Why are Kenyan runners so fast……

EDIT:First off I guess I should include a disclaimer. The podcast is a bit graphic and talks about FGM and male circumcision. And it does not really answer the question as to why kenyans are fast runners

So first off I am a podcast runner. Which just means I would rather run to a podcast than to music. it just lets me zone out and not even remember that I am running. My top three faves are

  1. Radiolab
  2. Wait Wait don’t tell me
  3. Car Talk. YESSS I listen to click and clack the tappet brothers. Before you raise an eyebrow, I just want to remind you they have won a Peabody.

Anyways the whole point being Radiolab is something I listen to every time there is a new podcast. It comes out WNYC.

Last night I listened to this podcast trying to figure out why Kenyan runners have dominated long distant running. And Its not just all Kenyans, because as a Kenyan myself, I SUCK!!!! It is specific to the Kalenjin tribe who live in the Rift Valley. Well we know its not climate because I actually live in the same town as all the runners who win marathons and as I mentioned earlier I SUCK!!!

Anyways they come down to the fact that some cultural practices that reward the ability to withstand pain.  There is a point at which when your body just gives up and it is those people who can push past that whose pain threshold is higher than most than can run 4 minute miles for 26 miles.

The statistics are staggering and it’s a really interesting podcast and I would encourage all to listen. Especially those who love to run.

Here is a link to the podcast. Or you can get it on iTunes.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/runners/

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Day192: Marathon Monday- Week 3/18

As week 3 starts, I don’t really think I have hit my stride and I am yet into the marathon Training. My running time is shite, I have to literally force myself out of bed in the morning to go run and I haven’t been really doing much on my cross training. Case in point, today was my cross training day and I do not have the time to do it. I could make time, but it’s really not a priority in my head.  Which it needs to be.

My eating has also been shite. Since I decided that I wont be on the scale until the end of the month, I have taken it as an excuse to pretty much not watch what I eat. Since I have no accountability, every thing goes. I know for a fact that I will pay for it dearly if I don’t change.

So my plan this week is to try and get back on plan and really focus on my eating and running. Going grocery shopping tonight and I will be prepping my meals for the whole week till late into the night. Not having time is not going to be an excuse. This will be my first time trying to prep 6 small meals a day for an entire week.

Now that I am in week 3, I am getting into my longer runs. Most of my weekend runs will be over the 10 mile mark. I haven’t run this long a distance in months and I am not so sure how it will go. My plan is to make sure that I have enough juice to move me through the miles. I am not really a gel gal. I tried some and I just couldn’t take the texture and taste and so I think I will stick to energy bars. maybe once I get halfway through my training I will be able to stomach them.

So here is to a great week to all. lets make it count 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 186: marathon training Day 9, week 2

I really had planned on cataloguing my daily marathon plan but the days seem to have run away from me. However, fret not because I have been running and have kept up quite well with my runs. I even managed to finish my 8-mile run (Just barely) on Sunday, which I was thoroughly dreading.

This week is quite similar to last week except my Sunday Run goes up from 8miles to 9-miles. Sweet baby Jesus help me. But all I can do is take it one mile at a time.

 

My eating hasn’t been as great as I had hopped. I really want to break my meals down to 6-300 calorie meals but I keep forgetting to eat at the appointed times and once I get hungry, I go over my calories. What is it about prepping for a marathon and suddenly you turn into the cookie monster.

My plan this week is to actually prep all my meals the previous day. have everything packed and set up my timer for when i am to take the meal. I just need to fit it in with all my work and school stuff.

Happy running.