Paris Grand 1/2 Marathon Report

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Paris Grand 1/2 Marathon Report

Postby Robbie-T » Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:17 pm

A road race in mid November can have some pretty unpredictable weather. Today the temperature was ideal for me, about 10C at race time, overcast with the threat of rain, but it held off for the race. However the wind was pretty brutal, I heard that the wind gust where up around 50km/h!!

I got to Paris pretty early, got my race kit and chilled out for a bit, my knee and ankle that I injured a week ago were OK to run on, but my ankle was still a bit swollen and it didn't have full motion. I got my gear together, and listen to some tunes to get into my groove.

My groupies showed up about 8am, Sister's family, and my parents, my nephews entered the 1km kids run. This was their first race, 7 and 5 years old, they had a great time and it was a nice way to start the day, they ran in front of all the 1/2M and 5k runners.

Back to pre-race comments; in a smallish race like this (236 HalfM and 118 5k runners) there sure were a bunch of Boston marathon jackets walking around!! Joseph Nderitu showed up, he just spent some time by himself, did a little slow warm-up then blasted out a 15:39 5k in the wind with some decent hills!!

Now to the race, rolling hills, that’s for sure!! I don't think there was any extended distance without an incline or decline so it was hard to gage my pace; I ran a lot of this race by feel, and checking my time at 5km intervals to see how I was progressing.

At 10k I was feeling good, I felt I may be able to meet my goal sub 1:40 and went into cruise control for the next 5km, then at 15km we headed back into town directly into the wind and still battling those rolling hills at the same time, which started to get harder now. The 20k marker is at the top of the biggest hill on the route, but I knew I was in the home stretch after that and my goal time was still possible so I bore down.

The finish line is in site now just 3/4 lap of the track and sprint to the finish 1:39:19!! PB by 6:36.

4:43 average pace!! 40/236 Overall, 12/23 Age Group, 31/107 Gender

I didn't see BaldGuy, I don't think he made it, however I did meet Sheldon (a lurker) from Georgetown that introduced himself to me, he was a nice guy and had a nice race too.

This was a great race; I have no complaints, organization, support, food, all where great. The course is a challenge, it’s not for those that shy away from hills, but it was interesting.

3 weeks after Detroit Marathon, a stump for an ankle, hills, wind, I can still go lower. :D
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Postby ultraslacker » Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:21 pm

wow, that's an awesome time! especially considering the injury, marathon, weather, etc. way to go! and congrats on the pb! you rock! :)


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Postby q » Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:21 pm

Nicely done! Great time! Congrats on the PB!
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Postby The Donald » Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:33 pm

SSmmokkin' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's what I want to have my half times look like when I get to be a more experienced runner! Way to go.

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Postby dgrant » Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:41 pm

Must be nice to bang something like that off knowing you aren't even 100%! :shock: Superb!

That Nderitu gets around, eh? He seems to be at every race in Ontario!

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Postby Madame Bourette » Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:50 pm

Congrats for PB! :D
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Postby Portentous » Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:52 pm

Simply outstanding. Not sure what amazes me more, that you can do that on a bum leg? Or the fact that you could be so fast, and still only rank as 'middle of the pack' in your ag, That was obviously some stiff competition!

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Postby Robbie-T » Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:54 pm

dgrant wrote:Must be nice to bang something like that off knowing you aren't even 100%! :shock: Superb!

That Nderitu gets around, eh? He seems to be at every race in Ontario!


Dave, I thought about you at about 18-19k marker, I remembered trailing you into Ford field and you yelling out at me "Be Excellent Rob!!" It worked again today.
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Postby runjanerun » Sun Nov 13, 2005 11:08 pm

Wow - that is an amazing time! Good for you Robbie-T!
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Postby MoeMan » Sun Nov 13, 2005 11:16 pm

Congrats Robbie!
Thanx for takin' the time to share your race with us.
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Postby lbgradwell » Sun Nov 13, 2005 11:40 pm

Great work Rob!! Congrats :!:

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Postby jgore » Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:56 am

Nicely done. How do you manage to go that fast when you're hurtin'? Amazing.

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Postby trixiee » Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:51 am

Great Job, Robbie-T!!

... There must be some speed demons in Paris! Such a super fast time, and you came in middle of the pack!? :shock:

Geez Louise :D
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Postby dgrant1 » Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:08 am

Great job, Rob!
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Postby lovethehills » Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:16 am

Wow, awesome time!!

Thanks for the report. This race will be on my calendar for next year!
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Postby Irongirl » Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:19 am

WOW!! You're fast. :)
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Postby Jo-Jo » Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:32 am

Awesome time Rob. And from your placement looks like the field was full of fast runners!

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Postby Kristi » Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:38 am

Awesome time! Congrats on a great race despite the injuries!

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Postby La » Mon Nov 14, 2005 8:42 am

Most excellent, Robbie-T! :D
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Postby ChrisL » Mon Nov 14, 2005 8:47 am

Great job.

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Postby Bebette » Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:07 am

Congrats for a great race! A sub-1:40 must feel sweet!
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Postby clocker » Mon Nov 14, 2005 10:10 am

Congratulations. I can only imagine going that fast. It gets beyond me when I think about hills, injury and wind. Well done.
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Postby BG1 » Mon Nov 14, 2005 10:15 am

Good job SuperFly!
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Postby pts » Mon Nov 14, 2005 10:20 am

Great job Robbie-T. That wind was wicked yesterday, amazing that you PB'ed in those conditions- CONGRATS :D

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Postby RunDiva » Mon Nov 14, 2005 10:47 am

STELLAR JOB Robbie-T!

Proud of ya!!! :D


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