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If I fall, if I die, know I lived it to the fullest

March 10, 2013

It’s getting late here in The Hague and I have a full day of travel back to Canada tomorrow so I’m going to make this entry short and to the point.

On Wednesday night I flew from Nairobi and landed in Amsterdam Thursday morning. A 35 minute train ride and I was in The Hague.

Last night I found out that the leaders were going out in 14:05 and I decided that was too quick for me.  My plan was to go out around 14:40 and hope that others would too. I was wrong. Before the 1km mark it was apparent that this was going to a be a lonely race as I was trailing the lead pack and was well clear of any other runners. At 5km I was 14:45, 40 seconds down from the leaders and 15 seconds in front of the next competitor.

Once I turned into the wind after 5km my splits got slower, my stomach started getting upset and my motivation dwindled. After 10km (29:52) I caught 3 Kenyans and settled in as Derek Hawkins (roommate for the weekend who also had been training in Iten) caught up to me.  I led into the wind for a while before Derek took over.  Just as I felt it was my turn to take a pull into the wind I realized I was going to have to pull over for a bathroom break.  I left the pack, found a little building amongst some bushes and did my business. This is the second time it’s ever happened to me in a race and… well, it’s not conducive to running fast.

When I got back onto the course I was well behind the pack I had been running with, plus a group of Europeans were on my tail.  I put my head down over the next 5km into the wind to catch back up to the group (splitting 15km in 45:39).  I settled-in for 20 seconds and the Euros caught up, apparently I kind of pulled them along.  At this point I was kind of pissed at this race so I took to the front, pushed the pace and broke the pack except for a few guys. I ended up running my last 1.1km in 3:10 (2:54/km pace) and felt pretty good getting the pace going again.

My result was 1:04:24 for 18th place. Coming into the race I wanted to run under 62:30 but on the morning of the race, with the heavy wind, I thought 63:20 would be a realistic goal. I missed that time, by a lot. I still believe my fitness is on track for a PB at the Rotterdam marathon. Ya, I was supposed to wait to announce my intentions to run Rotterdam until they made their press release. oh well.

It’s time to get back to Guelph and put the finishing touches on this marathon build-up. I’m excited to get to sea-level and nail down some marathon pace.

I went to Rotterdam on Friday and previewed some of the course, including the biggest hill, which is this bridge.





  1. Dan Burns permalink
    March 10, 2013 8:11 pm

    Loved your recent post on twitter, inspirational. I know you’re focused on Rotterdam right now, but have you picked out any road races in Canada for summer/fall yet?

    • reidcoolsaet permalink*
      March 11, 2013 6:36 pm

      I haven’t thought much past Rotterdam.

  2. Adam permalink
    March 11, 2013 12:20 pm

    Those conditions were pretty rough out there yesterday. When I saw the lead pack – gap – you – gap – chase pack already at 4K (that was me that yelled “Go Reid”) I figured you were in for a tough race. Hopefully the pit stop is out of the way and you can crush Rotterdam, Did you get a chance to visit The Hague at all? It was a cooler city than I expected.

    • reidcoolsaet permalink*
      March 11, 2013 6:32 pm

      I didn’t do any tourist stuff in The Hague but I did run a lot of it, definitely a cool city. The waterfront looks like it would be great in the summer.

  3. kelly permalink
    March 11, 2013 3:50 pm

    That’s it Reid!…one more mid race pit stop like that… and were changing your nick-name to:
    Reid..”Poopy Pants” Coolsaet!! Ha Haa! Just kidding…sort of!!

  4. Miki permalink
    March 11, 2013 4:03 pm

    Go Reid Go! I found this post strangely inspirational…hmmm.

  5. Ali permalink
    March 12, 2013 9:25 pm

    Nice Work Reid!

    Best wishes for your next Marathon (and if I may suggest, your pre-race meal should include immodium … or perhaps special concoction from your nutristionist … kid you not)

  6. March 21, 2013 7:52 pm

    I wish you all the best my friend! Great Performance to say the least, You will make Canada proud where ever your foot hits the ground!


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