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I spent months training with Kenyans then ran a sub-3 marathon - yay me
on 13 April 2017
Decent travelogue, and good on life and running culture in rural Kenya, but smacked a little to me of cultural tourism. The author is a slightly hippy-ish freelance Guardian journalist, who went out with his wife and children to Iten for months - for what? Just to write this book, and smash his PBs once he got back to the UK and US? At times there was too much about him, and with respect, he is not that interesting. He's a moderate club runner who got to train with Olympic and world class athletes. It's not entirely clear what they got out of it, other than being in this book.
Still worth a read for the Kenyan angle, even though much of this material is now quite familiar (ugali, barefoot running, Brother Colm, the Kalenjin etc.)