In the second part of my Kenya blog I want to share what it was like, as an amateur runner, to be training in the hills of Iten, Kenya.
In the first part of my Kenyan blog, I want to share something of the experience of being in Kenya and of seeing how the Kenyans live and train. Their lifestyle, struggles and motivations.
It started exactly ten years ago. I was unfit and overweight, and a friend was encouraging me to take up running. “Sure, why not. How hard can it be?”, I thought. And so, on 30 December 2009 at the age of 36, I went out for my first ever run. Never could I have imagined what those simple beginnings would lead to or what I would be able to achieve over the next ten years.
Six weeks ago I ran a marathon; today I struggled to run 5 miles. If anything sums up my running year, it’s this. As 2019 draws to a close it’s time to review, reassess and plan for a more successful and consistent 2020.
After more than twelve months of no running I thought that there could be nothing harder than being a long-term injured runner. Well guess what? It turns out that starting running again after a year out is even tougher.
It’s 214 days since my last post, and this has certainly been the most difficult blog I’ve ever had to write. I’m a runner. I run. And I blog. About running. My last blog was in May 2017 as I completed 10 marathons in 10 days. Since then? Nothing. No blogs. No running. I am a long-term injured runner. And it’s just so ********ing
The final three days of my Brathay 10in10 journey all passed in something of a blur. And sitting here, experiencing a maelstrom of emotions, it’s a little difficult to draw out specific details to share with you. Days 8 and 9 very much followed the pattern of Day 7.
Seven marathons in seven days. So just a triple to think about now! The good Day 7 was sunny and bright – and so was I. I felt relaxed from the start and was feeling the benefits of the 4+ hours of physio I’d suffered the day before. With no…
So that’s it. Halfway. 131 miles and 8,500 ft of climb covered over the last five days. All I need to do is do it all again! The last two days have been a challenge – in particular because of the weather. On Day 4 (Monday) we woke to heavy…
That’s much more like it. I’m back in the game. Today the sun shone, and I managed my first pain free run around the Lake. It felt good too. A nice relaxed first 12.5 miles down to Newby Bridge saw me running like myself for the first time this week.…