So far 2018, has consisted of a lot of reading and running, or reading about running. Running with The Kenyans is such an example. This is definitely one of those must read books for runners. Even more so when the book is only 99p on Kindle!
Kenyans are rather good at running, for a variety of not so secret reasons, as the book explains. Adharanand Finn and family, went to live in the Kenyan village of Iten in an attempt to discover the secrets. The secrets in themselves, are nothing groundbreaking, train hard, rest, have grit and determination. What struck with me, was the differences between Kenyan and British life, so many of the athletes in Kenyan just run. They don’t have other jobs. The thing of a casual runner, such as myself doesn’t really exist. From a young age, Kenyan children run from home to school, inherently getting faster day in, day out.
Running with The Kenyans is now 6 years old. Yet, Iten the village Adharanand stayed in, is still immensely popular to train in. So much so, that 3 different Olympic athletes that I follow have gone out there for the next few months. Iten is also at altitude which comes with a multitude of benefits.
Many of Adharanand’s antidotes about running are so true for me.
Right before you head out running, it can be hard to remember exactly why you’re doing it. You often have to override a nagging sense of futility, lacing up your shoes, telling yourself that no matter how unlikely it seems, after you finish you will be glad you went. It’s only afterwards that it makes sense, although even then it’s hard to rationalise why. You just feel right. After a run, you feel at one with the world, as though some unspecified, innate need has been fulfilled.
Running so ofeten clears my head. Don’t ask me what I thought about, or how I felt. I just instantly felt better about things.
Since the book, various training camps such as The Kenyan Experience have been created. This is definitely on the vacation bucket list.