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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Run 30 Days In April - Halfway!

My streak is still going well and I am now halfway through April. I am really enjoying my running at the moment and haven't had any "hard-to-get-out-there" days yet. All is good!

April - 15 done, 15 to go.

Happy training!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Foto Friday - The Old And The New

Time to break in some new rides for the road...

Happy Friday everyone! Have a super weekend!

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Lovely Trail Run

Saturday morning I went for a 10km trail run on my favorite trails in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve. It was awesome!

With all the rain we had in March the trails are beautiful and green. Summer is no more but it still looks as if it is around.

The views were great as well!

To the South with beautiful blue skies!

To the North with Johannesburg in the distance.

I loved every second out there and ran to the highest point in the reserve at the white beacon.

Final steps up to the beacon.

The trails were pure bliss!

In the final kilometer I came up to a Blesbok that trotted ahead of me for about 100 meters before disappearing into the bush. He made sure I didn't catch up with him.

Catch that Blesbok!

Then the last little hill and a fantastic trail run was done. I will be back this Saturday for sure!

Have a super week everyone!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Throwback T-Shirt: In memory of...

It seems my current batch of training shirts are retiring at quite a fast rate. This morning I had to dig into my pile of race shirts again for a shirt to add to my "in use" pile. The shirt I picked is very special to me.

1997 Super C Korkie 50km

The Korkie ultra used to be a 56km race between Centurion and Germiston. This was one of my all time favorite races. It was my first ultra in 1985. 

No 1623...my first ultra

Unfortunately the road it was always run on was replaced by a huge highway and the race had to be moved. Finding a 56km route for a race in a city is no small task. The distance was reduced to 50km, but the race just never returned to its former glory. Several attempts were made to save this great race, but it is sadly no more today. 

In 1997 I ran the 50th addition of the Korkie on a circular route between Germiston and the eastern parts of Johannesburg. 

This is a great shirt to have. Not many will be around anymore.

I ran this race with our late friend Madelein. She sadly passed away some years ago. Madelein had Huntington's Disease. Her mother died of Huntington's at the age of 47. Unfortunately she passed the Huntington's gene on to Madelein.

Madelein lived her life to the full, making the most of the time she had. One of the things she wanted to do in her life was to run the Comrades Marathon. She did this and also ran many other ultras. I was privileged to run some races with her, including the 1997 Super C Korkie, where I got the shirt above. 

So today's Throwback Thursday T-shirt I start using in memory of Madelein. We spent many great hours on the road together.

Madelein running the 1996 Om Die Dam 50km

Madelein and I during the 1997 Om Die Dam 50km

We think of you often Madelein, rest in peace friend.

Please click on the link for Huntington's Disease to read a bit about it and spread some awareness about this monster. There is no cure yet.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I Started My Running Streak

My run this morning marked the start of my running streak. I am breaking it up into small goals.

First goal: run 30 days in April.

I will post regular updates. Remember my plan is:

  • Start 1 April 2014.
  • Run every day for 30 days.
  • If I make 30 I'm sure I can make 50.
  • If I make 50 I must make it to 100.
  • If I can do 100  why not do another 100 and make it 200.
  • 200 to 300 becomes close to 365...let's go for a year running streak!

  • Some say streaking is foolish. So I find it perfect to start on April fool's day :)

    Happy running!

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    Crazy Running Streak Numbers

    Runners are crazy. I've always known that and it was confirmed again this week.

    After my last post about starting a running streak I did some searching and reading about the topic. Turns out most of us are puny little wimps! The numbers are staggering!

    Most true streaking legends are in their 40th to 45th year of streaking! 15000 to 16000 days of streaking is not uncommon. I honestly did not know this...wow!

    Look at these numbers!

    1. Jon Sutherland                 16377 days  (44.84 years)
    2. Jim Pearson                       16111 days  (44.11 years)
    3. Stephen W. DeBoer                 15635 days  (42.81 years)
    4. Jon A. Simpson                       15551 days  (42.58 years)
    5. Alex T. Galbraith                  15437 days  (42.26 years)
    6. David L. Hamilton                 15201 days  (41.62 years)
    7. Steven Gathje                                 15159 days  (41.50 years)
    8. Robert R. Kraft                  14331 days  (39.24 years)
    9. James Behr                                14254 days  (39.03 years)
    10. Stephen D. Reed                         13799 days  (37.78 years)

    This is quite amazing! For now I'll just try to get through 30 days of running for April...

    Happy running!

    Monday, March 24, 2014

    A Running Streak

    Have you ever done a running streak? If so, what is your longest streak?  I have not done a running streak yet. I'm a very consistent runner and don't easily miss a workout, but I have always run 6 days a week and rest one day.

    I think it is time to change this. I think I should start a running streak.

    I've been reading up on this a bit and the rules are clear and simple. Run every day and in some cases run or walk every day. I would like to make it run every day but I suppose if you do get sick or something like that, a walk option could be good. 

    There should also be a minimum distance for each run/walk. Most people make this 1 mile. The shortest loop I can do at my house is 1.2km. A bit shorter than a mile, but I think this will do. If I get really sick or whatever else I will cover at least 1.2km.

    The next question is obviously how long you would like to make the streak? As long as possible...? Mmm, I would love to make it a year, but I don't think it is 100% realistic for me to do that. I might break it up into smaller goals.

    My streak plan:

    • Start 1 April 2014.
    • Run every day for 30 days.
    • If I make 30 I'm sure I can make 50.
    • If I make 50 I must make it to 100.
    • If I can do 100  why not do another 100 and make it 200.
    • 200 to 300 becomes close to 365...let's go for a year running streak!

    My plan is to start this journey on 1 April and then follow the plan above for as long as possible. If I miss a day I will start the plan over again until I reach my 365 running streak goal. Then I can make a tick next to a running streak on my bucket list.

    What is your view on a running streak?