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

Monday, July 28, 2014


I am registered for some awesome races still this year, but training for them has been full of challenges. Getting into shape is getting harder as the years role on so the steps backwards because of sickness or whatever mishap seems to have bigger impacts than before.

I am very dedicated and was just getting into a perfect rhythm with my training when I got food poisoning after a birthday party last week. Just like that and another 5 days not able to train. But I remain positive and still have enough time to have an amazing rest of 2014. 

I will still shine...even though I feel a bit like the fellow below...

Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Age doesn't matter but...

I'll be 51 at the end of the month and I am working towards some awesome ultra goals. Yesterday I was listening to some kids aged 19 - 23 complaining about exercise and effort and whatever else they could. It made me feel quite good.

Yes I'm slow but I can work, run and walk them all into the ground. But it did make me think about a few age related things and even though age doesn't really matter there is a but for sure.

Recovery takes much longer than before. Getting back into shape also takes longer. I think it is related to the fact that getting out of shape speeds up as you get older.

I'm currently building up again after being sick. This is where my body tells me I am not 20 or 30 anymore. Not in what I can achieve, but in how long it takes to get there.

Recovery is certainly taking longer than 15 years ago. Recovery from sickness or after a heavy fall or maybe some other injury or mishap. This is where I feel I am no spring chicken anymore.

Luckily age also brings wisdom and I know from years of experience I must just be patient and persevere. I will get there and I will achieve those awesome goals.

Age doesn't matter, but be wise about it.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Running when sick... or not

Sadly I've been battling with flu and a cough and will only start running again tomorrow. During this time I've been asked quite a few times about running while being sick.

I think this is a common question for runners and most people answer with mention about the above the neck and under the neck rule and so on.

Well, firstly it obviously depends what you are sick with. A bad stomach can certainly down many people while a cold can usually be run with.

I think it is different for every runner. I read an article this morning about how do you know when you are sick enough to stay off work. I loved the answer as it is exactly the same as my answer for the question of how do you know you are too sick to run.

The answer: If you are wondering then you are probably OK to run (or go to work). If not you will know that you just can't. That's how I know when not to run when I'm sick. I just know I can't. If I wonder, I will go out for a short, easy run and see how it goes.

This past two weeks have been very frustrating as I've been battling with especially a sore, burny chest. An irritating cough accompanied this and I just knew I could not run at all. I am feeling ready to run today for the first time and will go for an easy 5km tomorrow.

All part of the fun I suppose...

Happy running everyone!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Drie Dinge Donderdag (Three Things Thursday)

"Drie Dinge Donderdag" is the direct translation to Afrikaans for "Three Things Thursday". So let's have a look at what is what.

Nommer Een (Number One)
I am sick :( I have flu and some chest infection and have not been able to run at all this week. Really frustrating...

Nommer Twee (Number Two)
Can you believe it is almost the middle of the year! The first half of 2014 is done. I honestly can't believe it and it feels as if I haven't done much so far this year.

Nommer Drie (Number Three)
I plan to run a 10km race on 12 July and really hope this flu will allow me to be ready. It's a trail race with a bit of road thrown in and should be perfect to get me focused on my training for the rest of the year.

That is it from me today. Train well my friends!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Exciting Change Of Goal

I've  had two main goals for the second half of the year. Both were circuit races and I love running them. But now a new race popped up that I just have to do. The Ultra Trail Cape Town.

This will take place on 25 October and I have already entered the 62km event. I have been keen on a trail race in Cape Town for a long time now, but I have really been waiting for an ultra run. So this is it and I am very excited!

So I am changing my 18 hour circuit race goal for October to the Ultra Trail Cape Town 62km goal. My Decmber goal remains as it is with the 48 hour circuit race.

Great reasons to train and prepare with 100% commitment.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Winter Trails

I haven't been on the trails as often as I would like but it was great to be out there this past weekend.

Winter is here! This is not only apparent because of the icy cold temperatures, but can also be seen when looking at the dry surroundings.

Johannesburg gets rain in the summer so the winters are dry and dusty. Green and lush trails turn into dusty brown trails. On Saturday this was clearly visible.

I could smell winter in the air during this run. The first real winter trail smell of the year for me. It is beautiful in a different way.

This pic was taken on my previous run here....

Now look at the same pic from this Saturday...

Winter trails are here! I love winter and winter trails!

Run strong my friends!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Throwback Thursday - For my brother and sisters

I love my brother and sisters! We all live miles apart but we are very close. They are a very special and important part of my life.They are very special supporters of my running. This is dedicated to them.

July 1966...

May 2014...

Love and happiness to all! Train well!