Well, I’ve got to run to keep from hiding
Recovery from the marathon keeps going much better than expected. I waited 10 days like I said I would and started back slowly. I’ve had a few good runs and I’m really looking forward to getting the cross-country season underway.
I’m going to start heading to 4:30 practices with Speed River 2-3 times/week with a focus on the National XC Championships at the end of November. Since June I’ve been training with Gillis (sometimes Destroyer too) in the morning. That training was all good and fun but there’s nothing like the camaraderie of the whole group.
For the past week I’ve been organizing a training trip to Iten, Kenya for January. My plan is to go there for four weeks and then race a European XC race on the way home. The problem is that I’m having a hard time finding 2011 dates for some of the good XC races at the end of January or beginning of February. Once I know where I’m racing I can book my flights. Training in Kenya and racing a European XC race have always been on my bucket list and I think the timing works out well with conjunction of an April Marathon.
Why Kenya? The altitude (7500 feet) and temps (mid-20’s) are a big draw but I also want to dive into their running culture and witness it firsthand. I think I can learn a lot while training in Kenya.
In the meantime I’m trying to learn a little Swahili.
Here’s picture of the track in Iten. Insert joke about U of G’s campus…