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Ottawa Race Weekend


By smithdm3 - Posted on 29 May 2006

Well, I did it, and so did my friends... I ran the Ottawa Marathon this past weekend, though it might be more appropriate to say that I ran/walked it. I didn't get the time I was hoping for, or even the time I thought I'd be able to make, but I did get a time (I finished) which was really my overall goal - so I'm happy. I'm not sure that I'll ever do another marathon, but I think I'll at least try to continue running - it's gotten me into better shape than before. But I'll work my way up slowly this time, instead of plunking my way into a marathon training program :)

The race was grueling (at least for me), as my 'line' below indicates...

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      Official  Pace  Chip                                                                  Gender       Category                Split    Split    Split
Place Gun Time   km   Time        #  Name                            City               CNT Plce/Tot     Plce/Tot Category       @ 10km   @ 21.1km @ 30km
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2950 5:21:43.0  7:38 5:18:07.6  2573 SMITH, DAVID                    OTTAWA             CAN 1891/2032  154/169  Men 25 - 29      1:06:54 2:24:42 3:39:19

I started out pretty well, but ended up tapering off, drastically in the last 10k (as many had predicted since the furthest I'd run was 32k going in). Overall I had a good time, though I did question the reason I was doing it a few times :)

Meghan met me at the finish, after having cheered for me in a couple of places along the way (photos). She was great all day (even the day before), going out to Stittsville with me to partake in a final pasta repast the day before the race, driving me to the race, cheering for me along the way, meeting me at the finish with my flipflops, gatorade, an ice pack, a towel, etc., driving me home to shower, then to Steve's and picking me up later in the afternoon. I really do appreciate all she did for me... thanks Meg, love ya! :)


Meghan did the half-marathon inline skate yesterday, and blew away the time she thought it would take her. She'd previously anticipated it taking her 90 minutes, but as the line shows below, she did it in just over 71. Crazy good! I'm proud of her!

Inline Skate Half-Marathon:
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                  Rate                                                         Gender   Category
Place Time         km    #  Name                            City               Plce/Tot Plce/Tot Category
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287 1:11:20.6  17.7 31772 MYLES, MEGHAN                   OTTAWA             123/245   24/38   Women 25 - 29 

Steve and Kev also did the marathon, and finished with great times. Grant and Bonnie did the half and the 10k respectively, so really it was quite a crowd of tired, amature atheletes that gathered at Steve and Jody's afterwards to rest, relax and regale others with the stories of our race experiences. Jody also took some great photos as she chased the crew around the course. Thanks to Steve and Jody for both the photos and bbq:)

Marathon:
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      Official  Pace  Chip                                                                  Gender       Category                Split    Split    Split
Place Gun Time   km   Time        #  Name                            City               CNT Plce/Tot     Plce/Tot Category       @ 10km   @ 21.1km @ 30km
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  269 3:18:34.2  4:43 3:18:15.1  1827 MEYER, STEPHAN                  OTTAWA             CAN  243/2032   52/312  Men 30 - 34        45:18 1:34:47 2:16:58 
 1394 4:05:45.1  5:50 4:03:46.1  1829 HAGGERTY, KEVIN                 STITTSVILLE        CAN 1066/2032  172/312  Men 30 - 34        55:19 1:55:04 2:46:14 

Half-Marathon:
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      Gun       Pace  Chip                                                              Gender   Category
Place Time       km   Time        #  Name                            City               Plce/Tot Plce/Tot Category
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  750 1:49:00.1  5:10 1:48:25.8  7178 LAWSON, GRANT                   OTTAWA              588/2915   85/450  Men 30 - 34 

10K:
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      Official  Pace  Chip                                                              Gender   Category
Place Time       km   Time        #  Name                            City               Plce/Tot Plce/Tot Category
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 3371 1:06:44.9  6:41 1:03:16.4 22956 LAWSON, BONNIE                  OTTAWA             1354/3538  244/550  Women 25 - 29

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Big Brother!! I am very proud of you!! I know it took a lot of hard work and dedication!

Keep up the running! (but maybe shorter distances???)

Love you!

Really proud of you honey... Who would of thought that one day you would be a runner. I hear it is addictive...... Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mom

Ummm.... I'm not sure I'd go so far as to call it addictive... at least, it's not really to me. Thanks Mom, and you too lil'sis.

Dave - let me add my congratulations to the growing list. You managed to do what I failed to do last year, go from zero to marathon in about 6 months. Very impressive indeed - you should be pretty proud of yourself! I don't know what this talk of not ever doing another marathon is all about - I mean come on...you know you can't stop now!

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