GB runner and goats' milk lover Charlene Thomas has recently returned from Kenya where she has been training in Iten, a town in the Elgeyo-Marakwet County of Kenya. This was her 5th trip to Kenya where she trains at the High Altitude Training Centre.
Last summer, Charlene gained an injury which meant she was no longer able to compete, however after months of physiotherapy and determination, Charlene gradually increased her training back to what it was before her injury, just in time for her trip to Kenya.
Charlene says "I made sure I was in a good position to go to Kenya so I started to bring in a few extra miles and faster tempo running. I also started lifting heavier weights in the gym.
Anyone who has trained at altitude will know that sustained tempo running is probably the hardest session you can do, when there is a lot less oxygen and your lungs just don't feel big enough. It really is a mind battle and not always easy to set off at the right pace. I have got it wrong so many times whilst out in Kenya and thrown some serious diva strops that Mariah Carey would have been impressed with! I'm pleased to report though, that my tempo runs went well and I managed to get up to 2 x 2 mile with 2 minutes recovery between each set and got down to running 5.30 - 40 minute miles."
The main goal of Charlene's trip to Kenya was to get back to her best which she has certainly achieved. In the next couple of weeks Charlene will be heading to York St John University to undergo some tests in their laboratory testing facilities to compare fitness levels from before and after Kenya.
Follow Charlene's progress on her blog: https://charlenethomas.wordpress.com/ and Twitterhttps://twitter.com/cethomas2013