Thursday, 30 November 2017

Great Ethiopian Run and Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon happened on the same day

Photo by the Nairobi Marathon
Two of the East African countries with the greatest long distance running talents in the world coincidentally held the biggest races in their countries today. Ethiopians ran the Great Ethiopian Run while Kenyans ran the Nairobi Marathon. No one planned for the two big races to happen on the same day, but the election timeline in Kenya forced the Nairobi Marathon to be postponed from the usual last Sunday of October to this day. The big races happening at the same time filled the social media with exciting pictures and results and the all day was almost all about running. If only we had races like these every weekend!
The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon in Kenya began in a chilly morning with some light showers, but then it was soon to get warmer in the last half of the race when the battle for the men's trophy was clearly among three athletes in the lead pack.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Training without a sponsor is hard, traveling to race is even harder!

Beginning on 3rd December 2017, I will be updating my weekly training on this page Follow my Training Here. My training will be made to suit my level of running and my individual goals, but I will be willing to provide an adjusted program and share ideas with those who would like to incorporate this training to suit their level, work schedules and their goals for next year too. You can email thekenyanathlete(at) if interested in a specialized program for yourself.
Running the Ottawa Marathon in 2017

Here is my plan for next year:
With personal best times of 29:48, 1:06:24 and 2:26:48 for the 10K, the half marathon and the full marathon, I am at a point in my Running career where I believe I am ever so close to making a bigger breakthrough that will finally get me a shoe/apparel sponsor, a better profile to get complimentary entries to big races, and get me closer to my life's goals of helping and inspiring others to work hard in their lives and meet their goals too.
To get there, I will first have to find the means to sponsor myself to some road races in the spring (March - May) to further improve on my times and to train well for these races.
Your support will not only shape my future, but the future of many young people who look up to me for help and inspiration for their future.
Kindly, click on the button below to donate towards my training and my travel expenses to race.

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.