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July 23, 2012

Thanks to everyone for coming out to Paul Trebilcock’s Road to London premiere on Saturday in Hamilton and Guelph.  That was the first time I saw the documentary myself and I was impressed with all the interviews Paul put together.  For those who missed it there will be a DVD available at a later point.  The final edition will have more running footage with some professional editing so even those who saw the first edition will want to see the finished product.  I’m really excited to see the final product myself.

Paul is off to Hawaii right now to do an adventure race.  He and Simon Donato will be hosting a television series where they will go and compete in various adventure races (paddle board, ultras, bike…) all over the world. Paul has been very busy with that project the past couple of weeks as well as getting the documentary together.  I can’t even imagine how much footage he has collected over the past 18 months and the task of going through it all was a tall order.

I was genuinely overwhelmed by the turnout at the Westdale Theatre on Saturday.  I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting but when 400 plus people showed up it was bigger than I had imagined.  The line up went down the block. Watching myself on the big screen and other people talking about me was a little awkward, thankfully they had good things to say, haha.

Last Thursday Gillis, Whitfield, Sunseri and I got off our normal rolling hills loop and hit up a flatter loop for a tempo workout.  Needless to say the paces we hit were much quicker which is a nice confidence boost heading into the games.  As much as I tell myself that our normal loop is hard it never really hits home until we run a predominantly flat loop. We did 60 minutes of work (split up 30,15,15 with 5 min rest) and I averaged 3:02/km.

I know I’m getting close to the Games when there are a lot of “lasts” popping up.  On Saturday I ran my last long run over 30km before the marathon.  Today was our last workout at ‘Cooks and Carter,’ our normal meeting spot.  Thursday will be our last workout in Guelph.  Hopefully today was our last workout in sweltering weather.

On July 29th Gillis and fly to London.  We’ll have a couple of days to get our HBC kit, accreditation, check out the course and get familiar with the village. From Aug 1st to 8th we’ll be at the Athletics Canada training camp in Germany.  We’ll be back in the village on Aug 8th and racing on Aug 12th.

John Allemang wrote a nice article about older Olympians.  I’m not sure why I’m mentioned in it 😉

And an incredibly honest blog by 3:37 1500m runner Geoff Martinson

Running in Hamilton


  1. Phil Mosher permalink
    July 23, 2012 5:43 pm

    Hey Reid,

    Thanks for this post. I love reading all your posts and am going to watch every minute of the marathon. I hope you are able to fulfill all your Olympic dreams and soak up every minute. You’re a champ to me!!

  2. Rejecting the tyranny of conformity permalink
    July 23, 2012 11:49 pm

    Avg of 3:02 is fast. Great work and all the best Reid!

  3. July 24, 2012 11:32 pm

    I Cant Dance-Genesis ?

  4. Matt (random age grouper) permalink
    July 25, 2012 9:18 pm

    Good luck Reid and the entire Canadian Olympic running team!!! We’ll be cheering for you like crazy back here in Canada. Make us Canadian runners proud! Great job putting in all your hard work during training. Looking forward to seeing all three of you beat Jerome’s record. 🙂

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