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Kenya 2014 – Dispatch #3

February 1, 2014

This morning I did my long run early and I thought I’d try and write my blog while most of the other runners were training so I could upload some photos.  No luck, the internet can’t handle photos on wordpress. Perhaps if I made them really small it could work…

Training is going well. I had a track session of 400’s on Tuesday, fartlek on Friday and a 30km run this weekend.  I do all my hard runs with the same local group and the rest of my runs with #wazunguwatatu or other people from the camp.

Kyle, John, Dane (Aussie runner) and I went on a run through a forrest which starts about 5km from the camp.  I’ve been on this run in past years and it’s kind of become a tradition for me.  Some of the trails are technical, there are creek crossings and very steep hills so it’s not a run I do often.  The best part of the run is when we reach the edge of the Great Rift Valley at a spot where there are only a couple of little huts nearby.

It amazes me every time I go there because a car can’t drive up there (perhaps a rugged SUV could), there is no plumbing or electricity. Just a couple of thatched roofed mud huts, lots of different crops and a couple of friendly people surprised to see Wazungu. The kid we met, Aaron, spoke good english and we asked him a bunch of questions about his life out there.

This weekend there is a track opening ceremony and London Marathon press conference with some of the top runners.  I should probably head over there soon and check it out the festivities.




  1. Marius Bakken permalink
    February 5, 2014 4:04 am

    Hi Reid,

    I’m a Norwegian two-time Olympic runner (13.06 5k back in ’04) as well as an MD.

    I’ve also trained over a year in total in Iten + Eldoret and I enjoy reading your posts from there, thank you !

    I have been following your blog for a while and want you to know that I’ve added you to a list of the Top 100 Running Blogs for 2014 on my “hobby” marathon site.

    You are there, and deservedly so, in spot # 15 :

    Keep up the wonderful work. If you ever want to get in touch to discuss running, do not hesitate to do so.

    Kind regards,
    Marius Bakken, MD

    • reidcoolsaet permalink*
      February 5, 2014 5:14 am

      Thanks Marius. I remember you from Helsinki 2005. You and Tim Broe leading the second heat of the 5000m (I was in the first heat).
      Lots of apples, oatmeal and chicken breasts if I remember correctly.


      • Marius Bakken permalink
        February 6, 2014 10:49 am

        Yeah – you’re correct 🙂 Nice to see how well you’ve adapted to the marathon – I never got quite that long. I’ll keep following you and I wish you all the best for London!

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  3. Fred permalink
    February 15, 2014 8:57 pm

    Levins is coming

    Have a great buildup, Reid

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