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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.

Running for a good cause

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Cruising in my Vivo Primus 

The wet weather did not dampen spirits when over 350 runners braved the rain and took to the trails in support of the Ryan Walker Foundation on Sunday at Stainbank Nature Reserve. This special event was held in support of Ryan Walker, farmer and ex-sharks rugby player is currently living with Motor Neuron Disease (MND/ALS).  He was diagnosed in August 2013 at the age of 35. Together with his family, and through the Ryan Walker Foundation, he aims to create awareness about the disease and contribute where possible to the MND/ALS community.

This fundraising 5km and 10km trail run was something very close to the hearts of the zebracommunity and it was heartwarming to see how many runners and walkers showed up to support the event. The spirit of unity is what makes trail running so special and there was tons of camaraderie on show on the day.

Going into this run, it was not so much a race for, but an opportunity to spend the morning with my extended trail running family. I am training for my first Sky marathon, which looms weeks ahead, so my running coach, Clinton Hunter of RacePace Coaching, is focusing more on mileage with one or two tune up races in between. So I had already tackled 10kms before lining up at the start for the Run-For-Ryan.

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What made it so special is that I got to stand alongside my strength and conditioning coach, Rhain Hoskins from Paragon Fitness, at the start of the race. This fellow barefoot runner and vegan has been my role model and inspiration for ages. So to say I am excited to have joined the Paragon Family, receiving tailored training to meet my running needs, is an absolute understatement! Rhain ended up annihilating the trails, coming home in fourth by seconds!

I was ecstatic to be the first lady home but I need to commend the performance of Mary Murray and Phillipa Brebner, who came in second and third respectively- both ladies show that trail running in KZN is in very good hands!

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A massive thank you to Alison Chadwick and the guys from Riverside Trail for putting together such an incredible event. I see that they raised R20,343 for The Ryan Walker Foundation and R7,760 for Stainbank Nature Reserve and the Coedmore Castle. It is so inspiring to see so many kind hearts in Durbs!

Paragon Fitness tribe

paragonI am super stoked to join the Paragon Fitness/CrossFit RIED tribe. Had my first session with Rhain Hoskins today and he is a legend! It’s difficult to find a balance, as a runner, between strength, power and endurance., but he totally gets my physical requirements and fuses it with solid body conditioning.

It helps that it is in such an epic gym, and that the crew share my love for barefoot running, natural movement and veganism! So excited about my new extended family!