The Running Raw team duked it out with some of the best runners in the world today at the Bastille Day 5k in Irvine, CA. Large cash prizes attracted a highly competitive elite field from all over the US and Africa. Yes, Africa. Runners from Kenya, Morocco, Burundi and Ethiopia were on hand to challenge some of America’s best road racers at the 5k distance.
The elite Kenyan runners not only walked away with top honors, but they walked away singing, dancing and smiling. Perhaps the dominance of Kenyan athletes in distance running has everything to do with their spirit, playfulness and youthful joy they seem to experience while running. I’ve heard so many people say that when they’ve seen Kenyan runners racing that it doesn’t even seem like they are going hard – it seems effortless. Perhaps this is the way to greatness – give up the all too American ideal of “no pain, no gain” and instead adopt a mindset of – this will be fun and effortless. I think I’ll try that one on and see how it fits.