Week 3: Run baby run! Or will she?


I_must_say__if_I_do_in_fact_loose_a_few__I_won__t_mind__849285356.jpgIt’s August 10th, my third week in training for the Standard Chartered Marathon to be held on October 25th.

I am on a 4-week initial training program, designed and developed by my wonderful trainer, Nina, at the Stanley Health Club. According to my program (as revealed in my last week’s article), my goal is to increase my fitness levels by focusing on cardiovascular activities, with a little bit of strength training. Please note that this is not a weight loss program, but rather an important part of my preparation, in order to run a 21 kilometre marathon –my new endeavour. I must say that, in fact I do loose a few kilos here and there, I will not be disappointed!

My next fitness assessment is on September 3rd, after which my trainer will advise me on the next phase in my training program. In the meantime, I am battling with my brain to commit to 5 days a week at the gym, particularly on those cold Nairobi mornings. It’s hard enough balancing work, family and social activities; my calendar and task list are overflowing… and now I have to schedule in a whole hour of my day exercising?
This week, however, I do have a new motivating factor that will enable me to see the inside of the gym more often –water; or lack thereof! Thanks to the new rationing program (and I really need to thank the folks at Nairobi Water Company!), I have found a new reason to show up at the gym every morning at 6am! With scarce water available in my house, coupled with my utter detest for bucket baths (yes I am a Barbie!) I tend to prefer to get to the gym early, have a sweaty work out, and crown it all with 15 minutes under a refreshing hot shower, before heading to the office.

The Runners Club

I learned this week that there is a “Runner’s Club”, that meets weekly to train for the marathon. Lucy, another trainer at the gym, invited me to join in as part of my program. Personally, I think she is out her mind to think I can train with experienced runners, but she urges me to give it a try. The Runners Club meets every Sunday and departs for a run from the Sarova Stanley at 6:30am. One can choose to either run 8km, 10km, 18 or the full 21 kms. My brain tells me it’s a good way to train and test your endurance, as running on the treadmill is much easier than running on tarmac.

Will_I_really_make_it_through_the_Runner__s_Club_experience_907579480.jpgI sign up for next Sunday and warn Lucy that, if I don’t show up to work the following Monday, my boss will call her personally for explanations as to why! She advises that I should start with the 8 kilometre run, and then slowly build up my distance after a few weeks. She also urges me to focus on cardio exercises this week in the gym, as a build up to Sunday.
I must admit that the gym sessions are getting better and better, and the feelings I leave with, after a session are priceless: refreshed, accomplished, and energised!

Next week: My first outdoor run with the Running Club…will I make it?


The writer is a 30 something year old Kenyan, who is passionate about being online, but can’t stand Facebook! She is currently employed by the Capital Group Ltd and resides in Nairobi with her two children aged 10 and 2 yrs.

Editor’s Note: Are you training for a big event, marathon or race? Share your experience on what it takes to run a 10K, 21K or a full marathon. Post your comments below.

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  1. HolomisaBantu May 7th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Saddened as I am by the NHIF scandal, i still strongly believe that we need affordable healthcare for all Kenyans. As things stand now, healthcare is a preserve of the rich and those who are insured by their respective employers. I have seen a hospital bill where doctor’s fee alone was 1.9M-where on earth does an average Kenyan get such money?

  2. anwm May 7th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    It is indisputable that NHIF has gotten it all wrong but it is also a fact that private sector players are also fleecing Kenyans. Some of the bills that come out of private hospitals are mind boggling. As the NHIF saga is hopefully sorted out it would also be prudent for us as a nation to ask ourselves why our private health providers charge so much. Why is it cheaper for one to fly to India for some treatment? Private sector operators are also just as guilty as NHIF- feasting on the misery of Kenyans. Personally, I think Kenyans will only get relief when the existing public hospitals are re-equipped and re-staffed adequately to offer competitive service. Probably only then will private hospitals stop seeing patients as money making machines. 

  3. Ngubbia May 7th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    In retrospect ;  in 2002  FPE was popularly  implemented irrespective of the capacity of our primary schools and the number of teachers; the same happened in 2007 SSE; All this compromised quality and als opened doors for them to ‘eat’ the money(DFID funds);For the NHIF ,the arrogance being displayed by the Nyongo , the Unity of purpose (evidenced by silence even by populists like Raila or those who speak fo the mwananchi like Martha Karua ) , the staight talking Meridian/Clinix Mkorino tells us alot…………look at this Coast GH got 60k which cannot even pay for two nights in the  ICU;

    This NHIF should be stopped ; we need to look into and invest in our County/District Hospitals and the referral hospitals; employ more medical staff ; more equipments, more  and more capacity, then tax the Mwanachi more thro NHIF,

    and if need be ; all Medical health providers should competer with NHIF in providing medical insurance….

  4. mtetezi May 8th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    NHIF should be privatized and compete other organization…


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