Sunday Bloody Sunday-Doonst runs Paris Grand Half

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Sunday Bloody Sunday-Doonst runs Paris Grand Half

Postby Doonst » Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:29 pm

Another weekend, another 1/2 marathon, no big deal. Last race of the fall tour, okay thats big!
Pretty nice day, got my raceday routine down by now, there we are in Paris Ontario. Lots of manics everywhere you look, but you can never get us all in one place before the race for a picture. Line up with Dave as usual, theres Robbie, must be Runningman with him, there Devalera, hi Ed fizz.
Hit my Garmin button at the horn, and we're off. Or are we? 8 seconds in, I get tripped from behind,sprawled out cursing flat on the ground. Thats a first. A guy about 18 apologizes as he zooms by," sorry, its just so packed". My last race in Detroit, 8500 in the full and half go off together no problem, but I go down in Paris, 235 runners. I yell at Dave to take him out with an elbow, but he just hands the kid a wad of $20s and chuckles. :twisted:
So I am okay, just scraped knee and hands, but my heartbeat is racing, just what you don't want at the start of a race. I catch up to Dave and he says "what happened back there?" Hope he got his money's worth. :cry:
Dave and I run together for about 3.5 K, a little quick but I feel good. We cab see Devalera 50 feet ahead. Eventually Dave passes us both. Some rolling hills, but after 5 K our average pace is 4:44. Right on track. Turning north the wind shows up, then gets worse when we turn east around 7 K. From 7 to 14 K its a straight rolling stretch, and the wind just beat me down. I had to push it to do 5:05s, could see the PB slipping away. It was an effort just to do that. Some days I hit my stride around 7-8 K when it starts to seem easy. Today I felt it, and looked down, 9.7 K. Must have been some long-distance fan mojo! Shortly thereafter there was another hill, and more wind, and... Ken (Tortoise) was out taking pics and cheering here as elsewhere. At 14 there is a 1 k out and back section, saw Dave and DV. Dave said something that indicated that he was ripe to be picked off, guess he was feeling it too. As I finished that section I saw James (Baldguy), that meant he was on track for a great time! Turning southwest, it got a lot easier and my pace picked up. 4:53, 4:43, 4:52, 4:46. I knew the PB was gone, but I knew i had a chance to stay within my time zone of 1:41-1:43. Gets hilly near the end though. Saw Kiza around 19, that did cheer me up. Hills weren't that bad, because I knew the end was near. Across a field and around the track to the finish. Saw DV one last time, as he finished I was hitting the track. Final time, 1:42:48. Its all over now, Baby Blue.
Not a PB, less than a minute off my Detroit time. Of the 5 halfs that I raced (excepting 3 trail races and the double race weekend), my times were all within a 90 second span. 1:41:50 to 1:43:19. Flat or hilly, sick or well, windy or calm. So today's time was about average. And considering the course and wind, just as proud an effort.
Thanks to everyody there today, don't make me name you all! It was great sharing in the day as a fan when so many got new PBs, that's amazing!! I was already writing my report on the course, that it just wasn't a PB day, so many proved me wrong.
SusanD sent custom medals for us Fall Tourists, what a great thing! It really is the medal I am most proud of of any I have ever got. What a great idea, and a wonderful and thoughtful gesture. Thank you. Finally an extra special thanks to my number one speedy marathoner fan!

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Here's a few pics:

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My poor knee:

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The end, and we're all still smilin!!
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Postby arestall320 » Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:34 pm

You may not have gotten your PB but theres somthing to be said for consistancy.
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Postby Ed Fizz » Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:35 pm

Congrats on a fantastic achievement!!! I don't know how you 3 pulled it off!!! :clap:

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Postby ChrisL » Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:36 pm

Great achievement Sheldon!

Congratulations!
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Postby Jo-Jo » Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:39 pm

Great Report...

