Standard Chartered Marathon 2017
I made it to the finish line! 21km in 2hrs 40mins to be precise…I could have done better than this! Anyhow, the most important thing is I completed the race regardless of my slow speed. My knees and back gave in after 15km and I had no choice but to slow down.
Am proud of myself. Now I know nothing is impossible if you have self-drive and determination. Along the way you will face so many challenges but never give up. Soldier on and run to the end. There is this good feeling you get after you accomplish your goal. It’s so amazing!
I hope one day you Jan and Gad these will make sense. I hope you will follow the footsteps of your crazy momma the positive way. That’s my prayers. In you, I see a better version of me. May God bless and guide you always. Nothing should kill your desires to pursue your dreams. And never thrive in a comfort zone. It’s only a mediocre who gets comfortable. Am doing all these because of you.
I want you to learn that life is how you want it to be. You are your own pilot and you are free to navigate your plane called life to whichever direction you want it to land: to a destination called success or failure. If you stay focus and work hard, nothing is impossible. Above all, don’t ever forget to pray. Don’t forget God! Life is most times bumpy and stormy, you need the Almighty to restore calmness and give you a sense of peace. More so, you need His wisdom and knowledge to make wise and logical decisions.
I started running like a joke, I never liked it, I hated it but I kept pressing on! I battled with this self-forced obligation. With time, it became a habit. The habit turned out to be a passionate hobby! If I did it, you can also do it. Get out, do something out of ordinary, and spice your life for a better outcome. If I may ask, what’s your passion…? Make it a hobby. Don’t be too lazy getting out to keep fit! Take good care of your body; regular exercises that is easy for you and eat healthy. Your body will thank you later.
My main goal in participating in such events is to keep fit and live a healthy life not winning a medal…that one leave it to the elites. They are in another level and that is their profession. If you compete with them, that is becoming too ambitious and it is dangerous. You may end up losing morale….This is me, I don’t know about you.
I also do it to give back to the community! Let’s run for a reason…Finally, I get an opportunity to gauge myself, it is my test drive!
I now know you are thinking about finances. Perhaps you are living in a tight budget, keeping something aside for exercises might be hard for you, and I totally agree with you. However, you can still make it happen in a less expensive way that you may not believe it.
Let me tell you how I do it. To start with, I fuel my car once a month. I can’t afford more than that due to my tight budget. So obviously, I can’t afford to drive every day to work so I use a matatu on alternate days in a week (3 days). From where I alight, I walk for about 1km to and fro the office. I turned this to be part of my weekly exercise routine which I cover about 3km. Apart from that, any opportunity I get to walk some good distance, I do it with ease.
On Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings, I go biking and running at Karura forest respectively. Sometimes I drive there or hop into a matatu if I don’t have enough fuel. You see, am so flexible.
Entrance fee to Karura is Kes 100/-. If you don’t own a bike, at Karura they are available for hire at Kes 400. This is quite affordable for you and me I guess. On alternative months, I subscribe to our local gym. Occasionally, if I happen to save enough money, I join hiking teams out of town for more challenges eg. Hiking at Mt Longonot.
With that little insight, am sure we are all in agreement that you do not need to have a lot of money to keep fit. All you need is to find time, plan and have some consistency and discipline.
Despite the fact that I don’t have enough resources, I am able to use this opportunity to keep fit. In the fullness of time, I have learnt to turn my challenges into constructive opportunities even though the pain and the struggles might be so overwhelming. One of the secret is; always remain optimistic and pray as many times as possible. If you approach life this way, in a positive perspective angle, you will achieve a lot and you will be happy, healthy and fit.
So, what are your challenges in life? How can you turn them to be useful opportunities? It is time to evaluate yourself…
You can develop a habit of walking to work, to the market, running in your court, swimming, skipping rope, playing outdoor games e.g football with kids in the neighborhood. I mean the opportunities are just many for you to choose what suits you.
Apart from keeping fit, running for a reason it is. Am glad I have touched someone’s life through giving him/her an opportunity to see again. Seeing is indeed believing.
In future, am planning to hike Mt Kenya and Mt Kilimanjaro. And my epic dream is to participate in New York Marathon.
What about you? We can do it together…