We’re proud to have a team of incredible ambassadors on the ground at running events across the country. We asked CRC ambassador, Reid Coolsaet, some of our burning questions about his training habits, favourite running spots and how he overcame his biggest running challenges.
Q: How or why did you start running?
A: I started running trails at sports camp when I was around 8 years old. When I entered grade 6, I signed up for cross-country and liked it right away.
Q: What keeps you running?
A: I like to run and would be running no matter what. However, I wouldn’t be training as hard as I am, or running as much as I am if it weren’t for lofty goals. The lure of a sub 2:10 marathon was my main focus for years. My current focus is to qualify for the 2020 Olympic marathon.
Q: Where is your favourite running spot? What do you love about it?
A: My favourite running spot is the Dundas Valley. There are tons of trails and enough hills to keep it fun.
Q: What would you consider your proudest running success?
A: My consistency in the marathon. My sixth fastest marathon is 2:11:24.
Q: What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a runner?
A: Overcoming injuries and convincing myself I can return (or exceed) my previous performances.
Q: What is your favourite running event? What do you love about it?
A: The marathon is my favourite event because so much can happen within one race. I only race one or two in a given year so there is a lot of preparation put into each one. So much can go wrong, but when things go right it’s very rewarding.
Before I started racing marathons, I didn’t like the prospect of waiting so long between races and putting so much stock into one race. But I learned accept the challenge.
Q: What are your other hobbies besides running?
A: I enjoy following cycling and skateboarding, although I rarely participate in either that much these days. Reading is a great way to relax and wind down at the end of the day.
Q: Is there an event or location you dream of running at?
A: Most of my dreaming revolves around Tokyo 2020. Other than that, I want to explore more trails anywhere in the world.
Q: What is the best advice you could give someone who is just getting started on their running journey?
A: Patience and consistency are key. Running takes a long time to see big improvements. If you’re consistent with your training, you should see improvement.
Q: In your opinion, what is the importance of a national run club like CRC?
A: Wherever I have run in the world, I’m always amazed at the way runners
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