I love Kenya. In my previous job I was lucky enough to spend some time in Nairobi and Mombasa and I absolutely love the two cities.
When my friend invited me to complete my first full marathon, I was in desperate need of inspiration. It was only natural that I looked to the East of Africa.
Here’s an understatement Kenya are good at running. “The statistics are hard to ignore. This medium-size country of 41 million dominates the world in competitive running. Pick any long-distance race. You’ll often find that up to about 70 or 80 percent of its winners since the late 1980s, when East African nutrition and technology started catching up with the West, have been from Kenya. Since 1988, for example, 20 of the 25 first-place men in the Boston Marathon have been Kenyan.” Max Fisher
For my first marathon, I wanted to emulate Kenyan runners. I thought I could and people bought into the hashtag that I was using with my pictures on the line. Weeks before my first marathon, disaster struck. Kenyan runner, Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record in Berlin. Suddenly the heat was on and people put pressure on me to emulate my fellow Kenyan, I didn’t.
In all seriousness, I had fun training for the marathon and I am feeling good (unfit, but good) training for London. If you want to follow me, or you are keen to get on the bandwagon check out the hashtag #becomingkenyan.