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Telling myself it’s not as hard, hard, hard as it seems

November 18, 2013

I did my final Guelph workout yesterday before we take off on Tuesday.  In my last few road workouts I’ve been trying to nail down my bottles and I’m confident that I have it down.  I even practiced taking the bottles with my left hand because the tables are on the left side at Fukuoka. Attention to details.  Nailing down race pace was the main purpose of the session which was fine but I was a little worried going in as my legs have been tired lately.  It’s almost time for the taper to do it’s magic.

On Thursday I did a track session (5 x 1600m) with Alex Genest, Taylor Milne, Kyle Boorsma and John Mason. My marathon legs had a hard time getting on pace for the first interval but after getting that one out of the way the pace clicked.  I ended up averaging 4:26, which is good for me heading into Japan.



If there is a link to watch the Chiba Ekiden and/or Fukuoka Marathon it will most likely be provided by Japan Running News and/or  Sometimes you have to download Keyhole TV, Japan Running News explains how to do that HERE.

Chiba Ekiden starts at 1pm JST on November 23  (11pm on November 22nd EST)

Fukuoka Marahton starts at 12:10pm JST on December 1 (10:10pm on November 30 EST)

Time to start packing…

  1. Julie Gravelle permalink
    November 18, 2013 9:00 am

    Good Luck Reid….run hard!!

  2. November 18, 2013 12:00 pm

    Have a great time. Bwahaha the puns, the puns…Kick like you can!

  3. November 18, 2013 3:12 pm

    why are you running the mile repeats so fast??? you are trying to run 4:57/mile…..rodgers/meyer/salazar etc never ran faster than 4:40…look at their log books.

    • Martin permalink
      November 18, 2013 6:53 pm

      Reid can speak for himself but that is a classic bread and butter pre mary workout. 5 repeat miles, 30 seconds faster than race pace.

  4. Greg Hodgins permalink
    November 18, 2013 8:52 pm

    Best of luck!

  5. November 20, 2013 9:07 am

    i cant see the world record holder running mile repeats at 4:11!!!!!

    • Martin permalink
      November 24, 2013 7:15 am

      Right. He could likely do it quicker. He is a 27:32 10km guy and that was 5 years ago. To do the same relative workout(using percentages), he would have to actually go faster.

  6. November 22, 2013 1:52 pm

    tf makes an interesting point from a discussion stand point. I have watched the sport over the past decade and have noticed many athlete’s who have run a lot faster then the 1980 2:08-2:09 dudes over 10K simply fail to convert the move up to the Marathon.

    I believe we have a ton of guys who can go out and do the following Imagine a 15:30 5k? Do you see a 2:10 marathon out of it? I do its all about how you run it. Ex.
    AM: 5k progressive as
    1500m@ 3:15km/pace
    1200m@ 3:08
    1000m@ 3:05
    700m@ 3:00
    400m@ 2:55
    200m@ :32 = 15:30
    PM: 4 by 1200 in 3:48’s or 3:10km/ pace
    Is 1/4th of this day
    AM: 21.1k progression
    5k@ 3:08
    1.1k@2:40 = 1:05:15 Half-Marathon.
    PM: 4 by 5k 16:00….. Same pace just increased over time distance.

    I believe Canada has 3 to 4 guys capable of running 2:09-2:08 Reid is certainly one of the first on that list.

    • Martin permalink
      November 24, 2013 7:18 am

      I have always said that. People just aren’t moving up properly or they don’t want to.

  7. November 22, 2013 1:55 pm

    that 4 by 5K should be at 15:40 not 16:00 🙂

  8. November 23, 2013 9:02 pm

    Talking about what people should be doing and actually grinding out the miles and doing the right speed workouts are two different things.

  9. November 23, 2013 9:16 pm

    ” i cant see the world record holder running mile repeats at 4:11!!!!!”

    Here’s Wilson Kipsang running an 800 in 2:06 2 weeks out. Funny that you would pick 4:11

  10. November 24, 2013 9:34 am

    martin, bill rodgers once told me “the best young americans are waiting too long to move up to the marathon”…look at todd williams..60:01 @ the half and then waits til he’s running close to 62:00 to run his marathon…a 60 flat guy should have run 2:05/2:06…not 2:11!

  11. Martin permalink
    November 24, 2013 4:50 pm

    Or he just isn’t a marathoner. Not everyone is. Although I agree that if you are a marathoner, you should get after it young.

  12. Shane Lavell permalink
    November 27, 2013 10:06 am


    Some of the best coaches in the World have never run as fast as there prescribing their athletes too.

    The Marathon is a unique event… Its the only running event outside non traditional that can empty the fuel tank. Most athlete’s cover this aspect of training but very few nail it.

    Another aspect is RUNNING WELL when deep into the event. Most athletes never train under this element. I see a lot of guys doing over distance work but never at RP or below. Rolling 30k for a 2:09 guy in a manner of 32:00/30:45/29:30 is a very tolerable session, taxing but tolerable. Coming back out on 6-8 hrs recovery and rolling 6-8 by a mile in 4:50 or 3 by 5k in 15:00 or better is the bread and butter of the whole day. The AM got you fatigued to the right degree to set you up to run fast when your tired. That’s the secret to the Marathon.

    In a FOUR YEAR cycle a runner woukd only do this session or a version of it eight times total.

  13. November 28, 2013 6:33 am

    not even the kenyans would come back and do 6-8 x 1 mile after a 30km workout like you mention……body would fold like a deck of cards in a wind storm. the 30km alone would be enough …more than enough..not easy to run 29:30 at 8000ft in the middle of a training week…29:30@ 8000fy is equal to 28-28:15 @ sea level

  14. Shane Lavell permalink
    November 28, 2013 11:44 pm

    Canova has them do sessions like that Tf

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