ACCOUNT OF THE ‘Run2Gether’ RUN – KIJABE
Why our Chairman is like a prophet
The Man had set his phone to beep at 5.45 am, heeding the Chairman’s warning to leave early as the road to Kijabe was likely to be covered in fog. But it was not until 6:30 am that he managed to drag himself out of bed, another sign of his gradual slide to sloppiness, a process that had began three months back.
So it was a mad dash to throw in assorted running kit into the car, grab some sugar water (another recommendation by the Chairman, more on this later) and drive off.
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.
Hey, that was a very very tough run….I wasn’t really sure why my legs couldn’t carry me up the hills this time round, considering I managed them with ease the last time round. After setting off to do 20k with Alix, that soon changed to 15k on my part by putting on the real running thinking cap that says “increase mileage minimally”. My running mate was to be Peter, with Tito saying he was following Mercy’s distance/plan; I remember telling him a motorbike was part of my plan 🙂 No sooner after the third set of hills became a challenge did my target distance drop to 10k with lots of walking.
Last Saturday the Swara’s ran from the A.P. Camp in Kibiko, Ngong. With me was Trail Fox Otora; who makes our running so much easier through his dedication, Patrick; a participant in mind boggling challenges back in Europe, and Farah; who in February completed a Nine Day Boot Camp in the coastal weather of Watamu. Upon reaching there I saw only a handful of cars yet, but knowing from experience how Swaras tend to arrive, I expected a convoy soon.