"I'd rather be seen on my bicycle than on a park run" - Quote from the dark side

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Thanks Julie and Merry Christmas

Yesterday I had a little early Christmas excitement when I received some mail from Minnesota! Julie from Julie’s Running Blog was so kind to send me a great Minnesota shirt. Thanks Julie, you are the best! I know what I’m wearing for Christmas lunch!

Go check out Julie’s blog if you don’t already read it. She is the kindest person and a true friend. She also included a beautiful Christmas card with photos of her family, really great!

I took this photo after my 15.1km run this morning. It was just after 6AM and yes Char, I used the auto timer. The family was still fast asleep.


Running is going well and I’m completely recovered from Sunday’s 51km run :D. I’ve been getting e-mails and even messages on Facebook about my ultra training. I will post about this a lot next year during my buildup for the Comrades Marathon, I promise.

For now, I wish you all a blessed and wonderful Christmas with lots of love and happiness. Merry Christmas from South Africa!

38 comments:

Giorgio said...

What a beautiful Minnesota shirt Johann!
I always enjoy reading Julie's blog, and I know that She's very kind.

I hope you and your family will have a worderful Christmas!

Mark said...

Merry Christmas to you, Johann!!

Jennifer said...

Merry Christmass Johann! Have a great holiday and enjoy the season! Cheers!

Andrew Opala said...

Merry Christmas Johann! Please let us know how you spend Christmas in Jo-burg.

Marlene said...

Nice gift! Glad you're feeling so good after the big run. Merry Christmas!

Anne said...

Julie is really a sweetheart! How great that you're recovered and out there again. Merry Christmas Johann! :)

Teamarcia said...

Merry Christmas Johann! That's a great shirt!

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Merry Christmas!
Not long until your Ultra... 16 days. I should have timed a LONG race just after the holidays. Smart!

Jason said...

Merry Christmas Johann.

I truly enjoy reading about your ultra running and seeing the pics and I am excited to watch your journey to and through Comrades.

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Wil Travel said...

Love the picture - my husband is the master of the autotimer :)

Happy holidays!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Good to hear training is going well. Happy holidays to you and yours.

Amanda@runninghood said...

Nice gift Julie. I can't wait to get my gift this week and hear if my person go the gift that sent them. Merry Christmas to you Johann!

Average A said...

Julie's great... and so is Minnesota. :) Merry Christmas, Johann!

xoxo,
A

Big Daddy Diesel said...

How cool is that!! Enjoy the holidays

Emz said...

awesome shirt.
so totally cool.

lindsay said...

merry christmas to you and your family from south...carolina! :) hope you have a safe and happy holiday. julie is an awesome run-buddy!

Bethany + Ryan said...

very cool! Merry Christmas to you and your family as well! I'm sure i will be on skype at some point on Christmas talking to my brother in laws family in SA, i'll think of you!
SO cool that you are running commrades in 2011. i really hope Ryan and I can do it one day! I didn't realize it was so early, i thought it was mid june. Matbe it will fall on May 27th one year and we can do it for our anniversary! Merry Christmas!!!

The Turtle said...

Merry Christmas to you too! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family.

Her Name is Rio said...

Merry Christmas Johann!

Heather said...

Great shirt!
I need to figure out how to use my auto timer...
Merry Christmas to you from Virginia!

RunKathyRun said...

Merry Christmas! Isn't it a wonderful feeling to feel great the day after a long run?

Molly said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family Johann!!!

Char said...

Surprise presents are so much fun. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

ajh said...

What a nice surprise! You must almost be on vacation now! Enjoy it!

Julie said...

Hi Johann,
Yay, you got the package:) Thank you for the kind words, you are a great blogger buddy for sure:)

I am so far behind on blogging and feel a little out of sorts not getting to read everyone's posts. Starting in January I am back in action and back to blogging a little more consistently.

Merry Chirstmas to you and your family Johann!

ultra collie said...

glad to see im not the only early bird !
happy xmas johann!

Chris K said...

You are right Johann, Julie is SUPER nice. That shirt is awesome. Just a hunch, but I don't think you'll see too many Minnesota shirts in S.A. Happy Holidays!

Natalia said...

Nice shirt! Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Have a safe and joyful festive season, and good luck with the final lap of ultra training.

The Green Girl said...

Yeay for Secret Santa surprises!

Have a very Merry Christmas, Johann!

Staci said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy the holiday season!

misszippy said...

I love the international shirt exchange--how nice of Julie!

Have a wonderful Christmas Johann!

Tim Wilson said...

Merry Christmas to you! Keep up the great training!

It has to be weird to train in hot weather right around Christmas :)

Colin Hayes said...

Merry Christmas Johann! Glad to hear the training is going well. Thanks for all the encouragement this year (especially since my injury). Good luck with your training!

Meg said...

What a perfect gift, I love it!

I'm looking forward to following your training for Comrades, I've been hearing so much about it on Marathon Talk on ITUNES. Good luck with the training!

Merry Christmas, Johann!
meg

ajh said...

Are you serious? The Vermont 100! It is an awesome race! You could do it with a 2 person team or a one person! I am always on a team of 6. It is a great way to see Vermont and a ton of fun! I have done it two years now and will go back this year as long as my team does! I didn't even finish reading comments. I immediately headed over here after I read your comment!

ERG said...

Merry Christmas to you!!! I like the new shirt =D

Count down time! 12 more days for you!!!!

Black Knight said...

I agree, Julie is a very kind person. I like that Minnesota shirt.
Question: at 06.00 had you finished the 15.1 km run? And at what time did you leave home?

wendy said...

I love, love, love that shirt : ) Merry Christmas, Johann!