Doonst runs a half again at London Springbank

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Doonst runs a half again at London Springbank

Postby Doonst » Sun Sep 09, 2007 12:48 pm

I had one main goal today but for several reasons. That was to do well. I ran a big PB in June at Niagara on the Lake, 1:37:21, which seemed too good to be true. I needed to know that that was not an aberration, that I really was that fast. That course wasn't "certified", which I needed to qualify for the New York marathon, sub 1:40. It admittedly did show to be 160 M short on my Garmin, for what that's worth. Today's course was certified, so a sub 1:40 here would be great for so many reasons. Also as a confidence boost for my upcoming marathon next month. Last year this course measured 200 M long on my Garmin, about average for a half. So I knew I shouldn't expect to beat my Niagara time.

Race day:
Up early to meet dgrant at the 401 carpool parking lot at 5:45. Arrived in London at 7:20 for an 8 am start. Again, we had done this race last year so we knew where everything was, no stress. No timing chips so we lined up as close to the front as we could justify, knowing this was a fast crowd. Meant to start off a little slower than in June, but almost duplicated that with 4:19 and 4:26 first K splits. A loop and a half of Springbank Park and then by 4 K we headed out the riverside trail also used in the Forest City Marathon, amongst others. Settled in to mid 4:30s, right on a very good track. Dave had eased away right from the start, eventually I lost sight of him. A light rain was falling. 10 K split was 45:30, probably a PB for me. Ran into some oncoming traffic of RR Sunday morning groups, the trail was open. Turnaround was at 11.8 K, saw Dave just a bit ahead of me here, less than a minute. Second half got a little tougher, even though there was a wind in our face on the way out. My times definitely started to slip here, I had gone out a little optimistically. Nothing too critical though, I was on track for a fine race, just had to hold on. Dave surprisingly came up from behind me, around 16 K I think. He eased ahead again, but not by much. I remember thinking that of the 3-400 people in the race, what were the odds that my carpool pal was the closest runner to me after 18 K. By 19 we were side by side again, and back in Springbank Park. I could sense the finish approaching, and tried to pick up the pace. Actually I thought I did, but the Garmin says not. Got a couple of people in my sights, and eventually we had a showdown to the finish, swapping leads several times. I got beat in the final sprint not by the 20s young woman, but a spry shorter 60s male. Good for him, he earned it. My final time was 1:38:44. I take that as a victory, I am now officially going to NYC. Again the Garmin said I ran 21.3 K, also says my average pace was 4:38 vs the 4:39 it measured in Niagara. A PB by device if not on the internet. It did seem harder today, maybe it was the weather. My half splits were worse too, 48:30 and 50:14. Of course it always fun to beat Dave, if only to hear his latest excuse. I swear he's used today's before. 8) Nice to see a great performance by Prats, and Mini-T as spectator.

So a good day at the races, next up the PEC Marathon October 14.
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Postby ChrisL » Sun Sep 09, 2007 1:36 pm

Well done Sheldon!

You'll be fantastic at PEC.

It is great to see other runners of my age beating young "whippersnappers" like Dave.
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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Sun Sep 09, 2007 1:37 pm

Congratulations!!!! So happy to see your meet your NYC goal - and looking forward to hearing about your PEC experience.
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Postby pts » Sun Sep 09, 2007 1:38 pm

Great work Sheldon, great to see you too!

Although, as i mentioned in Dave's report, i dont know if i actually believe you ran the whole thing, since i never saw you on course (kidding!!).

Thanks for sticking around in the rain to cheer me in!
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Postby Strider » Sun Sep 09, 2007 1:39 pm

Way to Friggin' go.... Can I hate you for NYC? Just kiddin'. Awesome job, can't wait for the PEC performance, I have a feeling I'll be buying you a beer in Boston this April.

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Postby Ken B » Sun Sep 09, 2007 1:40 pm

Nice report Sheldon. So you bested the young buck yet again!!!

Congrats on that and on your fine result. For an "Idiot", you are a fine athlete!! :lol:

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Postby CeilidhOnTheRun » Sun Sep 09, 2007 1:41 pm

Congrats on another great time and enjoy NYC!
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Postby bicycle.boy » Sun Sep 09, 2007 1:51 pm

Nice one, Doonst!
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Postby dgrant » Sun Sep 09, 2007 1:57 pm

You guys had to see this guy! On this particular course the final 2K is by far the toughest uphill of the race, and doonst seemed to actually accelerate up it (after 19 quality kilometres already)!

Nice running! (said begrudgingly :wink: )

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Postby Marg » Sun Sep 09, 2007 2:14 pm

NY NY... awesome.
Great running Sheldon, you are awesome.
(But I will trip you if I have to so Dave can beat you.) :lol:
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Postby Lightning » Sun Sep 09, 2007 2:15 pm

Fabulous work, Sheldon!! Can't wait to see how you do at the marathon.

I LOVE watching the dgrant/doonst showdowns unfold! So dramatic.
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Postby redhead » Sun Sep 09, 2007 2:18 pm

You are the real deal Sheldon. Fantastic race and report.

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Postby QuickChick » Sun Sep 09, 2007 2:39 pm

Sheldon, I'm so glad to hear that you had such a great race. It's a huge confidence booster for PEC! Next year is going to be huge for you- Boston AND NYC! Awesome. :D
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Postby bruyere » Sun Sep 09, 2007 3:00 pm

Nicely done, Sheldon (even if I was rooting for Dave).

Way to get Lisa a free meal. :)
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Postby Robbie-T » Sun Sep 09, 2007 3:05 pm

Another nice one, very consistent work man, you sound ready for Boston now.
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Postby RA. » Sun Sep 09, 2007 3:09 pm

Nice job, Sheldon.
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Postby seuss » Sun Sep 09, 2007 3:12 pm

woohoo! congratulations Sheldon. well done.
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Postby BaldGuy » Sun Sep 09, 2007 3:31 pm

Awesome performance today, Sheldon. I bow to the master. :)

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Postby JLA » Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:04 pm

Memo to PEC marathon: Get ready to be made Doonst's b!tch. You've been warned.

Tremendous race. What is your BQ time? Provided it's 3:40 or faster, care to pull me in a rickshaw? No one will disqualify us...they're so polite at them smalltown races.

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Postby drghfx » Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:10 pm

Great job Sheldon! Enjoy New York Ci-tay!
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Postby Run26.2 » Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:47 pm

Sub 1:39 is smokin' big man!! Congrats! 8)
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Postby jgore » Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:14 pm

Congratulations, Sheldon. Boston is calling.

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Postby JSmitty » Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:34 pm


Love the race report and I am especially happy at your result.
Need any more affirmation? You are ready for the big one.
COngratulations on a great race today and your win. It sounds like both of you had a good run.

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Postby BJH » Sun Sep 09, 2007 9:16 pm

Awesome, awesome job Doonst! :clap:
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Postby runJrun » Sun Sep 09, 2007 9:25 pm

Wow - you are one speedy guy! Congratulations :D

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