Talkback: Haile Gebrselassie - You Ask the Questions

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13/04/2010 at 00:02

Hi Haile Gebrselassie, my husband and I are huge fan of yours.

My question to you is: What is your weekly training like, if you are training

for a marathon?  Karen Samuel.

13/04/2010 at 11:47

Hello Haile,

I am avid fan of yours and deeply respectful of what you have achieved both on and off the athletics scene. I am going to be cheeky and ask 3 questions in the hope that you may answer one of them; so here goes: 

What are your top tips for runners training for, running in and recovering from a marathon? (1 for each please)

Secondly, many runners seem to fear/dread the taper before a marathon, how do you cope with yours (assuming that you do taper).

Finally, what has been your greatest achievement to date (not necessarily running)?

Yours Sincerely

 Howard Clark

13/04/2010 at 12:11

Hello Haile-thank you very much for taking the time to answer questions on this forum.

Your achievements over the years are amazing and I would like to ask you whether you think it will be possible again for British long-distance runners to challenge the very best in the world at distances of 5K upwards ?

The bar has been raised so high by you and those you have inspired that sub-13 and sub-27 are now required in order to challenge the very best.How do you think the most talented,aspiring UK runners can develop themselves to run so incredibly fast ?

13/04/2010 at 12:17

Hello Haile,

Another big fan of you and I have the utmost respects for all your achievements.  My question is regarding nutrition:  What do you eat during the most intense phases of your training, both for fuel and for recovery?

13/04/2010 at 13:47

Hi Haile,

13/04/2010 at 13:47

Hi Haile,

13/04/2010 at 13:48

Hi Haile,

13/04/2010 at 13:48

Hi Haile,

13/04/2010 at 13:48

Hi Haile,

13/04/2010 at 13:48

Hi Haile,

13/04/2010 at 14:25

Hello Haile

I raced against you in London but unfortunately you beat me

Anyway, here's my question - what pace do you run your long runs at? 

Best wishes from a huge fan


13/04/2010 at 14:36

All Hail the Haile sorry bad i know!! but you are a legend

anyways my question is:-

Do you have any post/pre match must do routines?

 Thank you

13/04/2010 at 14:47

Hi there,

Apologies for any confusion - to submit your questions for Haile please click on the links above or go straight to the following page:


Alice RW

13/04/2010 at 15:23

Also submitted via that link...

Say for example you are only allowed to do one "quality" session per week. What session do you do?

14/04/2010 at 08:34

Hi Haile

Will You come for Olympic Games - London 2012 , I hope Yes


14/04/2010 at 09:18
Total respect for a truly great athlete - I hope to see you race in 2010
14/04/2010 at 21:17

Hi Haile,

 As marathon runners we are advised to take on nutrition in the form of gels/drinks etc during a race. However, I never seem to witness the pros (such as yourself) take anything more than a quick drink when I watch the television coverage!!!!!

What do you tend to take on during a race and at what time/distance?

Michael Rix - Farnham Runners

15/04/2010 at 13:17

Hi Haile,

When do you think we will see a sub 2:00 hour marathon and do you think you will accomplish this in your career?  

15/04/2010 at 13:43

i love the way everyone's ignored Alice from RW clearly saying mid way down this link that you have to submit your questions elsewhere!

Sort it out people 

15/04/2010 at 13:56

Hi Haile,

 What's your favourite colour?

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