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...
October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Hilda and I leave home at 8.00 am for a track session. Training at the famous Kamariny track in Iten is an incredible experience. This soil has been touched by so many athletes who later became World or Olympics champions! Apart from that, it's situated at the edge of the escarpment, overlooking the Kerio Valley. In the past, there were often issues with local farmers using the field inside the track for their cows and sheeps, which disturbed the athletes, but it looks like...