The old cliché that I haven’t written for while comes to mind..I guess life gets in the way but I’m back for a while. It’s exciting to think that in a couple of weeks I’ll be racing in my home town (Pietermaritzburg) the last time I was over was for a happy occasion and most of you who have read my blog will know that it was because my brother was getting married..So there really wasn’t much time to catch up with old friends and family. This time I get to meet all the volunteers from Maritzburg Marathon and I probably will volunteer after the 17km trail on the Saturday. This is the very same marathon that is on the Sunday that I qualified for comrades marathon in 1998…Seems like a life time ago now…?
Anyway coming back to the now…As you all know I have been an ambassador for LaceLocker for some time and hopefully all my efforts will lead to fruition in the coming Months, I actually want to apologise to Stash for not mentioning LaceLocker in my fundraising for @bumbleance to be honest my focus has been on getting donations for this awesome charity and a lot of training to get into some kind of shape for the back to back in a couple weeks time. I will definitely be promoting LLs at the two races.
I would also like to thank Claudette at Domeaseoil and Curranzsport for your support over the past year always good to know that there are genuine people out there. Oh yeas then there is CrotchGuard who I have to thank again for the sample of their awesome product for anti chafing which should come in really handy for the very hot ,humid weather in South Africa..
As runners we do our best to get the best out of ourselves and so to as people we strive for that special spark. We try to excel or should I say strive?
I have had to really reign in on all the running and mileage the past few months because there has to be a balance between doing too much of one thing and not enough of another. Family life was affected by my love and passion for running to the point where I had to make a decision stop running…or run less and be a better husband and father, not sure that I have scratched the surface of being a good husband and father yet? but just like running, we never give up when the going gets tough we persevere and carry on regardless.
I had the privilege of flying home to (South Africa ) and had forgotten how beautiful and diverse it was. The last time I was home it was for a funeral and the time before that was unfortunately also for a funeral for both of my parents…..
This time was different, it was to celebrate my brother and now sister getting married. It was an amazing day and one that I won’t forget, was super chuffed to be a part of their special day. You’re probably wondering when I am getting to the review😉 I’ll get there eventually so much going through my head at 35000 feet above the ground not to mention lack of sleep!! reason being well, all good things have to come to an end😕 Don’t they? 😆
After the wedding the plan was to head to the honey moon destination ,yes I went as well but ….I had pre booked from the lovely Sally and dapper Ian. Who might I add were very accommodating when I emailed them from Ireland realising that I had no way of paying the deposit until I arrived (Thank you very much Sally) 😆 the caravan I had chosen was far away from the newly weds , it was absolutely lovely. I was really surprised at what I got for the price I paid?.? It was truly worth every penny. The newly weds where also well pleased. We got to meet up and have braais every day for the non South Africans (BBQs). I managed to get up early to the summit or pass one of the days and look down at some amazing scenery.pictures below ⬇⬇⬇⬇
Mount Park Farm was originally a hotel with the basic essentials and what Sally and Ian are doing is totally remarkable they’re mixing the camping lifestyle with a bit of class, I mean where in this day and age do you get top class self catering with the added bonus of cleaners coming in to make your bed and make sure your towels are clean and that all the effort of camping is made much more pleasurable?..Mount Park guest farm lodge check out the link here ➡The amazing Mount Park Lodge⬅ They also have plans to renovate a few more caravans that have and add a few extra amenities on because the mountains can get really cold in winter and who really wants to walk to the ablution block when it’s raining or freezing cold out there?
I hope to go back next year if possible but who knows what is going to happen from now until then? Best wishes and the utmost thanks to Ian and Sally for your amazing ability to make people feel like your lodge is like home away from home and I wish you all the best for the future what you have is a rough gem which you have given a great shine to.👍
Let me start by saying hello😂 It feels like I haven’t blogged in absolutely ages..Ever since August of last year things have changed a lot and that’s all due to The Amazing journey getting to the Greatwallmarathon in China meeting and making inspirational new friends from all over the world. I believe that we all have a path to follow and although we follow that path, sometimes there are obstacles and instead of trying to climb over them we choose to avoid them in the hope that they won’t reappear. This is where the trouble lies because we didn’t face the obstacles head on from the start.
Nearly five years ago I became unemployed depressed and despondent not knowing from day to day what curve ball life was going to throw at me..then I got the chance to re-educate myself it was tough but with my rekindled love for running and a burning desire to do something worthy with my existence all of these factors have helped. It is never easy sucking in your pride but if you know what I’m talking about you will also know that it is all worth it. My motto at the moment is …I love what I do and do what I love if this is not the definition of passion I really and truly don’t know what is??
