2014 Great Ethiopian Run
Haile’s Training Advice: 4 Weeks to go!
The Great Ethiopian Run takes place in one month’s time. Are you ready?
If you’ve been following my advice until now, you will already be reasonably fit.
This week, let me advise something a bit different.
We call it interval training.
The idea is: you push hard and then have a short recovery, and then you repeat this.
For example, you could do: 1 minute hard (faster running) followed by 1 minute recovery (either jogging or walking). And repeat this 6 or 8 times.
This is a great way of increasing your fitness.
It’s also a nice change from just running at one pace.
Heroes of Running
We all need heroes to inspire us – and the world of running is full of such people. Would Haile Gebrselassie have achieved his success without hearing about the race-winning exploits of his countryman MirutsYifter? Or would there have been a Kenenisa without a Haile?
Even in recent weeks we’ve been reminded of this. The new marathon world record holder Dennis Kimetto of Kenya told reporters after his victory in Berlin on 29th September that he first got the desire to run when watching Haile beat his great rival Paul Tergat in the Sydney Olympics fourteen years ago.
But our heroes aren’t always these larger-than-life champions of the sport. Heroes can be people who inspire us for other reasons. MebKeflezighi, the Eritrean-born American marathon runner, put his victory in the 2014 Boston Marathon down to the bravery of those who had suffered in the bombings at the previous year’s race.
Or how about the story of WamiBiratu, the first Ethiopian to participate in the Olympic Marathon almost sixty years ago? Nobody remembers Biratu’s result in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics; he will, however, always be remembered for opening the door to other Ethiopian runners to compete on the world’s biggest sporting stage. (Ethiopia has since won six Olympic gold medals at the marathon.)
And then there’s the story of the American runner Kathryn Switzer who became the first female athlete to run a marathon in the modern era, when against the rules of the day she entered the 1967 Boston Marathon. (She actually gave her name as K.V. Switzer, and the race organiser even tried to pull her out of the race at one point, but she still finished!) Five years later women were officially permitted to participate in the race.
Heroes come in many forms and guises – and sometimes in a more meaningful way through people close to you. So who knows? Even your running might inspire those around you.
2014 Great Ethiopian Run International 10km race is set to take place on 23rd November 2014. Details about the race will be given here in due course.
Online entry for runners from abroad will stay open until mid-November, follow the link on Registration page.
Registration for Ethiopian Residents is now closed. Charity places will be available in September to raise funds our official charity campaign 'Running for a Cause'. (see details on charity page).
Be part of Africa's biggest and noisiest 10km race, 40,000 participants this year.
The 13th edition of the Great Ethiopian Run took place on Sunday 24th November 2013.
More than 30,000 participants and over 400 elite athletes came out and made the day special and once again the race has proven itself as the biggest road race in Africa.