Over training is over rated, rest better so that you can train even more" - Nick Yster Bester

Monday, November 24, 2014

November Update

And here we are in the last week of November already! Crazy but true! Life has been busy and I haven't been around blog land as often as I would like to be.

The good news is that running is going well and I am training hard and often. It looks like I will be running 2 races before the year is gone. A 10km this weekend and then the 48 hour circuit race in December. Exciting for sure!

A busy schedule so I'm in for the 10km only.

I'll be slogging along for 48 hours in December.

My son Rohann finished primary school last week. Seven years that really flew by. Now 5 years of high school is waiting. Rohann is very excited. He is only sad that he will not be going to school barefoot again!

Grade 1 to grade 7 -  2008 - 2014

Last barefoot schoolday...

 Happy training everyone!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Frik The Legend

I ran my first road race in 1981 and did most of my running in the 1980's and 1990's. At every race there was one face I always saw. It is still the same today. Frik is always there.

Frik du Preez is one of South Africa's running legends. This past weekend he ran his 2000th official race. This is Frik's Facebook entry:

2000th race done and dusted - 176 x ultras, 225 x marathons, 142 x 32km, 702 x 21km, 334 x 15km, 331 x 10km, 90 x orther = 54417.8km

54417,8 official race kilometers! Wow,,,that is all I can say. And yes...that is 702 half marathons!

Frik, I salute you. 2000 races is a goal I have as well. But I have a long way to go...

There are so many photos of Frik around it was impossible to select something specific. So I'm just posting a random few.

A few medals.

In the 1980's we got badges for races and not medals.

Frik and his "dog", Bottel.

700 half marathons done!

Marshalling at the Colgate 32/15km.

Some permanent numbers.

What he does when he is not running.

A young Frik at the Harrismith Mountain Race.

Congratulations Frik! You are a true legend and a great inspiration.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

ENER-B... Energy from the bees!

I love honey. I always have. I remember my dad bringing home 7kg containers filled with honey many many years ago. It was always one of my favorite spreads on bread. In 1973, our under 10 rugby team was fueled with honey. Before every game we each had to eat a spoonful of honey.

1973 Primary school rugby team - League and District winners - Fueled with honey :)

I am the no 2 just visible at the teacher on the other side giving us our honey before the game.

Honey on toast is my favorite pre-race meal and having honey during a race is a bonus! So I was naturally very pleased when I received my box with 25 sachets of honey from Ener-B. Thank you to Karien from Running The Race that gave me the order details.

Ener-B is a local product and the sachets contain 100% raw honey. Bliss to a honey lover like me! I get nauseous from most of the energy gels available, but honey sits well with me. I can really energy up with Ener-B.

I love the sachets too. I've only seen it used by one other product, 32Gi. The sachets can literally be opened with one hand. Just fold and squeeze. No sticky mess!

If you love honey or would like to try it, go visit www.enerb.co.za

Happy running everyone!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To Inspire Is The Best Inspiration

I've been seeing a family of four (Mom, Dad, Daughter1, Daughter2) on my morning runs for a few months now. They are all overweight. A lot! But they have lost a lot of weight over the last few months. I can see that clearly. I see them almost every morning and greeting each other has become part of the routine.

On Monday night I had to stop at our local supermarket on my way home from work. There between the isles I bumped into (literally) the family of four. They recognized me and after greeting each other I added that they are doing really well and it is great to see them continuing their walking.

Their reply was great! "It's because of you that we continue. Seeing you every morning and seeing you never stop or give up keep us going every day. You are our inspiration."

Wow, that was really awesome to hear! That really inspired me.

I think the greatest inspiration is to be the inspiration.

Happy training!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Answer to the guessing post...

Work has been crazy but finally I have a chance to answer the question in my previous post. What made the mark on my leg while I was out on my trail run?

The answer is... drumroll...

A spider web!!! Like the one below! Or one very similar anyway...

I have no idea how it got on my leg but somehow it did. It was probably a baboon spider nest. I saw it on my sock and din't really take notice of it until I stopped for a drink. I don't think the spider took a ride with me as well...

I only noticed the mark after my run and must say it was a new one for me.

So no, I did not carry a donut in my sock or run into some aliens or trip over a squirrel. I also don't carry secret boosters in my socks and thank goodness it was not a hoof print!

Thanks for sharing some fun! Happy training!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Can you guess?

Time for a bit of fun...

Who can guess how or by what this mark/pattern was formed on my leg during last weekend's trail run? The answer will follow in next my post :)

Happy training everyone!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Great Trail Run

I had another awesome trail run on my favorite trails this past weekend. My wife and the kids went to the local park run but I chose the solitude of the trails at Klipriviersberg.

I am always amazed at how much water this stream has even when it is incredibly dry as it is now.

I've never seen less water here than this.

I chose to run the route around the outer rim of the reserve. Not many people venture this far out and I always enjoy it when I see only animal tracks out there and no human footprints.

No sign of humans...yay!

It was quite a hard run as it is getting warmer and warmer each week. I am still used to winter running and one of my goals over weekends is to get used to warmer temperatures.

Trail along the southern fence.

It is bone dry at the moment. Look at all the Springbok droppings...

The thorn trees are showing how tough they are. Their beautiful green leaves are in complete contrast with the surroundings.

At some point there was mud here...

A  quick descent to test the tired legs and then I was on the trail back to the entrance.

Testing downhill for tired legs.

Beautiful trail to finish my run with.

Another awesome run on the trails. I did 14km and it was all good. I can't see myself trading this for a park run soon...

Happy training everyone!