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

Monday, 24 November 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, 11 November 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, 6 November 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!