Friday, 24 November 2017

Why The Nairobi Marathon ought to be an IAAF label road race

Photo from Nairobi Marathon

Being arguably the biggest marathon in a country whose athletes dominate the whole world in long distance and road running, it is hard to understand why Nairobi marathon is not yet part of the biggest marathons in the world. It is further astonishing to learn that it is not even one of the IAAF label road races. Understandingly, it not where the race is staged that makes it a bronze, a silver, or a gold label race, but what the race organizers puts into it.

Monday, 20 November 2017

The Awkward and embarrassing moment of unknowingly standing next to the women 3000m steeplechase world record holder, Ruth Jebet, while watching the Tuskys Wareng Cross Country races.

As the junior men’s race came to a climax, I moved closer to the tape restricting the fans and found a space in between the crowds who were cheering wildly as the two runners who had stayed together in the lead throughout the 8km engaged their finishing kicks with about 200m to go. In the end, Robert Kiprop managed to edge Michael Bett in such a thrilling finish.
The cheering then slowly began to subside. I looked around and noticed two very familiar ladies standing next to me. One of them, Virginia Nyambura, who I knew since I interviewed her for RunBlogRun one time excused herself to talk with someone and I suddenly found myself standing next to the other remaining familiar lady. So, I decided to ask her about Nyambura that she has been a great 3000m steeplechase runner and whether she knew why she has been missing in action for a while now. She told me that Nyambura has been having an injury that has disturbed her for a while now and that she is hoping for her to get well soon.
The last time I asked someone who looked familiar who they were. It had not gone very well. The lady had cried uncontrollably lamenting how I could not know her! She was a distant relative who had visited our home a number of times before and we knew each other very well in the past. This incident has scared me from asking anyone who they are, more so if they look familiar.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Some valuable observations made at the 2017 New York City Marathon

1.       A leave from running due to injury or maternity could result in greater achievements when the athlete resumes running.

A break from running could serve to replenish strength in an athlete’s body. The last time that Shalane Flanagan ran a major marathon was last year at the Rio Olympic Games, where she had finished sixth. An injury on her lower back forced her to miss racing for over a year and when she came back to the New York City marathon, no other athlete could match her strength in the finishing stages.
It was the same case for Mary Keitany in 2014 when she came back from a maternity leave and the New York City marathon was the first marathon she did and won. This was to be followed by two other consecutive wins in 2015 and 2016.

The Trinidad Alfonso EDP Valencia marathon remains unique again this year

Many runners who register to run a marathon usually have a sole aim of just improving their personal best times there, not caring what position they take, nor if there are any prizes on offer for top runners. Surprisingly, there is one marathon that pays handsomely runners who break their personal best times there.
The Trinidad Alfonso EDP Valencia marathon is unique in its ingenuity to put in new ideas and projects to reward personal self-improvement in their race, every year, so that both the best runners and the ones who come immediately after them can improve on their personal best times. Starting last year, the Valencia Marathon has been supplying 3 groups of male pacemakers and 3 groups of female pacemakers that run at paces under 2h20:00 and 2h45:00.
In 2015, there were prizes for those athletes who met the Olympic qualification times at the Valencia marathon. This year, cash prizes will be given to anyone who runs their personal best time in the race, provided it is run under the specified respective times for men and women. The program dubbed "Personal Best" will award special prizes from Euro 2,000 to 4,000 to those athletes who, no matter what their result is, beat their personal best times in Valencia. This will be as long as their times are under 2h20:00 for men and 2h45:00 for women.
The organization, SD Correcaminos and the Valencia City Government, will support this program by covering 3 days of stay and maintenance (from the 19th to the 20th of November) of those runners from any country who expressly request to be included in Personal Best program, and who meet all requirements and provide documentary evidence of a personal best in the last 4 years (from 2014 to 2017)

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The 17 week training program that improved my marathon time from 2:55 to 2:26!

The 17 week training program that improved my marathon time from 2:55 to 2:26!
Running and completing a marathon is one of the hardest undertakings that any runner can undertake. Cutting 29 minutes off a marathon time is even harder. It needs well thought and lengthy preparations. You can get the ebook here.

The training program should be made to incorporate track and road speed workouts, hills, long runs, tempo runs, enough sleep, among others.
In the ebook is the program that I used to ensure that I was able to improve my time on the same marathon course the following year. I didn’t have any specific minutes to shed off, but was able to cut 29 minutes from the time I ran last year! This should be a great testimony in itself of the effectiveness of the training I went through and I do believe it is going to work for anyone who is interested in improving their marathon times drastically.
Note. It is going to be hard training, but one should listen to their body and try and make the proper adjustments to fit them.
My target race was the ScotiaBank Ottawa Marathon.
I am about to embark on another journey using the same training program next year for another huge time improvement and I hope to be doing this with those who will read this program and decide to incorporate it in their programs too. After all, it is the typical training program in almost every training group in Kenya.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Using Social Media for Screening Potential Employees

Using Social Media for Screening Potential Employees
Just short of 15 years ago - yes, it's been that long (yes, we're that old) - Myspace launched. Its widespread popularity led it to be acquired by News Corporation - I'm sure they later flopped; poor parent company - for a whopping $580 million.

Most consider Myspace as the first "real" social media platform, at least the first such site that's comparable to modern social networking platforms. While the history of these sites doesn't matter, the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Youtube, and Instagram - among many others - serve its users with several extraordinarily helpful functions.

Those who regularly browse social platforms keep up with news in real-time, rather than having to read newspapers, listen to a radio, and watch television, all of which spread breaking news far slower than Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites; news spreads infinitely faster than wildfire in today's technological age, metaphorically speaking (but still, it spreads crazy fast). People with accounts can keep in touch with others from grade school, college, work, and work.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Your Questions Answered: What is the highest altitude in Kenya?

What is the highest altitude in Kenya?
Mt. Kenya

Considering that the person asking this question wanted to know more about long distance training in Kenya and why many runners visit Kenya to benefit from the high altitude training, the answer has little to do with long distance training, but I will go ahead and put that into context. The highest point is on Mt. Kenya at 17,057 feet (5,199m) above the sea level.
However, most athletes in Kenya train at altitudes ranging from 2,000m to 2500m. Many of Kenya’s athletics training camps are located in Kapsabet in Nandi, Iten in Egeyo Marakwet, Eldoret in Uasin Gishu, Kaptagat in Uasin Gishu/Elgeyo Marakwet, Ngong in Nairobi and Nyahuru in Laikipia.
Altitude training is beneficial. But, it has to