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Although it’s been a week after the dust settled from the experiences people had during and after the 2015 Nairobi Standard Chartered Marathon. I would like to narrate my story. Three years ago (2012) I sustained an injury while running a full marathon in Moshi. I did not recover until It resulted with a surgery of my Achilles in January 2014, it kept me out of running and especially full marathon for 3 consecutive years except trying here and there to run Half marathons last year in Nairobi Marathon, Kilimanjaro Marathon 2015, First Lady half marathon, Ndakaini Half Marathon in September 2015, and lastly the Mulleys Machakos Half Marathon in Oct 2015. It has not been easy for me watching people training for various races while I sat at home.
I registered for the First Lady’s Half Marathon for Sunday 8th March, a week after running Kilimanjaro Half Marathon 2015. As members of the most well established running club in Nairobi, Lucy, Jael and I decided to try the pace setters balloons which we were not able to use during the Nairobi Standard Chartered Marathon 2014. Lucy worked very hard to make sure that we got the balloons on time. I tell you, Swaras are very passionate in doing and accomplishing a mission.
I have read a lot of stories about how people tackled the Kilimanjaro marathon and there are still many more people with untold stories about the run. I would like to share with the swaras how I ended up running the half marathon. When I made up my mind, it was on Tuesday 24th February and only 4 days to the marathon, which I had not prepared for. So I was offered a slot by the Fitness+ Running Club, since it may have been difficult to travel with Swaras since I had not made any reservations.
Happy New Year. As it came to the end of the year 2014, I decided to go and run at the Ngong Hills. I had planned to go with Lucy the previous night, but when I woke up at 5.45am from Athi River and started the journey to Nairobi County, I didn’t check my phone. Little did I realize that Lucy had send me a message to inform me she couldn’t make it to Ngong for the run. At that point, I decided to proceed to Ngong and run by myself, after all this is the place that I ran every Saturday from 2005 to 2007 without fail with other Swaras e.g. Wahome, Wanjohi, Loice Mbogo, Nancy Kinyua, Shiku, Mutua, later on joined by Ajaa, Jael, Lucy, Mercy, Nadine and UNEP team etc.
After having seen the scenic photos of the Fluorspar Run, you do not have a complete re-cap story of the run. When we started the journey to Fluorspar, everyone was very excited and full of energy as it tells in the photos. I joined just for sightseeing because i was only going to run 10km only but ended up on a different mission altogether.