Doonst V Detroit

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Postby Doonst » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:13 pm

Detroit Free Press International Marathon Half. This was the first race of the fall tour that I signed up for, back in the spring. Actually, it and the Toad entrance fees were a birthday gift from my S.O., way back when I turned 49. This was my 9th race of the series, 7th in 36 days. My cold was just waning after 2 weeks.
Drove down Saturday morning, through rain and snow on the 401. Got to my sister’s in Windsor for lunch, and my parents were there. They were visiting my sick uncle, our family is from down here originally. Over to Detroit for the expo and pasta dinner. They couldn’t seat all 15 Maniacs and friends together, we got 3 separate tables. Great view of the river and bridge, pretty good food and desert. Back to my sister’s in Windsor to sleep.
Woke up 2 minutes before my alarm, how good is that. On the road and trough the tunnel and customs in great time; I had to allow for delays so I had a ½ hour to kill sitting in the warm car. Second time I walked by our corral I saw Dave and Lisa. We were assigned to corral “L”, I pictured us in the middle of a huge crowd starting at “A”. The only one in front of us was “K”, so we crossed in 6 seconds! It was pretty cold and windy standing at the line.
Dave and I had planned to run together for a while, like in London. That seemed to last about 30 seconds, and he dropped back behind me. I just kept running my race. Lots of people were passing me for the first couple miles, like they had lined up too far back. I felt fine here, just a little cold. I was in shorts and 3 tech shirts, throwaway gloves and a cap. Once again I was without my Garmin, this time the battery was dead. It was sort of neat winding through downtown into Mexican town, seeing the Ambassador bridge get closer. The bridge hill was long! I tried to just take it easy, but it went on for ever. I had to remind myself to look down the river a couple of times, mostly you saw the road and the other runners. My sister and BIL were at the bottom of the bridge each with cameras. My time was pretty good at this point, I heard it a a mile marker/water station.5 miles in 37:30 or something like that. Heading down Riverside in Windsor you couldn’t feel the wind, but it must have been pushing us. I was hoping to hit my stride at this point, when it starts to feel easy. I guess I went out a little too fast for that today. By the time I got near the tunnel I started to feel a little stressed. I never did see Dave again and just assumed that he had passed me at some water station. Sister and BIL were here at the tunnel entrance taking more pictures. The tunnel was warm, but it ws sorta nice. Going up I must have kept steady because only one guy passed me. Into Detroit, I really felt dragging and people started to fly by me. The wind was there, but we winded all over behind Cobo Hall and stuff. I hadn’t seen a mile marker since 7 in Windsor. I was hoping we were coming up to 11, but when I saw the next one it was 10. Did the math, 3 miles left is 5K; I don’t want to be out here for another 25 minutes! I felt like I was staggering along, at times people were passing me, then I would pass a bunch. The wind was weird here, but then again we were changing direction every couple blocks. At mile 12 there was no water station, it was about 3 or 4 blocks later. I was walking for 10 seconds at most stations, and I was really looking forward to that. Slight, very slight push for the last mile, seeing Ford Field get closer .Down the ramp, no problem, then the big Jumbotron finish. 1:41:56 on the clock. Not the 1:40 I was hoping for, but better than the 2 hour
it felt like. Chip time 1:41:50, a PB by 19 seconds.
Looked around for Dave, figuring he would be lined up to see Lisa finish. First time I saw himm, he was bowing at my feet signaling his loss. Lisa came in right after. We grabbed some water, got our pictures taken, then sat/laaid down on the turf to stretch. Watched Pat, Barbara and Tracy finish, the more pictures including one of the “three idiots”. Thanks always for that title Ryne. I was hobbling a bit with a sore calf, so eventually I headed back instead of staying to watch the full marathon runners. Walking back to the car still in my shorts was cold all over again. At least the stadium was nice and warm, just right. Now I get a weekend off before the big finale in Paris.
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Postby HCcD » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:18 pm

:shock: glad, that you took my advice to tapering, Sheldon ... :lol:

Congratulations, on another awesome race and PB, taboot .... :clap: :dance: :whistle:
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Postby seuss » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:19 pm

great report - well done. almost idiot :wink:
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Postby Marg » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:20 pm

Awesome job Sheldon, you crazy maniac!!

So incredible what you are pulling off... wow!! :shock: :D

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Postby Ed Fizz » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:23 pm

Great report and congrats on a PB SHeldon!!! :D Looking forward to seeing you guys at the finale in Paris.

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Postby Lx2run » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:27 pm

Great run Sheldon and you beat Dave to boot. Another good day at the "office"
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Postby KaTyBrown » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:30 pm

Hey - Great Job! Well done! despite the wind :cry:

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Postby braveheart » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:33 pm

Way to go! Sounds like another successful fall tour stop
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Postby RA. » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:39 pm

Great job, Sheldon! So how many PB's has this fall tour given you now??? Congrats!
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Postby SusanD » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:55 pm

Only one to go - isn't amazing how quickly the tour has flown by? :P ('kay, for us non-participants anyway.) Rest up well for the grand finale.

And, oh yeah, GREAT job today!!!
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Postby ChrisL » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:57 pm

Good job again Sheldon!
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Postby DougG » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:57 pm

Sounds like a great run Doonst. Well done report.
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Postby Katie the Brat » Sun Oct 29, 2006 7:03 pm

Way to go! Congratulations on the PB. Wonderful report too.

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Postby drghfx » Sun Oct 29, 2006 8:13 pm

Great job Sheldon! The pb's just keep on coming!
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Postby a_beacher » Sun Oct 29, 2006 8:23 pm

I still find myself shaking my head at the Fall Tour. I am in awe!! Congratulations on the new PB and bragging rights!!

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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Sun Oct 29, 2006 8:40 pm

Congrats on the PB! I, too, am in awe of all you've accomplished!
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Postby Lightning » Sun Oct 29, 2006 8:41 pm

I am impressed with you as always, Sheldon! I enjoyed this report-I felt like I was right there with you through the ups and downs.

Congrats on the PB! See you in Paris...guess I should sign up soon.
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Postby QuickChick » Sun Oct 29, 2006 8:45 pm

Once again Sheldon.. you are a machine. Way to go- I think you ran a great race. You seemed a LOT more healthy than last week!
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Postby Madame Bourette » Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:00 pm

Another Pb for the machine. Is there such things as limits in your vocabulary?
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Postby Nicholas » Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:11 pm

Alright, Sheldon! A PB is a PB., especially at the tail end of a busy racing season and a bout of sickness. Congrats, one more to go.....

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Postby Robbie-T » Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:29 pm

Good work Bud!! Another one down?

So you going to run a 21k long run this weekend to prep for Paris?
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Postby getfit » Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:28 pm

Way to go Sheldon !!! I'm hoping by the time we meet at the Hilton Falls trail run, you guys will be so worn out from your Fall Tour that we'll leave you in our dust. Yeah right :roll: Congrats on another great race :D

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Postby deerdree » Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:29 pm

Great job and congrats on the PB, Sheldon! :clap:

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Postby Ken B » Mon Oct 30, 2006 6:02 am

Nice report Sheldom and excellent race. MY garmin cut out so much that it was over 5 km behind in distance be the end of my marathon. Thus is was of no use other than as a HRM.


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