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June 27, 2010

I finished up my first week of marathon training.  This week I stepped up the quantity and not the quality.  I ended up with 180km and two relatively easy workouts.  Wednesday I did a stinkin’ hot 45 minute tempo around 3:25/km with Gillis and some of the Speed River guys (who did 30 min) and then Saturday Gillis and I did 15 X 2 min with 1 min rest.  This week I’ll keep the quantity the same and step up the quality, mainly due to racing 10km on Tuesday evening (press release below).  Even though I brought the mileage up I think my legs are still pretty fresh and should be ready for the race on Tuesday evening.

Scotiabank Waterfront marathon had a press release this past week about Gillis, Loiselle and me running the September 26th marathon.  And then SpeedriverTFC.com had a few follow-up questions on video. 

 
Press Release
  
Subaru of Hamilton  Niagara Running Series Presented by Merrell
  
Coolsaet could break the Kenyan dominance at the Tim Hortons Peachbud 10k
 
 
 
Canadian Marathon Champion  Reid Coolsaet has entered the Tim Hortons Peachbud 10k on Tuesday June 29th in Grimsby. This year is the 30th anniversary of the race and Kenyan’s have dominated the men’s race for the last 10 years. Reid has the potential to break that string. Reid will be in tough as there are several excellent runners entered including Josphat Ndeti , Giitah Macharia of Kenya and Lemma Debelu  of Ethiopia who have all run under 29 minutes for 10k.  
 
Over the last 10 years some amazing Kenyan runners have run the race including Joseph Kamau who was second at the Boston Marathon and one of the fastest 10k runners of all time , Gorge Kipketer and Kibet Rutto who set the course record last year in a time of 29:00. Coolsaet who resides in Hamilton has won the national championships at cross country, the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters, marathon and has represented Canada at the world championships at both cross country and track. Coolsaet upset a strong field of Kenyan runners in 2005 in another Subaru Niagara Running series race the Tim Hortons Casablanca Classic in a record time that still stands.
This has the potential to be one very exciting race and with the new route going through downtown Grimsby hopefully there will be a great crowd of spectators to watch this memorable race.    
 
The women’s race will feature  two time winner Josianne  Aboungono from Toronto and Aynadis Bedada of  Ethiopia . Both the men’s and women’s fields are expected to get stronger as the race draws near.  
 
Over 1,200 runners have entered this years race  so far. The race  is held in support of  the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation and this year another special feature will have eleven time Ironman Champion Lisa Bentley starting last in the Subaru Charity Chase. This is a wonderful contribution to the community by Lisa who  is sponsored for every runner she  passes along the way by  Subaru of Hamilton , Merrell and Dundee securities the proceeds will be donated  to the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation.
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5 Comments
  1. June 28, 2010 12:10 pm

    About how many weeks do you need for a marathon buildup – 12 or so weeks? I’ve done as little as 8 (and ran well) and as many as 20, which was too much.

    • reidcoolsaet permalink*
      June 28, 2010 3:11 pm

      I’m still learning about marathon build-ups so I don’t really know what will work best for me. 6 weeks for Ottawa (not by choice). 11 weeks for Berlin (again, would of preferred more). And now I’m trying 14 weeks for SWTM (what I view as ideal right now). I would guess that anything above 16 would be quite much, but I’m not sure. Of course those are the specific marathon training weeks and you should be fairly fit going in.

      • June 28, 2010 6:19 pm

        Thanks. I think I’m going to try 12 weeks later this year. Seems like an ideal rhythm, with a couple of down weeks and a taper. The 20 week buildup felt never-ending.

  2. June 28, 2010 7:22 pm

    Good luck tomorrow. We’re sending a bus load to watch you. Or to run. Whichever.
    You want a seat? We can make a detour, but you’ll have to meet us close to the highway.

    • reidcoolsaet permalink*
      June 28, 2010 9:09 pm

      Thanks Catts. I’ll drive myself as I think I may be driving some other people anyways. Catch you at the race.

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