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Running with the Kenyans

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Review by Ben Peel

When Adharanand Finn runs a 10K personal best he contemplates how much a better a runner he could be if he trained seriously. To that end he uproots his family to Kenya to see if he can learn the secret of how that nation has become predominant in distance running.

However Finn soon discovers that a combination of factors play a part such as being conditioned to run barefoot from an early age meaning they continue to run in that much more efficient style when competing, pooling resources and training, better diet and overall exercise than in the West despite having a much poorer economy. Indeed successful athletes are accorded respect and status. When Finn pushes someone to put one reason above all others it is simply ‘a hunger to succeed.’

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