Doonst Rolls the Dice at Casino Niagara Half Marathon

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Doonst Rolls the Dice at Casino Niagara Half Marathon

Postby Doonst » Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:42 pm

I've had a chestcold since last weekend, actually had a sore throat at Vulture Bait. I held off until the last hour of online registration on Thurday night before signing on. I decided to risk it because I didn't feel that week or feverish. Lots of stuff coming out of my lungs though, especially when I laid down.
This was the first and only race that all 3 Tourists carpooled to the same race together. I must thank Quick Chick hugely for dropping us off at the start and moving the car to the finish; it made this race livable. We got to the start about 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. In our hast to exit I firgot my Garmin.
Standing at the start line, the drizzle ended. Most people threw their rain ponchos (from race kit) away pre-race, me included. Weather was actually pretty good, the wind was at our backs almost all the time.
I started out easy, not knowing how I would feel running sick. Lots of slower runners to get past in the first 2 K. Its a nice enough course, very flat, curvy in spots, and rather scenic if you like rivers. I was thinking about the Great Lakes connection between here and Detroit next weekend. I had a couple of little annoyances; shoelace and pee call. Without my Garmin I was just guessing how I was doing. I tried staying near some well-paced people, but at this point most walked away from me. At around the 8 K mark I got my stride as usual. I started asking a few people about the time, but it was too hard to figure. I assumed I was headed for a 1:45ish finish. I saw Ultrarune at around 13 or 14 K, he was the guide for a blind runner. As I passed them, I heard him explaining to his charge about Dave and I and the stunt. I felt good and steady at this point, started passing more people. There were lots of mile markers, for the full and the half, but few K markers. With 3 miles left, I hit yet another gear. Not quite what I had at Ottawa Fall Colours, but I was easing past a lot of runners. After a bridge with 2 miles to go, I felt I was fading a bit, but it passed quickly. I noticed that I was still passing people, I just felt a bit beat. With 2 K to go, it started the 55 foot downhill to the finish. Big finish, heard but didn't see QG and Ed Fizz. Came across the line at 1:44:20 gun time. I wasn't sure what to expect, I was medium happy with this. My chip time was 1:43:04, 55 seconds off my PB, 2nd best ever. For a sicko, that's what i had today. On a good day, it would have been a PB course.
QC walked up, said she got a good pic of me at the finish. :) We walked up a bit to see Dave finish with his minions. Changed clothes at the car and went back to watch Barabara at the line. We were glad to see her running really strong down the final chute. Couldn't spot Gjen, so eventually we headed out. We sorta all did okay today. That was #8 for me, 7 for them. Next week, Detroit Michigan.
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Postby HCcD » Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:46 pm

you're totally nuts, sheldon, afterall, you are a Maniac, eh !!! :wink: awesome, awesome race for a sicko and it being #8 et al ... :clap: :clap:
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Postby Ken B » Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:50 pm

Superb report , Sheldon. Tough to run your best without your Garmin. I know I would be lost now without mine!! Looking forward to seeing you are Detroit and Paris!!

Congrats!! :lol:

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Postby runjanerun » Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:55 pm

Sheldon, you are amazing! You paced yourself quite well from the sounds of it, without your Garmin, had your 2nd best half and rose above the cold thing at the same time! I don't know how you do it with all these events every weekend - you are simply AWESOME!
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Postby Ed Fizz » Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:57 pm

Well done Sheldon!!! Two more to go!!! :D

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Postby dgrant » Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:57 pm

This guy ain't kidding. He's sick as hell... can't believe you pulled your second fastest time dude. :shock:

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Postby Lightning » Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:59 pm

Running sans Garmin IS tough! Excellent report, Sheldon. And what an awesome time! Good for you.

Looking forward to hearing about Detroit next weekend from you, the rest of The Tour, QC and Bruyere! Actually, I think there will be a lot of RM representation there so I truly can't wait to read everyone's reports.

Rest up this week!

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Postby DougG » Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:59 pm

Without your A game you still post a great time.
Nice job! :clap:
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Postby Ken B » Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:00 pm

Thanks for the photo Dave. WOW!! I can't run like that during my speed work, Sheldon!!

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Postby seuss » Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:02 pm

what a machine!
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Postby ultraslacker » Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:03 pm

You did VERY well for someone who is so sick! Good job. :)



(you said you couldn't spot jen... does that mean you didn't meet her at all?)
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Postby Doonst » Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:12 pm

klewlis wrote:


(you said you couldn't spot jen... does that mean you didn't meet her at all?)


No, sadly we did not.

Results are posted. I was 215th out of 1395 overall.

215 1:44:21.7 4:57 1:43:04.3 2842 GRAGG, Sheldon Georgetown CAN 170/603 33/102 Men 45 - 49
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Postby ultraslacker » Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:13 pm

Doonst wrote:
klewlis wrote:


(you said you couldn't spot jen... does that mean you didn't meet her at all?)


No, sadly we did not.


That's too bad. :(
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Postby getfit » Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:17 pm

Way to go Sheldon, you certainly gave it your all despite being sick. Rest up now, you'll need it for Detroit.

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Postby BJH » Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:18 pm

Great job Sheldon! Get some rest and get rid of that cough. :)
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Postby ChrisL » Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:21 pm

Once again Sheldon, you've done great!

Congratulation!
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Postby QuickChick » Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:29 pm

I think you did amazingly, Sheldon, as always! :) I have to say I've been worried about your health today though... take care of yourself this week! I don't want to beat you in Detroit. Well I do, but I don't want to see what it would do to you. ;)
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Postby Nicholas » Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:01 pm

Another great run, Sheldon. Close to a PB is pretty good for a sicko. Maybe you should run gadget-less more often!!! And what would a Niagara race picture be without puddles and rain gear in it???
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Postby Ed Fizz » Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:09 pm

I saw Ultrarune at around 13 or 14 K, he was the guide for a blind runner.


I saw them finish. I found it cool a runner wearing national team colours guiding a visually-impared runner. Didn't realize it was Rune.

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Postby Kelodie » Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:23 pm

Congrats on # 8!!! :D
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Postby mayhem » Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:23 pm

OMG Sheldon, you were sick!?! Very well done.
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Postby Lx2run » Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:26 pm

Another nice run, nice report,

now get some rest!
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Postby turd ferguson » Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:36 pm

Nice work Sheldon.
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Postby a_beacher » Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:44 pm

Great report :clap: :clap:

2 more to go!! Try to get healthy!!

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Postby RA. » Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:19 pm

I get tired just reading that it was #8 on the tour. Great job.
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