I am truly grateful for the friendship and friends that I have met on this arduous journey of discovery and look forward to making more along my exciting new one. I am evolving into a better more resilient person with all of the traits that I have picked up along the way and there’s always more room to improve.
The image at the top of the page is so true to my current situation and is so good to relate and hopefully to inspire others that through hardships comes learning and understanding and a better you.. I am sure that there will still be hardships to overcome and relish the opportunity at another challenge be it with life, running a marathon or possibly a personal challenge or should I call it an adventure of self discovery.
Please feel free to share this Text image of hardship. We all face these challenges differently but if you have the right supportive network of friends around you there is no limit to what can be achieved. I feel that I am the proof of what positive thinking and a change in mind set can achieve..So thank you for your support over the years and also my deepest gratitude to those that read my blogs and know me from where I was a couple of years ago, to where I am now👍
When I first saw Edgegear I was intrigued and really keen to try out this latest piece of awesome running kit and so I decided to approach @Edgegear on twitter and asked if I could review their revamped watch band/strap. I never thought anymore of the DM until Andrew replied and offered me the chance to try this strap out for myself..
It arrived in the post with a connection for my Garmin 220 which might I add is Garmin specific there are a range of different fittings for most types of running and smart watches for example the Apple smart watch. If I had actually followed the instructions on how to attach the straps to my watch it wouldn’t have taken a half an hour …!!!:) I guess another lesson learned:)
Out with the old in with the new…A watch band made for new age of runner,cyclists and swimmer..
I took my new gadget out for a test run the next morning in the pitch dark of early morning and with a little adjusting and also remembering that my watch was not in the conventional position helped:). It was awesome not having to lift my sleeve to look at my pacing and distance. So far this is an awesome piece of kit and I have got some real interest from other runners and cyclists. My wife who isn’t a runner and son who is a footballer do not really see the benefits of the positioning and the practicalities of this watch band because they are not runner’s or cyclists
Since doing the draft for this blog I have acquired an additional piece of kit and another awesome watch from Garmin the 920xt..And I was very kindly sent another watch band which fits the 920 even better than the 220(A huge thank you to Andy).. Can’t wait to try it out on my long run tomorrow ;).
The only fault well…If you can call it a fault is that the watch band doesn’t have a quick release so that you can change from athletic mode to working day mode..But the awesome people at EdgeGear have informed me that they are working on it and that it is only a matter of time before the band becomes even more user friendly and adaptable..
When Unilitefirst came to my attention a couple a years ago through a competition run by @ukrunchat I entered hoping I would be one of the first runner to try it out but alas it was not to be, well until this year:roll:.
When I received the headlight last week it was well packed and came with batteries which I think is a really nice touch.. I opened it up with no hesitation as I was keen to try it on and test the brightness..wow!! Was I surprised…lol nearly blinded myself and before you all laugh.. I know that bright light shouldn’t be directed straight at ones eyes but never thought for a minute it’d be that bright.
Anyway I digress.. I headed out with me new “spotlight 😂😂” Tuesday morning and was very pleased with the overall functionality of it..There is a wide angled beam which is really handy if you’re in a really dark environment like a forest ,A direct beam which is fully adjustable especially if you’re on the road and you don’t want blind to blind oncoming traffic and a red light which is handy if you’re in an environment where there is a bit of light..
So to summarise a very good sturdy piece of kit and really handy for running and odd jobs that need light..My sincere thanks for being chosen as a winner for this awesome prize I look forward to many more early morning miles with the Unilite headlamp.
A few weeks ago I entered a competition on the off chance that I could be lucky…And low and behold my lucky number 22 came out and I was fortunate enough to win a bottle of Domeaseoil.
My running has been all over the place because of work and an old shoulder injury…So when this oil arrived I used it the very first day directly after I had a hot bath , I applied it to my very sore shoulder and my legs..It really gives a lovely warming sensation. The thing I found awesome was that even though it is a massage oil it’s not at all greasy and comes off your hands with no hassle.
Just to be as clear as possible, DOMs or delayed onset muscle soreness is relieved and not eradicated by this totally bio oil, don’t think there is any easy way of avoiding Doms? but that doesn’t mean you can’t help by relieving the symptoms a little.
Thank you C for letting me try this product and I will be buying some more in the not too distant future..In my opinion a great product.