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Please don’t slow me down if I’m going too fast

April 25, 2011

Today I was in the pool for 90 minutes because my foot flared up again in the same spot (left ball of foot at second toe) as last fall.  This happens because my second toe is longer than my first (like many people) and every time I come off my foot the end of my second metatarsal is the last point of contact and takes a beating.  Ever since I bruised it, it has not been 100% although it hasn’t slowed me down at all since mid-January.  20km into my long run on Saturday it started to hurt and by the time I got home I knew it was in bad shape.  On Sunday morning it was evident running was not a good idea and spent the day on the spin bike.  This morning I could see some improvement but figured I would take the safe route and give it, at least, another day of cross-training.

The best case scenario is to be in good 10km shape when I start training for the marathon in July.  However, the most important thing is to be healthy going into my marathon preparation.  If I need to take a step back and compromise my 10km training then so be it.  Training will only be harder on the body when I start piling on 210+km weeks.

Right now I’m not putting pressure on myself to race Sporting Life 10k this Sunday, if I have to miss it to be healthy then that is the way it will be.  Hopefully I will get to run because it looks like it will be a very fun race and training has been going well.  I recovered really well from the 1/2 marathon (even though racing in flats put some stress on my foot) compared to NYC 1/2.  Apparently running 2 minutes faster over 21km beats up your legs more, who knew? haha.

This Saturday I’m going to a running symposium in Kitchener (flyer below) where they will air some of the video footage of me training in Kenya that Francis Coral-Mellon took.

New Balance added some Canadian guys to their team profiles, check em out.

  1. Matty permalink
    April 26, 2011 8:28 am

    Hey smiley, nice pic on the NB site!

  2. April 26, 2011 9:44 am

    It’s a good thing the profiles finally got added to the main NB site.

  3. BBB permalink
    April 26, 2011 4:11 pm

    have you ever tried a little barefoot running thrown into your schedule to strengthen and flex out your feet an lower legs?

    • reidcoolsaet permalink*
      April 26, 2011 6:08 pm

      I will barefoot run when I’m feeling 100%. Unfortunately my injury right now is basically a bruise so it’s better when I have cushion under the ball of my foot. This morning I was in the pool and this afternoon I went on a run and it felt fine.

  4. Anonymous permalink
    April 26, 2011 5:32 pm


  5. Pat permalink
    May 1, 2011 1:39 pm

    Great job today Reid! Congratulations.

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