no braining Wednesday

One of the interesting things i have discovered during my morning runs, especially the days when I have long runs is how challenging it is to map out 15K and above. I could do a route on any one of the apps that I use in advance but then where is the joy in being random and approximating distance by feel and of course I have a smartwatch that provides aid with the distance covered. Or maybe I should get a team mate who is slightly faster than I to make this long run short.

And talking of running, I feel very proud of myself. My first specific running shoes have told me they have done their duty and need a change but because the feet have got so used to them, I will do an additional 117km in them as i plan a replacement. Maybe that will be a good reward for myself for having surprised myself with running that much. I think i have mentioned it elsewhere, if you asked me at the beginning of 2020 if I could run, I would have laughed you out of the room. Now look at me, clocking 45km weekly and hopefully it will get to 60 or 80km per week.

Have a good week everyone.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

29 thoughts on “no braining Wednesday

  1. Barry says:

    At my age, just thinking about running is as much exercise as I can handle.

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    • makagutu says:

      Which is acceptable but you should be in a position to run till 100 if you were active and ate healthily in your prime🤷‍♂️

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      • Barry says:

        It was in jest. I still walk a lot, much to the wife’s consternation. She worries I might suffer a hemiplegic migraine while I’m out walking. It’s a valid concern but it’s not something I care to dwell on. They can happen whether I’m walking or lounging in front of the TV.

        There’s enough steep hills in the area to get the heart rate up, raise a sweat and really stretch the leg muscles. I’ll concede it takes longer than running to cover the same distance, but apparently uses the same amount of energy.

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  2. Yes, I remember those days 5 km every day and then a mile or two swimming in the ocean, I was absolutely obsessed and stopped only if the weather was forbidding. now the knees are buckling the right hip needs to be replaced and the high blood pressure takes the breath away. Glorious youth, make the most out of it, you never know when the body begins to deteriorate!

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  3. ladysighs says:

    I used to walk a little …. well a lot for me ….
    But you have tired me out with all this running around. 😦
    I walk around on my finger tips on the computer now. And I have the blisters on them to prove it.


  4. ladysighs says:

    You know nothing! Says so right at the top of this post:
    “no braining Wednesday”


  5. During my morning run I discovered I wasn’t actually running, but, rather, I was riding the bus.

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  6. renudepride says:

    Good for you, my Kenyan brother! Accomplishing all of this in the midst of a global pandemic! Hooray for your achievement! Keep up the good work and we’ll open a new trainer factory to create new running footwear for you every day of the week! 😉


    • makagutu says:

      In fact, thanks to the pandemic I found myself with time in my hands and being fit looked like a good idea.
      I think I like the idea of a factory for trainers

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    • basenjibrian says:

      I was a little weirded out by the whole “I never left my house” argument during the peak of the pandemic. Even from younger people. I am no mask protestor, but if anyone tried to tell me there was something wrong about bicycling down the middle of a country road miles from another human being, I would have laughed at them.

      If anything, the pandemic made road cycling BETTER as there was less traffic. Being hit by a car (which happened to me in the fall) is far more of a potential threat than the virus.


  7. nannus says:

    So when are we going to see you in all the international marathon events? After all, East Africans and especially Kenyans are dominating long distance running and always get most of the places on the podium. You should have your share of those long distance running genes.


    • makagutu says:

      No, Nannus. My times are really bad. I am trying to build speed and endurance for the half marathon but I don’t think I will be at qualifying time for any of those races.


  8. jilldennison says:

    I must settle for walking … I used to run, but now I just walk … briskly! Good on you for what you’re accomplishing!


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