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Command me to be well

September 30, 2014

Today I got back my latest MRI results and there are very positive signs of healing. I’m not sure I’m ready to go full out yet, but I’m well on my way. In the past 4 weeks I managed to go from 1km of running to 7km yesterday.  My body feels great, no pain and I’m moving more smoothly than I have in a long time. I suppose feeling smooth is to be expected when running less than 30km/week. To gain fitness I’ve been water running for 100 minutes six days a week. The pool is boring but I feel it’s the best way for me to get back in shape. I figure pool running will be my main activity through October while I build up my running. If all goes well I’ll get in 2-3 months of solid running before I make a decision to run a marathon next Spring (April or May). The Olympic qualifying window for the marathon should open up in early 2015. That would give the marathoners three decent shots at qualifying (Winter/Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter/Spring 2016). It would be great if I could maximize my attempts but there is no sense forcing a marathon and I’ll only run a marathon if I feel I can do a proper build-up. On Saturday we hosted the 3rd Kids for Kenya Toilet Run at Churchill Park in Hamilton. The event has continued to grow each year and I’m sure when the total gets added up we’ll be able to fund a couple more toilets for schools in Kenya. Here’s a video of the event from Get Out There magazine:

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7 Comments
  1. September 30, 2014 7:06 pm

    That’s amazing news! Lots of time to qualify, take your time no need to rush this. Just saying ha from a true fan. Good Luck Reid on the road back.

  2. September 30, 2014 8:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing the video, Reid. It was a really fun day and a great cause. You were really great with the kids! Glad to hear the recovery is coming along. I was curious how you were progressing, but didn’t want to bug you at the event.

  3. October 4, 2014 8:21 pm

    Never give up your dreams. You have been through a lot last year and this year. Next year can only be better.

  4. October 7, 2014 11:14 am

    I dislocated my ankle and broke 3 bones in Preservation Woods in May and the orthopedic surgeon said I would never run again. I’ve already run in September. Never, ever give up.

    • reidcoolsaet permalink*
      October 7, 2014 12:17 pm

      Good to hear you’re running again. I had a similar story with a doc in 2008 when I broke my foot.

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  5. October 11, 2014 7:31 pm

    We draw inspiration from your work ethic in training and racing. Now we draw inspiration from the way you respond to yet another injury. Everyone is pulling for you, whatever the situation.

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