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We conquer our most horrible demons by not giving in or giving up… “PERSEVERENCE?”

 Picture Perfect…

 

They say.. a picture paints a thousand words and until a few years ago I didn’t really think about the “saying” it is very true. In top left  is the photo that most of my twitter, running friends/family and also on my other social media outlets have seen, but to me it’s still one of my most proud moments and am still super stoked that I could be a part of this fundraiser for https://www.bumbleance.com . Bottom left is only a sketch of me me pretending to be training hard:):) and bottom right I posted on twitter before my bus journey to the airport started…which might I add was a panic before I even got to the airport.


 

These pictures are of my first back to back race for BUMBLEance very sick children’s charity. The race in question(Maritzburg 17km trail) was at a reasonable starting time although from the heat on the Saturday it probably would have been better to start earlier and not at 07:30, a 07:00  start would’ve probably been a lot better..but as mentioned before I had back issues going into this race so the heat was actually a help more then a hindrance. I went into the race without any running done for two weeks, for once I actually listened to my GP…!!? It was slow, cautious and methodical running no records were broken but loads of friends made and had a great chat with Chris/Ivan it’s a long story but to shorten it when we received our race numbers we all had our first names printed on the back and front of our numbers which was pretty cool because it was a lot more sociable, well Ivan had the wrong name printed on his race number and this contributed to a lot of laughs. It was also cool meeting Terri who had taken up running about 6 months ago and was loving it. Just goes to show to can start running whenever…


The next day was an early one luckily I stayed about 1km from the start. I woke up at 04:30am not feeling great stomach was doing turns and my lower back was aching from the dry needling and being turned inside out the day before(Chiropractic Volunteers thank you:) ) after the 13km trail (It was cut short for our safety). So I was really doubting myself and even had thoughts of pulling out if I wasn’t anyway right during the race…Fortunately the stomach issues subsided after going to the toilet 2/3 times..I started slow and kept the pace extra easy knowing that there would be some serious hills enroute…The longest hill was at about 16/17km and it seemed to never end but my training before I was layed off running for two weeks paid off and amazingly I kept the pace easy all the way up the hill and still had something left in the tank after 17km’s go figure…? guess a lot of it was also due to working with an awesome online coaching platform which is called Myprogramgenerator.com a huge thanks to my coach for all the tips and listening to me whinge and moan about not being able to train properly thank you JP thumbs up coach…:)

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A huge thank you to the guys at Crotchguard-uk.com for giving me the opportunity to try out your product it worked a treat in South Africa for the two back to back race for BUMBLEance childrens charity it’s easy to apply because of the way the bottle has a spray 2-3 squirts on the groin area was all I needed and it definitely stayed on well after I had finished my races a huge kudos for a great product that’s not only for cycling 🙂

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The awesome LaceLocker a huge thanks to Stash for believing in me.

I don’t think I say it enough …but Stash has been my favourite person to represent as an ambassador and one day we will get some interest for LaceLocker in Ireland..For now I will do my best to get the word out…

These are my last words for this blog as I am sure you will probably get bored with my ramblings..Thank you for taking the time to read this and feel free to let me know what you think.

 

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Hardships are a guide to your destiny.

Inspirational quote

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👍

A better way of training

I have been using #myprogramgenerator  for a few months now and all I can say is..wow! I have hit my Personal bests every month for the past 3 months amazing yes? Well the reason for these results is down to throwing old school training regimen out and incorporating this online program with a team of dedicated coaches who have loads of experience amongst them. 

In a previous blog I wrote about the large quantities of mileage I use to run ,which is also known as dead miles. The advantages are clear to see with every aspect of my running, don’t get me wrong it’s still hard work but it’s made easier because of the way the training programs are structured recovery is an essential part of these programs, as well as strength work which is basically a 30 to 40 min program provided by Mpgfitness twice a week.

There is also a video which sums up 8 things about coaches  A video description of what we stand for enjoy👍 . There is huge potential for this way of training because of it’s accuracy for each individual’s ability and all the programs are specific to each athletes needs which then in turn makes it easier for the coach who does not have to write out programs for each athlete he or she trains. The program works on a comments basis which can be seen by the coaches and assessed and then replied to in order to guide the athlete in the best possible way.


At present we are recruiting possible coaches in Ireland as well as prospective athletes with a month introductory free trial offer check us out today ! If you are starting out or you feel that your training has reached a plateau this is for you or are you an elite athlete wanting more from your training but time is an issue?! 


