Blog#116; STWM 3- Rob 1.

“Congratulations Rob, you continued your incredibly consistent performance of dropping out of the Toronto Marathon.” – Tim Hutchings, post race…That cheeky Brit.

So what happened? As you may already know I have had a history of Hamstring issues. These friggen things are the bane of my running existence. They have been acting up pretty good the last few weeks, lefty was causing some serious worry heading into the race…

Warming up; “Gah, left hammy is still pretty achy, hope it loosens up…”

100m into race; “Gah, left hammy, why you gotta be like that? You better loosen up…”

10km into race; “Left hammy…eff you, you friggen jerk. Well, hope we can get through this…”

16km; “Okay, the ache is not getting much worse, we can deal with this! Sweet!”

22km “Oh god, I think I just got stabbed in the leg, WFT! Stabby, is that you, you little bastard!?”

24km “Okay, your hammy is effed dude, what do you wanna do?…”umm…let’s try to pick up the pace and see what happens…” 200m later…”welp, that’s all for me today…sonofabitch.”

26km; Walking down the road in defeat, nice young women turns to me and is holding a sign that declares “Rob is our Champ.”…FML:(

So yeah, another STWM another DNF. Man, I have had such a shitty year! Sorry guys.

Don’t really have a whole lot to talk about here, so a few quick words before I head out; Congrats Eric Gillis, the most consistent runner I have ever met, what a friggen champ!

Congrats Jason Faber, my buddy from Ottawa rolled a 2:59 out there. Huge PB and a BQ, congrats dude!

Thanks STWM, another amazing race. The Canadian Running Series is top notch, Alan Brooks and his team know how to throw a party.

Huge thanks to everyone for the kind words and constant support that y’all have shown me. I have struggled, there is no doubt about that. I don’t wanna suck, and I promise that I will unsuckify myself soon. Gotta tweek a few things here and there. I’ll be back and rolling soon enough.

I guess the only good thing about being as inconsistent as I am is that I can deal with the disappointment of crappy races. Gonna brush it off and move forward. In the immortal words of one of the greatest one hit wonders of all time; Chumbawumba…

Okay, let’s never talk about this again. Onwards to better times!



Oct 2014


COMMENTS 29 Comments

29 Responses to “Blog#116; STWM 3- Rob 1.”

  1. Patrick says:

    Sorry to hear that. I saw you go by on one of the early out and back sections when you were still giving it. Hope you can recover soon. Good luck with your next one!

  2. WannaBeElite says:

    Hakuna matata, friend. Be easy and let those hamstrings heal…

  3. Emily says:

    You are still my fav runner! You will get that 2:10 I know it.

  4. sports doc says:

    I hope you’ve had somebody confirm this is not the case a chronic recurrent lumbar nerve root compression? I see it all the time in practice..

  5. Jess M says:

    Sorry to hear this Robbie! I can’t imagine that’s a fun time. Great attitude though, on to the next one!

  6. Pamela says:

    Rest and repair – looking forward to seeing you run some great races next year!

  7. Brandon+Mentzer says:

    Sorry to hear that Rob! You’ll be back! Hang in there buddy.

  8. Suzanne says:

    Right on Rob. Dust yourself off and pick yourself up. We’ve all been there in one way or another.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hills. That’s all I have to say.

  10. Rob C (Black Lung Toronto) says:

    That hill comment was mine not Mr. Anonymous. Saw you out there a 5k. A little hitch going on. Good option to drop out. Take a page from Wykes and go out and win CIM.

    • rob says:

      Hey Rob C. I agree w/ hills. Gonna see how bad this hamstring is before I make future plans. But assuming the olympic window opens Jan 2015, probably won’t run another 42.2 until then. Cheers! Hope to see some of you guys at boxing day 10miler.

  11. Bill says:

    One thing about you Robbie, you seem to bounce back from extreme lows to extreme highs, so next year is gonna rock….get back with your bro in VA and kill it…we are all rooting for you!

  12. Dave says:

    Love your positive nature boss. Funniest and most honest running blog goin. Keep it up brother. Big fan.

  13. I love your mindset though – on to the next one! Too many athletes think their life is over with a niggle! Next year will be your year ;) best wishes from Scotland :)

  14. Ally says:

    Hey Rob, sorry that you did not have the day you wanted. You looked amazing when I saw you on the out-and-back by the CNE, and you gave a shout-out about hitting the turnaround – it was totally one of the highlights of my run. Thanks!
    Hope you are able to heal quickly and move on. All the best.

  15. Drew says:

    Sorry to hear your bad luck, but stay strong and best of luck healing and kicking butt when you get back at it.
    That was my first full marathon and the highlight of my race besides seeing my kids at the end was cheering you on as you passed ripping by on lake shore, in the opposite direction of course. Thanks for the inspiration and adding a little humour along the way.
    All the best.

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