Betsy Saina is an elite Kenyan distance runner with personal bests of 30:07 for 10,000m, 67:49 for the Half Marathon and 2:22:43 for the Marathon. She placed 5th (not 6th as stated in the Podcast Intro) at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the 10,000m, won the Paris Marathon in 2018 and before these two achievements – attended Iowa State University where she arrived a 9:58 3km runner and departed the NCAA champion over 5000m, 10,000m and Cross Country. She has been coached by world famous coach Renato Canova for the past few years.

We recorded this podcast episode live from Iten, Kenya. In the episode, Saina talks about:

– Attending Iowa State University.
– Arriving at Iowa State University a 9:58 3km runner, almost losing her scholarship in Freshman year and eventually winning NCAA champs over 3 distances.
– Winning Paris Marathon.
– Pulling out of Chicago Marathon last year due to food poisoning and a week later, running 2:22:43 (her Marathon personal best) at Toronto Marathon.
– Training with Renato Canova including some of her toughest training sessions.
– Some differences between training in the USA and Kenya.

More on Betsy Saina’s training: www.sweatelite.co/kenyan-elite-training-series-betsy-saina/

Betsy Saina is best followed on Instagram: @sainabetsy

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