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January 31, 2010

The McGill 3000m was the definition of a ‘rust-buster’.  In the past two years it was my first indoor race, first race track race under 10km, and first race in spikes.  I was on 8:00 pace through 2km but once I was all alone I let off the gas and had a horrible 600m where I was running at least 2 seconds too slow per lap.  I really wanted to run under eight minutes so my time of 8:07 was not really what I was looking for but at the same time it was a good move in the right direction.  I probably should have been more tired and sore after a race but I’m glad I wasn’t beat up from an 8:07.  I’m glad Alex came on strong towards the end or I would have probably just jogged it in. Because I had led since 1300m I was not going to be outkicked and so I finished off my last lap with a decent clip.  Most of all it was a fun race having 8 of the top 10 guys all from the same training group. 

Coolsaet, Reid              Speed River Tfc      8:07.38      
Genest, Alex                 Speed River Tfc      8:08.47      
Milne, Taylor                Speed River Tfc    8:13.16      
Winter, Chris                Speed River Tfc     8:13.41
Boorsma, Kyle             Guelph                      8:15.61
O’Neill, Kyle                Western                      8:18.37   
Wray, Nigel                  Guelph                        8:19.10   
Christie, Russell            Dalhousie                8:30.50     
Brett, Allan                 Guelph                         8:33.75      
Parrott, John                Guelph                      8:37.91    

The next morning Tim Konoval, Chris Winter and I had a very cold but interesting run through Montreal.  We first did a little tour through Old Montreal before heading to the mountain.  The trails on Mont-Royal were snow covered although quite good for running and there were many people out and about considering the -30C (with windchill) temperature.

Good news, I’m racing the Boston Indoor Games 5000m on Saturday (Feb 6).  I would of really liked to have a better 3000m time going into the race but knowing that McGill was my first time in that zone in a long time I’m confident that I can split a similar time through 3000m and keep it going for 5000m.  The race itself is stacked with good athletes (start list below) and I know the pace will be fast so I don’t have to worry about leading and hitting specific time splits.  I’m just going to get out there and run a competitive race.

Alistair Cragg IRL
Shadrack Korir KEN
Markos Geneti ETH
Reid Coolsaet CAN
Bernard Lagat USA
Bobby Curtis USA
Haron Lagat KEN
Dejen Gebremeskel ETH
Scott Overall USA
Galen Rupp USA
Bekana Daba ETH
Ian Burrell USA
Sam Chelanga KEN
Josphat Boit KEN
Adam Perkins USA
  1. Christina permalink
    January 31, 2010 9:23 pm

    That’s great news Reid! John & I will be cheering you on from the stands in Boston. Looking forward to it 🙂

  2. February 1, 2010 10:08 am

    Stumbled across your blog recently, and like your posts. Nice Tears for Fears reference … one of my all time favorite songs 🙂

  3. Dave K permalink
    February 1, 2010 2:56 pm

    Great start back on the indoor circuit, best wishes in Boston!

  4. Skuj permalink
    February 2, 2010 12:51 am

    This is great news Dude. You are in the backyard again, the 8:07 was more than just rust-busting after your 2009 exploits….enjoy Boston.

    Interesting previous entry regarding the soft-surface running alternative that you felt a NEED for! After age 30ish, after years of pavement pounding, I suddenly had this need for soft surfaces on most of my overall volume. I just couldn’t handle mostly pavement anymore. This may signify the change to mostly trails / dirt / grass for you, I dunno….

  5. Kevin Gallagher permalink
    February 5, 2010 7:07 pm

    I was hoping for Canadian representation in the 5K at BIG. I’ll be hollering for you.

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