2012 Kili Training Pugu Hills

The test hike for students of the International School of Tanganyika from Dar es Salaam is a traditional event at the Pugu Hills Nature Centre.

The school tests some 40 students on fitness but also team work and other skills not only important for conquering the Kilimanjaro Mountain but helpful for future challenges as well. Half of the students will not make it this year and may try again next year to be one of the 20 who will eventualy go for the Mawenzi Peak.We-Made-It

The report of one of the students reminds us about the reward for a bit of sweating around the Pugu Hills. For some a hike in the forest may be more imaginable than jogging along the beach or the streets of Dar es Salaam. Both are having the same effect, you feel great afterwards with a good chance of even enjoying it while meeting yourself and do with your body what it is meant for - to move!

"So last week Friday and Saturday (9 &10 Nov.) we went to Pugu Hills for a practise hike that is meant to give us an idea of what it will be like when we actually climb kili. Sure, the terrain was a bit different because Pugu Hills is more on the dense forest site compared to Mt. Kili, but I thought it was a helpful experience because it helped me figure out some things I need to focus more on when I’m doing my training sessions outside of the Friday meetings.

For one, I need to do more endurance training for my legs especially. It wasn’t too bad, but I noticed that my legs got tired sooner than I had expected. Couple that with how my feet were burning in my boots with the sun beating down on us and you don’t get a very nice experience. That’s something I’ve begun working on in Running Club (Tuesdays). When I start to get kinda tired, instead of slowing down to power-walk, instead I keep going until I’ve gone much further than what I thought I could deal with. It has proved very useful, because I find that I can run up to more than half way without stopping if I ignore that desire to just give up.

Second, and this is more of a general observation, I need to increase my intake of water throughout my day. It’s easy to get dehydrated and not really notice until it’s gotten much worse, and this ends up becoming more of a problem during Kili training and running since I sweat a lot which means water lost without getting replaced.

So, those are my observations thus far for Kili and Running Club. I’ve made noticeable progress in both activities which has me really excited :)"