Doonst does not get a PB at the Hannukah Hustle 10 K

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Doonst does not get a PB at the Hannukah Hustle 10 K

Postby Doonst » Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:00 pm

I've been having fun this year, trying to do a little of everything distance wise. I did get a new 10 K PB last month at Ottawa Fall Colours, 45:00. As it was pretty hilly, I couldn't help thinking how much faster I could have been on a flatter course, 35 seconds, maybe 45? So I saw the Hannukah Hustle as one more chance to better that, and its a certified course.
I did give blood 13 days before (yes, I've used that excuse before) but I had been feeling pretty good. Most of my running lately had been easy trail runs, with lots of stopping to read maps and take pictures. When I tried a tempo, 6 days before the race and just after signing up, it was a disaster. It turned into intervals as I had to stop and catch my breath after any hard running. Uh-oh.
The wind is the issue at this race, and we got it medium good. I had done it 3 years ago, and it was windy out in the harbour. Arrived at the race with SO and the dog. Heather had agreed to watch a friend's twins as she raced. I had good chats with Mark 140.666 and Rick Ball before the race. They were saying on the lousdpeakers that the 5 K would go off right at 10 AM, and the 10 k at 10:10. Repeatedly. Heather seemed busy juggling the dog and the kids, so I decided to run my baggage back to the car, even if it meant missing the 5 K start.
Getting back just in time, someone told me they had switched the order, and that I was off at 10 sharp. Yikes! Just re-tied my shoes, and lined up. And we're off.
I felt good enough for the first K, mostly downhill. Speed seemed fine, maybe this will work out. Second K evened out, down from 4:16 to 4:28. Fine if I can keep it up, I was pacing myself for the distance. Then under the bridge to the harbour, and smacked with the wind. Stronger than I figured. Kms 3 and 4 were the worse. Losing speed and wearing myself out running straight into it. What can you do, every day is a winding road.
At 1.4 k I pulled up beside a guy, looked like my age. He saw me, and surged ahead. 2 minutes later, same thing, and repeat. By the 3 k mark, he had done this 4 times, I'm thinking, Buddy its a long race, chill out. By the 5th Km, we're talking, he thinks that split seems long. Hit the turnaround at 23 minutes, and never saw him again until after. Pretty obvious to me here that there would be no PB today.
As we see the leaders come back towards us, there is no Rick Ball. I know he was doing the 10 K, last thing he said was he was going out to do a warmup. Yes he missed the start because they switched the order, that did upset me. what a bush league move on the organizer's part. :cry: (he did then run the 5).
Coming back was just a slog. Even going with the wind my pace didn't get better because I was worn out. Mostly 4:50s from 4 K on. I just felt tired. Lets call it half the wind and half my post donation condition. Still it didn't hurt or anything, just the numbers were depressing.
Finally it was over, I don't think anybody passed me in the second half. I didn't think I would place with such a performance, but it was tough out there for everybody. Turns out I got second in my age group, and my surging nemesis was third. (yes another second, seems like a lot of them lately) My watch measured 47:45, but the screwy results sheet said 46:50; everybody's were off in both races. Still no results online that I can find. One thing they got right: the Km markers were bang on, coming and going. I've never seen them so close, its like they used my Garmin to set them. Total distance I show as 10.03 K.
Anybody who got a PB today is doing great. I do think it was tougher going for the 10 than the 5, more time out in the harbour. Oh well, I'll call it this weeks tempo run.
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Re: Doonst does not get a PB at the Hannukah Hustle 10 K

Postby Jwolf » Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:40 pm

Good effort, Sheldon, and congrats on the placing! My race was similar yesterday in it's out-and-back, down then up character. Don't like it!

Donating blood probably hurts you more than you think-- maybe plan it for after the race next time. ;)

And what is it about the timing equipment-- we had the same problem yesterday. I'm blaming the full moon.
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Postby b_squared » Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:54 pm

Tough day at the office Doonst, in many ways. Still, nice placement.
Don't downplay the blood donation though; it takes on average a month (as long as two months in this study) to restore blood cells/hemoglobin back to normal. Racing a 10k only two weeks later could definitely be a challenge to your ability to deliver oxygen.

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Postby Doonst » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:00 pm

ETA: results are posted. Time was 47:34, no chip time listed. I show as 3rd place age group. First in my group was 4th overall and first masters, so he got bumped from our group awards. They used a new (to me) timing company, "e Management Systems, Inc."
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Postby trixiee » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:01 pm

Interesting report Doonst!

Congrats on the 2nd place!

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Postby purdy65 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:18 pm

Another AG placement. Good on you!

It was a windy november day for sure.

That timing issue sucks!

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Postby QuickChick » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:36 pm

Yeah, definitely a good tempo run. It sure was windy yesterday, so I'm sure not many would've run their best. That timing issue would've been frustrating. Pretty unprofessional!
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Postby Robbie-T » Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:03 pm

You are still the fastest Doonst I know, way to roll buddy~!
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Postby Darth Tater » Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:27 pm

Congrats on the AG placement Doonst!
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Postby Mid_Packer » Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:33 pm

Robbie-T wrote:You are still the fastest Doonst I know, way to roll buddy~!


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Postby Jo-Jo » Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:58 pm

Congrats on the AG placement...on a tough day.
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Postby दिवंगत » Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:07 pm

Good to see you out there Sheldon; tough day but a good tempo run - and an AG placement too, so not all bad. ;) It seems the 5k Masters winner was in my AG as well, so he was bumped up and that's how I ended up as winner. Anyway, call it a solid training run for the Egg Nog Jog, right? :)

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Postby richie-rich » Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:30 pm

as others already mentioned, it was a tough day to race yesterday. Not the day to PB. But the AG placement is a good indicator of your performance - I'm sure everyone's times were slower because of the wind. well done. rest up for egg nog

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Postby Kimdawg » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:22 pm

Congratulations on the AG placement. You make a tough run seem like no big deal; good for you!

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Postby AlfiefromPickering » Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:07 pm

Hey Sheldon the same thing happened to you at ATB with the blood donation. Anyway, if it is for a good cause, it is worth to risk missing a PB and instead you might be saving someone's life.
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Postby mcshame » Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:17 am

Nice result Sheldon minus a pint. Believe it, blood donation impact is real. AG placement again, very nice!

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Postby MrsStrider » Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:05 am

WOW! Another AG placement Sheldon! That's awesome. Tough day, but you should be very proud. Well done. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Postby HCcD » Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:13 am

You still got it, Sheldon .... Way-da-Go, on another AG award ... :dance: :dance:
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Postby West Grey Runner » Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:25 pm

Bitter sweet day, the AG placement rocks. You will get redemption at the NOG Jog!

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Postby bluemutt » Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:51 pm

The wind in the harbour there always sucks some life out of you. Nice AG and with less blood in ya...congrats!

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Postby Lightning » Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:41 pm

Haha, what a title!!! No mention of your AG award in it...I would be bragging my head off! That is not your style though. Great report; too bad about the start times.
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Postby Habs4ever » Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:27 pm

Too bad about the change in start time, but none the less great AG placement. :D
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Postby flexrun » Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:30 am

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Postby Ken B » Sat Nov 27, 2010 4:37 pm

Good run, Sheldon. Nice report and a great time in windy conditions. I find that running into a wind tires me more than I can recover be finishing with the wind.


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