Wow...very nice of SusanD...we have some great Maniacs on board :D

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Uh oh...I startin to sound like my hero (and the guy I've had a major crush on since 1968.....Leonard Cohen :roll: )

Sheldon...it's been awesome following your Fall Tour..you are the best :D

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Postby QuickChick » Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:42 pm

Congratulations Sheldon! It's very impressive that you were so consistent throughout the tour.
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Postby drghfx » Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:43 pm

Great job Sheldon, but weren't you supposed to pee on Dave?
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Postby Doonst » Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:46 pm

Jo-Jo wrote:


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p.s. C-Moss is asleep now...but I think she still hopes you got to pee on dgrant :wink:


Left that to the experts, bud and minnie-t:

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Postby anners » Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:46 pm

you finished off in style! congrats, idiot!

great looking fall tour medal...what a nice gesture!

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Postby RA. » Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:46 pm

Great job, Sheldon! I am kind of sad the fall tour is over...
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Postby Lightning » Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:49 pm

Sheldon,

Your report was very amusing to read! I can't believe that brat tripped you up.

Congrats on an excellent race season. You, Dave and Barbara inspired many people.

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Postby wantmeback » Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:51 pm

Congratulations!

I love the medals. I think you all deserve them, particularly for taking us along on your wonderful, idiotic, ride! ;)
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Postby DougG » Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:58 pm

Great report Sheldon, and congratulations on the race and the Tour. Great job! :clap:

Dave'll do anything to win, imagine paying a kid to take you out.... :wink:
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Postby a_beacher » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:02 pm

Sheldon...it's over!!! Now what? Taper in style?

Thanks for an amusing race report! Great job on the Fall Tour!!

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Postby Doonst » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:03 pm

DG wrote:
Dave'll do anything to win, imagine paying a kid to take you out.... :wink:


And, I think he's a vampire. Definitely in league with the devil.
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Postby UltraQueenga » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:04 pm

Wow, I was rooting for dgrant to beat you in this one, but wow, dgrant, did you have to sink so low and pay that innocent kid to trip doonst? Shame on you, man, shame on you! :naughty:

Way to go, sheldon, nicely done! dgrant or not, that fall would have completely screwed my focus and my race! Your times are very consistent, no matter what! That's disciplined running! dgrant, take notes!

Congrats again on your Fall Tour and on the extra-special hardware from susand! You've earned it with your fall tour races and the reports you posted. Thanks for being an inspiration!

As we look ahead into the long and freezing twilight called winter, I will greatly miss the races and the race reports you three idiots were posting this fall. :( :violin:

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Postby BJH » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:09 pm

Way to go Sheldon. You've done such an awesome job on the whole tour and your sense of humour has made it that much more fun. :D
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Postby c-moss » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:13 pm

DG wrote:Great report Sheldon, and congratulations on the race and the Tour. Great job! :clap:

Dave'll do anything to win, imagine paying a kid to take you out.... :wink:


Uncle Mr. Doonst...

I promise to pee all over that dgrant when I meet him...wow...he sounds pretty miserable... :roll: :wink:

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Postby Marg » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:18 pm

Congrats SHeldon... wow, I didn't see you fall!! :(
You still ran a great race and it was an honour to watch you pull out a great finish at the last race of the Tour.
Way to go man!

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Postby dgrant » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:19 pm

Attaboy big fella. Sheldooooooon.

Another nice solid race. You've been a great teammate / rival! Knowing that you can run 1:41/1:42 under any circumstances should be a big confidence boost as you proceed to take a big dip into the 1:30s... I have a feeling that 2007 will be another breakthrough season.
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Postby seuss » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:20 pm

you are one consistent idiot. well done.

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Postby Hermes » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:31 pm

Hey, it's not called the fall tour for nothing! :wink: That's some prize piece of road rash. Plus you got a medal, and...What an awesome Fall Tourist medal!! I've got to hand it to Susan. :clap:

Oh, and congratulations to you too, Mr. Doonst!! Well done, once again.

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Postby Kelodie » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:41 pm

Congratulations!!! Are you sad it's over? :wink:
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Postby Ken B » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:58 pm

Sheldon I am amazed at not only what you accomplished as part of the Fall Tour , but your times are so consistent. You are a very impressive athlete IMHO. ( And you are no spring chicken as is the "other" guy! :lol: )

Congrats on the whole series of runs! :lol:

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Postby braveheart » Sun Nov 12, 2006 9:13 pm

I have a huge smile on my face! :lol: Way to go Sheldon - and if you give me the details I will find that kid and kick some butt!


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