I edited my ROO Podcast #89 with Haile Gebrselassie for a project at the Oral History Winter School. Our assignment was to produce a short piece from a longer interview that would be aired on WGXC 90.7-FM in New York. This almost four minute piece tells Haile’s running story. Haile Gebrselassie is one of the greatest distance runners in history, and now business and father. I encourage you to listen to the unedited interview, ROO Podcast #89, to hear Haile’s full story. I plan to edit other ROO interviews to give listeners a preview of the longer interviews— let me …
In the episode, Haile Gebrselassie, of the greatest distance runners in history, a professional runner from Ethiopia, Olympian, world recorder holder in numerous events, including the former world record holder in the marathon, and now businessman and father, tells the story of how he started running, from running the 10km to school and 10km home everyday to his first 1500 meter race at the age of 14. Haile reveals the reasons behind his favorite running distance. He discusses the importance of never giving up and the role this lesson played in his 2000 Sydney Olympics 10,000 meter race where he won the gold medal. Haile explains how running influences his outlook on business and the centrality of his faith in his life. He offers his perspective on why Ethiopian runners are among the best in the world and describes what his training looks like now. Haile reflects on how he balances his running, family, and businesses. Lastly, Haile shares who his biggest role model has been.
In this episode, Jeremy and Adriana Nelson, accomplished runners and cofounders of Roll Recovery, discuss their running backgrounds, Adriana’s journey as a professional runner, and their cofounding of Roll Recovery, a company that creates innovative self-massage tools for athletes. Adriana recounts her running story from her youth in Romania. Jeremy reflects on how being married to a professional runner inspired his getting serious about running. They both offer three tips on injury prevention. Jeremy and Adriana discuss how perseverance has made Adriana’s most memorable marathons. They explain what is Roll Recovery and the story behind its invention. Lastly, they reveal upcoming races and roll recovery innovations in the upcoming months.
In this episode, Sara Hall, professional runner and cofounder of the Hall Steps Foundation, gives the inside scoop on her life as a professional runner for Asics, her relationship to her faith, and the social justice work she has done that has brought her around the world. She discusses how she began running at 13 years old and the freedom running gave her as an adolescent. Sara recounts her time at Stanford University and weighs what she loves more– track or cross country. She explains her preparations for her debut of a 2014 Fall marathon. Sara shares how running has taught her perseverance and how her Christian faith centers her life. She describes her journey with the Hall Steps Foundation and her travels in Ethiopia and Kenya. Sara reflects on her relationship with her husband Ryan Hall, also an accomplished professional runner, and their involvement with Team Run Flagstaff. Lastly, Sara reveals her inspirations– from Lauren Fleshman as a mentor to cooking omelets with Ryan.