bad in the flats though, I'm glad I wore them.
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Postby Jogger Barbie » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:52 pm

Great race and congratulations again - I am constantly awed by your achievements! Glad the racing flats worked well - I was also wondering if you had any issues with traction since I did find a few of the uphill sections were a little tricky.
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Postby AlfiefromPickering » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:29 pm

Congrats again and again on another PB. Keep doing the miracles that we're just unable to do.
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Re: Robbie-T @ Egg Nog Jog 2009

Postby La » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:40 am

Robbie-T wrote:Maybe the big guns didn't show up for the race this year but hey, maybe they did and I don't know it

Yeah, they did... YOU are the big guns, man!

Well done!
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Postby Ken B » Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:02 am

Great report Robbie!!! Man - you just get faster and faster. To obtain another PB in conditions like that is remarkable!!

Congratulations!! :D

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Postby blank » Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:40 am

Congratulations Robbie!

All conditions, all courses, you continue to impress.

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Postby Strider » Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:47 am

Nice one Brother - another kick-ass performance - Robbie Big Gun

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Postby Marg » Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:06 am

Dude you are the big gun. 8) Stellar.
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Postby shaggytour2005 » Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:14 am

Simply awesome!, especially with all the other distractions. Next year we push for sub 40 but with a little more controlled start.

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Postby ian » Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:45 am

La wrote:
Robbie-T wrote:Maybe the big guns didn't show up for the race this year but hey, maybe they did and I don't know it

Yeah, they did... YOU are the big guns, man!

Well done!

That was my reaction too.

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Re: Robbie-T @ Egg Nog Jog 2009

Postby klc » Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:48 am

I have run out of things to say as well. :shock: You continue to amaze!

You've earned some candy I think!

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Re: Robbie-T @ Egg Nog Jog 2009

Postby richie-rich » Tue Dec 15, 2009 5:45 pm

you were flying. another great run.


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