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.
Category: Just running
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
Rotterdam marathon 2017 – race day
Marathon morning began bright and warm, with it forecast to be the warmest day of the year so far – not ideal conditions for chasing a sub-3 hour marathon. But then you can’t change the weather, only adapt to it. So, we made the short journey on the Metro from our hotel to the start area outside Rotterdam’s Stadhuis (town hall) with plenty of fluids and sun-cream.
Rotterdam marathon 2017 – targets and preparation.
We all have our goals in running (and in life). Some are the short-term targets we set ourselves for the season ahead and others are more aspirational, helping us to focus our efforts on achieving a significant milestone. For the last two years I’ve had a very simple(!) running goal. To run a sub-3 hour marathon. On 9 April 2017, I travelled to Rotterdam in an attempt to join the sub-3 hour club.
It’s been a funny couple of weeks with a mixed bag of training, racing and injury coming amid plenty of non-running distractions, all making this a pick ‘n mix of an update! First things first, however. Yes, it really is just 100 days until the start of the Brathay 10in10.
Those nice people at the Rotterdam marathon have included a short profile of yours truly on their website. Looking forward to a flat and fast race in April.