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Regina, Saskatchewan
8C / 46F
Total Time = 8h 00m
Overall Rank = 866/1566
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 53/63
Pre-race routine:

Got up at five a.m.
Doddled around the house. Made some "witty" entries on BT. Had a little water, two packs of instant oatmeal and a coffee.
Had all my stuff set up the night before.
Went to the bathroom.
Made coffee for first wife, put it into thermos mug and left it by her bed.
Took a shot of asthma medicin and a swig of gatorade.
Left for the race course.

Event warmup:

Got there at 6:30. Excellent parking, but nothing to do. Listened to some music, then made my way to the site.
Had to go to the bathroom again...Wow..a fresh, unused porta-potty. Even the tp was still plastic wrapped. It wasn't new after that, sadly.
Ended up peeing about 4 more times before start.
Saw John and G. and a whole bunch of others. Got a pep-talk from John.
Warm up run, about 500 metres.
Had Cliff Bar and then lined up.
Dumped my cotton shirt that I was using to warm up.
Lined up for the start at about 7:55.
  • 2h 17m 24s
  • 21.1 kms
  • 06m 31s  min/km

I started well, and had some excellent early paces between 5 and 6:20.
first half was stronger than second half, sadly.
Walked through every water station and twice just before as I took my gels, then took on water.
Started getting a little tired after 15 k. My mind then started to play it's usual tricks, trying to get me to walk. I stick to my strategy of only walking through hydration stations. At about 16 K I caught up to the 2:15 pace bunny group and stuck with them for about 3 k, then I had to slow down a bit.
At 11 k, I stopped for a pee at the water station. Didn't really need to that much, but it got it off my mind and my bladder!

Overall, I used my Garmin well and kept checking my pulse was always around the mid 150s.(which is normal for running for me...) I got a little distracted a couple of times and noticed my pace slowed to 7:10 so I picked up the pace big time. I found I was running a faster pace just before water stops. I played cat and mouse with a few familiar runners.

Chewed gum and that helped.
Wore little stretch gloves and those helped got a little warm near end when temp went up to 14 c
Wore long sleeved "walk" shirt...just a little hot near end.
Chafed nipple near end...didn't bother with it as I was almost done. No S&M for a couple of days.
Paul was near course with mountain bike and camera and said he got some pix of me.
Two Cliff Gels espresso gels. worked well, they were on my race belt and were a little uncomfortable, slight cut on hip.
Great fast all out sprint to finish - 3:26 pace!
What would you do differently?:

fight those mind games even more.
try to skip every other water station.
Better tunes on iPod...get playlist from Milaminute!!!Lift knees and less shuffle, although I shuffled a lot more last race.

Other than that, I planned to have a pace below 7 and to beat 2:30. I did that in spades!
Post race
Warm down:

Not much. Saw G. Ignored John Stanton. got my medal. Budded in the food line, Not as good as Marathoner's tent - they had Powerbar recovery drink - nothing remotely protein related in food tent other than yoghurt.

Saw lots of friends. Looked for first wife. Found her in about 25 minutes. She missed my finish. I was really glad to see her. I think this is the first race this year that she has shown up. There's hope.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

More time training needed. I think going to Penticton messed up my training schedule. It was worth it, though!
I have to work on trying to keep up with others. I got passed by quite a few people, I could have stuck with them and had a better time.
Otherwise everything went according to plan.

Event comments:

Crappy race package. Better shirt for marathoners. Better food tent for marathoners.
Water stations were a little boring. Good police and volunteer work at intersections.

Apart from that I almost didn't notice I was in an organized race.
Smaller crowd than last year.

Initial pix by Paul C!

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Last updated: 2007-08-31 12:00 AM
02:17:24 | 21.1 kms | 06m 31s  min/km
Age Group: 406/63
Overall: 866/1566
Performance: Good
Same problems with HR spiking above 220. This time using Garmin...It spiked at start and three other times for no reason. Didn't have iPod on arm. I don't think it's my heart.
Course: Good course. Narrow first 2 K, but otherwise very good course. Lost concentration at one point (former boss Herman) called my name and I almost ran into a steel divider; jumped onto a major street, just before a bridge and then had to jump over the divider....a little distracting. This was a narrow area with two way runner traffic! Course was flat flat flat...except for some lumps around the First Nations University/Centre of the Arts and, of course Heartbreak Hump lol!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %1.5
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2007-09-09 8:08 PM

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Subject: Queen City Marathon

2007-09-09 9:05 PM
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Land of living sighs
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Good race buddy...way to stick to plan!
2007-09-09 10:52 PM
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Regina, Saskatchewan
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Sorry to hear about the chafed nipple! lol...If there's anything I can do to help let me know..

Once again great race and congrats on the PB! 


2007-09-10 11:28 AM
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Land of living sighs
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I love it when you talk about my nooples.
2007-09-10 12:00 PM
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Gold Coast Australia.
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Congratulations on your PR and those 2 seconds that beat me... Had fun running the same race hundreds of miles away and being so close!
2007-09-10 6:43 PM
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I've seen your nipples and a little wear and tear would probably do them well!

Never skip a water station.  At our level, we need all the fluid we can get.  A great podcast for running is podrunner available in Itunes or query the sight.  You can choose your own beat to run to, from 135 to 181 I think.

Great race, proud to know you!

2007-09-10 8:47 PM
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Land of living sighs
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Thanks for the advice. I'll look for that podcast.

I thought that moment with the nipples was between us...and us alone....sigh. 

2007-09-11 12:31 PM
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Lethbridge, AB
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whoo hoo!  Great race Terry.   What a lot you have accomplished this season.

Nice pics too!

2007-09-11 9:23 PM
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Sous Mon Diadème
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1.  Sorry to hear about the S&M. 

2.  Congratulations, great race.

3.  For the love of God, please tell me you beat Spiderman.

4.  Music?  You want music?  I've got the music in me...

5.  Yippeeee for the personal best!!!!

6.  There is no item number six.


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