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!

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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.

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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The spirit of trail running shines at 1000 Hills Challenge

Trail running is often defined by its camaraderie and greater sense of community, with like-minded people from all walks of life come together to support one another on the trails. The 1000 Hills Challenge, which took place at Nagle Dam over the weekend, captivated this essence perfectly, featuring an incredible atmosphere and keen display of togetherness amongst the trail running communities.

100 hills winners
women’s winners

This premier trail running event is renowned for its tough routes, incorporating undulating climbs, sharp descents and a tricky river crossing or two across the various distance options. Yet it was in the face of these challenges that the spirit of trail running truly shone, as participants cheered one another on and assisted each other through the tough times.

Commenting on the event, photographer Graham Daniel noted that, watching and photographing the river crossing, there was no sign of division.

“Everyone was working together and putting their own advancement aside to make sure their fellow runners got across the river fine,” he said.

The 1000 Hills Challenge, now in its sixth year, proved to be a massive success, with over 600 runners flocking to the beautiful, scenic Nagle Dam to participate in either the 38km, 20km, 10km, or 5km runs.

“Someone commented that it wasn’t 1000 Hills but 2000,” laughed Lauren Booth of KZN Trail Running (KZNTR), the event organisers behind the 1000 Hills Challenge, as well as KZN’s other prestigious trail events. “The smiles and grimaces of satisfaction on the finish line told a story of achievement.”

38km Mens Results:

1st: Eric Ngubane (3:00:23)

2nd: Linda Zondi (3:01:18)

3rd: Sanele Maphumulo (3:02:39)

38km Womans Results:

1st: Carla van Huyssteen (3:20:36 )

2nd: Sue Chapman (4:03:37)

3rd: Zoe Papadakis (4:09:23)

For full results, visit http://www.kzntrailrunning.co.za/2017/08/01/1000-hills-challenge-2017-results/

 

Runners explore sacred trails at KZNTR’s Winter Series Table Mountain

The atmosphere was jovial at the base of Pietermartizburg’s Table Mountain on Sunday, as runners lined up at the start of the second leg of the popular KZNTR Winter Series event. The clear, crisp winter morning set an idyllic scene and, as the sun rose above the glorious mountain, it cast its rays upon the beautiful trail that the athletes were about to embark upon.

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happy running in my Vivolicious capris

Table Mountain is shrouded in folklore and considered to be a sacred place by the local community. Being able to access this venue and run through the sweeping trails is a special privilege for runners.

“We are very lucky to be allowed access to run on the mountain, which is a sacred place for the locals,” said Lauren Booth of KZNTR. 

Andrew Booth, also of KZNTR, added his thoughts on the event, stating that PMB’s Table Mountain was a trail event like no other on the calendar.

“It’s all a great coming together of the trail running community and the local Maqongqo community at Mcoseleli Secondary School, once again showing how sport can unite,” he said.

The event, which featured a 7km, 12km and 20km route, proved to be a massive success, with runners, and walkers, from all walks of life coming together to enjoy the vibes and scenes. Adding to the festivities, WESSA were on hand once again, providing delicious bacon and egg rolls to hungry athletes, as part of their ongoing fundraising initiatives. Exploring Coffee also celebrated it’s one year birthday and there was much cake to be eaten.

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Stoked to have won the Table Mountain trail run

Adding value to the series, KZNTR has partnered up with Thirsti Water and West Coast Fish & Chips and have also introduced a Kidzone with experienced child minders and fun activities so that parents can enjoy a run knowing their kids are safe and having fun.

The final instalment of the KZNTR Winter Series will be held at Aloe Wildlife Estate in Camperdown, on 2 July. For more information log onto http://www.kzntrailrunning.co.za or email lauren@kzntrailrunning.co.za

 

20km Results

Men:

  1. MTHOBISI MZELE 1:22:28
  2. SIYABONGA NGCONGO 1:23:16
  3. SPHELELE GUMEDE 1:23:26

Women:

  1. ZOE PAPADAKIS 1:51:37
  2. LISA DANIEL 1:57:41
  3. LINDA GATHMANN 2:04:49