Category Archives: life of a runner

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👍

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

Lifes an awesome journey

I have pretty much neglected my blog posts for a while, well not really most of my blogs were written on my other blog page Greatwallmarathon.wordpress.com because I was promoting and doing whatever possible to get help with sponsorship and wow was I surprised..I am still really finding it hard to believe how supportive friend and family were..The whole trip felt so short and it’s still feels surreal the only things I have are my memories,pictures and awesome new friends I made on my epic journey.

The journey continues but in a different direction I have finally realised what I am good at and that is to help runners and athletes in any way that I can being supportive doesn’t cost anything and feels amazing..I love the fact that my passion for running hss rubbed off on some of my friends. Tin you’re an awesome friend and I am truly glad that I could have been of some help to you.

Life has twists and turns just like a long run. Cutting corners isn’t t really an option, you need to accept the good with bad. Move on knowing that the bad is all part of the greater good. To everyone I have met and will still hopefully get the chance to meet again I really look forward to it.

My journey has now officially started again this time for the better I can feel it in my bones things are happening and there are exciting times ahead , a huge thanks to all of my awesome supportive friends and Simon from one friend to another I am super proud of you onwards and upwards.

 

A very interesting turn of event’s..

This month has been really exciting, not only because I turned a year older yesterday but because of other event’s that have materialised , from good running folk helping me reach my potential with running gear to being appointed ambassador to on of the most iconic marathons in the world, obviously my opinion but it’s exciting I’m cloud nine ever since I was approached by Mr Zhu the race director of The Great Wall Of China marathon… The profile page is up and looks good and no I’m not vain ha ha ha but really happy to be chosen to represent such an awesome event as an “Ambassador” for someone who only knows me from interacting on twitter  how cool is that?!! It’s not officially up on the site yet but have look at my average mug ha ha ha this is what I am representing on May 1st 2016 (an amazing dream) to top my birthday week I won from @zensah compression thank you so much 🙂 oh yes… and my good running buddy bought me an amazing headlamp picture to follow .DSC_0110

As always I would like to thank everyone in my twittersphere (if that’s even a word?) and also ask that every one give a little support to those who are not able to run or those who are running with the likes of cancer and other debilitating diseases hugs go out to all, but especially to Michelle or @lutherungirl she is an inspiring lady who I’m in awe of, to me she is running a marathon of survival and I believe she’ll kick this in the butt . @Rjtorganic thank you for giving me the chance to believe in myself again, @Bsnsupplements for the awesome prizes I have won and to everyone else thank you so..so..so..much:)                                                                  DSC_0123 A westerner’s perception of the “Great Wall Of China” but …It can be more then a picture of a wall with writing on it.. It could be a reality you could be running on the Great historical wall for real.. Take a look at the wall of opportunity you could be there next May 1st 2016 to run an iconic marathon. Lets do this …looking forward to meeting you all next year or at least some of you..