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There’s a battle ahead

March 24, 2013

Check out this picture, look for the little Canadian flag on a toque (slightly right of middle). I didn’t do myself any favours picking a spot on the start line two weeks ago!

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Last Sunday I was nursing a foot injury so I decided to put off writing a blog so I could deliver good news.

I recovered from the half marathon fairly well and felt fine on my runs the following few days. It was cold and snowy  back in Guelph so we did some km repeats on the indoor track last Wednesday and the workout went well but when I went to cool-down there was a pain in my foot. I’ve had the same pain before, once in 2002 and once in 2008, and knew my cuboid bone was ‘locked up.’ A couple of chiro sessions before the weekend didn’t fully get it in the right place and by Sunday I was getting a little worried. After a four more chiro sessions in two days it felt pretty good and I was on my way.

This past Wednesday I had another good session which was a little short to set-up a long session for the weekend. I had a sore throat which turned into a lot of congestion so I took it really easy for a couple of days. Unfortunately it got worse, I have a very congested chest, and there was no long marathon pace session this weekend. I believe it’s gotten better since yesterday morning but that might just be wishful thinking.  It feels very similar to the bronchitis I had last year and with three weeks to go until race day I can’t afford to take that much time away from any fast paces. By the time I would be ready again it would be too close to the race for any big sessions.

The best option is that this clears up in the next day or two and I can get a decent session in 18 days out from the race. If it’s bronchitis and I need to go on antibiotics then I can run Rotterdam off a month long taper, or find a good race once week later so I can reload with a couple of good marathon sessions before I taper. Until next week…

Gotta get some sleep.

  1. March 25, 2013 2:47 pm

    Hi Reid
    I’m originally from St. Catharines, ON, now living in Hamilton. I first heard of you last fall when I signed up for Around the Bay. When I did a little research on you I discovered you’re also a skateboarder and grew up skating with a lot of the guys I knew in Hamilton. I was a professional skateboarder for almost 20 years and retired a couple years ago. I didn’t take long for me to realize I still had the need for competition and took up serious running last August. I’ve been following you through your blog and you’ve been inspirational for me. I even highlighted you in one of my blog posts –

    I made my first 30km run at ATB yesterday. My goal was under 3 hours and I made it in 2:59:37. Unfortunately I devolped a bakers cyst behind my knee in the process. I’m now out recovering for a bit. I have races planned every couple weekends so I know the battle you face, just not on the same scale or with the same pressures. Get well soon and back to running.

    Ryan Brown

  2. Sweet Brown permalink
    March 26, 2013 11:47 am

    Ain’t nobody got time for that.

  3. March 28, 2013 9:48 pm

    Sounds like you had a rough week.
    Hope you get better.

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