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Heartbeats, they were racin’

September 23, 2013

Has it really been 5 months since I’ve raced hard? Yep. And it was good to get back into a competitive race at the Oasis Zoo Run which also served as the Canadian 10km championships.

Going into the race I had a 10km focus week which meant I had less volume (more speed) in my main sessions and less overall volume (175km last week).  This allowed my legs to feel snappy and also allowed me to regroup after 3 weeks of higher klickage before I tackle some tough training weeks.

Right off the gun Dylan took the lead heading into the first turn and I thought he just happened to get a good start. After rounding the corner 100m into the race it was apparent this was a planned effort by Dylan to push the pace.  Push it he did as he went through 1km in about 2:42.  Gillis, Josephat Ongeri, Kip Kangogo, Rob Watson and I took chase not letting Dylan get too far ahead.  I was planning on biding my time and bridging the gap by 6km. Let him dangle out there on his own for a while.

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At 5km Dylan was still a few seconds ahead of Gillis and I (14:44) who were working together.  We caught Dylan around 5.5km and he stayed with us with Kip stalking close behind.  I started to push the pace more than anyone else after 6km.  By 8km I thought it was just Gillis and I left out front but Kip caught up with us too.  I kept putting in little surges to test the other guys. If one of those surges led to a decent gap I would have kept pressing but that never materialized so I started to plan on a final kick.

The last km has a few tricky hills and turns.  With 500m to go Gillis made a strong move to crest a hill and Kip covered it.  I felt it was too early for such a move and decided to make mine on the downhill thinking the run-up to the finish was flat.  I moved past the two guys and gapped them a little but then I saw another hill and knew I should rest then hit the gas once more if they crept up to me. That’s what happened and I took off with about 150m to go for the win.

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I was happy with the win and pleased to run 29:51 on that course in those conditions and pocket enough money to get me back to Kenya this winter.

On the cool-down we saw a Rhino, baboons, hippos, an elephant, antelopes, a warthog and some sort of water buffalos or something. Later I was wondering why I hadn’t done this in the other three years and realized all the other years I’ve been drug tested and had to do my cool-down within sight of the chaperone.

Today I got back into the swing of marathon training with a 37km day starting with some fartlek this morning.  5 weeks until Niagara Half and then 5 more weeks until Fukuoka marathon.

This track got a lot of listens from me this past week…

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5 Comments
  1. the English teacher permalink
    September 24, 2013 3:25 am

    Congratulations! Sounds like a very well managed race. Great news about Kenya. Will Eric also be able to make it?

  2. pyrad permalink
    September 24, 2013 8:14 am

    You’re very inspiring Reid!

  3. ian green permalink
    September 24, 2013 8:56 am

    Congratulations Reid and thanks for the great report. So inspired to see you come back to top form after a major injury. Good luck in training.

  4. Sjaan Gerth permalink
    September 24, 2013 11:43 am

    Reid, Nice to see you on the weekend. It’s been a longtime. In my post race state I neglected to congratulate you. Great to see you back in form after your superman over the handlebars! All the best, Sjaan

    • reidcoolsaet permalink*
      September 24, 2013 3:57 pm

      Good seeing you Sjaan. Looks like you’ve found enough time to get into good shape!

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