Fun, fun, fun

edit“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” – Dr Seuss

It’s easy to get so caught up in the end goal that we forget to have fun. Getting stronger, getting faster, beating a previous time, doing better.

It occurred to me recently that the motivation behind some of the most common goals are actually pretty damn negative. I am guilty of getting caught up in that mind frame- the one that basically implies you are not good enough until you reach that next goal. That is so silly.

We ARE all good enough. In fact, we are all incredible, wonderful, amazing, whacky unique indivduals following different paths so isn’t it about time we let go and enjoy the journey?

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Be brave. Be strong

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“Be brave. Be strong.”

That was my New Year’s resolution for 2018 and it really came to the forefront recently.

I hit a bit of a slump at the start of the year.

Having always been genetically predisposition to bouts of depression and anxiety, it is bound to catch up with me every now and again and I entered the year feeling very far removed from myself, which in turn affected my physical performance. It ended up being a catch 22 because I was not performing how I would like to, which made me feel worse about myself.

You get so used to feeling a certain way and it was only a few days ago that it dawned on me that I have been going through a bout of depression and I remembered my resolution.

The band I love the most, Rise Against, have a song that says “how we survive, is what makes us who we are.”

The thing about life, it inevitably ebbs and flows and emotions come and go, like waves, but how we face these challenges define us.

So today I choose to rise out of the ashes. I choose to be strong. I choose to be brave.

Big thank you to the people in my life who have been there by my side, supporting me through it all.
Vivobarefoot Vivobarefoot South Africa is such an incredible brand of shoe that has kepy me running strong the whole time.

And my coach Clinton Hunter of RacePace Coaching has been incredible!

Thank you Ryan Quevauvilliers for taking such an epic photo! Super talented photographer and videographer!

Take it all in

 

 

 

 

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Photie by the amazingly talented Ryan Quevauvilliers

“When your world moves too fast
and you lose yourself in the chaos,
introduce yourself 
to each color of the sunset. 
Reacquaint yourself with the earth 
beneath your feet.
Thank the air that surrounds you
with every breath you take.
Find yourself in the appreciation of life.”

-Christy Ann Martine

Sometimes it feels like my own world moves too fast, sometimes I feel lost in the chaos of life, of the heartache, of the dissapointment.

Time and time again I turn to the trails for healing and this poem resonated so deeply with me.

It was a beautiful reminder to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the world. It’s always there, we just aren’t always looking.

Return to the trails

me editAfter all the blood, sweat and tears over the past few weeks it felt so good to just go out there and be among amazing friends and hit the trails at KZN Trail Running WESSA Trail Run yesterday.

I am so greateful to know so many wonderful people who make up this trail community and to catch up with everyone!

It was really fun to tackle a shorter distance race for once and to be able to come second to the incredibly talented and inspiring Kim Westbrook, who is so humble and down to earth and sweet!

Huge thanks to my coach Clinton Hunter of RacePace Coaching and my strength and conditioning coach Rhain Hoskins Personal Training for working so closely with me and keeping me strong!

And to the awesomest running shoe Vivobarefoot Vivobarefoot South Africa for keeping me running healthy!

Hitting my wall

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Photo by Ryan Quevauvilliers

This weekend was a whirlwind of emotions and experiences: breathing takingly beautiful scenery and mountains, joy, love, happiness, anxiety, despair.

IMG-20180325-WA0023Drakensberg Northern Trail is a special race to me. Last year it was my first skyrun and this year I hoped to better my time and to take it all in… but you cannot always predict what is going to happen on the day.

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About 19km a loose rock ended in a tweaked knee and strained the ligament. The remaining 20kms I spent in excruciating pain. So by the time I hobble jogged to the end I was in tears and pain, feeling frustrated with myself for deciding to push through the last 20kms and for allowing the disappointment to affect me so badly.

A message from my coach Clinton Hunter of RacePace Coaching really helped put things into perspective though, and its something we could all probably hear at times.

How you handle the disappointment is important and provides you with an incredible learning experience.  When things go wrong we don’t appreciate the massive mental barrier we have overcome, but sometimes we need to celebrate those victories too. And celebrate out mental toughness.

So I finished the race in the same time and position as I did last year- which is not what I was hoping for, but I finished it and sometimes we need to allow things like that to be good enough as well.

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A massive thank you to event organisers KZN Trail Running for this epic race!

And a really huge thank you to Ryan Quevauvilliers for being such an incredible man and for being at the finish to catch me as I fell, literally and figuratively.

A massive shoutout to my conditioning and strength coach Rhain Hoskins for preparing me mentally and physically and to my dietician Laura May for making sure I fuel properly as a vegan athlete!

And to Vivobarefoot and Vivobarefoot South Africa for keeping me running healthy and strong. The proprioception in these shoes is essential in the mountains!!!!

I’ve had an incredible group of people behind me, my amazing mom and friends, and I truly love and appreciate you all so much.

 

Why do you run?

Why do you run?

I get asked that often.

So I was listening to my life anthem, it’s Sia’s Unstoppable, and the lyrics just summed up why I run:

“I put my armor on, show you how strong I am. I put my armor on, I’ll show you that I am unstoppable, I am unvincible…”

Running is my armor.

It gives me the courage and strength to ovecome obstacles, hurt, the bad things and it is the joy that exemplifies the happy times in my life.

I run to overcome my demons, I run to be brave, I run to be strong, I run to be happy.

Why do you run?

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Being present, finding my happy

The problem with social media is that we filter our lives, we eliminate the struggles and only post the good.

I’m tired of that crap.

Today I woke up feeling so unmotivated to run today. You know those weeks when you feel run down and everything is just off. That was me.

This whole week my training has been off and it has left me feeling unmotivated and dare I admit it, even emotional.

So today as I rode my car through the rain to go do a five hour run, on my own, I was not feeling it.

Then I reached this look out point and my heart was filled with peace, contentment and awe. 20180225_080203

I have a point, bare with me.

See, ALL of us wake up to days where everything feels like a schlepp (so don’t even let social media fool you)

But even in the worst times, there are moments of amazing beauty in life. It is all fleeting, the good and the bad, and we cannot hold onto the good but we can cherish them as they arise.

I am told I overthink things and I guess sometimes we need to stop and just be present in the moment and forget about the other stuff.

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