Gilbert Osure

After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?

My role model Usain Bolt drives me everyday. Secondly, I have a mission which is not yet accomplished. My country Kenya is not very good in the 100 meters and 200 meters so I would love to represent my country in a major world athletics competition.

I want to be a part of the revolution which has already started.


How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?

My music helps me by turning me on. Also, I have very competitive teammates who are my number one fans and they remind me about my destination. They have my back.


On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?

Well, during a normal season I run like 24 times in a month which ends up around 15 km. Sprints involve short intensive bursts and other technical workouts in the weight room and on the field.


What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?

In 2009 it was on a small track meet here in Nairobi, Kenya. My spike popped out in a 200 meter race just after the bend. I still managed to finish 2nd with one spike on; it was epic.


What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?

Fuels are good. Unfortunately locally they are rarely found on the shelves here. So I have never tried them out but would really love working with them during race days and my tempo runs on recovery days.


What's your favorite cheat food & drink?

For me chicken nuggets and Coke makes me crazy.


Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?

I love ice baths very much. I do it like 3 times a week. It is a cheap form of recovery. I use it for recovery mostly.


What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?

Nobody is special in this world, we are all equal. Your output is what is going to determine whether you are average, world class or just a regular athlete. For me, that’s what drives me and that is what I tell people. No sweat goes unpaid here on earth.


What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?

Reaching the all Africa Games 100 meter semi-finals in 2015 and posting a personal best in that race is my biggest achievement ever and I am very proud of it because I worked hard for it.


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