Justin Lagat

Biography

I am a Kenyan athlete born on 4th August 1982 who has been, and continues, training and running long distance races since 2004. My exposure to, and association with the word's top runners has given me great insights into habits that make world beaters. I have written articles for international publications that include RunBlogRun, Competitor.com and Thrive Sports among others.
In these books, I depict the way of life in Kenya's athletic training camps in the Rift Valley region; the running culture in Kenya and the characters, mindsets and training methods of Kenyan runners that enable them dominate the world in long/middle distance running.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the rural areas in the Rift Valley region in Kenya. My primary school was about four kilometers away and I, with my siblings, would run to and fro four times in a day. This made me like running. However, in a land where everyone is born into the same life situations, it was hard to make a great impression as an exceptional runner. I would win in some low profile competitions, but could not proceed due to the abundant talents around. However, my interest in running began there.
Writing came out of my creative nature, and the two passions; running and writing have resulted in my books.
When did you first start writing?
In Primary school's creative writing tests. That's from around 1994.
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Where to find Justin Lagat online


Books

Origin Versus Talent
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 2,220. Language: American English. Published: February 2, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Olympics, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Track & field
Should a runner be awarded for crossing the finish line first, or for having been born in a certain region? Should runners have political boundaries, or should they see each other as an international community? Should runners from countries with other successful runners be disadvantaged in some races to “level” the playing field for the natives?
How I improved My Marathon Time from 2:55 to 2:26 in 17 Weeks
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Running & jogging, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Sports training
I was able to cut 29 minutes from the time I ran last year! This should be a great testimony in itself of the effectiveness of the training I went through and I do believe it is going to work for anyone who is interested in improving their marathon times drastically.
Ideal Places to Train in Kenya
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 6,380. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Running & jogging
This booklet, in a brief but insightful way, helps one know what to expect in the different training destinations in Kenya, the pros and cons of living in a hotel versus renting a house, the infrastructures in different places, etc
11 Short Stories for Kids and Adults
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 14,660. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
Stories have been passed on from the older to the younger generations, mostly to inculcate good values in life such as honesty, courage, hard work, respect and humility, among others. In all the eleven short stories in this collection, I strived to do the same.
Determined Runners
Price: $2.75 USD. Words: 9,470. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Running & jogging
This first hand book, written by an athlete who has lived in the same training camps with the world's top runners, trained and shared the same experiences with them for over ten years now, may change your perceptions about these world beaters after you learn how much they sacrifice in their training.

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