Reid Coolsaet is Canada’s current fastest marathon runner. On October 16, 2011 he finished 3rd in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon with a time of 2:10:54.9.
In 2010, Reid ran a London 2012 Olympic qualifying time of 2:11:22.
We wish Reid all the best with his training leading up to London Olympics and of course, Canada will be cheering him on!
To follow Reid’s progress, be sure to check out his blog.
Healthynomics: Do you have any mentors or other athletes that you admire?
Reid Coolsaet: Dave Scott-Thomas has been my coach for 13 years and is a great mentor. He’s had a long-term approach to my training which helped me develop at my own speed as I came to him with little training volume.
I get inspiration from so many athletes all the time. In my early days of running I looked up to Kevin Sullivan, Jason Bunston and Graham Hood. I felt I could relate to them because I grew up in the same area as they did and they were all international class runners.
HN: From a mental perspective, how has running impacted your life?
RC: Running has really helped my confidence and made me believe in myself a lot more. Running has made me more patient, fitness doesn’t happen overnight and it can take years to get fast.
HN: What was the biggest challenge for you when transitioning up to the marathon distance?
RC: There weren’t that many big challenges into transitioning for the marathon except for the race itself. The race is so brutally hard in a different way than the 5 and 10km and until you race one fast it’s hard to know what to expect.
Early morning running, drinking on the run, more mileage, longer workouts seemed to transition fairly smoothly.
HN: What do you do right before a race to prepare yourself to compete? Any race day rituals?
RC: Go to the bathroom. I get everything organized the night before a race, chip in the laces, bib on the singlet and make sure I have all my gear and food.
HN: What is a typical pre-race meal for you and how many hours before a race do you eat?
HN: Running has a huge mental aspect. How do you keep your motivation and mind sharp to compete?
RC: Consistent training and focusing during tempo runs is the best practice to stay focused while racing.
HN: After a race, what do you do to recover?
RC: My favorite recovery snack is a PowerBar Protein shake (Chocolate PowerBar Protein mix, milk, banana, peanut butter, ice). Followed by light stretching and then a cold tub.
HN: Do you perform any strength exercises to supplement your running and help avoid injury?
RC: I do form drills 2 X week and core exercises 2-3 X week. I used to lift light weights when I ran track but I don’t do many weights anymore.
HN: Tell us a bit about your upcoming training trip Kenya.
RC: I’m going to Iten, Kenya for 5 and half weeks. I went earlier this year and I really liked it and decided to go back next year (Jan 1st). The weather, trails, athletes and the simple life all felt perfect for a winter training camp.
Iten is located at 7800 feet which is great for altitude training. A few of the very best marathoners in the world train in Iten, no better place to witness the great ones.
Video – Reid Coolsaet in Kenya
HN: What is your goal for London 2012?
RC: My goal for London will always be dictated by how my training is going. As of right now I have a goal of top 10 in mind.