Double Bellybuster at the Robbie Burns 8K

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Double Bellybuster at the Robbie Burns 8K

Postby Double Bellybuster » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:02 am

Despite my best efforts to miss workouts and eat and drink too much, I've gotten fitter and quicker since I ran my 8K PB of 44:13 in 2008. So I took myself to Burlington, Ontario for the Robbie Burns 8K…once I was able to untangle my shoes from the Running Mania Mascot:
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I was aiming for sub-36 minutes today, or sub-4:30/K. Unfortunately I made one error today in preparation. I did not Know the Course. I'm getting pretty decent at pacing my effort in shorter races so that I am out-of-gas at the finish line without leaving any time on the course. But I did not check out the elevation profile of the today's course in advance and wholeheartedly believed a race volunteer mid-6th K when he told runners 'It's all downhill from here'...despite being on Lakeshore Drive at the time. :roll:

After hearing that, I pushed harder than otherwise would have on the mildly downhill 6th K and flat 7th K before turning northbound in horror to see the uphill 8th K. I was not expecting that and had little left in the tank. I struggled with bad cramps throughout the closing kilometer (too late in race to slow down until it passed) but did hit my goal time.

Splits:
4:29
4:26
4:22
4:23
4:21
4:23
4:24
4:49
0:11 for 54m

35:47
4:28/K

Here I am after my 8K PB in 2008:
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And today’s fashion statement - here I am with my team colours and a bowl of oatmeal after the race:
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Re: Double Bellybuster at the Robbie Burns 8K

Postby Miss*Smiles » Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:58 am

Wooo hooo! Good job!!!

You got 4:28/km. Awesome. Well done!
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Re: Double Bellybuster at the Robbie Burns 8K

Postby HCcD » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:09 pm

Great start to your 2012 Race Goals ... :clap: :clap:

Going for Silver @ ATB this year, perhaps ??? :shifty: :wink:
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Re: Double Bellybuster at the Robbie Burns 8K

Postby DJHL » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:21 pm

Impressive run. Well done.
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Postby Sandra » Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:18 pm

Great race and results! Congratulations.
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Re: Double Bellybuster at the Robbie Burns 8K

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:20 pm

7 min miles? Wow!
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Re: Double Bellybuster at the Robbie Burns 8K

Postby 5km » Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:27 pm

I saw you at the race in the cafeteria. My son and I saw your shirt and thought it was great. Where on earth did you get it?

Congratulations on your PB. Excellent!

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Postby Robinandamelia » Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:45 pm

Well done...congratulations!

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Postby Double Bellybuster » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:09 pm

Thanks all!

5km wrote:I saw you at the race in the cafeteria. My son and I saw your shirt and thought it was great. Where on earth did you get it?


I saw one on display at Sporting Life - it was tiny and they weren't sure if it was for sale. So I looked on eBay when I got home and the rest is history.

Sorry I did not say hello!
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Re: Double Bellybuster at the Robbie Burns 8K

Postby 5km » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:16 pm

Double Bellybuster wrote:Thanks all!

5km wrote:I saw you at the race in the cafeteria. My son and I saw your shirt and thought it was great. Where on earth did you get it?


I saw one on display at Sporting Life - it was tiny and they weren't sure if it was for sale. So I looked on eBay when I got home and the rest is history.

Sorry I did not say hello!


No worries - I didn't know you were a Maniac either.

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Re: Double Bellybuster at the Robbie Burns 8K

Postby Double Bellybuster » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:45 pm

HCcD wrote:Great start to your 2012 Race Goals ... :clap: :clap:

Going for Silver @ ATB this year, perhaps ??? :shifty: :wink:


Thanks! I am having an Andy January with three races under my belt already.

No Silver at ATB, I haven't broken 2:30:00 there before though this will be the year I am hoping. 2:15:00 is a lifetime goal...or perhaps beyond that.
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Postby Strider » Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:47 am

Awesome start to the New Year. Great PB DB, and now you know the course, sometimes it is better not to..
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Postby DougG » Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:57 am

Way to go DBB!! :clap:
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Re: Double Bellybuster at the Robbie Burns 8K

Postby Cupcake Girl » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:30 am

Where's the pic of you, you're way too skinny legs :lol: and the fancy under-britches you got as swag?

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Re: Double Bellybuster at the Robbie Burns 8K

Postby abirdd » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:12 pm

What an impressive start to 2012 DBB!!

I must also say... I love the SPAM Jersey. At ORW last year, I followed a huband/wife team: he was wearing New York Fries and she was wearing SPAM. I had constant chuckles!

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Postby Double Bellybuster » Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:19 pm

abirdd wrote:I must also say... I love the SPAM Jersey.


More pics from this one, normally there is not a lot captured by the race photographer that does not appear to have caught me in a moment of extreme pain...

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Re: Double Bellybuster at the Robbie Burns 8K

Postby Miss*Smiles » Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:07 am

;)) "Moments of extreme pain."

They don't capture me like that?

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Re: Double Bellybuster at the Robbie Burns 8K

Postby Double Bellybuster » Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:26 am

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