Yesterday I had to leave work early after a very busy morning in stormy meetings that saw me pissed. At any rate, I decided to keep off the track even if it meant risking injury by running on tarmac. So I decided to take a 12Km route through town up procession road past state house thro aboretum to Kileleshwa and back to NPC valley road to public service.
I did it alone. I hoped to clear the distance in under an hour but the sun saw to it that I was slowed down and sweating thoroughly. Anyways it was a struggle with the 4.00pm blazing sun up ahead and dust. But it was quite peaceful because there were no crowds of people walking back home from work and no traffic jams to plough through. It actually felt like a Sunday and I managed to cleat in 1:05 after which I stretched and did push ups and crunches.
Today I will go for an easy run. Maybe 8K or 6K on the track. The keyword here being EASY. Because I am very poor at taking it easy. Then Thursday it will be a hard speed run. My knees don't feel 100% but I can run alright.
Today I give you Brito's Paula Radcliffe who has been a trailblazer in the Marathon circuit. Paula Radcliffe has revolutionized the concept of how fast a woman can run 26 miles 385 yards.
At the 2003 Flora London Marathon, Radcliffe did so in just 2 hours 15 minutes 25 seconds, averaging 5:09.9 per mile/3:12.56 per kilometer. It was the first and only time in history that the women's world record was within 10 minutes of the contemporary men's record (2:05:38).
Among her many accomplishments have been two world records at 5K (14:57 and 14:51), the current world record at 10K (30:21) and the current world best time for the half-marathon (1:05:40). In both 2000 and 2001 she won the IAAF World Half-Marathon championships.