November 28, 2018 | 0 Comments
One of the questions I get asked very often is: What is the use of stretching? Or put in another way: Do you believe in stretching? It’s not easy to give a very short answer to that, because it really depends on what you stretch for. Let me try to break it down. Stretching to get more flexible, which will then improve your running. Stretching as a form of warm-up before training and competition. Stretching as a form of cool-down after training and...
September 28, 2018 | 0 Comments
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This same column was initially written for (and first published on) the website  http://www.traininkenya.com An important part of race preparation is mental training. In the week leading into a competition, try to think consciously about the race once per day. Find a quiet place, for instance in your room, and imagine yourself competing. How does it feel? What do you see during the race? What do you do? What do the other competitors do? Imagine different scenarios,...
May 28, 2018 | 17 Comments
For those of you who will run a fall marathon (October/November), we organize a 2 week running camp in October. You will stay at our guesthouse in Iten (2400m altitude) and receive a training program and coaching, to prepare you well for your upcoming race. This is for runners of all levels. Interested? Check the following website: (Halve)marathon trainingsreis The trip will be from 29 September until 14
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Many visitors to Iten are coming to find the answer to the question; why are Kenyans such amazing runners? Why do the people of the Rift Valley in Kenya dominate the running world? I also get this question often. I decided to give my view here. For those who don’t want to read this whole story , let me start with the conclusion: Based on everything I have learned, read and seen, I strongly believe that the Kalenjin people are genetically gifted as runners. They...
September 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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For those who are wondering what keeps us busy, living here in Iten, a tiny village in the highlands of Kenya: let me describe the past few months. Let me not go too much into detail about our family life, raising a one year old daughter, etc. It's great 🙂 but not to describe on this website.   In June we were lucky to host a film crew from VICE New York. Some great film/documentary makers came over to Iten to shoot a short film about the runners in Iten, with a...
May 11, 2016 | 1 Comments
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The athletes that I'm coaching in India are making good progress. Last year we worked a lot on improving their foundation of strength, endurance and speed. Of course, that means that the results will not come immediately. But if you want to be a top-athlete you have to be patient. I told my athletes: "if you build a weak foundation, your house will collapse after 2 or 3 stories, but if you make your foundation very strong, you can keep on building, even 10 stories high"....
November 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Once in 2 months I like to organise a time trial for student-athletes. These are Kenyan boys and girls, age 18-21, who just finished high-school and would like to get a scholarship for an American University. I'm glad American universities offer this opportunity; once a student got a scholarship, the university litteraly pays everything for him/her. Schoolfees, books, house, food, everything is paid for. Some universities (like the University of Arizona, where Hilda's sister...
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Adharanand Finn is the writer of the famous bestselling book Running with the Kenyans. His book is translated in 20 languages and has been read by runners from all over the world. This year he teamed up with the Kenya Experience to give runners who read and loved his book the chance to experience the same things he did. At the moment Adharanand and a group of runners (mostly recreational runners) from different parts of the world are in Iten. They train with Kenyans, have...
April 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I always believed that 99% of Kenyans were clean runners. And I still think this was the case before...but not anymore in 2015. About 10 years ago, if you showed a Kenyan runner that you were taking some supplements, like vitamin C or iron, they would laugh at you. "Wazungu [white people] need that, but they still can't beat us", was often the response. Kenyan runners had a very strong believe in themselves; their talent, the power of their training, in combination with...
October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Today Kenya celebrates Mashujaa day (Heroes' day); a day to honour anyone who contributed positively to Kenya, especially towards the struggle for independence. What I like in Kenya is that, in case a National Holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, they just shift it to Monday! So not like in The Netherlands, where, if Christmas is in a weekend, you just have bad luck. First I thought hat was just because Kenyans like being free, but that's not the case. Many Kenyans live...