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August 5, 2012

Earlier today Eric and I watched the women’s marathon on Eurosport. Luckily I found an English audio stream on the internet to compliment the images on TV.  The streams weren’t exactly synched up so the announcers would talk about something we saw one minute earlier however, it was still better than listening to a language in which I only understand ‘wiener schnitzel.’  It was a great opportunity to see how the course runs.  In fact I think it was better than touring the course in person when it’s full of pedestrians and traffic.  Watching that race got me pretty pumped to toe the line in one week’s time. Hoo-ha!

Training in Kamen, Germany continues to roll along as the overall volume decreases.  We had a good workout a couple of days ago and we’ll have a couple more really light sessions before we race.  Just enough to remind us what running marathon pace feels like without tiring us out at all.

As of this afternoon there are only three athletes left here from Canada (Rachel Seaman, a race walker, is the other. Dylan is in St. Moritz at altitude) because everyone else is competing pretty soon.  It’s pretty quiet around here, ghost town  quiet.  Unless we’re watching a Canadian on TV, such as Jessica Zelinka, Brianne Theisen, Cam Levins and Mo Ahmed last night, then it can get noisy.  By the way, that 10 000m was absolutely insane!!

Yesterday Eric and I took a 10 minute train ride to check out Dortmund.  There are a lot of shops, restaurants and pedestrian only streets right there so it’s a good way to pass an afternoon.

Since arriving in Germany I’ve noticed that safari vests are ubiquitous as they are all the rage amongst the senior crowd.  It reminds me of all the mzungus in the Nairobi airport. No one has ever questioned the functional benefits of these vests (lots of pockets, easy layer, etc) but never has the vest made such a statement in the fashion world as it is right now.


Double trouble, sandals with socks.



Half zipped for a semi-relaxed look.  (Bonus sandals with socks in the background)



You can put money on that this guy matches his shoes with his vest.




Cargo pants in case he uses all the pockets on his vest.



I felt like I was missing out so I went into a shop to see if I could pull off the look.



I was sporting a black T-shirt when the kit clearly calls for a button-up shirt with a soft pattern underneath.  In the end I just wasn’t feeling like I could rock the look and left the store less of a man.

However it didn’t take long for me to realize just how versatile the safari vest is as it looks fantastic accompanied by a black t-shirt.  One could even say the simplicity of the black t-shirt really accentuates the vest as it becomes the focal point of the ensemble.







  1. August 5, 2012 11:38 am

    I burst out laughing…too funny!!

  2. Tyler permalink
    August 5, 2012 12:35 pm

    Bahaha The vest looks great Reid! And I can imagine how versatile it really must be.
    Just don’t wear it during your race – could slow you down a bit.

    One week to go!! AHHH!! can’t wait. All the best!

  3. Rick Donnelly permalink
    August 5, 2012 12:36 pm

    Hey now….socks and sandals is comfortable. 😉 Best of luck Reid!!

  4. Lynn Soltys permalink
    August 5, 2012 12:59 pm

    Hilarious Reid!…should have tried the socks & sandals with the vest!! Can’t wait to see you race!!! Sending you my best!

  5. August 5, 2012 1:14 pm

    amazing. WORK IT.

  6. Nadine permalink
    August 5, 2012 3:02 pm

    LOL! Reid…leave it to you to research the fashion trends of London! Good to hear you are enjoying every moment of your Olympic Dream! GOOD LUCK 🙂

  7. Taras permalink
    August 5, 2012 4:49 pm

    awesome… cant wait to see you race next week

  8. Terry Manning permalink
    August 5, 2012 8:01 pm

    Looks to me you may have a second career in “fashion consulting”! You know us old guys have cold feet so need the socks, lol!

    Good luck and enjoy your Olympic dream. Really looking forward to watching you!


  9. Jacob Aliet permalink
    August 6, 2012 1:05 am

    Hahaha! Made me smile. Looking forward to seeing you rub shoulders with Emmanuel Mitai, Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang on Sunday and yes, Ayele Ashbero (sic?) too – I would have rather the Russian ex-steepler who took Bronze have taken Gold than Tiki Gelana did. We (Kenyans) feel the Ethiopians are intentionally spoiling it for us. So in the same spirit, rather than Ashbero, I would rather Reid takes it – that is, iif we have to lose it to someone.

  10. August 6, 2012 11:08 am

    Apparently Harper was ahead of his time then – he was wearing the safari vest years ago:
    And I don’t think anyone should be taking fashion advice from him, so maybe a good thing you left without the vest.

    Good luck in the marathon! Can’t wait to watch you race.

  11. nikki permalink
    August 6, 2012 11:39 am

    Ok, after the title of this post I feel I MUST leave a reply. I came across your blog last year by accident while searching for a random song…Eyes Be Closed. I couldn’t believe I found it on a runner’s blog and this girl has been hooked since! Your last year has clearly been insane and I love how you’re able to convey the intensity of your training and combine it with a wicked sense of humour, personality, and fabulous taste in music. I must admit I enjoy being able to recognize your references. So, this Float On follower is going to wish you luck for Sunday on your 2:10:08 (or better) goal and will be eagerly anticipating your next post.

    “If you understand me tap once babe
    If you don’t, just tap twice”

  12. Jane permalink
    August 6, 2012 7:40 pm

    Ist ja merkwuerdig, dass Sie eine Woche in Deutschland trainieren, nachdem Sie schon vorher in London waren, aber der Tapering-Plan klingt gut. Viele Gruesse aus Richmond Hill, mein Mann und ich werden superkraeftig alle Daumen druecken am Sonntag morgen! Oh ya, und Wiener Schnitzel 🙂

  13. The O'Connor family permalink
    August 7, 2012 11:16 am

    Good luck, Reid!

  14. August 8, 2012 9:27 pm

    Great post! Good luck!!

  15. August 10, 2012 2:23 pm

    Did you buy it?

  16. August 10, 2012 7:34 pm

    You can totally rock that look!!! Hilarious!!!

  17. Dave Landry permalink
    August 11, 2012 4:25 pm

    thats awesome Reid, good to see you are keeping it light hearted!

  18. Adam permalink
    August 12, 2012 3:33 pm

    I guess taper madness hits us all in different ways!

  19. Gary Roversi permalink
    August 13, 2012 1:47 pm

    I forgot to ask you to pick me up a vest Reid LOFL Hilarious:)


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