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It’s been such a f*#ked up year

December 30, 2008

This year started off really well for me.  A PB of 7:53 over 3000m and a 3rd place at the US 15km Championships in March.  Throughout March and the begining of April I had some great training and was really looking forward to racing.  Of course that all went down the drain with a freak sciatic nerve injury.  By the time I got back to training at a decent level it was October.  I really liked where I was with my running this fall, building up mileage, feeling strong and running a lot of trails.  After the nerve injury and missing out on racing during an Olympic year I found I had a new outlook.  Running felt much more refreshing and enjoyable than it had earlier.  After a couple of workouts and a rabbit job of 16km at 3:07/km pace I felt I was getting my stride back and it was time to begin serious training again. 

And then I broke my foot at the begining of November and also ended my participation streak of National XC championships, I hadn’t missed one since 1998.  It’s been a tough year and I will still be dealing with a broken foot for the first part of 2009. 

I get another set of X-rays on Jan. 20th and after that I should get a better idea of what timeline I’m looking at to return to running.  I don’t suspect that I’ll be running before February, and at that point it will take a while to get my running legs back under me. 

I’m in South Africa right now and I wish I could be running the trails opposed to using a stationary bike.  It’s a shame that the weather is perfect for running and I have to be indoors.  I’ll post some pictures when I’m able.  My brother got married here on December 20th and since it’s a heck of a flight you might as well spend some time here. 

Happy New Years!

  1. December 31, 2008 6:11 pm


    I know that this year has kicked your *ss.

    Use this as an opportunity to grow in other arenas.

    You don’t know me but I am rooting for you.

  2. slice permalink
    December 31, 2008 7:11 pm

    What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger brother!!

    Happy New years, cya soon and congrat adam for me!


  3. Kingston permalink
    January 1, 2009 1:51 am

    Reid, I felt I needed to tell you this. From a guy that has recently stepped to the sideline, you are a freaking inspiration man. I know that you are very anxious to get back, but things will work together for good. You don’t have to do any more than you already have. It is important to realize just how much you have accomplished, and that not everyone could have achieved that. I wanted it so bad, yet couldn’t do it. Don’t run for the sake of trying to out run the ghost. Appreciate the moment. You will always have a fan in Oklahoma. Drop by to see your girlfriend whenever you want:) Take it easy man, but get ready for 2009, great things are ahead!

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