Last year I started a new little venture. It was not even supposed to be a venture when I started it, but it is growing and I am super excited. Mostly I am excited as I get to share my absolute love of running with more and more women.
Over the past few years, I have been getting asked quite a bit about running. Mostly by the mom’s at school when I drop Kaylin off but also by other people I meet. I seem to spend most of my time in running clothes (and it is my main topic of conversation – yes I am that person)
The questions I was getting were all quite similar.
But how do you do it?
I’d love to start running but have no idea where to begin…
I’ll never be a runner, I can’t get around the block or even the next lamp pole.
I can’t breathe when I run…
I don’t even know what clothes or shoe to wear…
I was not really surprised to be getting these questions, I used to think most of them myself when I first attempted to run. What did surprise me was how often I was getting them and then how many women came to me a month or two later and said I had been the motivation they needed to start running and my comments had really helped them. Quite a few started running regularly and we now run races together. A number of even suggested I put together something to help more women. After thinking about it for a while I decided to do just that. Informally at first, but last year October I made it a little more formal and held my first 8 Weeks to 5Km Challenge. I had 50 women sign up – I was totally blown away!!!! I did not realise just how many women wanted to start running but just needed a little bit of guidance and support.
Over the past year I have hosted a few more 8 Weeks to 5km Challenges, put together a website and am now trying to hold a new Challenge every 6 weeks or so.
I have a new Challenge that started today and I am super excited. I love getting to share this journey with women who either have never run before or who have been out of running for a while and would like to get back into it. I have also decided to start blogging again mostly about running. My new website is www.8weeksto5km.com and my blog is over there as well.
This week I am proud of myself for completing my first trail ultra – and not losing my sense of humour once. It is the second longest running race I have ever done and by far the longest time on my legs. It took me 7h21 minutes. I did the Addo Elephant Trail Run 44 km. My first of 3 planned Ultra‘s for the year and the only one on trail.
I am not going to lie it was tough, but I loved it. There were parts where the trail was so steep that I slid back and a hill where I began to wonder why on earth I had not done more (read any) squats or lunges in preparation but all in all I did not find it too bad.
My sister and I and more than a few friends completed the 44km Addo Elephant Trail, there was also a 76km, which I did not even contemplate, although my husband has said he will not be surprised WHEN I tell him I am going to do it 🙂
I was a little nervous going into this – the route profile is hectic and well, it is 44km on trail so not for the faint hearted, but I had heard it was beautiful.
We ran through the Addo Elephant Park – but not the section with the elephants or lions (I might have run bit faster then….) and the area is absolutely breath-taking. We started at Kabouga Gate and ended at Zuurberg Mountain Inn. The scenery and terrain varied so much from dense bush to open plateaus with spectacular views. There was even a rock pool that we swam in at the 37km mark and it was very difficult to get out of that cool water.
Here are few photos but they and my words do not do the area justice.
Thanks to everyone that ran with me, especially Heather, Nicola and Georgie. Well done to everybody that finished both runs.
This year’s race was superbly organised by Free Spirit Adventures. It was their first year having just taken it over and although I am not sure what it was like before to me they did a fantastic job.
What are you proud of this week (remember it does not have to be sports related)