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My body tells me no But I won’t quit Cause I want more

October 9, 2011

1 week to go until STWM!

The taper is fully on, which means I have to figure out how much to run each day this week so I don’t overdo it.  Running 100-110km in one week isn’t that much for me anymore and when you factor in 44km coming in one day,well it doesn’t leave much running for the other 6 days.  The opposite is true when I’m trying to hit high kilometre weeks.  During those weeks I plan ahead to make sure I’m not packing in too much at the end of the week to hit my target.

We have one more little workout, (very little), before Sunday and a small stride session tomorrow. Our last workout, on Friday, went well.  We did some 3km intervals on the roads a touch faster than race pace.  It would have been fun to get after it a little more but that wasn’t the point.  Kind of like today with the amazing weather, it would have been a great day to put in a solid long run around 35km, but now that it’s taper time I wasn’t going to run more than 90 minutes.

Watching the Chicago marathon this morning was inspiring one week before my marathon.  They streamed it live on and the coverage was as good as could be expected.  At mile 19 Wesley Korir threw down a huge move which Moses Mosop covered and continued on with covering 25-35km in 29:01 (14:32 and 14:29).  Mosop was just killing it and then it got a lot harder for him as his next 5km was 15:17. However his lead was so big he was able to cruise it in for the win and course record.  Liliya Shobukhova (three-peat) got the women’s CR and ran her last 2.2km 12 seconds faster than Mosop!  Ryan Hall ran 2:08:02 going through the 1/2 in 1:02:56. That’s Ryan’s 3rd fastest marathon (out of 9) so a pretty good result which helps my confidence as I ran with him (most of the way) at the Virginia Beach 1/2 five weeks ago.

Don’t forget to catch the action Sunday morning at 8:30 on (streaming globally) and  Canadian Running will be hosting a live interactive blog during the race.  There should also be Twitter updates from @speedriver, @alnbrookes and @canadianrunning. You can link to everything from

  1. Jamie permalink
    October 10, 2011 10:04 am

    Will you take Tues – Sat off?

    Enjoyed following your training.

    Good luck on Sunday.

    • reidcoolsaet permalink*
      October 10, 2011 10:42 am

      I’ll be running 5km to 15km each day this week. Lower as the race gets closer.

  2. pat robitaille permalink
    October 10, 2011 8:32 pm

    Go get ’em, Reid! We’ll be cheering for you.

  3. Matt permalink
    October 10, 2011 10:05 pm

    Best of luck next weekend. Thoroughly enjoy your blog. Love the attention and enthusiasm you bring to Canadian distance running. I’ll be tuning in…

    Matt in Kingston.

  4. Jason permalink
    October 10, 2011 11:12 pm

    Looking forward to a good show on Sunday. Run like snot.

  5. October 12, 2011 10:30 pm

    Get after it Reider, we’re behind you all the way.

  6. Bruce Deacon permalink
    October 12, 2011 11:42 pm

    Giver Reid!! Put Jerome’s record away for good.

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