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

3 thoughts on “My Day At Haile Gebrselassie Coaching Clinic

  1. Wayne

    HI Constantine. What an honor! The clinic and the photo with you and Haile speaks volumes. I have his book and the VHS tape from the movie and to me, he’s the greatest distance runner of all time. There will always be arguments on this because I feel very highly of Paul Tergat, Bekele, Kip Keino and although I never saw him live, Paavo Nurmi.

    Thanks for sending me an e-mail. Nothing against WordPress but Blogspot gives me a little more in the way of options. I’ll add a blog entry mentioning about your day with Haile. Take care and have a good upcoming weekend.

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  2. Nathaniel

    Hi Constantine, nice blogs! I got this from SFRunner. I will keep on visiting your site to learn more about running. Wow, it’s really awesome to run with the Haile the King!

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