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!!