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Running with Kenyans; Life Lessons

You might think that being a Kenyan I was born with perfect running technique. I’m actually not an avid runner and more often I would have to go to Marathon events to take photos rather than run myself.

My cup of tea has always been a walk at the park.

In the few times when I actually did participate in running events for charity, and I reach that point where I couldn’t think of anything else but quit, I would eventually find myself recalling the below lessons from running.

A good cause can give you inspiration to do something difficult

You need to be humbled on every front: culturally, physically and spiritually when making preparation to achieving a worthy cause. Nothing comes easily in life.


It’s the little things and small choices we make that usually affects us most

While running, you can easily see and avoid the obstacles ahead of you – other runners, big rocks on the sidewalk, lamp posts. However, you'll notice that the things you often ignore and discount as nothing such as the little pebbles, small cracks on the road and a slight change of the slope are the ones that really affect your running pace.

Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind; The race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself 

At first, you may be conscious at how many people were passing you by and so you may try hard to get ahead of the pack. As the distance stretches, you became less conscious of the people around you. You then begin to focus only on yourself and your goal to finish the marathon.

Life is a series of challenges – always remember to celebrate your achievements

When you cross the finish line, I can imagine how happy you must be. You feel like a winner. It must be a personal achievement and you need to celebrate. Most Kenyans celebrate after receiving that paycheck unlike if you follow a proper personal budget, celebration is mainly through savings of that month. Go out and enjoy, you deserve it.


  1. Anonymous9:28 AM

    Congrats to Kenya's David Rudisha for a 1min 41.09sec, 800 meters athletics..


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