Robbie-T @ Waterloo Marathon 2009 (plus race pics)

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Robbie-T @ Waterloo Marathon 2009 (plus race pics)

Postby Robbie-T » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:23 pm

So the year of no marathons eh!!

After a good training season and a great ATB race I got the bug (well I had it before then), then once we found out we were going to have a baby in the fall that just gave me more motivation to run a Marathon now. I picked Waterloo because it was a local marathon that wasn't on Mother's Day.

My pre-race planning was going excellent until the power went out right after my nap, I thought no biggie it won't be out for long then I could get back on plan. Supper time came, I want to eat my whole wheat pasta around 5:00, no power. I BBQ'd for my parents, the boys and Bridie while she went to get me some take out pasta (bless her), we ate about 7pm. I want to take my pre bedtime shower and shave still no power. Luckily the power came on in the middle of the night, so did half the lights in the house at 4am, I take my shower in the morning. Anyway things turned out fine, just not as smoothly as desired.


Got to the race early, talked to Ron and CasualRunner briefly and I was off. My goal was 2:55, I knew the course was going to be tough, B goal sub 3. Plan was to start off with 4:10-15 pace for 20-25k then turn it up best I could. After about 6-7k I was in 6th place and on my own, 1-5 were way ahead already, a guy from UK caught up to me and we cruised and chatted together for quite a while. My family showed up for the first time around 13k, turns out they were about half the spectators that were on the course today.

About 5k were on a gravel road, it felt like home, until a couple Mennonite horse and buggies past us. We carried on and past the family a couple more times. At around 27k I drop my friend and start taking off, I go through the wooden cover bridge and there is my family waiting for me on the other side. At this point (30k) I'm now in 4th and the next guy is easily a km in front of me (later my Mom tells me they were over 4:30 ahead, but didn't tell me as to not break my spirit), I can barely see him on some straight aways, I think there is no chance I can make up the ground, these guys are good runners and it is too late in the race, and I concentrate on finishing best I can.

At about 34-35k I see Bridie and she reports that the two guys in front have slowed, I give her through her my hat (the Kara Goucher through down) and tell her I'll catch them. A couple km later I pass one guy, he's dead, and I'm now in 3rd, I can see Kyle and 2nd place and I try my best to catch them. The wind and hills in this final stretch were very tough, I caught #2 at 40k, he didn't put up a fight at all, he stepped aside and let me through. Now I set my sights on Kyle, and I'm gaining on him but I'm running out of race. I see him looking back many times and I do what I can but there just isn't any road left. I think I could have caught him with another km.
Final time 2:55:51

I'm very happy with 2nd (that should get me on the front page of MarathonGuide.com tomorrow with Wanjiru) and being able to power through that course, about a 2 min negative split, and first place in my age group. If I'd have been neck and neck with Kyle for the race then I died or he out kicked me then I'd have regrets, but that didn't happen, I finished super strong and PB'd.

2 frozen chocolate bunnies are calling my name now. I must eat them.

splits http://itsmyrun.com/laps.php?id=15012

5-20:37
10-21:07
15-21:11
20-20:51
25-20:57
30-20:35
35-20:14
40-20:26

21k-1:28:07
42k-1:26:07

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Postby Hammie » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:28 pm

Fantastic! Sounds like a great race.

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Postby eme » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:28 pm

Awesome :clap:. Congrats on a fantastic race!

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Postby La » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:29 pm

Enjoy your bunnies! I'll be Wanjiru didn't get chocolate bunnies after his race!

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Postby AirForceRunner » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:29 pm

As always, excellent execution of a race plan, Robbie. The question is, are you even coherent of the term 'ceiling'? That term just doesn't seem to exist in your running world.
Now...how to pay off that bookie I wagered 10 grand with that you'd win... :shock: :lol:
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Postby HCcD » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:32 pm

Awesome race, dude ... and, a crazy negative split, ta boot .... Congratulations :clap::clap:
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Postby Marg » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:33 pm

You have such incredible focus and determination.. holy smokes.
You say it and make it so... of course with an incredible amount of training to back it up. Way to go Rob, well deserved PB and just another milestone of more to come, I'm sure. Thanks for such a vivid and exciting report to read.

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Postby eljeffe » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:33 pm

Mr. Consistant rides again. Nice.

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Postby West Grey Runner » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:35 pm

Great report, nice to meet you again!

So where does your take out pasta come from :wink:

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Postby Doonst » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:39 pm

Holy crap Robbie, just amazing. I saw your splits on itsmyrun and you just kept getting faster. That's so strong, are you ready for ultras or what? 2nd place is good but you're ready to be number one.
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Postby seuss » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:40 pm

never thought of freezing chocolate - sounds heavenly - thanks for the idea!

oh and that running thingy - great job - you clearly have the conditioning, the discipline and the tactics to succeed. outstanding!
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Postby redhead » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:41 pm

You are a wonder Robbie-T.
"cruised and chatted together" at a 4:10 pace ... does not even compute in my brain.
Congratulations on another incredible race.

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Postby cgraham » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:43 pm

great job out there. Nice negative split and nice PB to boot. Even better when you consider this is just a rebound race after your A race a month ago. Very impressive.
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Postby Jogger Barbie » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:43 pm

Super impressive race and an excellent report. Congratulations on yet another awesome performance.

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Postby getfit » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:24 pm

You're amazing Robbie-T !!! You work so hard in your training and it pays off every time. Well done :D
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Postby Lightning » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:30 pm

Awesome to see your hard work paying off again.

Do you always do doubles the week leading up to a race? (saw your itsmyrun stats) If so, why?

Hope your bunnies were delicious. Good job not letting the power outage steal your focus!!!
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Postby ian » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:40 pm

Absolutely amazing for a bit of an impulse race. Enjoy your week in the MarathonGuide spotlight.

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Postby trixiee » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:44 pm

I'm so happy for you! Congrats!! :D
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Postby Robbie-T » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:49 pm

Lightning wrote:Do you always do doubles the week leading up to a race? (saw your itsmyrun stats) If so, why?



The week before I start tapering I try to max out my mileage, usually I do that with a double, my longest long run and long daily runs. This time I only did a 2 week taper. Its just about maximizing my mileage and that is what I think is the key for running a strong marathon and not slowing pace in the final kms.

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Re: Robbie-T @ Waterloo Marathon 2009

Postby Jwolf » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:51 pm

Robbie-T wrote:I'm very happy with 2nd (that should get me on the front page of MarathonGuide.com tomorrow with Wanjiru) ...

I love it, Rob. :)

Congratulations on another great marathon. You make the sub-3 look so easy now (I know it's not)-- it's amazing to think how far you've come since that first marathon tatoo.

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Postby UltraQueenga » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:55 pm

Holy moly! I was looking forward to reading your report! I can't imagine the feeling, let alone the speed at which you ran that race! It won't be long before we start reading that you are getting money along with your finisher medals. Nicely done! Congratulations on the podium finish and the PB!
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Postby Magoo » Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:00 pm

Great race Rob! Your family were the life of the course. Great job sticking to your time goal on a rough course and day.
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Postby Darth Tater » Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:56 am

Most impressive Robbie! I cannot fathom the speeds you're pulling down. Truly awe inspiring. :clap:
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Postby Strider » Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:00 am

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Postby pts » Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:33 am

Amazing Rob, wish I had made it there to see it.

By the way, I think you are the only marathoner to ever wish there was another km at the end of the race :lol:
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