Monthly Archives: February 2009

Yoshihisa Hosaka : Running Heroes of 2009

In life, some people choose to grow bolder while others grow older.

This week I read the amazing story of Yoshihisa Hosaka, the 60 year-old Japanese runner turned back the years with a run of sparkling brilliance. Finishing 89th overall in 2:36:30, at the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon on Feb. 1, 2009. Now that is something that makes us forget the global credit crunch! I have known Japan has good senior marathon runners but I didn’t imagine they can be this good.

And this is a photo of Yoshihisa at the finishline

You deserve it ma

"It was the best. There is no other amateur runner anywhere as happy as I am."

Yoshihisa Hosaka Marathon training plan

According to japan running news the great man trained 30Kms a day!! The dude must have strong muscles and bones!!

He started running at 36 and  at his first marathon he ran a superb 2:31:19.

My Day At Haile Gebrselassie Coaching Clinic

Haile Gebrsellasie is the best long distance runner in the world, last week he visited Kenya and I had an opportunity to train, run and chat with the King.

Gebrselassie was visiting Kenya as part of a training programme organised by his sponsor’s, security firm  G4S.

The coaching clinic had been hyped by the media and I was not going to let this opportunity slip. On the eve of the event, a sports reader of a leading TV station had reminded those who cared, “If you want to run with Gebrselassie make sure you wake up early because the training run starts at 6.00am”

I arrived outside the venue, Nyayo National Stadium at 6.15 am only to be told the whole thing was invitation only. One guard asked for an official invitation letter, then another guard demanded to know I was from which media house, that is when I decided to be smart and said dailyrunningtips.com!! He did not buy that, and I was told to step aside.

Running Lesson No. 1

Outside the stadium we were five guys, two of us were dressed in running gear while the other three were in T-shirts and jeans. At around 6.30am a lady from the security company came outside and invited me and the other guy in tracks to go in. The rest were politely told to go home. Lesson: Never turn up at a running clinic in jeans!!

Haile Gebrselassie Leading the Runners

Haile Gebrselassie Leading the Runners

Cool down activity

Cool down activity

Gebrselassie sharing his wisdom

Gebrselassie sharing his wisdom

To be great you need a great rival

To be great you need a great rival

Every Runner Got an Autographed T-Shirt

Every Runner Got an Autographed T-Shirt

I have framed it and hanged it my office

I have framed it and hanged it on my office wall

Paul Tergat Training You Tube Video

Paul Tergat has been involved in some famous sprint finishes, my favourite is his victory on November 6, 2005, when he won the New York City Marathon in a thrilling sprint finish through New York’s Central Park, prevailing over defending champion Hendrick Ramaala 2:09:29.90 to 2:09:30.22.

How does Tergat do that?

An answer to that question can be found by watching a you tube video of how the man trains.