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Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth

Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth Best Read || [Adharanand Finn] - Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth, Running with the Kenyans Passion Adventure and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth A dusty road stretches into the distance like a pencil line across the arid landscape Lions rhino and buffalo roam the plains on either side But I haven t come to Kenya to spot wildlife I ve come to

  • Title: Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth
  • Author: Adharanand Finn
  • ISBN: 9780345528797
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Hardcover

Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth Best Read || [Adharanand Finn], Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth, Adharanand Finn, Running with the Kenyans Passion Adventure and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth A dusty road stretches into the distance like a pencil line across the arid landscape Lions rhino and buffalo roam the plains on either side But I haven t come to Kenya to spot wildlife I ve come to run Whether running is your recreation your religion or just a spectator sport Adharanand Finn s incred Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth Best Read || [Adharanand Finn] - Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth, Running with the Kenyans Passion Adventure and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth A dusty road stretches into the distance like a pencil line across the arid landscape Lions rhino and buffalo roam the plains on either side But I haven t come to Kenya to spot wildlife I ve come to

  • Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth Best Read || [Adharanand Finn]
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Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth

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  1. Finn uproots his extremely supportive wife and kids from their home in England and moves to Kenya towell, it s not totally clear He wants to see if he can run better, even starting in midlife And at least nominally, he wants to learn what makes Kenyans such good runners So he goes to live in Kenya for a few months, and runs with some Kenyans.And that s or less my issue with the book, insofar as I have an issue It isn t that Finn doesn t acknowledge his privilege He does, sort of He seems full o [...]


  2. I finished this in a day, like literally This book is just, amazing The author brought me into his journey to Kenya, where he lived there for six months to learn and train with Kenyan runners, and to find out what are the secrets to be the best runner in the world The writing flows easily, the plot seamless, the stories affective Non too melancholic, I did shed a tear or two reading the last chapter, highlighting his running goal the Lewa Marathon I urge runners to read this, I mean even I who d [...]


  3. It s the most tantalizing title since Born to Run, and along the same lines a Westerner, intent on learning the secrets of a culture truly born to run, goes and lives among this foreign people temporarily, partly to see if some of their secret sauce can help his own running, but partly just to see, well, what it s like, and what that secret is Along the way, he meets some true characters, subjects himself and his family in Finn s case, family includes three small children to culture shockd bring [...]


  4. I m not quite sure what to make of this It says it s the running secrets of the fastest people on earth It says it s the memoir of someone who wanted to see how good a runner he could be It s a travelogue of Kenya Well, it s sort of all of those, but not really any of them For starters, there are no secrets revealed It s all pretty obvious Kenyans are fast because they run a lot as children, miles day in day out as part of their lives They live and run at altitude They eat a lot of carbs, eat a [...]


  5. I must confess the reason I loved reading this book is not that I m a runner, a former runner, a fan of running, although the sport has been of interest for many years And not because Finn has written an enjoyable, interesting, self effacing journey of discovery tale filled with unique observations and fascinating facts a good read, to be sure No, the main reason I loved this book is its portrayal and descriptions of Iten, the town on the Rift Valley Escarpment that is the main setting and a loc [...]


  6. It s no Born to Run, but it was still quite good This is a nonfiction book about why Kenyans are beating the pants off the rest of us in basically all running events be they short sprint distance races, or marathons It s part travelogue and part running book, which is key, I think even as a runner myself, I think books purely about just running and nothing else are kind of boring, so including the aspects about life in Kenya and travel through Kenya make this a much better book SPOILER So does h [...]


  7. Last month I ran a big 15K near my hometown It s a race that, despite taking place in a small city in the middle of nowhere upstate NY , is locally notorious for being dominated by Kenyan runners every year And during the last week, I ve been watching East African runners consistently leading the pack of every distance race in the London Olympics So when I spotted this book at the library, my curiosity was piqued why are Kenyan runners so talented Having already read Christopher McDougall s Born [...]


  8. If you re looking here for the secret of the Kenyan runner you may be disappointed But if you are interested to see how some Kenyans, who are runners, live in a small community while training for the big win, then you may enjoy this book Much like a voyeur, the reader is given a glimpse into life in Kenya for a runner while the author trains amongst them and attempts to tap into their secret for winning race after race after race I presume it s a good gig for an author if you can get it so kudos [...]


  9. I m not a runner yet , but I thought this was an excellent book If it weren t for the giveaways, I probably never would have picked up this book, assuming I wouldn t understand it It s completely accessible, part non fiction running book and part memoir I got so involved with the characters in the story that, for the first time ever, I excitedly read the Acknowledgements section to see what else was said about them.


  10. This book will only interest runners, but every runner should read it to understand why the Kenyans dominate running.


  11. One woman tells me, as we sit on the grass, that she thinks running is like getting drunk in reverse With drinking, it feels great at first, but then you start feeling awful With running, you feel awful at first, but then, after you finish, you feel great That sounds like a much better deal Verdict If you re a runner, and have read all of the other books probably a worthwhile venture If you re not a runner, there are a lot of other books that are worth your time.Brief SummaryBritish man, Adhara [...]


  12. Adharanand Finn, a casual runner who might have been really good and also a writer for Runner s World magazine, sets out to realize the dream of many runners, visit what one journalist has called The Halls of the Mountain Kings, the town on the edge of the Rift Valley that is the epicenter of the Kenyan running explosion Over the past 15 years, Kenyans from one particular ethnic group, the Kalenjin, have nearly completely dominated distance running from the 10K to the marathon Their dominance, c [...]


  13. Surprise, surprise, it turns out there is no simple secret to why the Kenyans are such dominant racers At least not one that a middle aged white guy from England can find beyond the fact that all the successful racers come from poor, rural backgrounds and are driven mainly by financial reasons They push themselves up the hills because the prize money can change their lives That and eating a food called ugali all the time Finn moves his family to a town called Iten where there are 1,000 runners i [...]


