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ROO #96: Haile Gebrselassie (Short Version Interview)

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 …

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ROO #89: Haile Gebrselassie on Never Giving Up

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.

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Yaya Journal 9: Learning Languages on the Run

We headed out for my final run, our second run of the day— an easy 40 minutes through farm fields and forest. In Ethiopian running culture, groups of runners run in a single line. I have never asked the exact reason for this, but would guess it is because the terrain can be narrow and unpredictable. There is also a system in which everyone points to the ground or snaps their fingers when crossing an uneven patch of land — alerting the person behind them to tread cautiously. Despite running in a line formation, laughter and chatter provided the soundtrack …

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ROO #88: Julia Bleasdale on Running on Track and Trails

Julia Bleasdale is a professional runner from Great Britain and Olympian. In the episode, Julia tells her story of how she got into running from balancing her passions for running and music in her youth to running competitively at Cambridge University. She reveals the challenging transition to professional running and how she overcame injury. Julia reflects on her incredible experience running in her home country for the 2012 London Olympics and her racing strategy behind running both the 5k and 10k at the Olympics. She discusses what inspired her to first travel to run in Ethiopia, including advice for training …

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ROO #87: Rene Kalmer on Loving Running Throughout One’s Lifetime

In the episode, Rene Kalmer, professional runner and Olympian from South Africa, tells the story of how she got into running, from her first cross country race at the age of 10 to her breakthrough running year at the age of 16. She reveals the secret to her longterm success as a deep love of running. Rene recounts her dreams of becoming an Olympian, watching fellow South African female runners Elana Meyer and Zola Budd from a young age. She explains how she transitioned from running the 1500 meter at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to running the marathon at the 2012 Olympics. Rene shares details of her marathon training, including key workouts and her relationship with Christine, her sister and training partner. She provides insight on the importance of listening to your body and how she practices this on a daily basis. Rene discusses why she left teaching to pursue running full-time. She recaps her recent experience at the Berlin Marathon where she placed 9th in a time of 2:29:27. Rene describes how she overcomes the mental challenges that are experienced during a marathon. She reflects on her three-week stay in Ethiopia, including her most memorable run and her perspective on why Ethiopian runners are among the best in the world. Rene notes the support of her family as paramount to her success. Lastly, Rene previews her journey in qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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ROO Video: The Journey to Entoto

The Yaya Girls journeyed to Entoto for a challenging workout. They live at 8,858 feet in Sululta, Ethiopia, however wanted the higher altitude of over 10,000 feet for their kilometer reps. Their workout consisted of 4k, 3k, 2k with 2 minutes rest in between on a hilly field loop. In order to get to Entoto, the Yaya Girls traveled around 90 minutes by minibus and foot. They did not cool down after their workout since they had an over 90 minute walk back through the forest. The Yaya Girls not only train hard on a daily basis, but also study …

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