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Pace, Effort & Intensity: Lessons from Kenya Series, Part 5

Pace, Effort & Intensity: Lessons from Kenya Series, Part 5

In part 5 of our Lessons from Kenya Series, coach Callum takes a look the difference between pace, effort and intensity and how Kenyan runners often disregard the former when gauging how to run their workouts.  Anyone who is familiar with Iten, 'The Home of...

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Fartlek: How it will make you a faster runner

Fartlek: How it will make you a faster runner

In Iten Kenya, every Thursday morning, hundreds of elite runners meet for a fartlek run through the hilly countryside surrounding the village. The Thursday fartlek is sacred in Kenya, and fartlek is also a widely utilised form of training in Kenya's neighbour and...

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How runners can maximise recovery through sleep

How runners can maximise recovery through sleep

The third in our Lessons from Kenya Series is now available over at our Kenya Experience site  Lesson three focuses on the importance of recovery for distance runners and specifically the benefits of a good nights sleep. With all the technology and products on sale...

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The importance of hills for faster distance running

The importance of hills for faster distance running

In the wake of the Tokyo Olympics and the continued success of Kenya's long-distance runners, Running Trips founder Gavin has written a series of blogs titled: Lessons from Kenya. Kenya has been a huge part of Gavin's life since he first travelled there in 2010 for a...

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Coach Hugo featured by World Athletics

Coach Hugo featured by World Athletics

Coach Hugo featured by World Athletics A recent article on the World Athletics website about the development of elite runners in India heavily features Kenya Experience Head Coach Hugo van den Broek. World Athletics are the global governing body (formerly known as...

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Hill Sprints for Distance Runners

Hill Sprints for Distance Runners

This blog discusses the use of Hill Sprints in training for distance runners. It first appeared on our sister site for Kenya Experience and has been updated and edited by the author. Hill Sprints were first introduced to me when I was coaching Kenyan runners with...

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Listen to your body. What does that mean?

Listen to your body. What does that mean?

Listening to your body - What does that actually mean and how can you get better at it? In our latest blog article, Gavin discussed some of the approaches to training that are typically adopted by Kenyan athletes, and why these should (or, in some cases should not) be...

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Kenyan Training – the Good, the Bad and the Missing

Kenyan Training – the Good, the Bad and the Missing

Should you train like the Kenyans? This blog answers that question by looking at 8 ways the Kenyan style of training can impact your own running. Three things to copy, two things you need not worry about, and three things where you should consider doing the opposite...

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Playing Golf for Faster Running?

Playing Golf for Faster Running?

I’ve been a competitive runner for over 25 years, running my first UK Intercounties Cross Country in Luton in 1997 as an 11 year old (finishing 96th) and taking the sport seriously ever since. I’ve been playing recreational golf once a week since about June of 2020. ...

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