Double Bellybuster – Undressed by the 2013 Toronto Marathon

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Double Bellybuster – Undressed by the 2013 Toronto Marathon

Postby Double Bellybuster » Mon May 06, 2013 8:44 pm

It was a good thing that this race been on my radar since last summer or I may not have signed up had I left it for 2013. The 18-week lead-up was a tumultuous period – bookended by my Dad’s passing in week one and the hospitalization of our family dog in week 18, it also included the announcement of the closure of my workplace and loss of jobs for many good friends in the middle. So it was a victory in some regards to get to the start line. In fact, after a mediocre late 2012 as far as running results go, I rounded into form in 2013 and had modest 5K, Half and 30K PBs in warm-up races.

My health was stellar through the training. Until late. The marathon training period took its toll on me and left my immune system weak. I realized in week 18 that minor allergens were really affecting my skin. I visiting my family doctor four days before the race and it appears I was prescribed a medicine I was allergic to, any rashing got much worse and some parts of me took on the complexion of a rooster as race day and gun time approached. But I was determined to not let this slow me down.

Race Day came and I took my usual sleepy walk to the start line. The CP24 folks from my TV set surprisingly asked me for a live interview at 7:02 AM. The runner they had lined up had gotten nervous about getting to the start line 50 metres away in the 27 or so minutes the interview would allow. Not me, I can yap. And so I did:

http://www.cp24.com/mobile/video?binId=1.1127680&playlistPageNum=1&clipId=919797

I only took a few paces and then CTV grabbed me for an interview:

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And the Chinese International Newswire:

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I proceeded to the start line after my fifteen minutes of fame. I knew the downhill front half, the shadeless back third and the sunny forecast for the day. I had tempered my 3:31:00 goal (5:00/K pace) that I established before knowing the weather forecast to simply sub-3:35:00 (< 5:06/K) but one always keep has in their mind “What if the bag of sun hammers doesn’t club me as I fear it will?” and thus a stretch goal. Regardless, I would be aggressive in the first half as that is the only quick patch for certain. I just needed to keep enough in the tank that I did not fade more than reasonable late and leave myself with a crappy day and substandard result.

Things seemed fairly easy early. The downhills come early. I was dumping water over my head from the first aid station to keep cool body temperature down on a preemptive basis. This is at 2K - good friend Gwyn (#1295) beside me pulled away on the 6K uphill and that was the last I saw of her en route to her age group win:

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1K to 7K Splits - 5:02.4, 4:38, 4:45, 4:37, 4:35, 5:28, 4:50

8K to 14K Splits - 5:00, 4:56, 4:34, 4:55, 5:05, 4:55, 4:50

14K to 20K from Casa Loma to Corktown on Davenport, Rosedale Valley and Bayview was a one long downhill but it was getting sunny, I consciously kept my pace moderate.

15K to 21K Splits - 4:37, 4:53, 4:47, 4:55, 4:58, 4:57, 4:58

This was two minutes quicker than I had run a Marathon Half before, and four minutes off my Half PB, so aggressive but the quick kilometres were done for everyone in the field. The sun was out, the course was going to get less shady.

21 to Half - 0:29 for 0.975K
+ 0:20.4 GPS to Race Imbalance, First Half

Official 21.1K Timing Split - 1:43:05, 361st Place of 1694

22K to 28K Splits - 4:57, 4:53, 4:50, 4:57, 4:55, 5:03, 5:05

Around 26K we hit the Lakeshore and into the relentless sun. Now I had been pouring water on my head regularly throughout the race and with my skin coming to the race in bad shape, I was chafed bad. I tried running with one arm out of my shirt at 29K, then both arms out. After one last attempt to take off my shirt and jam my shirt down the back of my shorts, it became clear at that point I needed to channel the Iron Sheik in choosing shirt placement:

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Aside from having to retie the sleeves around the front of my forehead every five to ten minutes, it worked great - the cold compress around my head and cold wet shirt body hanging down my back, I was able to stay cooler than most. And it was a great look!

