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The less we know the more we sit still

March 7, 2011

Galen Rupp and Mo Farah have recently been added to the New York City Half Marathon next Sunday.  Two more big names to an already stellar field (Abdi, Hall, Meb…), this is going to be a great race!  My training has been going well the last couple of weeks and I’m gaining confidence after each workout.  Unfortunately I had a minor flare up after Friday’s workout and I had to switch two out of my three runs on the weekend to the bike.  This morning I felt pretty good running although I’m going to delay my workout from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning to give myself a little extra rest. 

For Friday’s workout we did some tempo, then fartlek and tempo again.  After the warm-up we had one hour of running where 51 minutes was hard and the rest was easy jogging between intervals.  It was cold and rainy and by the last 15 minute tempo I was soaked to the bone and struggling to keep the pace under 3:10/km, which I didn’t quite do.  In the next 10 days I have to get used to running hard in the morning so at least 1/2 of my workouts will be done in the AM.  I’m not a fan of the 7:30 race start but I’ll hate it much more if I’m not prepared for it.

On Saturday I talked at the Longboat Runners’ brunch in Toronto about my running.  Sometimes I feel foolish talking about marathons to people who have done 10, 20 etc when I’ve only done three.  However, since I have good coaches I seem to know more than the average bear who has only done a few ‘thons.  The question and answer period is always the best because I never really know what people want to hear about until they ask specific questions.  This Thursday I’m talking to Connor’s runners in Oakville, I think I’ll keep my spiel to a minimum and questions to a maximum.

I saw this vid on Yorke’s blog and had to post it, awesome!

  1. Jeremy permalink
    March 7, 2011 8:12 pm

    Hey Reid, you did a great job speaking when you came to Redeemer University a while back! I’m sure these lucky runners will be glad to have you do a talk, enjoy it!

  2. March 7, 2011 11:28 pm

    Hey Reid, We were vary happy to have you share your marathon training and experience with us. As you say you have great coaches and I’m sure everyone took something away from your talk. Thanks for talking the time to come out and join us. cheers, Roger

  3. March 8, 2011 4:21 pm

    Hey Reid,
    Good luck with the big race….glad you are healthy and fit!
    Too bad you live so far away because I know a group of marathoners here that would love to hear from you. So many runners are disappointed that I know nothing about the marathon and only about relatively short races. Not too many recreational milers around.
    Anyways, we will be cheering!


  4. Martin permalink
    March 9, 2011 6:30 am

    I know exactly what you are saying. I am still considered a marathoner around these parts even though I only ran three(so never really was one) and haven’t run one in almost 27 years.

  5. Jamie permalink
    March 9, 2011 9:03 pm

    What is your goal for the race in terms of time and place?

    Good luck.

  6. Erin Sask permalink
    April 17, 2011 6:46 am

    Good luck tomorrow at the half marathon Champs Reid! I love that Temper Trap song and video clip too!


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