One of the biggest success secrets for Kenyan runners is regular outdoor training. All year round, runners cover thousands of kilometers on medium mountains and unpaved roads. Regardless of the season and weather, athletes are always in the ranks.
The equator line passes through Kenya, and the country itself is located in the eastern part of Africa. The Indian Ocean washes the southeastern part of the country, and Lake Victoria is located in the west. On the territory of Kenya, the relief is uneven: there are hills and mountains, sloping plateaus, plains and plateaus. Therefore, in different regions of Kenya, the amplitude of the average daily temperature fluctuates. Depending on the area, in winter the air warms up from 14 to 26 degrees.
Kenya also has several rainy seasons: from April to May, and from late October to December. The autumn-winter period is considered short - it rains no more than 20-30 minutes a day. Before the Christmas and New Year holidays, rainfall decreases and the dry season begins. But track and field athletes don't care about rainy weather, so they don't miss training.
All training camps are located high above sea level (at least 1,800 meters). The high-altitude location of the training bases has an indisputable plus: during jogging in mountainous areas, the blood is more oxygenated, the anaerobic threshold rises and endurance increases.
The most famous training camp is located in the small town of Itene. The city is located at an altitude of 2,400 meters above sea level. Itena has miles of dirt roads in hilly terrain - ideal for training future and current champions.
Not far from the capital of Kenya, there is a training camp in Ngong, which is popular with foreign athletes. Denmark's youth team, for example, comes here to train for the winter camp.
In the vicinity of the city of Kericho, there are not only the most beautiful and fruitful tea plantations. Here is one of the best sports facilities in Kenya, where athletes, mostly local, train in clay and grass stadiums. In total, there are more than 10 large training camps in Kenya and many small sports camps.
Kenyan athletes do not follow a strict diet, their diet is quite balanced and nutritious. A standard food capsule consists of: ugali (corn porridge), meat, milk, legumes, vegetables, herbs and fruits. Kenyans also love chapatis - simple wheat cakes. The dough is made from flour and water, a small pinch of salt is added and kneaded. Then the cake is baked or fried in oil. Of the drinks, athletes prefer local tea with sugar, milk is added. This drink helps them maintain energy throughout the race and help them recover from exercise.
Being an athlete is a huge job. If you want to conquer a long distance or learn to run for yourself, you can follow the example of the Kenyan champions. They are very persistent, hardworking and always go to their goal.