Doonst drives to London, for to run a half.

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Doonst drives to London, for to run a half.

Postby Doonst » Sun Sep 10, 2006 11:59 am

I beat my 1/2 marathon PB by more than twice what Dave beat his PB by; that's something, right?

Up at 4:30, met Dave (dgrant) in Hornby at 5:40 and on the 401 cruising west by 4:45, just like clockwork. Plan the drive, drive the plan. I didn't sleep that well, but getting up didn't seem too bad. Found Springbank Park in London, just where they said it might be, by 7:15, and parked on the grass 100 feet from the start/finish line. Weather was just great, slight wind, some clouds, 9 degrees. Picked up our bibs and a great brown long-sleeved tech shirt. Then we noticed that nobody had chip timers of any kind.

We started off together pretty easy at first. I hit the wrong button on my Garmin, Dave said the first K took 4:57. I started mine at the 1 K mark. We ran together, or swapped the lead, for the first 5 K. Those went by at around a 4:40 pace or better. Dave went ahead for good around 6 K, I saw him ahead of me for the last time at 8 K. We had done a loop at the start before heading out the path, we turned around to head back on the paved trail at about 11.75 K. At this point Dave was just under a minute ahead.
My realistic goal for today was 1:43, whisper goal (that I might have shouted at times) was 1:42. My PB set on a rainy day in Waterloo this April was 1:47:14. Today at the halfway point, I was on pace for a 1:40! The first half seemed easy. Coming back, it started to be harder to keep up that pace, then I started slipping a few seconds each split. 4:43, 4:46, 4:50, 4:53. I knew that that was ok, that if I didn't crash and burn I was still going to end up happy. It seemed so hard right up to K17, then we came into shade and breeze, that helped a bit. I started doing the math in my head, and knew that 1:42 was possible but just. I swear that i picked up my effort level for the last 2 K, but the last full one was my only split over 5 minutes (just). The finish line seemed a long time in coming, and in the distance I saw the clock turn 1:42! Ended up at 1:42:09. [Whine Alert]: Garmins say that the course was around 200 m long, that's a minute! And there was no chip timing, just gun. [/endwhine]. A PB by 5 minutes and change. Still I dwell on those 9 seconds!
It was a good day, no problems, nice people. I got several comments on my RM shirt; one guy in washroom line said he reads us every now and then, "just to see what people are saying". On the course, a couple of , "Runningmania, woo hoo"s. Or was it tee hee's. We had some pizza and cans of OJ, and milled about for a half hour. Awards were at least another half hour off, we didn't stay. Back on the road home by 10:15. I must say that Dave is a fine travelling partner, he's much nicer one-on-one than he is online. :lol: I was home by noon.
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Postby BJH » Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:04 pm

Sounds like a good race! You'll have a few more chances this fall to pick up those 9 seconds. ;)

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Postby BaldGuy » Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:06 pm

So you missed your shouted whisper goal by nine seconds on the clock? I'd be calling that a big freakin' victory, no matter how you look at it. Sounds like it was a good race -- I can't wait to read the race reports between now and Paris!

You guys are pretty freakin' fast. Great job!
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Postby braveheart » Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:10 pm

glad you boys had another good time playing together....

congratulations on the PB
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Postby jgore » Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:11 pm

Great time, Sheldon, and a very nice PB. Don't sweat the 9 seconds: in BQ Land your time is 1:42 for another 50 seconds.

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Do you guys have a side wager on cumulative time? :wink: :D

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Postby Ed Fizz » Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:12 pm

Well done! A PB is always nice :D .

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Postby mlazenby » Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:13 pm

Nice race Sheldon.

Looks like we're neck and neck. :wink:
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Postby Doonst » Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:16 pm

mlazenby wrote:Nice race Sheldon.

Looks like we're neck and neck. :wink:


My best 50 mile time is one week. :wink:
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Postby MINITEE » Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:32 pm

Way to go Sheldon... I was thinking about you guys all morning & considering we finished our run at 11:50 I knew that you guys would probably be half way home by then :wink:

No chips - well that sucks, but this race is put on by Runner's Choice (they are the super speedy/competitive London runners.. :wink: )

Great job on the PB - ghesh, only the second week into the tour even!

Glad to know that RM is becoming recognized in London... I am trying you know :wink:
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Postby Nicholas » Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:39 pm

Great run, Sheldon. Way to keep pushing through and meeting your whisper goal (who's counting the seconds anyway?). I guess you must have scared Dave after last week. Did they do drug testing after the event...you never know. If Landis can come back one day later....
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Postby QuickChick » Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:43 pm

Awesome work Sheldon! That's a great PB, and it sounds like a fun race. Congratulations!
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Postby ChrisL » Sun Sep 10, 2006 1:10 pm

Congratulations Sheldon! Nice report!
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Postby D-Man » Sun Sep 10, 2006 1:12 pm

Congratulations! That's an awesome time!!!

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Postby markB » Sun Sep 10, 2006 1:18 pm

awesome race!!!

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Postby drghfx » Sun Sep 10, 2006 1:27 pm

Great job smashing your PB!
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Postby Ken B » Sun Sep 10, 2006 1:35 pm

As usual this is an excellent report Sheldon. Also great time. You also were obviously pretty close to the "youngster".. There will be more trail runs my friend and then we will see if youth can suck it up!! :lol:

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Postby Robbie-T » Sun Sep 10, 2006 2:02 pm

Good work, PB's every race is easy to get use to.
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Re: Doonst drives to London, for to run a half.

Postby Dani » Sun Sep 10, 2006 2:46 pm

Doonst wrote:I beat my 1/2 marathon PB by more than twice what Dave beat his PB by; that's something, right?



Yep, that's something! :wink:
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Postby graciousgoat » Sun Sep 10, 2006 2:53 pm

Congrats and thanks so much for these great reports. They are a highlight of the weekends!

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Postby ultraslacker » Sun Sep 10, 2006 3:20 pm

pb by 5 minutes... awesome! congrats on making your whisper goal, too. (don't stress the 9 seconds...)
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Re: Doonst drives to London, for to run a half.

Postby SusanD » Sun Sep 10, 2006 3:55 pm

Doonst wrote: I saw the clock turn 1:42! Ended up at 1:42:09. ...[Whine Alert]:...Still I dwell on those 9 seconds! [/endwhine].
No problemo... those 9 sec's are easy to lose... just use the magic clock you had on the 401! :P :wink:
Doonst wrote:Up at 4:30, met Dave (dgrant) in Hornby at 5:40 and on the 401 cruising west by 4:45, just like clockwork.


Congrat's on your PB. Great race!
Done: Full 2, 30k 2, 25k 1, Half 11, 13k 2, 10k 2, 8k 1, 5k 20 ...
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Postby DougG » Sun Sep 10, 2006 4:14 pm

Great race. That's awful @#% early to get up and race :shock: Your dedication is very impressive. The rest of this competition should be great.
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Postby The Donald » Sun Sep 10, 2006 4:22 pm

Great run!! I was impressed last week, but you guys were even faster this week. Fantastic!!
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Postby CeilidhOnTheRun » Sun Sep 10, 2006 4:27 pm

Congrats on the PB! Sounds like good times had by all! :) (Even after that beer ;) )
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Postby Madame Bourette » Sun Sep 10, 2006 6:06 pm

Good Job Sheldon. I like to read about the competition between Nemesis/buddy Dave and you.
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