Robbie-T @ Hamilton Marathon

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Robbie-T @ Hamilton Marathon

Postby Robbie-T » Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:27 pm

Thanks everyone already from the Jelly thread, I wasn't even going to read it at first, I thought RunDMC was just trying to get his bellied filled. :lol:

My goal for for this race was 1) sub 3 hours 2) 3:05 3) PB
I knew this was going to be a tough course but it was much tougher then I expected. I knew if it was a windy day we all were in trouble, since we were wide open the entire way, and it was windy. This course today would not give up any sub 3hour marathon results without a tough fight.

Congrats to everyone that ran today. And thanks to those that came out to watch.

I got there early, and just missed the early start by minutes. I took my time and got myself ready. Met up with Dave, Lisa and Larry before the race and a few others. Warmed up a bit, and then saw more familiar faces at the start, I wished everyone a good run, and we were off.

Mostly uneventful for the first 5k, then onto the highway, a bit of an incline and against the wind for the first out part. Passed a bunch of guys on the way out, then hit the turn around. I was happy that part was over the wind was getting annoying after about 10-11k, as soon as I turned it was totally quiet, so nice after all that wind whistling around my ears. I was about 19th at that point, I counted those that made the turn around before me. Settled into my pace and enjoyed the open highway on a sunny day.

Met up with Alan about 24k, he was ahead of schedule, the plan was 18k, or maybe my math was bad.

One fellow caught up to me and we chatted for a while then I let him go and stuck to my pace.

About 26k I caught up to the back of the 1/2 marathon pack, for the rest of the race I was dodging the thick of the Halfers but what was worse I didn't know who I was racing anyone, I found that a bit unmotivational. I still had the last guy that passed me in my sights so I used him. I stayed to the inside of all the turns to make the course as short as possible.

Down the escarpment, I picked up the pace a bit when I felt I could. At the turn around, about 34k I was pretty much on pace for 3:00, my average pace up until then was 4:18. I thought if I could hold pace and pick it up for the last 3-4k I could make my goal. Well those thoughts ended about as fast as they came. The next 8k was an uphill death march. Everyone with their heads down cutting through the wind and shuffling up the hill. Man that was a tough go, I really don't think I could go much faster at that point.

I caught up and passed the last guy who passed me, and unknown to me a few other marathoners too. The last 8k were all uphill and against the wind, no chance for a fast finish of any kind. I really wanted to finish this race stronger then I did.

Coming to the finish I saw a few friendly RM faces and finished a great run the best I could. I'm totally happy with this result, I wanted sub 3 today, but this course wouldn't have it today. I do know I will reach that goal soon.

chip time 3:05:35
14th overall
4:24 pace

The splits

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      time   avg for split   
5k    21:23   4:17   
10k   21:41   4:20   into wind
15k   22:04   4:25   into wind still and incline
20k   21:34   4:19   
25k   21:18   4:16   with wind
30k   21:00   4:12   with wind down hill
35k   21:43   4:21   some hills
40k   23:50   4:46   uphill against wind
41k           5:22   still uphill
42k           4:40   still uphill but time to finish
.2k           0:47
Mississauga Marathon - 2:52
Around the Bay - 1:58
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Postby Lx2run » Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:34 pm


What a super run. Without the wind things could have been alot different. There was not alot of course left when you got to the top. I wished for a couple K to make up time but it wasn't there.

Your results continue to amaze me and give me hope.

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Postby mlazenby » Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:34 pm

Fantastic run, absolutely fantastic. You deserve mega-congratulations for that one Robbie. Sorry I missed you at the finish. I was right there but you just seemed to have evaporated!

"The last 8k were all uphill and against the wind, no chance for a fast finish of any kind. I really wanted to finish this race stronger then I did. "

This is probably going to be the universal assessment of the race.

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Postby CinC » Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:43 pm

Congratulations - amazing!
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Postby Madame Bourette » Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:45 pm

Wow! Next time, you will go sub-3. Congrats!
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Postby UltraQueenga » Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:13 pm

That was a tough, windy course, Robbie-T. Good job!
It was fun to run right beside you for one 28th of a second around the 40k/19k point. :lol: You were fast on that last bit of hill. Bravo!
And congrats on finishing 5th in your category. There were lots of fast guys out there today.
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Postby Jwolf » Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:15 pm

Rob, I am truly impressed with your progress in the past couple years. It's inspiring.

How do you make it look so easy? Keep on doing what you're doing. I can't wait till Boston.

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Postby anners » Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:18 pm

8k of uphill at the end of the race? :? sounds like a marathon i won't be running!

another amazing result! congratulations!

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Postby casual-runner » Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:33 pm

Congratulations. :clap: :clap: :clap:
What a great result on a tough and windy course !!!
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Postby AlfiefromPickering » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:51 am

Outstanding performance. You´re improving your times every single time you race. Way to go!
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Postby Strider » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:52 am

Great Report and Great Race. The clock didn't say sub-3, but you ran a sub-3, so I guess you'll have to wait till Boston for that next Tattoo. Congrats Man, hold your head high, it was a amazing day.
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Postby Pat Menzies » Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:44 am

That's an incredible run on that course. It seems like most of the half runners were about 2-4 minutes off their typical times so I wouldn't be surprised if you put out a sub 3 effort over the full distance.
Next one for sure. Well done.

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Postby BJH » Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:52 am

Well done Robbie-T!
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Postby trixiee » Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:52 am

Hey Robbie-T! That was a fantastic report! Wowzers, what a tuff race! Like I said in the jelly thread - I bow down to you!


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Postby Jo-Jo » Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:01 am

Well you run :D
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Postby pts » Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:04 am

CONGRATULATIONS. 3-hours is right around the corner, and that 3:05 is darned impressive.

I kept telling Doug how i can't believe i "know" the guy who got 14th overall (it is like you are a computer nerd running rockstar :roll: ). Anyway, i am super proud, and i wish that more of your drive and determination (and speed) had rubbed off on my Garmin when you borrowed it :wink:

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Postby babysteps » Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:13 am

Very, very impressive. Wow!

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Postby Sandra » Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:24 am

Wow, impressive results! You are definately going to get your sub 3 next time around.
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Postby Portentous » Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:35 am

Just remember a fast finish is always relative to the course and the competition. Seems to me you had a great strong finish, giving your all and destroyiong the weak! :shock: Good job. :P

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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:42 am

Congratulations on a strong, gutsy performance on a tough course under difficult conditions. I have faith that we'll be seeing a 2:XX next to your name in the near future.
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Postby Run26.2 » Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:45 am

Wow...tough race..tough course...tough conditions.....but you hammered the 'Hammer....congrats!!! 8)
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Postby Kristi » Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:55 am

Wow :shock: Way to go Rob! It's incredible how you keep getting faster and faster. Your hard work is unbelievable!

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Postby HCcD » Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:57 am

:shock: :shock: you, running maniac, you .... :shock: congrats on a smokin' race, robbie-t :P
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Postby MINITEE » Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:48 am

Rob... what truly amazes me is how easy you make it look. At the finish line you have perfect form and an incredible strong stride...

Like I said - I'd love to see you rip up a flat, normal :wink: course one day....

You're an inspiration to many of us that hard work & dedication will definitely pay off!

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Postby getfit » Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:55 am

Way to go Robbie, once again a very impressive race 8) CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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