Doonst's third go-round at Egg Nog Jog

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Doonst's third go-round at Egg Nog Jog

Postby Doonst » Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:33 pm

I just realized looking at my old results that this is the first race I have done 3 times. I must like it to keep at it year after year. Although it is close to home, and there's not much competition from other races in December, it really is a special race.
It was a good day for it, just below freezing and light wind. It started snowing lightly just as we entered Terra Cotta. A beautiful wintery scene. There was quite a large maniac turnout, some I saw before the race and some after. I met a few new faces too, Rockstar79, GK, and rundmc, all very nice (so far). Several familiar faces that I won't all list. I knew lots of locals and some friends from Toronto and Mississauga too.
My previous times were 55:55 and 52:14. Last year I was in another epic duel with dgrant where he edged me by 3 seconds. Today I would be happy just beating that time, as I wondered if I could keep up that intensity without the competition factor. My last 2 races in November were both struggles, but I was feeling okay today.
The first 2 k are mostly downhill, Its so much fun. I did a 3:51 and a 3:48 K splits, first time ever (I'm sure) that I have done back-to-back sub 4's. Last year was 4:04 and 4:02, I'm ahead already. Heading up a couple easy hills, people start streaming by me. I guess they had gone out more conservatively, but hey I know the course. I gotta be me and run my own race, and not let it drive me crazy when people pass. So the next couple k's of rolling pavement went well, didn't feel too bad and the times were fine. Turned north onto dirt road, rollers then a downhill on snowpack or mud sections. Usually through here you could pick ice snow or dirt to run on. One aid station at 5 k, then "the big hill." It rises 50 M in 400 M. I did walk a bit of it again this year, more people passed me including 2 that I knew. There was no bag-pipes this year?? Then a flat stretch and another little hill, that one always gets me. Just not enough time to recover from the big one and you go up again. Soon we turn east back onto pavement and it seems much easier and faster. Just before 9 K we turn south back onto a dirt snow covered road, but the end is near. Speeds go up again, as people pour it on. I pass and am passed. At 10 k we are back onto pavement and heading downhill around a big corner. I re-pass one of the people I knew that got me on the big uphill, again she shouts encouragement. I get huge speed up on the downhill, just flying. Then a flat bit and a right turn in to the final stretch to the line. I know my time should be good, but figure I am somewhere in the 51:xx range. Crossing the line I see 50:30 on the clock, wooo hoo. Official time is 50:34, I'm happy with that, 100 seconds faster than last year on similar conditions. My last 800 M was done at 3:39 pace; 4:41 pace average. Lots of people to talk to after the race, then I head inside the shelter for food. Talking to Jim Gore, he points out that I am shivering. I go over near a heater for a while, more people around including Adeel. He points out that I am tall. Eventually, I go to the car to change clothes at least. S.O. is there with Bud our dog, and he is shivering too, so we head out. All in all, it went well, which is great, I can only imagine that it wouldn't be a good place to have a bad race.
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Postby rundmc » Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:39 pm

That's a good race, well done. It's pretty annoying to see people get out in front of you early on, but it's comforting to know that they'll be suffering badly in the second half. Knowing the course really pays off.

By the way, I guess you're not that tall, maybe I'm just very short.
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Postby Robbie-T » Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:47 pm

Great job Doonst, beating your time year over year is a good accomplishment on that course. Great to see the Orange Snake Skin in action!
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Postby rockstar79 » Sun Dec 09, 2007 3:27 pm

All I can say is that those snakeskin pants are hot. And Bud the Dog did an excellent job of bell ringing.

That's a great time for such a hilly course! Congratulations!

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Postby AlfiefromPickering » Sun Dec 09, 2007 3:27 pm

Great report as usual, so I won't have to describe the race landscape on mine. This is really a nice winter race. Who says you're tall?
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Postby redhead » Sun Dec 09, 2007 3:34 pm

55:55 --> 52:14 --> 50:30 :dance:
You still got it Doonst and just keep getting better all the time. Congrats on a well-run race.
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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Sun Dec 09, 2007 4:16 pm

Congratulations on another personal course record!
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Postby Ken B » Sun Dec 09, 2007 4:39 pm

Yowzir!! Great run, Sheldon!!! I don't know how you can maintain that sort of time with the hillls!! Congratulations on a great race and description!! :lol:

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Postby GK » Sun Dec 09, 2007 4:47 pm

Doonst those tights were a welcome sight. I was behind you a few metres the whole race and was in awe of them!

Good running and it was great meeting you!

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Postby Jwolf » Sun Dec 09, 2007 5:01 pm

Nice race, Sheldon. I admire you guys for having the fortitude to race in the cold like that.

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Postby Marg » Sun Dec 09, 2007 5:01 pm

Yay Sheldon!!! Awesome running.
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Postby deb » Sun Dec 09, 2007 5:02 pm

great job Doonst!
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Postby Sandra » Sun Dec 09, 2007 5:22 pm

Yes, those tights are quite a sight! Nice to see you again and congrats on a great race. This was my second time and it definately is a race worth coming back for.
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Postby BJH » Sun Dec 09, 2007 7:03 pm

Well done Doonst!

Here is a photo of your special fast race outfit.

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Postby casual-runner » Sun Dec 09, 2007 9:51 pm

Congratulations. Great progress over the years :clap:
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Postby pts » Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:59 pm

Great work Sheldon!! This is also my third year doing it, and it just keeps getting more and more fun. I think those pants must have given you that 100 seconds. :lol:

Good to see you, Heather and my boy Bud!

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Postby bicycle.boy » Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:01 pm

Faster and faster, way to go!!!!
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Postby lovethehills » Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:22 pm

Another awesome run!
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Postby turd ferguson » Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:45 pm

Great work Sheldon!
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Postby Iron-North » Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:32 am

A nice solid race for you Sheldon. Glad you enjoyed your race :D
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Postby Strider » Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:27 pm

Great Report to follow up a Great Race - Nice steady consistent improvement, Congratulations. I'll for sure be looking over my shoulder at ITT next year.
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Postby dgrant » Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:47 pm

Nice race big fella. Feels good to keep getting that number down I'm sure.

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