However, I did get to experience a run up near Entoto, which sits up in the hills above Addis. What is exciting about this? Well, this is where many of the great Ethiopian runners train. While I didn't see anyone famous (not that I would recognize them, although one of them lived in a huge house across the street from the hotel according to the guard), it was pretty incredible knowing that I was running on the same footpaths and dirt roads that get pounded regularly by the Ethiopian elites. So, on 10-10-10 I enjoyed a lovely 10 mile run at 10,000 feet up around Entoto, and below are some photos of the scenery on the run. It was a Sunday, and maybe a rest day for the greats, as someone in our group mentioned. But on a weekday, those roads and trails are the training grounds of the best in the world. There were killer views, and some really cute kids tending the herds. And I was sucking air the entire way....
|The meskel flower, which blooms around the time of a religious holiday by the same name (apparently, also known as tickseed sunflower in the eastern US, where it is considered a weed).|
|That's Addis down below. You can see the smog hanging over the city. It's pretty bad.|
|The churches at Entoto. Not part of the run, but close to where we started the run. Many churches are octagonal in shape...I don't remember why.|