15, 2008 - Two miles high and on the edge
after a run in Entoto, 500m above Addis.
if training at 2700m isn't high enough, we have learned that
most of the local Ethiopian athletes actually go up to a place
called Entoto to train at up to 3200m. I thought I was adapting
to the altitude because my heart rate is lower and I can run
faster on the same loops, compared to when I arrived.
training at Entoto is a different story - I have yet to go
there and NOT get a headache. I find I have to be really careful
about not pushing myself over my limit because it's usually
recovery runs that we do there and I've learned if you go
over the edge on a recovery run at altitude, you will pay
over the next few days by feeling really spent and not being
able to train well.
who live in Entoto who ran to our van everytime we arrived.
of going over the edge - yesterday Defar told me that she
ran so hard in Entoto that she threw up in the middle of her
run, but just kept going. I ask her if this was normal and
she said yes, when she is just getting back into training
her body isn't used to the hard sessions. This made me feel
like maybe I should start training harder! But I think there
is a time and a place to go to the well and you can't do it
all the time or you'll get burned out - I've had days like
Defar, but I don't go there often.
of our group has experiences a few bumps in the road as well.
Lidia ended up drinking some juice that we figure was made
with tap water and ended up spending a night in the hospital
with some kind of bacteria in her stomach. Frankly, Lidia
was pretty scared to go to the hospital here, but was relieved
and impressed to find clean and professional facilities. They
took good care of her by refilling her with electrolytes and
giving her antibiotics to kill whatever made her feel like
she was dying. It was actually really scary when it hit her:
we were in the car on the way back from a run and she turned
really white and got dizzying, sick and incoherent. She is
back training now.
Marc and Lidia, back to normal training.
of us have been pretty good with stomach issues - but you
really have to stay away from the water, even brushing your
teeth with bottled water, and be careful which restaurants
you eat in. We've been fortunate to have a cook prepare all
our meals at our guest house ane he seems quite understanding
that we have sensitive, westernized stomaches.
on wood - hopefully everyone stays healthy and we don't have
anymore close calls for the rest of the trip.