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I’ve been too long I’m glad to be back

April 27, 2009

Sunday was a good long day.  I started off with 16.25km and averaged 4:02/km (3:58/km for my last 14km).  And then I switched my shoes and headed for the start of the Billy Taylor 15km Road race.  I averaged 3:10/km for the first 8km which was quite windy and then I averaged 3:04/km for the last 7km.  I covered the last three km in 9:06 as I was able to pick it up after the big hill from 11-12km.  My official time was 47:15.  According to my GPS the first km was a little long (110m) and everything after that was on.  Afterwards I switched back to my trainers and I got in another 7.75 km in at 4:03/km pace.  39 km on the day and it felt pretty good. 

I practiced fueling throughout the run and had some trouble getting down the gels during the race, but in general it went quite smoothly.  I felt I had plenty of energy through the end of my run.  Except for my calves, my legs are not sore today, just a little tired.  The big difference in the marathon will be going fast the whole 42.2km on the roads.  I can expect to be burning more carbs and pounding the legs a lot more.

Here is an article of the race http://news.guelphmercury.com/Sports/article/473070

Here are some pics of the Billy Taylor that Ian mentioned in the comments section http://www.flickr.com/photos/iservice/3480416393/in/set-72157617399341124/

Grinding up the hill (from Mercury):

 
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8 Comments
  1. Skuj permalink
    April 28, 2009 12:23 am

    Dude, you’ve come such a long way in such a short time, after that Anus Horrbilis (sp?).

    What about fluids in addition to gels? You’ve probably never cared for in-race fuids before. It will be ery interesting to see what your Marathon fluids plan is, and how you arrive at it. I recall that Oz had to make several adjustments in this regard.

    • bram permalink
      May 3, 2009 9:09 am

      I don’t wanna be splitting hairs here … but … I really hope Reid did have an “aNNus horribilis” instead of an “anus horribilis” … really …

      • Skuj permalink
        May 3, 2009 1:17 pm

        Yeah, I was worried about my spelling there.

        “Splittin hairs”, ….lol! 🙂

  2. mpd permalink
    April 28, 2009 7:56 am

    Just make sure you don’t cut your hair before Ottawa!!! The Marathon will respect your long locks.
    Good luck Reid!!!

  3. Catts permalink
    April 28, 2009 8:34 am

    You can’t use your GPS to determine the course was long! Did you run the exact tangents? You can bet that you’ll run a few hundred meters over 42.2km for the marathon.

  4. April 28, 2009 5:42 pm

    Good Job Reid, Nice to see the foot is better.

  5. April 28, 2009 5:43 pm

    P.S. you should absolutley keep the hair flowing!!

  6. Drew permalink
    April 29, 2009 9:05 pm

    That’s great to hear you’re going to run a marathon (I’m a bit out of the loop) and that training is going well. Good luck!

    Drew.

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