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Well, I’ve got to run to keep from hiding

October 12, 2010

Recovery from the marathon keeps going much better than expected.  I waited 10 days like I said I would and started back slowly.  I’ve had a few good runs and I’m really looking forward to getting the cross-country season underway. 

I’m going to start heading to 4:30 practices with Speed River 2-3 times/week with a focus on the National XC Championships at the end of November.  Since June I’ve been training with Gillis (sometimes Destroyer too) in the morning. That training was all good and fun but there’s nothing like the camaraderie of the whole group. 

For the past week I’ve been organizing a training trip to Iten, Kenya for January.  My plan is to go there for four weeks and then race a European XC race on the way home.  The problem is that I’m having a hard time finding 2011 dates for some of the good XC races at the end of January or beginning of February.  Once I know where I’m racing I can book my flights.  Training in Kenya and racing a European XC race have always been on my bucket list and I think the timing works out well with conjunction of an April Marathon.

Why Kenya?  The altitude (7500 feet) and temps (mid-20’s) are a big draw but I also want to dive into their running culture and witness it firsthand.  I think I can learn a lot while training in Kenya.

In the meantime I’m trying to learn a little Swahili. 

Here’s picture of the track in Iten.  Insert joke about U of G’s campus…


  1. October 13, 2010 6:48 am

    Hi Reid,

    You can always come to Belgium for some XC race. There is Hulshout (02/01/2011), Hannuit (13/02/2011) or even Dour (27/02/2011). Always a strong field of Europeans like our local Pieter Desmet and also strong African competitors. e.g. Leonard Komon, Paul Koech, Tadesse Tola, Abraham Cebii, Sergei Lebid,… and the list goes on.

    A real well organized cross-country race with good prize money. The choice is up to you..
    Here’s the website of the Belgium top XC races to be held in 2010-2011:



  2. Reid permalink*
    October 14, 2010 7:44 pm

    Thanks Wesley. Those Belgian races were the first ones I looked into but the timing doesn’t work that well for my trip. I always like racing in Belgium.

  3. Skuj permalink
    October 18, 2010 8:32 pm

    So…London Marathon 2011?

  4. October 19, 2010 10:04 am

    Jambo Reid,

    Great decision to go to Iten – amazing place to stay and train! Are you staying at Lornah’s?

    The Antrim (N.I) UK Cross Challenge is the 21st Jan – thats usually a decent race. Or there is cinque mulini on 6th Feb in Italy – fun course!
    You could always race in Kenya??


    • reidcoolsaet permalink*
      October 19, 2010 11:04 am

      Right on! I’m going to stay at Lornah’s and I’m planning on running Cinque Mulini.

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