To call Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich a “runner” is to oversimplify. Not because he isn’t – what could be more runner-like than a tall and lean Kenyan, after all? – but because it ignores the storied journey of his professional career as a runner.
The celebrated Kenyan athlete is the reigning London Marathon Champion, the current world record holder in the marathon, bronze medalist in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics and is a two-time winner of the Frankfurt Marathon, just to name a few.
Kiprotich first began training professionally at 21-years-of-age. After spending his childhood years running to school – a journey of 8 kilometers to-and-fro – his lifestyle naturally shaped his journey in athletics.
The 32-year-old athlete is the first to admit that the journey to the top has not been easy.
“To be the best in the world is not easy. From the time I started training, it took me ten years to break the world record,” Kiprotich shared with Capital Lifestyle Magazine at the MultiChoice Africa Content Extravaganza at Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa, Mauritius, on Friday.
Part of a compelling panel discussion on the latest sports content offered on SuperSport, Kiprotich was joined by renowned football journalist Thomas Kwanaite and 1988 African Footballer of the Year Kalusha Bwalya.
WILSON KIPSANG KIPROTICH’S THREE TIPS TO LIVING AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE
It goes without saying that fitness is a major part of world record-breaking Kiprotich’s lifestyle. But for everyone else, such as you and I, whom are not professional athletes – how can we live an active lifestyle?
Here are Kiprotich’s top three tips:
1. Try to incorporate a run every day, no matter how short it may be. Twenty to thirty minutes every day is a good start
2. Never stop. Don’t exercise one day and then put your regime on hold for weeks or even months and then assume you can simply pick-up from where you left off. Consistency is the key.
3. Build a routine and see it through.