“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!
“Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live.”
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After 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!
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.
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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“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
― Dr. Seuss
I entered 2018 with a handful of goals but they all tie into one big resolution- to be more brave.
That includes being brave enough to seek new adventures, to explore new trails, to love, to laugh, to be kind to myself and others, to push my boundaries and do what is required to be my best possible self… It’s going to be a good year.
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I am taking a new approach to training in 2018- I always thought time spent training physicaly was enough- now I am incorporating additional factors and emphasizing aspects such as nutrition, recovery and the mental side of things.
So my focus this week is all about growing mental strength and grit- and what better way than to do it with snatches, which Rhain (my awesome strength and conditioning coach) of Paragon Fitness/CrossFit Ried insists are perfect training for speed, power, strength and stability-
I am looking forward to seeing this translated on the trails.
My first big race is March so yay.