I attended UTMB as an assistant to a runner TOP 100.

I chose 5 photos to share with you my follow:

The determined look of the eventual winner: François d’Haene Les Houches


The loneliness of the trailer at the edge of abandonment: Timothy Olson at Fouly


Applied to all strict rules, is not it Anton? (penalized for lack of mandatory equipment in his bag)


Ah! The beautiful mountains!


Last FINISHER 2014 Nathalya who ascend the podium as per tradition




Solidarity with runners from Kenya!

I was surfing on internet and I hesitated between different models of trail shoes … and then I came across this photo and call Patrick for help to equip its team riders.


I thought we had to act, or rather react, and make my runnings used, which languished in my garage, at the foot end of the Kenyan runners.

I sent the day after two pairs of running shoes and some T-shirts. But this is not enough and I thought you could help me to help them.

How? Nothing more simple:

You put two pairs used in a box with some T-Shirts or textiles that you no longer use to a maximum weight of 2.0 kgs runnings.

You go to your favorite post office and proceed to send you for only 17 euros (Paquet Prio International Service) to the following address:

PO BOX 429
Limuru KENYA, ZIP 00217.

You do not mention especially put value on the shipment to avoid customs fees on arrival (if a box is to inform write “gift”).

You understand, it is solidarity between riders and to make more personal approach, I suggest you leave a message to the team of Patrick on my blog.

What goal will let crazy! Operations 100 pairs of running shoes for Kenya! I know your generosity and I know we will. As I often say “the running will save the world“.

You will find the composition of the team at the end of the interview now I propose you to discover.


In my wanderings on the web, I met a very nice Kenyan Patrick Kahoro. We exchanged on facebook and I wanted to understand what his activity manager riders.

As a marathon runner, I always envied the Kenyan runners enjoying their impeccable stride … but I do not doubt for a moment that in Kenya many riders also resulted hard to hopefully someday achieve fame on major marathons .


1) Patrick, you train a group of 20 runners in Kenya. Can you introduce yourself?


I’m 36 years old and I live in Limuru near Nairobi. I coach a group of twenty athletes, 14 men and 6 women. I started training when I was still at school in 2006 and I created the club in 2009.

In our area, there was no sporting activity and thus not running. It was a new sport for people and they thought I was crazy when I ran!

During my first training sessions, young riders understood as the sport was difficult! The race was barefoot.

2) How do you finance your team?

We do not have a sponsor and we do enjoy a few donations from people of goodwill interested in sports or wishing to accompany our approach to sports education of our youth. Athletes living with the support of their parents and the objective is to devote themselves completely to the race.

3) Can you describe us a week of training guy?

– Monday, 15 km easy run,
– Tuesday: Working session mainly speed of 400 meters and 800 meters
– Wednesday: endurance speed 5, 10 or 15 kms
– Thursday: workouts rib
– Friday: Quick fartlek
– Saturday: long output from 30 to 40 kms
– Sunday: competition


4) What are the objectives of this team?

The objective of the team is to love the sport to the local population to avoid leaving inactive youth so that they will not be tempted by evil activities (eg drugs)

5) What the members of the dream team?

Our goal is to train hard to win easily. We dream of beating world records over long distances, half marathon and marathon.


6) In your opinion what are the riders with the most potential?

The elite of our team consists of three men, Edwin Kibet, Patrick Kahoro, Peter Njuguna and 2 women Anastashia Wanjiru and Mary Wambui.

7) What are their best references chronometric?

The best times are 2h19mn on marathon for men and 2:33 for women mn (on half-marathon, 1h 06min and 1h 19mn)

8) In France, the riders wonder why Kenyans run so fast? What are your secrets?

There are no secrets in running. He must get up early at 5am for a first drive, which allows the linking with a second session at noon and a third meeting in late afternoon to 17 h00. Obviously, we must treat his diet by eating natural foods with an emphasis on carbohydrates and fruits.


9) I saw some pictures that your riders were not suitable running shoes. Can you tell us what equipment you would need?

In Kenya, we have good legs and lungs, but unfortunately not the best shoe and not appropriate equipment. Kenya does not produce shoe … just athletes. We need shoes and textiles such tights / suits and some watches.

Freerunner: Patrick Thanks for your time and congratulations for what you do for your country and respect for the level of training that you impose. This is awesome. I‘m sure your passionate commitment will generate an outpouring of generosity from my readers and friends.

Patrick Kahoro : thank you for your interview which I hope will help us to lead us even harder but with better equipment. We are totally passionate about running and we would be happy that division is not possible with you.


The composition of Patrick‘s Runners:

The men :  1. Patrick Kahoro, team manager, 2. Edwin Kibet, 3. Geoffrey Asena 4. James Mwangi 5. Samuel Mahugu 6. Elic nyoro 7. Joseph Ngugi 8. Simon Karinge 9. Vincent Luvai 10. Silvester Maina 11. Peter Njuguna 12. Jacob Kariuki 13. Jesse Mwaniki 14. Peter Hungi 15. Joseph Mbugua 16. Timothy Irungu

The women : 1. Betrice Chepkoril 2. Veronica Njoki 3. Anastashia Wanjiru 4. Mary Wambui 5. Pauline Wanjiru, 6. Elizabeth Wambui.  


How I kept my tendonitis?


Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon that causes pain. If it is not treated properly it can become chronic. Almost all riders are concerned even if they follow the good advice of prevention:

– Good warm up to prepare the tendons,
– And drink plenty of water before, during and after the race.

Anyway, one day tendonitis occurs … this time it is for me tendonitis at the insertion of the hamstring.

How I treated in a week?

– I continued to run slowly endurance by reducing kilometers running and increasing kilometers with my bicycle

– I regularly ice the painful area using an ice pack 3 times a day,

– I took a homeopathic treatment prescribed by my doctor sport, 5 pellets in the morning the following cocktail:

Arnica Montana5 ch
Ruta Gravolens 5 ch
Bryonia 5 hp

– Finally I applied each night a flector compress, topical anti-inflammatory.

After 7 days of treatment, the pain disappeared and I should be able to train normally again in a few days gradually reintegrating the split and uneven.

And you, what do you do to overcome tendinitis?

Be strong!


Just like you probably, I read books and articles about mental preparation running.

These readings are interesting and helpful in giving us the methods and exercises to integrate and thus use them effectively.

But the most important is not the container (the method) but the content. What was there any powerful enough in us to overcome the physical pain, exhaustion and the desire to give up?

Everyone must find within himself and according to his life and those of his relatives, allowing him to excel.



For some, the engine will be linked to their personal story: a fight against a disease, an accident of life …

For others, the engine will be the thought of a family member or friend lost, overdue or difficulties.

More positive thoughts can serve as engines (the desire to win, for example), but I think that these motivations are less powerful as they are linked to a lower intensity of emotion.


When I run in the dark red and the idea of ​​abandonment emerges, I’m just saying that I’m lucky to be here to participate in this event and most importantly, most importantly,  is that I have a choice.


Marathon effort: Paula Radcliffe finished 23rd in Beijing

I can decide to stop this suffering at any time. In this situation, everything depends on me and it’s up to me to continue accepting physical or abandon pain and try my luck again. I have a choice and I can start over.

This allows me to take in those moments, it is telling me that these pains are nothing compared to situations in which you do not have this choice because you suffer: the disease or the misfortunes of your loved ones by example against which you are powerless.

Here, it really hurts and you do not have other options to accept, live with, hoping that it gets better one day … and if it does not get better, you can not forget.

And you, what is your recipe to take?



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