Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Warriors take chances. Like everyone else, they fear failing, but they refuse to let fear control them.
Ancient Samurai Saying
Friday, February 04, 2011
Some times you get the feeling that every time you get up from one crisis and start to walk, some one pulls the carpet from underneath you and you are down again.
I have gone through many phases like this is life, and learned it only helps to go through it taking it one day at a time.
The same applies to the current stretch in life.
Not only am I caught up in a protracted Management Change-over in the company I work for, but also my work permit is affected by it. And since the old company is not really making any money in Kenya, payments have not been regulare. So we have lived through months of uncertainty already. Now when the new boss started paying our salaries, it has become a bit easier, but thats when I realized that Inflation is really biting!
Over Christmas * New year i had to sit down and calculate my budget afresh. With so many things falling apart in my house (after my divorce I furnished with second-hand things) and my running shoes so worn out that they hurt my joints. I was already down, but then when I realized that my car is my single biggest expence and considering the cost of living I can't really afford it. I tried to see where I can save money, but I am already living as low-cost as possible and even trying to look for a cheaper house would not bring much. Cost for rent has gone up every where and even cheaper housing estates now cost almost as much as I pay now and the extra time I would spend on the road going to and from work would orevent any savings.
So I was really frustrated and kept on thinking, here I am with 24 years of work under my belt and not much to show for it. Also retirement is looming in 16 years from now. There is nto much in terms of pension here and you have to make your own provisions....
But as much as I was getting depressed I decided I was not going to give up!
I kept on walking, since my shoes are too worn out to run in them and somehow I will find the money to buy a new pair.
I have figured out a way in which it should be possible to pay teh car insurance in 2 months from now and I had a candid talk with the MD.
A salary increment is not posssible until the management change-over is finalized, but the Executive Director , to whom I was also able to talk a bit, has agreed to give me an allowance for use of mobile phone (we use prepaid cards) and fuel, which both are generous.
So the future is already looking brighter and some how I know I will manage to keep my car. This way I will be able to hang in there until the Management change-over is finalized and then negotiate for a pay rise. By that time they will have seen more of my work as well.
Lesson relearned from this: Don't give up! It's is okay to fall, but it is essential to get up and try to walk again!
Have a great weekend
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Started the morning by having my car hit by a Lorry..... What a way to start the day. Another damage to my car and again affecting the rear bumper, which had just been fixed last week after another car hit me just before Christmas.
But the good side of it:
No one got hurt!
It happened less than 100m from a Traffic Cop, the other driver admitted his fault at once and his Transport Manager who is based in Naivasha, happened to be in Nairobi, My mechanic was also not too far and so it took us about 2 hours to solve everything and sign an agreement that they will pay.
If you have to have an accident, then let it be this way!....LOL
Lets hope they really will send me the money today.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Happy New Year!
For the last one month I have not been able to make any blog entries. Probably has to do with the shaky kind of internet connections we still have here in Africa.
Hope this year will be better than the last. I need a better year and some hope for the future.
Will keep exercising, even if I can't run, since my joints have been acting up again. But enjoy walking so much more since Nyaramula and I started walking together once a week whenever possible.
Hope to reach goal weight this year. But for that I have to get off the plateau...... LOL
Thursday, November 04, 2010
1st November 2010
Standard & Chartered Nairobi Marathon 2010
One of my goals!
I did participate and ran the Halfmarathon. That’s another Tick next to a goal!
The day before I went for another long walk with Nyamarula, this time around the soccer pitch where her boys were doing their training session. We talked so much we forgot to count laps done. But I know we must have done another 16km. We stopped when our legs hurt…LOL, and realized we had walked 2.5hours
Then Sunday morning came. First I couldn’t find the Watchman to open the gate for me. His chair and the dogs were also gone, so my guess is he had taken the chair to a dark corner and was sleeping. I had told him I am leaving early….. Annoying, well luckily there were no thugs waiting when I opened the gate myself.
Got to the Marathon start-off point without a problem even though I had to take the “scenic” route since the main roads had been closed at 4am. Reached there at 6am with 1 hour 25 minutes left for warm-up. It was just getting light and we could see it was going to be a clear, sunny & hot day. First I saw none of my friends (about 50 of my running friends were participating in the different races). But then they started trickling in and we were laughing and joking around. It was also nice to see those 2 old Kenyan Men, who used to be big runners in their day and they still participate every year. One of them looked quite feeble when I last saw him participate 3 years ago (I missed the last 2 Nairobi Marathon due to injury). He had been sick at that time, but still finished the Half. This year he was as fit as ever. He told me once that he is almost 70, that was some years ago, so now he must be 70, same age as my Mum….. He and his old colleague did very well this year and left many the age of their grandchildren behind. What an inspiration!
I hope I can still run at that age.
I started off slow since I knew I hadn’t trained enough for the distance. But it went quite well. First I was frustrated to see even friends who usually run slower than me overtake and take off. But I kept telling myself, that I need to finish this run, so I should not exhaust myself. When I reached the 10km mark 3 other friends overtook me running easily and in good speed, until you wonder why they were behind in the first place. Felt quite frustrated at that point…
Also the last U-turn, from were we had 6km to go, seemed so far away. I started feeling my legs, but no cramps yet, so I just kept plotting on. Then suddenly I was at the turning point and I knew I had only 6km to go, that gave me some new energy.
Through-out the race I actually only slowed to a walk when I was taking water and ran all the rest. How much better than in Mwea 6 weeks ago! So I had actually gotten fitter.
At the last water point 3km before finish I was now starting to feel the adrenaline and was ready to start sprinting. A guy with a TV camera came to me and ask me how I am doing. All I could do was smile at him, tell him I am doing fine and am about to finish the race. Then I ran off again starting to slowly to increase speed. And what a surprise, I found all those who had overtaken me with glee now struggling to finish. I overtook one after the other and just at the entry of the stadium gate with only 500m to go I found that girl, who had shown off her speed the most (when she saw me 1km ahead of me at 8kms she sprinted until she overtook me…), she was so finished and couldn’t believe I could sprint now.
What a nice feeling! I was now running in a good finish speed into the stadium and that lap around the stadium with so many people watching is always exhilarating!
I didn’t see the car with the official time, but I know I finished in just about 2 hours. Which had been my initial goal, considering that I am not as fit as I used to be. But I had not thought it possible, since my tummy had given me problems through my last long training runs.
I will get my exact time when they post it in the internet tomorrow. This time you can print your own certificate from there as well.
I didn’t see Tetich, but we talked on the phone and she finished the Halfmarathon as well and with a good time. She had not been able to train that much and it was her first Halfmarathon. So congratulate her as well!!!
4th November: My official timing was 2 hrs 9 minutes 36 seconds, which means I did about 2 hrs 6 or 7 minutes real time!
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