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.
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.
Marathon training is definitely not a sprint, it’s more of a…well…er…a marathon, I suppose. Over a typical 12 week training period the average runner will experience many highs and lows. Last time I wrote about the ups and downs in my own motivation levels as I train for the Brathay 10in10 in May. Now it’s time to consider that age old battle between the runner’s head and their heart.
Sometimes marathon training can be a joy; other times its a chore. Here I reflect on my current motivation levels and what I need to do to push through the running doldrums. But don’t worry, it’s not all bad news!
The question I’ve been asked most about running the 10in10 (apart from ‘why?’) is, ‘How do you train for something like that?’. It’s a great question, and it seems there is no simple answer. As the 10in10 is so different from anything else I’ve attempted, I have been keen to test myself by running marathons over multiple days and incorporating more hills into my training. The last ten days have provided the opportunity to test both of these elements out. I have run my first fell race, and then completed 3 marathons in 3 days.