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Citius Mag Presents...Something In The Water-The Marathoners

The marathon is a gruelling 42.2km race that catches the imaginations of nearly everyone who comes in contact with the event. The runners who choose to take it on are usually a tough breed, and true workhorses. On this week's show we take a look at the Speed River marathon group, a collection of athletes who fit the description above and have also done impressive things with the distance. We'll chat with 2x Olympian and fastest active marathoner, Reid Coolsaet about being with the club since the beginning, the camaraderie that exists within the group, and the elusive national record. Also, we meet up with Krista Duchene, also an Olympian and the second fastest female Canadian marathoner of all time. Finally, we'll hear some stories from Rob Winslow, a 2:19 marathoner who will certainly be making a name for himself in the near future!
Posted 9 months ago by Trackie | Source: Citius Mag

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  • oldster User since:
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    Oldster said 9 months ago

    Young runners, listen extremely carefully to Reid C's contributions here-- absolute gold if you want an insider's view of what it takes to climb the ladder from decent collegian to 2:10 guy, in spite of enough injury adversity to last 3 careers. He possesses the necessary facets of temperament for complete success in this sport-- a lightness of spirit/genuine love of the training process and a relentless drive to succeed-- in almost perfect ying/yang balance. And "complete success"= not only running fast, but absorbing maximum meaning from the athletic experience. His detailed recollections show that he has clearly been alive to the privilege of being a serious athlete at every moment of his career. In this respect, he just might be the perfect "anti-Rupp", if you know what I mean. We've had glimpses of this through the years (his was one of the first, and remains one of the best, elite athlete blogs); but, his unique essence has never come across more clearly than in this interview, which is, in my view, easily the best thing in this series so far.

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    Andrew Jones said 9 months ago

    ... "anti-Rupp", if you know what I mean.

    You mean human, and not cyborg? :)

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    MichaelRochus said 9 months ago

    Quoting: Oldster
    "Young runners, listen extremely carefully to Reid C's contributions here-- absolute gold if you want an insider's view of what it takes to climb the ladder from decent collegian to 2:10 guy, in spite of enough injury adversity to last 3 careers. He possesses the necessary facets of temperament for complete success in this sport-- a lightness of spirit/genuine love of the training process and a relentless drive to succeed-- in almost perfect ying/yang balance. And "complete success"= not only running fast, but absorbing maximum meaning from the athletic experience. His detailed recollections show that he has clearly been alive to the privilege of being a serious athlete at every moment of his career. In this respect, he just might be the perfect "anti-Rupp", if you know what I mean. We've had glimpses of this through the years (his was one of the first, and remains one of the best, elite athlete blogs); but, his unique essence has never come across more clearly than in this interview, which is, in my view, easily the best thing in this series so far."


    I agree with you wholeheartedly Oldster. I was a fan of Reid going into this interview, but I feel like I left with a better understanding of who he is and how he got to where he was.
    There's a lot of banter about childhood superstars on this forum....and while measurable things like times of developing runners may be indicators, the truth is, for Reid (and others looking to follow) mindset and attitude matter more....at least that's what I got from our conversation.

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    Oldster said 9 months ago

    Quoting: MichaelRochus
    "I agree with you wholeheartedly Oldster. I was a fan of Reid going into this interview, but I feel like I left with a better understanding of who he is and how he got to where he was.
    There's a lot of banter about childhood superstars on this forum....and while measurable things like times of developing runners may be indicators, the truth is, for Reid (and others looking to follow) mindset and attitude matter more....at least that's what I got from our conversation."


    They do indeed matter more (mindset and attitude do), and not just as "techniques" for running faster. These things can't be faked or "turned on". There is simply no point in running faster in the first place if you are not also learning and growing in the process. If you are not reflecting on what you're doing (and on what you may NOT be doing as a result of your choice to pursue the sport seriously), then best not to bother, regardless of how fast you might be. When I listen to or read Reid I get a similar vibe as from people like Rod Dixon, Bill Rodgers, and even crazy Alan Webb, none of whom, like Reid, are trying to come off as gurus. That's not the point. They are completely themselves at all times, and they clearly love everything about racing and training, infectiously.

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    Meizner said 9 months ago

    Fun fact that may not have been covered in interview (haven't listened yet): RC didn't make the top 7 at Guelph for XC in his first year-- this was PRE-Guelph dominance of CIS XC.

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    Andrew Jones said 9 months ago

    Quoting: Meizner
    "Fun fact that may not have been covered in interview (haven't listened yet): RC didn't make the top 7 at Guelph for XC in his first year-- this was PRE-Guelph dominance of CIS XC."


    Very fun fact!

    Don't we all love the outsider/late bloomer narrative?

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    Oldster said 9 months ago

    Quoting: Meizner
    "Fun fact that may not have been covered in interview (haven't listened yet): RC didn't make the top 7 at Guelph for XC in his first year-- this was PRE-Guelph dominance of CIS XC."


    This might be why he's always come off as a bit of an outsider in elite running, even years after becoming about as a elite as it's possible to get. I think this is a big part of what makes his take on things so interesting.

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    Oldster said 9 months ago

    One other quick thing: I think I may have heard heard Eric say that his 2:13 was a Canadian debut record (I could be wrong, because I was doing something else at the time), but that would be incorrect. Peter Fonseca ran 2:12:20ish in LA (almost winning the thing) in his debut. He was still an undergrad at Oregon at the time and had to wait a few months till graduation to claim his $.

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    Andrew Jones said 9 months ago

    Quoting: Oldster
    "This might be why he's always come off as a bit of an outsider in elite running, even years after becoming about as a elite as it's possible to get. I think this is a big part of what makes his take on things so interesting."


    Now that you mention it, and I've never thought of these two before in the same vein, I think your comparison of Reid to Bill Rodgers is very valid.

    You have RC as an "out-of-left-field" Canadian college runner who likes to skateboard, and BR as a cigarette-smoking hospital orderly who gave up on running after college and resumes it simply to feel better and improve the quality of his life.

    And the rest is history.

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    MichaelRochus said 9 months ago

    Quoting: Oldster
    "One other quick thing: I think I may have heard heard Eric say that his 2:13 was a Canadian debut record (I could be wrong, because I was doing something else at the time), but that would be incorrect. Peter Fonseca ran 2:12:20ish in LA (almost winning the thing) in his debut. He was still an undergrad at Oregon at the time and had to wait a few months till graduation to claim his $."


    That was actually Dave who put that out there. Unfortunately, Eric and I couldn't connect in time for the release of the episode...which is a shame. You have to wonder how Reid would have done without Eric as a training partner, and viseversa... no doubt they'd still be great, but having such a closely matched training partner had to have been a huge advantage (Reid alluded to it a bit in his interview).
    I like your comparisons above, and I think I'll throw one more at you....Mike Tate. It's striking to me the similarities of talking to someone like Reid and to someone like Mike...I'm calling big things for that guy in the future.

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    Desy99 said 9 months ago

    Quoting: Meizner
    "Fun fact that may not have been covered in interview (haven't listened yet): RC didn't make the top 7 at Guelph for XC in his first year-- this was PRE-Guelph dominance of CIS XC."


    Fun fact, I didn't make they top 7 in my rookie year at Guelph as well :)

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