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Half Marathons 2011

The best website to find half marathons in 2011 is marathons.ahotu.com. The site describes itself as the largest directory of half marathon. They have listed over 1123 half marathon 2011 races and counting.

The half marathons in 2011 are listed in countries, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France etc. You can also find half marathons in 2011 from cities worldwide.

The Popular Half Marathons 2011

Bupa Great North Run Half Marathon 2011

This north east of England half marathon race is the largest half marathon in the world with over 50,000 racers taking part. The race is on 2nd of October 2011. If you will be in England then you may include it as part of your half marathons 2011.

Disney Princess Half Marathon 2011

This women oriented race will be on February 27, 2011. If you are thinking of a half marathon 2011 gift to your girlfriend or wife  this is the race.

Boston Half Marathon 2011

This is one of May half marathons 2011. Boston half marathon 2011 will take place on 29 may 2011.

Chicago Half marathon 2011

Another interesting half marathon in 2011. A perfect preparation for the 2011 Chicago marathon. Almost all major marathons have half marathons 2011 races that will act as dress rehersal for the big one.

To find 2011 half marathons in your country or worldwide go to marathon.ahotu.com.

2010 Holiday Gifts For Runners

It is that time of the year again, time to be generous and spread the love. Its the holiday season 2010 and the following is my list of some Christmas holiday gifts you can give your runner friend.

  1. Garmin watch
  2. Sunglasses
  3. Ipod shuffle
  4. Trail Runner Head lamp
  5. A running book
  6. Subscription for a Running Magazine
  7. A running dog
  8. A box of soothing muscle recovery gel
  9. Custom Running T-Shirt – Have it inscribed with his/her favorite quote
  10. A box of healthy snacks

This christmas holiday gift ideas for runners are unisex, they can given to her or him, male or female, girlfriend or boyfriend.

Race Report : 2009 Stanchart Marathon Results

2009 Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon. I finished in a time of 2:57:29, one minute slower than 2008…..a rather disappointing race.

Pre Race

I travelled from Embu to Nairobi on Saturday. When I arrived in the city I realised I had forgotten my racing short back home and I had to buy a new short. Luckily I had arrived early and I had time to go shopping and buy a new Reebok short.

A friend of mine was working at the marathon secretariat and he invited me to the offices. The lifts at the building were not working and I was forced to walk up nine floors.(what a waste of my energy)

Instead of staying in a hotel I stayed at the home of my childhood friend Alex who lives a walking distance from Nyayo Stadium, the start and finish area of the marathon. Alex and his girlfriend Miriam were running the half marathon.

The Race

The first kilometres were fast. I had trained to run at a pace of 4 minutes a Kilometre. I had hoped to see a 5K mark and calculate whether I was within my pace but I never saw any markings of distance. In the runners guide it was indicated there would be markings every 5K but this was lacking on the course.  SHAME ON THE ORGANISERS! Without markings I just followed the fast moving crowd and made my own mental estimates.

As usual my breathing was hard at the start but I knew things would get better and easier the longer I kept running. After 1 hour of running my breathing never got easier, I guese I was running faster than my planned pace. After 1 hour 15 minutes we hooked up with the half marathon crowd and the course now got more crowded. I found myself weaving from side to side trying to overtake the half marathon runners.

I got back at Nyayo stadium at 1 hour 35 minutes, at this point the half marathon runners headed towards the finish line while the full marathon runners were supposed to repeat the circuit. After parting with the half marathon crowd, I looked ahead of me and shocked to see an almost empty road, it was clear many of full marathon runners had decided to drop out of the race at that point. The idea of repeating the circuit was too bitter to swallow for many runners!

Doing the second circuit was hard because I was running alone. It is at this point when it started raining and I remember at one time I thought………this sucks am done with marathons!……… Although my legs were feeling fine my chest was having a harder time. Make no mistake, I wanted to go faster…I would look at my watch and say ok legs, lets speeeeedup! and I would think I was going faster, but then I would check the watch a little while later and, nope, no faster!

After 2 hours and 10 minutes of running I got at the final turning point and I was now on the home stretch. At this point I could feel the smell of fresh bread from a bakery on the route. The smell of bread induced a feeling of hunger. I started having this imagination of eat a post race meat pie. I guese I was getting delusional!

As the clock hit 2.40, the finish line was out of sight and it was clear my goal of 2.45 finish was way way out of reach. My target now was to atleast match my PB.At this point I met up with Miriam, my friend’s Girlfriend. The half marathon was proving too hard for her to handle. As I overtook her she tried to run after me begging me to wait for her……….I just couldn’t…nothing personal!

Luckily for me a determined young lady who had an elite badge on her chest caught up with me at this point. I chased her tooth and nail. Although it was physically hard on me she kept me on my toes. She was my white knight, she pulled me to the end. We crossed the finish line together at 2 hours 57 minutes 26 seconds. Uh! what a relief. At least I stayed under 3 hours.

After The race

My recovery has astonished me. Two days after the race and am feeling like I can run another marathon next weekend.

With the 2009 Marathon gone I can’t wait for next year. 2010 I will have another opportunity to get a crack at it. 2.45 is my target.

Healthy Food Advice For Runners : Avocado for Runners

Eating the right food is important if you want to a good runner. One food that I have discovered to be fantastic for runners is Avocado.

I was reading my girlfriend’s magazine when I read an article that claimed a single Avocado is parked with 100 calories. I instantly concluded  if an Avocado has also those calories it would make a brilliant post race meal. Eating all those calories would speed recovery from my long runs.

I tried eating an Avocado after my sunday morning 16 k long run and chilled to see whether I would see any difference. The difference was how I felt on Monday morning. I woke up feeling like I could run a 10k. Everything felt fresh, I didnt feel the usual tiredness in my legs. Am yet to conclusively determine if it was the Avocado but I will keep testing……

Avocado may help you live longer

Fascinated by this delicious fruit I did more research online and read this article that said Avocados are filled with all sorts of great nutrients that help your body make repairs and live longer.

Avocados are a rich source of antioxidants. These substances help your body fight off damage from free radicals. This protects your organs and tissues from damage over time. For runners this means more years to continue running….