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29K to 35K Splits - 5:07, 5:08, 5:05, 5:12, 5:15, 5:15, 5:28

Official 35.?K Timing Split - 2:55:47, 299th Place of 1694

I imagine I was quite a dishevelled mess by the end. My sleeves were dangling over my sunglasses much of the last 7K into the sun as I pulled my Sheik-lid down to keep the sun off my face. Comments like “Way to go Dave, Styling and Profiling” made me realize folks knew from my bad outfit, exposing of a questionable body and dead-man’s gait that I was scrambling as I could and this encouragement kept me going. And I was finding runners to pass though I had slowed noticeably.

36K to 42K Splits - 5:35, 5:25, 5:32, 5:28, 5:42, 5:33, 5:22

0:55.6 for last 0.195K (4:45/K Pace)
+ 0:15.2 GPS to Race Imbalance, Second Half

3:33:33 for #111!

Official Result - 3:33:33.8 (5:04/K Pace), PB by 0:01:50


Gun Time - 3:33:53.6, 283rd Place of 1694, 47th of 174 M40-44

And the best post-race prize ever, Wally the Family Dog could come home after four days in the Emergency Clinic:

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Re: Double Bellybuster – Undressed by the 2013 Toronto Marat

Postby ratherawkward » Mon May 06, 2013 8:50 pm

Nicely done, especially considering the temperature yesterday!
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Postby Habs4ever » Mon May 06, 2013 9:02 pm

Great job with the heat.
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Postby purdy65 » Tue May 07, 2013 7:38 am

Nicely done Dave!

It was warm in the downtown corridor. I can't imagine that stretch of Lakeshore! Eeeks!

Glad Wally made it home. :D
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Postby orleansrunner1962 » Tue May 07, 2013 7:48 am

Great result -- great day all around for you and Wally!!
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Postby jes » Tue May 07, 2013 7:56 am

I think we're going to need some photos of your Iron Sheik look!!!

Congrats on the awesome race and PB! You done good :D

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Postby Dr. S » Tue May 07, 2013 8:11 am

Good job DBB! Congrats on the PB, it must feel great to start the season that way :D

Very happy to that Wally was feeling better too!
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Postby Robinandamelia » Tue May 07, 2013 8:28 am

Congrats on the PB...love the time with all those 3's! Yeah for the family dog as well.

I watched the interview, very cool.

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Postby La » Tue May 07, 2013 9:06 am

Great result! And happy to hear about Wally! :D
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Postby AjaxRunner » Tue May 07, 2013 9:06 am

Congrats, awesome result.

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Postby Double Bellybuster » Wed May 08, 2013 5:26 am

jes wrote:I think we're going to need some photos of your Iron Sheik look!!!


I found one and it is there now, sorry if you go blind! I am the boy the sun forgot.
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Postby canalrunner » Wed May 08, 2013 7:54 am

Nice interview.
Nice race
Nice race report
Nice that your dog brought his own megaphone.

All around: Nice work.
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Double Bellybuster – Undressed by the 2013 Toronto Marathon

Postby Jwolf » Wed May 08, 2013 8:18 am

Congratulations on the PB, Dave, even in those warm conditions.
Looks like you guys had a great day out there.
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Postby alexk » Wed May 08, 2013 12:32 pm

Great race, DBB. Congrats on the PB. I ran too on Sun - 1st time on this course. Overall, I loved it but I also found that LONG stretch along the lakeshore hot and (for me) tedious. I think on a cooler day I would have loved it - it was so flat and very scenic.

Hope your recovery is going well :). And very happy the pup is ok!!
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Postby IronGoddess » Wed May 08, 2013 4:04 pm

Great job!! But really I love the very last picture the best. I am so glad Wally got to go home!
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Postby Jo-Jo » Wed May 08, 2013 6:32 pm

canalrunner wrote:Nice interview.
Nice race
Nice race report
Nice that your dog brought his own megaphone.

All around: Nice work.



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Postby Strider » Thu May 09, 2013 4:15 pm

Nice job brother. Sub 3:30 is just around the corner. Maybe you can pace me one of these days, but I am not sure I can keep up with your fashion sense.
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Postby erinmcd » Thu May 09, 2013 4:36 pm

Nicely done!
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Postby QuickChick » Sat May 11, 2013 11:25 am

Well done! This is an especially great result considering all the hardships leading up and the heat. I'm especially happy that you got Wally back, though. He looks like a sweetie. :)
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Postby Ken B » Sat May 11, 2013 3:59 pm

Wow! Great race under difficult conditions. I love the report - both the pics and words!! Congratulations!!


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