I was tagged by Molly to answer a few questions so here they are:
Do you prefer winter or summer running? Why?
I prefer winter running. Our winters in South Africa are pretty mild and I can run outside throughout the year. It does dip below zero but it is still good for running. Here in Johannesburg the winters are dry with no snow or ice and things like that. I don’t do well in the heat although I relate bad summer runs directly to my fitness level. If I’m in great shape I can get through any distance in the heat, slow but without problems.
What's been your toughest race to date?
I’ve had quite a few of those. I’ve run some races on very tough routes and things went well and then I’ve run some races on easier routes and it was all hell. If I have to say the toughest was when I felt the worst, it was the 1996 Jock of the Bushveld 54km. I nearly died there and was on two drips before I could get up again afterwards.
Running goals for 2011?
I have a few main goals for 2011 with many other races to help me reach these goals. Some of the main goals are the Odyssey Ultra, Comrades Marathon and a 100km circuit race. Maybe the SA Sky Run but I’ll see about that. I also want to have another injury free year and run 3500km (2175 miles). I'll do a post about my 2011 goals soon.
Do you have any other passions in life?
Quite a few! My 9 year old son is my life. I’m lucky to also be passionate about my work. I have a passion for trains and model trains as well. Wildlife Conservation is also very close to my heart. Then there’s gardening and photographing flowers and many more.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
In South Africa I would love to live in the Bushveld (Google it and see why) or somewhere in the Drakensberg Mountains. Overseas…probably in the USA where the best trails are! I’ll leave it to my US friends to decide where that is.
Now, I need to tag three people. I’m going with Staci (from SA), Natalia (SA ties) and Tim Wilson (SA ties).