05/03/2012 22:21

Welcome to Kenya

Some days have passed, since Warti and me arrived last Thursday evening in Kenya. After telling the airport staff where to send my lost baggage, we were cordially received at the airport by some runners of the run2gether team. After a challenging trip for the driver during the night, we reached the run2gether camp in Kiambogo, about 1,5 hours drive from the airport. We got a very nice room in Giyuku style in the camp area.

Waking up in the morning, Kenya said Welcome with a wonderful view out of our windows to Mount Longonot and Lake Naivasha.

 

The camp, just built some years ago, offers a nice atmosphere with very friendly runners and staff. There are approximately 40 runners, male and female together, who form the team, with about 20, usually staying in the camp. Some of them are regularly going to competitions in Europe, where they mostly participate in Half-Marathon and Marathon.

During the first days, only easy runs were on our training schedule, to get acquainted with the local conditions, as the camp is situated on 2300m above sea-level. As it is my first high-altitude training camp, I didn’t know how the first days would feel. Of course the heart rate soared easier, but I thought it would be worse. If you are coming to a new environment and you have the possibility to run wherever you like – there are really many alternatives here – it’s tempting to train too much during the first days. But so far, I stick to the plan…

The run2gether camp doesn’t only offer excellent training partners – you can always ask somebody to join you – but also makes it possible to talk to the Kenyan National Team coach in Athletics, Peter Mathu, who is responsible for making the training plan of the run2gether runners. Usually, they have an early training in the morning before breakfast and a second one at 4 p.m. Peter is convinced, that 200 – 220 km per week are necessary (excluded climbing) to perform well in long distance running. As the camp is situated on a slope, you can be sure to make enough climbing meters, but there are also good possibilities to make training in a flat area.

Of course, running is our main task in Kenya, but we also want to see as much as possible from flora and fauna. Today, we visited the Nakuru National Park, which offers the “Big 5” (except elephant). It was definitely worth going by car for some hours. Concerning car, the main roads are in “good” condition, but everywhere else, you get a little bit shaken

One of the highlights of our first days was definitely the visit of the holy mass in of the village’s churches – incredible, unbelievable. Two hours of singing, dancing and enthusiastic preaching.

Well, so far, it’s a wonderful stay together with very nice people. I am looking forward to many interesting training days. We’ll leave on the 23rd of March, I’ll keep you updated. Have a look at the Picture Gallery

 

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