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Post  Chris Coleman Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:54 am

Conditions were ideal, with lots of PBs and, among the elite, 8 men under an hour and 9 women under 1:10. Those are both world records, though the winning times weren't.

It was not my finest performance. A year ago I should have been quite pleased, but I did 1:31:12 on a slow course on a warm day in December. This time, I was hoping for much better than 1:31:56. I did take 2nd Veteran (over 55), but four minutes behind the 1st Veteran, who had never beaten me before. He overtook me at 11 km and I just couldn't keep up. It was one of my key runs of the season, and I was really well trained.

Here's how it happened. The first inkling I had that anything was wrong was about 10:30 the night before. As usual, I got my kit together, attached my bib, checked my Garmin, looked for my shoes. I usually take two pairs of shoes. Two empty shoe bags. I contemplated returning to Abu Dhabi, but I would only just have got back in time for the start, even if I managed to stay awake at the wheel. I decided to ask around before the race. Must have looked pretty stupid in walking shoes. I didn't realise it, but this year they had a small fair, where there were two shoe shops. Delighted, I went to the Saucony one and asked for a pair of Kinvaras my size. They only had one. Fine. One shoe, not one pair. In fact, the whole shop was stocked with right shoes to save space, though I don't suppose it did much for sales. So I tried the other shop, which sold Newtons. Fine. Only women's Newtons, Huh? But they did also have some Salomons. I bought a pair. Almost big enough. Ten minutes before the scheduled start time. The Preferred Start pen was supposed to be closed by then, but I managed to get in. Have you ever tried running a road race in trail shoes?

Much embarrassment, but $680 prize money was some compensation.

I forgot to mention my feet. My right foot actually. Even after a week, it's really stiff.

What an idiot!!!!!!!
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:51 am

Sounds like the nightmare that you have during taper!  Glad you made a go of it, but take care of that foot, Chris.
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Post  Jim Lentz Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:08 pm

Very nice job all things considered!
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Post  mountandog Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:06 pm

Ah.  Now that a good f'up.  Haven't done that one yet.  nice cash prize!!   Money
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Post  Mark B Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:06 pm

I agree with Michele - it sounds like a taper nightmare, except for that whole winning $680 part.

I was half expecting you to give up and run the thing barefoot. Smile
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Post  KBFitz Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:03 am

Chris Coleman wrote:Two empty shoe bags.

there were two shoe shops. Delighted, I went to the Saucony one and asked for a pair of Kinvaras my size. They only had one. Fine. One shoe, not one pair. In fact, the whole shop was stocked with right shoes to save space, though I don't suppose it did much for sales.

So I tried the other shop, which sold Newtons. Fine. Only women's Newtons, Huh? But they did also have some Salomons. I bought a pair. Almost big enough. Ten minutes before the scheduled start time. 

Have you ever tried running a road race in trail shoes?
No sir, I have not. Better than fiction!

C U in April ... bring your shoes.
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Post  Chris Coleman Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:28 am

Looking back, it was all rather surreal - a mixture of nightmare and Alice in Wonderland - going around in walking shoes when most people are already lined up for the start, a right-foot-only shoe shop and, at the end of it, huge prize money. Partly made up for it last night by setting a new 6.8-kilometre, twice-round-the-park, over-60 course record, and winning a bottle of wine - not for the record, but for predicting my time precisely. Oh, and Saucony let me have a new pair of shoes at half price.
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Post  John Kilpatrick Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:02 am

Chris, that really sucked, but you gave me a heck of a smile this morning!  That is freaking hilarious!  I will be happy with your time and I am 43 and have two shoes!

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Post  Chris Coleman Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:59 am

KBFitz wrote:C U in April ... bring your shoes.
What? Both of them?
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Post  KBFitz Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:02 am

Chris Coleman wrote:
KBFitz wrote:C U in April ... bring your shoes.
What? Both of them?
Naw. Two left shoes ought to do. You can always buy a right show at the expo.  Smile
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Post  Chris Coleman Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:54 am

KBFitz wrote:
Chris Coleman wrote:
KBFitz wrote:C U in April ... bring your shoes.
What? Both of them?
Naw. Two left shoes ought to do. You can always buy a right show at the expo.  Smile
I'll be sure to arrive early and hop along to the expo.
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Post  ounce Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:19 am

But do you still hold the UK record for the race in January?
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Post  Chris Coleman Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:30 am

ounce wrote:But do you still hold the UK record for the race in January?
Yes, both 10K and 5K, but they are not records - just best age-group performances SO FAR this year, and the racing season hasn't really started yet. It's a curiosity of having my season out of sync with the UK. When I'm at my peak, they are doing their winter training.
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Post  Schuey Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:14 am

Hmm quit the interesting race, with a good result. I have never done that with my shoes, but did leave my Garmin at home one year for Boston. Good thing Lisa is a runner too and that she brought hers with, then again I could always live without a watch for a race. Shoes now that is another story, unless I was Mark B! Smile Smile
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Post  Chris Coleman Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:32 am

It has't been so good since. I was foolish the first week or so after the HM and did too much too fast. Now I'm suffering for it. The physio has me on 20 mpw of jogging. I started at 40, but he's a better negotiator. He's going to tell me tomorrow if I can do a 10K on Friday. I don't need a 10K, but it's my own club organising. I've never felt like this before, but I almost hope he'll make me marshal. I guess I should be mature enough to make my own decision whether to scratch, but I'm not.
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Post  Schuey Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:34 am

Chris Coleman wrote:It has't been so good since. I was foolish the first week or so after the HM and did too much too fast. Now I'm suffering for it. The physio has me on 20 mpw of jogging. I started at 40, but he's a better negotiator. He's going to tell me tomorrow if I can do a 10K on Friday. I don't need a 10K, but it's my own club organising. I've never felt like this before, but I almost hope he'll make me marshal. I guess I should be mature enough to make my own decision whether to scratch, but I'm not.
We are runners I don't maturity is part of our make-up  when it comes to using common sense! Smile
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Post  Chris Coleman Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:50 am

Schuey wrote:We are runners I don't maturity is part of our make-up  when it comes to using common sense! Smile
True. Perhaps it's because we don't feel our injuries when we're running hard.
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