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I’m aching now, I’m aching now

October 4, 2010

Recovery from the marathon has gone well and one week later I feel great.  In fact, by last Friday I felt like going on a run however, I’m going to take my prescribed 10 days off before I get into one week of easy running.  My next big race will be the National Cross-Country Championships in Guelph on November 27th and I’ll likely have one tune-up race beforehand. 

I didn’t nearly eat as much junk food as I thought I would after the marathon.  I was pretty exhausted for the first two days after the race and I was craving healthy food but, I did eat more than my fair share of cookies.  I think I crave junk food much more when I’m burning a ton a calories each day… makes sense.

Looking back over the weather from Friday Sept 24th to Tuesday Sept 28th I feel so lucky to hit that perfect day.  I don’t think I would have changed the temperature at all and I cannot complain about the wind.  A few people mentioned it was breezy on race day but you can’t really expect zero wind.  On Friday before the race Gillis and I did a 7km run along the Lakeshore path in gale force wind.  Gillis asked me what I would plan to run in these conditions and I said sub 2:15 would be tough… and then a gust made us lean into the wind and I thought sub 2:18 would be a good accomplishment.  It was so brutal out there we actually ran with our shirts over our faces when the sand from the beach was blasting us.  We even wondered if geese could even fly in this wind.

My next marathon is planned for April 2011.  I feel I can run faster by at least 45 seconds for a few reasons.  My 2:16 and 2:17 from 2009 taught me a lot however running 2:11 also gave me more confidence.  Looking over my training there are things I can improve on and tweak.  Finally, if I have someone to run with past 22km I know I can stay on pace for longer, hopefully to the finish line.  Of course I’ll need to feel good on race day and have the weather cooperate.

Finishing the marathon:

Post-race interview:

I went on a leisurely hike to get out of the house for some fresh air. 

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3 Comments
  1. Michelle Ceba permalink
    October 7, 2010 8:48 pm

    Reid, I’m so incredibly happy for you and your accomplishments in running. Your committment to the sport despite multiple setbacks/injuries is motivational to all runners and athletes of all sorts. I can’t wait to see you continue to excel in the sport you were clearly born to participate in.
    Cheers!

    • S.O. permalink
      October 8, 2010 10:18 pm

      Reid,

      I don’t think I can say it better than the previous poster, Michelle. Congratulations to you, Eric, and DST. As I drove into Toronoto race morning I just knew it was going to happen. I have pictures to share and I will be in Guelph to see Dave on Oct. 30.

      Rest, enjoy, get back at it, and destroy that 2:10:09! There is no doubt in my mind you will do it.

      S.O.

  2. Johnny permalink
    October 12, 2010 3:12 pm

    I got some spare time and extracted segments where you appear from the footage I captured and compiled it into one video.
    See Youtube: 2010 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – Reid Coolsaet spotlight
    Eric Gillis and Matt Loiselle vids uploading now…

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