Full Racing Profile
Isabella was born in 1979 in Keroka, Kenya. She is a Senior Sargent in the Kenyan Police Service and lives and trains in Ngong. Her training partners include Patrick Makau, Nicholas Manza, Patrick Ivuti and Francis Muendo. She has been a vegan since the age of four and her favorite training type is Fartlek (1 minute fast – 1 minute slow) x 15. Typically, Isabella does 9 training sessions per week. Her favorite athletes are Paula Radcliffe and Janet Wanja (volleyball player from Kenya).
Erick Kibet Kogo
- 5000m Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist (2006)
- 10,000m African Championship Silver Medalist (2006)
- 5000m Olympic Games Silver Medalist (2004)
- World Cross Country Championships Team Silver Medalist (2002 and 2005)
- 5000m World Championships Top 8 finisher (2003 and 2005)
- 8th in World Half Marathon Championships (2001)
- African record holder over 10K with 30:27 (2005)
- Kenyan National record holder over 5K with 14:53 (2004 and 2006)
- Ranked second and fifteenth (twice) on IAAF All-time 10K list with 30:27, 30:53 and 30:54
Selected personal best times:
- 10K: 30:27 (2005) – African record
- Half marathon: 1:08:38 (2001)
- Marathon: 2:29:45 (2015)
- 3rd in Honolulu Marathon in 2:29:45 (PB)
- Winner of Cape Town Marathon (RSA) in 2:30:20 (CR)
- 2nd in Kenyan Police Championships in 33:47.10 (at altitude)
- 4th in Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K (USA) in 15:49
- 2nd in Goteborg Half Marathon (SWE) in 1:09:45
Interesting stats (selection):
Isabella made an unprecedented comeback at top-level of distance running in 2013, after over six years off due to two major Achilles tendon injuries and childbirth, by running 1:09:21 for 3rd in Prague Half Marathon, just 43 seconds outside her PB of 1:08:38 set twelve years earlier in Nice.
In 2015 Isabella finished second in competitive and demanding Goteborg Half Marathon (1:09:45); recorded a fourth place finish in Freihofer’s 5k in Albany, NY (15:49) and was scheduled to compete in Gold Coast Airport Marathon in which she was not able to start in due to family-related emergency. Fortunately, Isabella was able to keep the most of the fine shape she was in and she has recorded a cautious win in Cape Town Marathon (2:30:20, CR and PB at the time) and third place finish and 2:29:45 PB in Honolulu Marathon.
Beyond the stats:
Isabella’s African name originates from Kenyan Kisii tribe and simplified meaning of Bosibori is – free.
IAAF Focus on Athlete biography (updated on 27/03/2006) – http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/kenya/isabella-ochichi-131358#biography
Family lives 250km away, sees them, on average, once a week.
Married to David and mother to Pardon (born in 2010).
Senior Sargent in Kenyan Police Service.
Proud member of PAAK – Professional Athletes Advancing Kenya.
Trains with small group of athletes, including: Patrick Makau, Nicholas Manza, Patrick Ivuti and Francis Muendo.
Ran or walked to High school, 7km each way, for period of four years.
Has four brothers and four sisters.
One relatively established athlete in the family: Catherine Kwamboka (niece).
Favorite training type: Fartlek (1 minute fast – 1 minute slow) x 15.
Trains on: Dirt roads and dirt track regularly, tarmac (speed-work and Long Run) only when dirt roads are very muddy.
Strength training: Done throughout the year – Once a week: 5-6 machines, 1-2 series, 8-12 reps.
Strength training since February 2014: Several times a week and based on principles outlined in books written by Mark Verstegen.
Mileage per week per training phase: 60km in buildup (4 weeks); 130-150km in marathon training; 100km two weeks before marathon; 55km + race day distance done in race week.
Longest Long Run in marathon training phase: 42km done at progressive pace from 4:00 to 3:10 per km.
Number of training sessions in a typical week: 9 (doubles 3 times per week, takes Saturday off).
Takes a month off (without running) after marathons and 10-15 days off (mostly without running) after major shorter races.
Best training sessions:
September 2013 – Fartlek (3 minutes fast at 3:05 pace – 1 minute slow at 4:30 pace) x 12 – done in Maasai land, close to Ngong
April 2004 – 3 x 3000m in 8:35-8:40 with 5 minutes recovery (jog)
6:00 training (without consuming any food before training session)
8:30 shower, breakfast
11:00 Police work
12:30 prepares food, lunch
18:00 shower, prepares food, dinner, TV and Bible study
21:30 retires for the night
Favorite foods: Chapati with beans; takes 3 cups of tea (with sugar) per day.
Vegan from the age of 3.
Invests her earnings into farming (maize) and real estate. Permanently employs ten employees.
Favorite athletes: Paula Radcliffe and Janet Wanja (volleyball player from Kenya).