Natures own Blackcurrants into a supplement….

As most of you who have met me on social media and in person, know I am totally passionate about running and anything that makes running a little easier and I say a little because to me who likes to push  to the verge and often beyond my limitations having a new gadget or a supplement that eases the  constant pounding I give my body always helps:)

In this instance its a brilliant product that is produced in New Zealand like the awesome Manuka honey it has many health benefits like energy boosting properties which I only realised recently because the kind team at CurranzSport sent me a 2 month supply which has since been completed . I definitely noticed a decrease in energy levels since finishing the course and I am not recovering as quickly or feeling as spritely.

I started off with 2 per day for the first week to get them into my system and then took 2 on the days I did my training runs or strength sessions and only used 1 on my off days..About 2 or 3 weeks ago I did a very hard run with the group I run with, but instead of feeling spent after the run I was able to maintain and did an intense sparring session after. Felt absolutely amazing!!

These little beauties are the new way forward at Curranzsports and to be totally honest if I had the funds to continue using this supplement I would definitely continue using them, unfortunately being an adult scholar has its downfalls they are well worth the money. If you click on the highlighted “Curranzsports” you can have a look at all the benefits of Blackcurrants and more importantly who has benefited  from these Black Beauties.

I was going to write a conclusion but decided that there isn’t one yet because this product is so versatile it doesn’t necessarily have to be just for overly active people but for anyone who wants to take a healthy approach to life in general..If you want to feel more energetic and less lethargic then this is definitely for you.

My sincere thanks goes out to Fleur for the opportunity to try out this awesome product and everybody at Curranzsport .

 

The Crazy Logic of a Runner.

I think as athletes we all have our vices and mine is definitely running. When I was much younger running was my way of losing weight. I was a plump version of the Michelin Man and I hated it especially when I used to be ridiculed at primary school about my weight, kids can be really malicious and cruel. It was this fact and a word from my GP that made me realise I had to do something. So I started doing cross country at school and participated in athletics and did really well at sprint distances. 

I was reared in a small village in the mountains of kwa Zulu Natal Southern Africa, about one and a half hours from the nearest high school and I think it was the pinnacle of my sporting aspirations because boarding school was all about extra mural activities and my school had all sports from basketball in the summer to rugby in the winter. I was very active and lost all of the weight which changed my mindset and approach to a lot of things especially my introverted and shy nature. 

When I finished my matric or leavers it was straight to the South African Defence force for ones years voluntary service. In the army I learned to endure and carry on no matter what that’s why I think I’m so passionate about running. When you are out on a long run, marathon or ultra  there is always a voice in your head that makes you question yourself and it’s up to you whether to push on or just tell the little voice to be quiet..

We are all made unique and it is up to each and every one of us how we deal with different situations. Some of us are married and have to make the time to do what we love or give up completely I don’t think I could give up my passion, could you? To all of you who are just starting out in your chosen sport remember that everything in life takes time unless of course you have natural born talent and thrive at whatever you attempt. To me it’s like a long run or marathon once you get to the start ,you have only to get to the finish, I know it sounds crazy but there is some Crazy Logic in there somewhere

Training with a program based on science and hard work.

It has always been my experience that hard work, blood and tears, is the only way forward. Well that’s all changed in the past few years with all the media and science out there. When I ran my first Comrades Marathon in 1998 I was running seriously long mileage because then ..it was the in thing , to run 89km you needed to run at least 2-3000kms in 6 months even at that you weren’t guaranteed to finish especially as the Comrades route is really tough. Up to 6-8months ago I was doing exactly that and in the course of running so much mileage I was struck with way too many injuries. I was desperate to run injury free and as runner’s we get really irate and frustrated,so when a member from Team-Mpg approached me to trial their program I grabbed at the chance to try something that top triathletes, duathletes and swimmers are using. Not only is it for elite athletes it’s based on each individual athlete no matter your fitness level there is a program that’ll suit your needs.

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If like myself you have been plagued with injuries for the last few months or maybe years this is definitely something to look into. It’s not a quick fix but if you’re a hard worker and you’re keen to up your anti with less, to gain more. This is where you can see the science and bios of people who are using this revolutionary new training program.  I have PBd 3 times in the last 2 months and even though I do work really hard I definitely can’t take all the credit because the training methodology is totally different to what I would have been used to. You never really know what to expect from week to week, it reminds me a little bit about video that Arnie made where he says that in order to build muscle you need to shock it , I guess the same or similar scenario applies to running.