January 30, 2013

Running with a Kenyan!

We are presently vacationing in Africa, and while here, I planned to run a few times to stay in shape for upcoming races.   There are not obvious places to run, and while in Nairobi, I requested to run at our hotel.  They did not want me out on my own, so one of the employees, a man named Brian, agreed to be my runningmate!  We set out late afternoon and although Brian is pictured here in his work clothes here, he switched to a tee shirt before we left the property.

After traveling for over 24 hours the prior day, my legs needed a shakeout run, but I did not need to die my first day in Africa!  We agreed that a run of between 30-45 minutes would be perfect.  Off we went through the giraffe gates of the property.  Within the first 5-10 minutes my breathing was heavy and I felt so sluggish.  Little did I know that we were running at 5500 feet elevation.  Since my home is at sea level, this is quite a strain on your lungs. Brian was kind enough to allow me several walk breaks during the course of our run.  I found out that he has a wife and two lovely young daughters and has worked at the hotel for just two years.  He loves his work and commutes with his feet, running a 5k each way.  Occasionally, he is able to borrow a bike from a friend to make the commute a bit easier.

We finished up the run in just over 40 minutes and covered about 4 miles.  It was fun to see the residential areas surrounding the hotel and many local people walking to and from the shops or their jobs.  Many people have just their feet for transportation in Africa.

What a lucky day or me, feeding giraffes and running with a Kenyan!

(Pam)

14 comments:

  1. Wow how cool?! I didn't know you were going on vacation again,lucky girl!

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    1. I know, right?! I'm jealous I didn't get an invitation (this is Christine)

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  2. That is incredible! What a way to start a vacation, enjoy!

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  3. So cool! When I first read the title, I thought you were being ironic. Was he doing one stride to your three? Hehe, enjoy your vacation!! Post pics! :)

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    1. Ha nope, this was the real deal! He definitely was more comfortable on the run than me, especially with the elevation change.

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  4. Oh my gosh, what a cool story and what a great way to get to see a new place and meet the people there!

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    1. Thanks, Danielle - I definitely try to enjoy the local community, people, etc when I travel.

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  5. Wow, that is so freaking cool! What a gracious man to run with you!

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    1. Yes, I was definitely appreciative and happy to have a new friend!

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  6. Welcome to Africa!! Enjoy our beautiful continent!

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  7. I don't even have words to describe just how cool this is - my running fantasy is to someday run in Kenya! Thanks so much for sharing your experience :)

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  8. I loved reading this Pam! What a wonderful run you had with your new friend~
    Hope you enjoy your time in Africa...I haven't been but my husband spent two weeks there a few years back...brought home some beautiful carvings and baskets. Melissa

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