Being a veteran of long distance running, this blog is no stranger to the incredible focus, stamina and endurance that runs upwards of ten miles demand of those taking part.
As you get further into training, you notice all kinds of little things - you actually start to eat better, almost as if your body knows what's good for it and doesn't want you to waste nutrition opportunities with the wrong types of food. You also notice how exercise affects your mood and your view of yourself. Suddenly, you feel almost as if you've reached another level. And it's difficult to look back!
But of course nothing in life is perfect, and one of the challenges for peole training in the UK is the surface to train on. Because let's face it - we humans weren't designed to run on surfaces as hard as concrete. So it's no wonder that Kenyan athletes are among the fastest in the world. All that training they do on natural surfaces builds extra muscle meaning extra speed on the running track. And of course the weather in Kenya means that training's never going to be quite like it is for someone in the UK on a wet sleety day.
However, while Kenya may be a something of a breeding ground for successful athletes - for any foreign nationals intending on staying in the country long term, there are going to be a few differences to get used to. the Kenyan public health care system - according to the Telegraph's guide to the country is hardly underfunded and hardly used by expatriates from places like the UK. The article goes on to quote the Foreign Office on the necessity of international health insurance, who have this to say: "You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling." Providers mentioned include AXA PPP International, Aviva and Bupa offering policies for those in the country.