Robert W.

Robert W.

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Real graduation @ 13k 

  • Feb 21st, 2016 at 4:38PM

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Got up today thinking I'm done, I did a 1.45min hike yesterday. But then I looked at the Kenzai site and it said final day 13k and I realised it was JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH. So I picked up the work out kit and headed to the hotel Gym, dialled in 13k on the treadmill and got to work with a running playlist. It was not fast or pretty but it got done and that is what it is all about.

Reflections:

1. Great program - I am no runner (and not much of a skipper) but I wanted to run and you gave me the tools.

2. As usual the Kenzai no gimmicks approach works. Simple build up (although it does not exactly start at a crawl) and by the end you are running for over 1 hour and running will hold no fears.

5. Community. Now that we are mostly Kenzai veterans on these programs, most of us are fairly self motivated - otherwise why would we still be signing up. However, the blogs and encouragement of others helps. Example, I nearly did not do the final run but I had a nudge from Malia asking if I was still planning on doing the final run and that was all I needed!

6. Picture. Hmm, I think I am struggling with this now with my 3rd program. I am basically maintaining roughly where I got to post KB1 and KB2 and don't really want to do the picture thing once a week. No big deal.

7. Linked to the picture. As I was basically treating K Run as an extension of K Life except with the run discipline, I did not feel like weighing out the grams. That is not to say I did not appreciate the guidance and maybe I do need to pay more attention to what goes down my gullet...

8. As always thanks to the trainers, esp Malia and Angela. Big thanks as again to Thomas and Ward who keep getting up and participating as well as training others. Good job chaps (as they say in Britain)

Result, I intend to start running more and will target 10k as my distance and try and get faster. I am not sure I am suited to Marathons and longer distances but I will keep this under review.

 
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6 comments

Chris C.Chris C.Kenzai Member
about 6 years ago

Lol about Malia's nudge!!!
You are right about the program not exactly starting with a crawl... I was shocked at the 5km end of week 1 distance run!!!!! Its NOT a program for complete novices that's for sure!!


    Andy D.Andy D.Kenzai Member
    about 6 years ago

    Great post Robert. Decided to bite the bullet and sign up for the March group.


      Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Member
      Trainerabout 6 years ago

      Way to give in to trainer peer pressure and push yourself into getting that final 13K in, even after that big hike. Great reflections on your program. Congrats on completing it strong.


        Malia HirschmannMalia HirschmannKenzai Member
        Trainerabout 6 years ago

        Here on my end, I had no doubt that you were doing that 13K Robert (; You had put in all of the work over the last 6 weeks it really would have been a shame not to cap off your experience with at least a go at it. Congratulations on a solid program and working through the ups and downs that come along with being an advanced trainee. You've got another set of tools now to keep you chugging along on your fitness goals. That's what it is all about.


          Angela WorthingtonAngela WorthingtonKenzai Member
          Assistant Trainerabout 6 years ago

          Congratulations on completing the Kenzai Run programme Robert, well done! It has been great following your progress on the blogs and I look forward to reading your future posts about your 10km's.


            Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
            Head Trainerabout 6 years ago

            Well done, Robert. I am not surprised that you doubled back to crush the final run. I couldn't imagine you letting the rest of us have all the joy and pain in your absence! Historically, staffers have been quarantined - likely for the safety of trainees and not vice versa. However, hitting the pavement alongside experienced trainees was a blast. Congrats on results, man!


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