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February 15, 2011

Crazy XC course with a couple of barriers each lap. photo from

Results from Sunday’s Hannut Cross Cup.

Hannut Lotto Cross Cup was a blast!  The course was pretty crazy but I was armed with 15mm spikes so I was able to navigate pretty well.  I’m happy with the 5th place showing considering I had a terrible start and I was brutal on the soft sections of the course.  Larry and I were doing a stride when they opened the start area and we were regulated to the second row. From the gun the pace was ridiculously fast and 50m into the race I yelled out “this is a 10km race boys!” as I ran in 40th place or so.  At 1km into the race I was still outside of the top 20 and then by 3km I moved into 4th and then got passed by one more dude around 6km, a 1:00:28 half marathon Kenyan dude.  The good thing is that I beat Wilson Busieni who beat me at 2005 FISU 5000m for the gold.   The unfortunate part is that after the race the race director congratulated me on the race and admitted he thought my PB’s were bogus because otherwise he would have given me appearance money.  He said he hadn’t heard of me but halfway into the race he realised I was legit. 

Three weeks of two workouts/week seemed to prepare me just enough for a decent showing, I feel as though I will see big gains in the next three weeks.  In other words I will begin to train to race (as opposed to train to train), and I do plan on racing the NYC 1/2 on March 20th.  This week I will be able to quantify my workouts now that I’m back at sea-level and I may even replicate my 800m repeat workout from last week to see what kind of difference I see down here on a rubber track.

It feels good to have a new pair of trainers again.  Seriously, who goes to Kenya for one month with only one pair of trainers?  I still can’t believe I forgot to pack my other shoes.  I went on a run this morning with a new pair of shoes, the New Balance 870.  It’s not a lightweight trainer but it’s lighter than a typical trainer, a great shoe!

New Balance 870

  1. BBB permalink
    February 15, 2011 5:54 pm

    That’s so cool, a XC race with a little steeple thrown in!

  2. February 15, 2011 6:25 pm

    Are those the ends of brooms as barriers? What ever happened to hay bales?


    • Jamie permalink
      February 15, 2011 11:41 pm

      How did Larry do?

      Sounds like a sweet trip and experience.

      • reidcoolsaet permalink*
        February 16, 2011 8:06 am

        2 TASAMA FAISA DAME* 32.35
        3 BADHAZO DAABAYA 32.46
        4 MASAI GILBERT 32.49
        5 COOLSAET REID 33.02
        6 BUSIENE GILSON 33.08
        8 ABDI BASHIR 33.39
        9 HALL NEILSON 33.40
        10 BARBIER BENJAMIN 33.44
        11 D’HOEDT JEROEN 33.46
        12 PEPPER JONATHON 33.46
        13 GARAIN STIJN 33.54
        14 CAELEN FLORENT 34
        15 NAERT KOEN 34.03
        16 VAN KOOLWIJK KRIJN 34.08
        17 TIJTGAT LANDER 34.11
        18 TORFS SANNE 34.13
        19 DEKEYSER JONATHAN 34.28
        20 HICKEY ADAM 34.29
        21 NAGAASA ABDI* 34.47
        22 LEYSEN ERWIN 34.49
        23 GAHUNGU VITAL* 34.55
        24 LINTERMANS STIJN 35.03
        25 FAILLE GREGORY 35.07
        26 TICKNER BEN 35.18
        27 NOTHUM VINCENT 35.29
        28 GROBEN PASCAL 35.39
        29 ABBOTT LAURENCE 35.44

    • reidcoolsaet permalink*
      February 16, 2011 8:07 am

      I’m pretty sure they are upside down brooms, which was nice because you could try and sweep some mud off your feet a couple of times each lap.

  3. February 18, 2011 10:01 am

    “The unfortunate part is that after the race the race director congratulated me on the race and admitted he thought my PB’s were bogus”

    What, there’s no internet in Belgium? Haven’t you raced there several times? Too bad it cost you some cash, otherwise it would be funny.

  4. February 18, 2011 11:54 pm

    …and in Speed River team colours. 🙂


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