23 February 2019

Addo 100 first prerace blog


How DO you train for spending 100 miles on your feet? The cut off is 37 hours... there is 5700 meters of elevation (18,000ft) and temperatures varying between 5 and 50'C over the event history...
Obviously you run, walk, drink and eat. These are all things you have to practice over and over for an event like the Addo Elephant Trail Run, aka #AfricasWildestUltra. Practice doesn’t always make perfect… but it does help improve how your body reacts.
In 2018 I ran for myself... I ran (or walked most of) Washie 100 and then trained for a marathon PB of 3h29.54 on 1 December 2018 at the PE City Marathon. After 4 days of rest, I started training again... and began a #runstreak thanks to Bradley of Trailbusters in Nelson Mandela Bay. This may have been the best or a bad thing…
In the first build up of my Addo training I started to experience tightness in my fascial pathways. This could have been triggered by any number of things: stress, sleeplessness, overtraining, or just a little accident. When it didn't go away, I thought I might need some professional help... and thanks to #parkrun friends I found a biokineticist who got me through the Van Stadens Mountain Marathon (1750m/5700ft elevation over 42km) without being further hurt. In fact I felt stronger and more prepared for #Addo100!

And then I slept. Sleep is such an important part of recovery. And its fun when you get it right!

Ilona Hearne Biokinetics have now assessed my strengths and weaknesses and we've been working on a few areas to even out the imbalances in my body... This will help me run further, harder and faster. Maybe not before Addo, but I'll be damned if I don't finish with their help.

And of course a huge part of training for 100 miles is to know WHY you're doing it. And that is the reason for #RazeABar. I do it because I want to, because I want to test my limits (I believe I can, but there is a 30% drop out rate at Addo) and I want to be able to highlight great causes and enable others to give back to professionals that give effectively!

An important part of training is work... because you have to be able to afford it all! Nothing in life is free. But trail running, because of its remote nature, is not cheap. The kind of people you meet and sights you see are amazing and well worth the sacrifice. And I'm glad I enjoy my work at Cellucity. 

And so I encourage you to donate through my campaign... but more importantly to consider a long term relationship with a charity that touches your heart! I've been involved with Christmas Cheer for over 20 years, and with One Land Love it since 2015. Let's make a difference together...

I think it goes without saying that if you want to run 100 miles (160.934km) that you must run. And if you're like 99% of people, you should probably train walking as well, because running 100 miles is a long way. See Knights & Unicorns...


RazeABar

I am a philanthropist. I like to give: of myself and resources. Running & exercise has been a part of living for me for many years... almost all of them! This year I am taking 1 + 1 to equal a bar ;)

So this year its me, 100 miles of Africa's Wildest Ultra, the Addo Elephant Trail Run, and YOU! Well, you don't have to run... you can just donate to these charities so that you'll also have endorphins (without the sleeplessness, the sweat, and the pain).

There are MANY worthwhile causes out there... and many worthwhile people and businesses. There are 4 registered, reputable charities for #RazeABar. And I am challenging my friends and business colleagues/owners to give to these notable community-based efforts. 

For South African businesses there is the opportunity for tax certificates, etc. So get in touch to get your piece of paper and tax incentives! Donations can take place directly or through the backabuddy.co.za campaign I have created.

Donors will also have the chance to win pairs of socks from Balega as well as a few mystery prizes!

The goal for Addo is to raise R100,000... that is, R25,000 for each of the beneficiaries. 
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  • 1000 individuals saying: "I'll pay you R1 per mile, or R100". 
  • Or 100 businesses saying we'll give you R10 per mile, R1000."

Here's the challenge: LIVE ADVENTURE have already pledged R20 per mile... Thank you, Sian and Sheena!

And then of course my employer, Cellucity, have pledged some mystery prizes! I specialize in our business products... so if you're a business and needing an opinion or assistance with setting up your communications from fibre to satellite and mobile/data solutions... get in touch, please :) 

So... get donating and get in line to feel better, and change lives!

These are the charities...
  • The Herald Christmas Cheer Fund is an outreach of the oldest daily newspaper in South Africa. One act of kindness changes a person's outlook, mood, and life. The Fund impacts close to 100,000 lives each Christmas... 
  • Rainbows & Smiles is run by volunteers who are hands on in their approach o fulfilling dreams and creating comfort for kids with cancer... when we don't have a choice, we always have love.
  • One Land Love It supports anti-poaching initiatives for endangered African wildlife, especially rhinos! Unicorns are uncommon creatures and our legacy will be determined by how we act as a "family" to look after our wildlife inheritance.
  • Community Veterinary Clinics support outreaches by vets all across South Africa enabling them to care for stray animals and pets of the poorest of the poor... nothing brings love like a dog!

How long is your shadow?

We'd spent the day climbing. The trees far below seemed small. The stolen clementine had been a sweet treat with which to start the trek...