  14. The book, Running with the Kenyans, is an incredible book It is written by Adharanand Finn, who is also the main character of the book This book is a non fiction book, and starts of in England The author lives normally, until he gets into running He does a lot of running and researches how to run faster, or improve He discovers that Kenyans are considered the fastest in the world, and wants to know about them He thinks the only ay to know is to live with, and run with them So the author decide [...]


  15. This book really grabbed me He paints a vivid picture of the daily life of elite runners training and living run, eat, sleep, run in the Rift Valley While keeping track of some of the runners he comes across was a bit confusing any fan of international racing over the last 20 years will recognize many of the names And that s the beauty of his experience, he gets to share so many intimate and personal moments with these world class athletes I was left with an entirely positive view of these runne [...]


  16. This is the ultimate story about the impact of the environment on personal health Adharanand Finn, an accomplished runner himself, takes his wife and young children to live in Kenya for six months to learn the secrets of their speedy runners He spends his days eating simple food, meeting sub 2 30 marathoners on every corner, and training for the Lewa Marathon with his new Kenyan friends He finds that there is no secret potion, no magic pill The Kenyan runners grow up running to school, they live [...]


  17. I ve read a lot of different running books in the last few years, and although I did enjoy reading this one and learned quite a bit about the Kenyans and their emergence as a dominant force in the running community, there was something a little bit lacking in the presentation of this particular story Perhaps I am over saturated on running books, but I just didn t get especially inspired by this one I enjoyed the actual racing parts the best and was always happy to hear about Finn s successes and [...]


  18. Probably ironic that I read this considering I ve started light jogging two weeks ago PBut I had recently been looking for literature from or about Africa, so it happened to coincide well.The premise of this non fiction book is finding out what makes Kenyan runners so successful When the author started to explain how barefoot running is better from a scientific point of view, I came close to quit reading why do we need to look for a reason in the first place It seems like it s only diminishing t [...]


  19. So i m at Barnes and Noble quietly checking the spines of books related to sports and suddenly this book comes up I had marked it as to read on and, because of its reviews, i knew this would be a good book The author hooked me from the start and I must have spent two or three days marvelling at the stories of this man, whose last name I FINALLY MEMORISED AFTER STARING AT IT FOR HOURS SOMEONE APPLAUD RIGHT NOW PLEASE and the book, okay, the book was so insanely good all my dreams got crushed and [...]


  20. Why are Kenya runners so good I think this book gives us the best answers It s a nicely written and informative story of Adharanand Finn, the white mzungu who took his family to live in the small village of Iten, Kenya for 6 months to run with the Kenyans Adharanand meets up with many Kenyans nearly all of whom have won a marathon or olympic medal or even world record and they re all from the same town The Kenyan people seem so lovely in his story and their simple lifestyle of sleep run eat slee [...]


  21. Fascinating story part travel memoir, part research, almost like an anthropological book The author does a good job of pacing his book and adding plenty of human interest, but the many, many descriptions of races does tend to get a bit repetitive after a while And I am very interested in running.


  22. I strongly suspect Finn s fruitless search for the secret of speed was really a front for doing his boyish running thing and getting a book out of it into the bargain I m not knocking it because it was an interesting read I never sensed any depth in the relationships he made with Kenyans but I admired Brother Colm with his niche missionary activity.


  23. This book reminded me how much I dislike reading race reports They re always pretty boring and self centered egotistical, usually This is the longest race report I ve ever read Spoiler alert he shaved three minutes off his half marathon time w00t.


  24. Reviewed this for s vine voices program I didn t care for this book at all Poorly put together, pointless, and there wasn t much interesting to report Got the feeling the author himself wasn t sure what he was doing in Kenya or why he was writing a book about it.


  25. When Finn set out for Kenya, it was to learn the secret that make Kenyans the most dominant force in athletics However this book is not about running or secrets there are none , this book is about a small town in Kenya and what happens when the locals discover a way out of poverty They run.


  26. It is fun to read every piece of evidence showing that we have been evolving to run Took millions of years to become the best animals on long distance running Certainly, Finn s experience will keep me out of the couch enjoying our inner nature.


  27. I found it a quick and easy read that captured the beauty and grace of excellent runners His conclusions in his search and analysis of the secrets of Kenyan s running success were interesting Made me want to put my shoes on and head out the door


  28. Fantastic book and listen Basic plot premise is that Finn goes to study Kenyan running and to figure out what makes the Kenyans great long distance runners Finn creates a running team and trains for a marathon It looks at he science of Kenyan runners, the socioeconomic aspect aspects of rural Kenyans, and the myths about the Kenyans Perhaps it is to fulfil this primal urge that runners and joggers get up every morning and pound the streets in cities all over the world To feel the stirring of som [...]


  29. I read Finn s other book The Way of the Runner first, as I love the running scene in Japan, particularly its ekiden So I avoided this book like a plague, because I misunderstood East African running scene as boring and indistinctive.Thus I m pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoy this book very much it even changes a few preset conceptions I had about Kenyan runners Despite their dominance and perceived arrogance as world class marathon runners, the Kenyans are ordinary people who work hard a [...]


  30. This book reads less like a story and like disjointed newspaper articles Given the background of the author writer for the Guardian I guess that shouldn t come as a surprise Finn, on what seems like a I need to write a book and remember when I used to run whim decides to move his family to Iten so he can learn to run like the Kenyans He doesn t find the cipher to running effortlessly like so many Kenyans, and the ending, a marathon, is anticlimactic Honestly, the entire book felt disingenuous a [...]


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