LESSONS FROM A TRIP TO KENYA

LESSONS FROM A TRIP TO KENYA

A few years ago one of our coaches, Jonathan, experienced one of his most memorable journeys yet. Here are a few of his thoughts from the experience and some lessons that he took away from it all: In June of 2015, I was lucky enough to spend two weeks in Iten, Kenya on a running camp where I got to train with, learn from and watch some of the best middle and long-distance athletes in the world. I also got the opportunity to sit down and chat over tea with their coaches. It really was an absolutely incredible experience and I’d recommend it to any passionate runner – regardless of your ability. This post is about the main things I learned/observed about the “Kenyan Way” in my time there. Not all of these things are recommended for your everyday runner; but it’s fascinating to gain a bit of insight into how the best runners in the world live and train – and...
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Cerebral Oxygenation: Kenyan Runners Maintain High Brain Oxygenation

Cerebral Oxygenation: Kenyan Runners Maintain High Brain Oxygenation

The Kalenjin, who occupy much of the Rift Valley, are Kenya’s third largest tribe. Despite only making up approximately 12% of Kenya's population, they represent more than 75% of their country’s top runners. If you think Kenyan running couldn’t be more impressive, think Kalenjin running. “To put Kalenjin running success into perspective. Consider that 17 American men in history have run faster than 2:10 in the marathon. 32 Kalenjin men did that last October…” – David Epstein, 2014. There are many physiological factors that are believed to influence elite Kenyan runners' success, from specialized morphological features to high aerobic capacities. More recently, a new physiological mechanism was brought to light, which could be another important underlining factor for their unparalleled success. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); A study, conducted by Jordan Santos-Concejero and colleagues, looked into the cerebral oxygenation (oxygen reaching the brain) of a group of elite Kalejin Kenyan runners during a maximal self-paced 5km time trial. Previous studies have...
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