Julia and I started our run together at 6:30 am. This one didn't go so well for me with multiple pit stops along the way. I needed to slow my pace and take it easy, knowing tomorrow was to be my first tempo workout. It was likely a combination of poor timing and a fibrous dinner the night before. She was so good to me, coming back to me to make sure I was making the correct turns in our return to camp. I have really enjoyed being her roommate. Not knowing who you are going to live with for a month can be concerning but I am more than pleased with how things are going with her. It's been nice to get to know her and we have a good balance and routine, particularly going to bed and waking up at the same time.
|Always good food that leaves you completely satisfied upon finishing, and ready to go to bed to prepare for another training day.|
|Dinner is 7:00 - 8:00 pm. It often includes ugali (flour cooked in boiling water), sakuma wiki *(cooked collard greens), rice/pasta/potato, a salad or cooked vegetables, and commonly beef or chicken. Sometimes fish or goat is served. Fruit such as pineapple is a frequent dessert. A popular side of chapati is served Wednesday and Sunday evenings. |
* I remember one of the first times I saw sakuma wiki. It was on Dylan Wykes' plate the night before he made his 2012 Olympic qualifying time in Rotterdam. At the after-race party, I told him it was the "green guck" that made him run so well.
|Mashed potato was served with this dinner.|
|Walking up the road to buy some fresh avocado or mango adds a bit more to the meal. Often a few people will bring it to the table and share with those around, just like family.|
|If it is not fresh, they will ask you to come back later. Honest people.|
|A mango and beet juice from the club.|
|Grocery store in Eldoret where I stopped with Tarah and the kids after church.|
|You can find some interesting things - like chicken parts....|
|and dried fish....|
|and also the packaged and convenient foods found in many places around the world.|
|Couldn't resist her hand reaching toward me. Not only will children run alongside you, they have walked up to me to hug my legs. It tugs at my heart.|
|This just might be one of my favourite pictures of the trip. Thanks, Neasa. |
I asked this young girl what she was carrying - milk.
She asked me how far she had run with me - 500 m.