[The latest on J. Lindsey Dood’s top masters’ finish at Sunday’s Chicago Marathon – posted at 7:30  p.m., Monday, Oct. 8).

Top Michigan masters finisher in Sunday’s Chicago Marathon, Grand Rapids businessman J. Lindsey Dood, 47, cruised across the finish less than 25 minutes after the top American, Rockford native Dathan Ritzenhein, finished ninth overall.

J. Lindsey Dood

Dood was the fourth over-40 runner to finish and second Michigan finisher among over 1,600 runners from the state in the race.

Despite running with a not quite completely healed toe he broke on Labor Day, Dood, who earlier this summer won the USATF Masters Men 45-49 10K title, finished 84th overall Sunday in 2:32:10.

“I ran with it wrapped up,” Dood said from his office Monday. “They said it would take six weeks to heal and it’s been five weeks since I broke it. It feels fine today.”

The 29-year-old Ritzenhein’s 2:07:47 was less than 3 minutes off 25-year-old Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede’s winning time of 2:04:38.

The only Michigan runner to finish ahead of Dood was elite runner Drew Polley, 26, of Rochester Hills. Polley, who ran a sub-2:15 at the Olympic trials, finished 20th overall in 2:15:12.

A former Hope College standout, Dood’s time was almost 14 minutes faster than his previous best in Chicago (2:46:39 in 2001) and lowered his personal best (2:36:04 in Grand Rapids in 2004) by almost 4 minutes.

Dood credits running coach Brendan Martin with his improvement.

“I had gotten stuck in a rut last year. I was just running alone. I tried to get on track and just couldn’t go anywhere. That’s when I knew I needed some assistance. “Instead of just following Hal Higdon’s program like I had been, I hired Brendan and have been training in a more disciplined way. I get more feedback in terms of the workouts and what’s coming next. Brendan has challenged me with more mileage than Higdon suggests.”

Despite missing nearly two weeks of training, Dood nearly reached his goal of finishing in 2:30:45. A late-summer respiratory ailment left him feeling like, “I’d never run a day in my life,” Dood said. The broken toe also meant lost training time. “It all contributes to getting to the starting line,” Dood said. “God uses all these things to come together in some way, shape or form.”

Dood was 76th overall among the 20,688 men who finished the race in under 8 hours. Of more the 45,000 entrants, 37,455 finished in under 8 hours.

Dood finished second among men 45-49 behind masters champ Mohammed El Yamani, 48, of Issy Les Moulineau, France. El Yamani won the men’s 45-49 title in 2:24:43.

As closely as Dood followed Martin’s advice leading up to the race, he ignored it the day after. “I got up this morning and jogged two miles,” Dood said. “Brendan wouldn’t be happy if he knew. He favors complete rest for a long period after a race. I like to run each morning. It helps me focus on the rest of my life.”

Another Grand Rapidian, 26-year-old Mike Roth, was among the top Michiganders to finish on Sunday, crossing the line 100th overall in 2:34:35 to finish 17th among men 20-24.

Karen Meraw, 27, of Ann Arbor, was Michigan’s fastest age group woman in the race, crossing in 3:09:31, good for 153rd overall among the 16,767 women to complete the race in less than 8 hours.

For complete results visit the Chicago Marathon website: 2012 Chicago Marathon.

Top 20 age group finishes by Michigan runners are:

MEN

16-19 – 14, Adam Powlus, 16, Canton, 3:27:59. 45-49 – 4, Rich Power, 48, Rochester, 2:39:53. 50-54 – 13, John Arsen, Rochester, 53, 2:52:51. 55-59 – 13, James Madden, 55, Orchard Lake, 3:07:17. 80 & older – 2, Robert Ferguson 81, St. Joseph, 6:44:27.

WOMEN

16-19  – 14, Mende Gleiss, Clarkston, 3:46:46. 50-54 – 15, Susan Rosemurgy, 52, Hancock, 3:28:53. 65-69 – 8, Diane Boehlke, 65, Grand Rapids, 4:41:51.

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