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The only one I know has come to take me away

December 5, 2011

My training is starting to ramp up again.  Except for a 3 day injury layoff I’ve been running decent mileage for a few weeks now.  I’ve done a few small workouts but those are what caused the flare-up in my tarsal tunnel.  I will try and do speed work every week but when I feel it coming on again I just run mileage again for a while.  Maybe this week will be better…

I went out Saturday night knowing I could sleep in as I was only running once for a long-run on Sunday.  Of course this is when the drug testers come at 7:30 in the morning.  I really don’t mind them coming at all (small price to pay for clean sport)  it’s just funny that just about any other morning at 7:30 would have been fine.  The whole process took about 20 minutes and I was back in bed by 8 and slept until 11.

I planned for a 36-38km run and packed a couple of dates into my pocket.  Around 34km I started to really think about extending the run a little more.  Having a good song in my head and 10C weather on Dec 4th I was really enjoying this run.  38km became 39km and then I figured I might as well knock off a marathon.  I ran 42.2 km in 2:48:25 and felt fine, even today as I write this.  The idea of heading out my door and running a marathon just seemed cool.

My next race is going to take place as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s.  However, I’m not travelling far for one of these famed New Year’s Eve races as there will be one in Toronto this year I am not planning on killing this race by any means, it’s more about the atmosphere and party afterwards.  I’m really looking forward to this event, should be a good one and hopefully a start to something really big.

I had this song in my head throughout my marathon run

  1. Ted McMeekin permalink
    December 5, 2011 2:07 pm

    Congratulations on qualifying for the Canadian Olympic Team!


    Ted McMeekin, MPP

    • reidcoolsaet permalink*
      December 5, 2011 2:35 pm

      Thanks for the support Ted!

  2. larryabbott permalink
    December 5, 2011 3:05 pm

    i just read the swag bag contents and bonus bottle of champagne included for first 250 … looks like a fun race.

  3. December 6, 2011 9:51 pm

    I like how the race website has your predicted finishing time posted as part of the schedule.

  4. December 8, 2011 3:58 pm

    Can you save me from Jeff’s Journey this year and do your long run on his marathon course in Guelph, so I don’t have to suffer through a 42km run on December 31st. I will pay you!!! For real!

  5. anonymous permalink
    December 8, 2011 9:40 pm

    You always seemed like a runner with great taste- the Charlatans!- now, you definitely have great taste!

  6. Bman permalink
    December 9, 2011 12:11 pm

    That song seems a little to familiar to Deep Purples “HUSH”. Hmmm……


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