Thank you for reading... Happy driving! Remember, you can RAZE A BAR (the impossible made possible).
31 March 2019
Thank you for reading... Happy driving! Remember, you can RAZE A BAR (the impossible made possible).
29 March 2019
A week after completing the Washie 100 miler I started training for my 2nd miler... I couldn't walk, but in my head it started. It was a kind of running “I am because we are” (loose translation of an African philosophical idea labeled “uBuntu”). Truth be told, it probably started when I ran my first official 5km run or parkrun many moons before that!
On the local gravel road leading into the bottom of the pass I’d spent a little time around Tobie; first behind him learning his “100-mile shuffle”, and then next to him swapping some Washie stories, and lastly in front of him as my legs are longer than his! I was moving easily and well. Tobie espouses uBuntu, and his sharing of knowledge and passion carried me often over the next hours. It is amazing what you can learn in just a few seconds if you listen hard!
|Ellies Tavern: the early years!|
- Perspective is a wonderful thing: concentrate for 10 minutes in turn on a beneficiary of #RazeABar. Nothing like knowing your alive, healthy and able to partake to get your mind in order. This is what I referred to above.
- Pick a Christmas Carol and practice it for an impromptu performance on entering CP 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11… I may have missed a few, but it was a classic way to get comments, give energy and receive cheers! Nobody joined in… so I’m not sure if I was that good, or that bad!
- The details of point 3 are a secret… Suffice I say that I thought of my happy places with friends and family. Again, a form of perspective.
PS: Cindy, Malcolm... I realize I also need to apply SNB like I do deodorant... under my arms! That is a new lesson... :D
So... what's next? I'm going to run amuk... or rather, #RunAMUK. UTD, here I come ;)
PS: Thank you to the brands that got me through... not sponsored by any of these, but hey... if you're from them and want a piece of me, get in touch ;)
Altra Running (aka Flat bois) Lone Peak 4, Nike Trail Running (clothes of course), First Ascent pack and poles, Tailwind nutrition, Squirrels Nut Butter, Sony (my phone... 78% battery left after 31 hours on airplane mode operating the GPS), and Garmin FR35 (a few charges, but solid performance)
28 March 2019
Like most runners I discovered this, because: blisters. Small. Big. Not too bad. Really bad; one time I had one blister… the size of my foot and ankle! I lie... 2 blisters that size, one on each foot/cankle. And then I discovered mohair socks, and I thought I had found Heaven.
|My foot in Altra Lone Peak 4’s and Balega Enduro’s at Checkpoint 16 at Africa’s Wildest Ultra, the Addo Elephant Trail Run by Richard Pearce Photography|
Mohair is a natural fibre. It breathes and protects your skin. It thermo regulates your feet in all temperatures. When wet from sweat or rivers or snow, mohair gets that water away from your skin, keeping you drier sooner and blister resistant.
WIN A PAIR OF TWO: Donate to #RazeABar and benefit some awesome charities. Businesses can request donations certificates, Section 18a, et al. Message me...
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13 March 2019
There has been plenty of time to make friends and to self reflect;
Time allotted for blending life and respect
Is given to all who take it...
And more is often given to those that use it wisely
In the service of self and others.
I don't participate in an event "for others", I do it to "raze" my "bars,
Pushing boundaries beyond what I thought was too far.
In my doing, you may or may not learn that the same is true for all who take a step, two...
And with professional help, a hand up from you and yours, you may also learn what leaves you better and others too.
Details of how you can track myself and the Malkoppies, Bianca and Chris who are also raising funds through #RazeABar, will be posted to fb.me/razeabar during the course of today or before the run starts on Friday at 2pm.
Go on... we urge you...
11 March 2019
|Please feel free to share far and wide before 31 March 2019!|
- a pair of Balega running socks... #BalegaBestSocksEver
- a hamper full of goodies from Cellucity, powered by Vodacom
- a consult up to the value of R500 for your pet at South City Veterinary Practice (Nelson Mandela Bay donors only)
- a R1000 Acana food supply for a month to the pet of your choice
- prizes are donations and not affiliated in any way with the company donating goods
- prizes are not exchangable for cash
- the organizer(s) are not liable for any loss, damage, harm or death or any other liability from use of such prizes
- winners will be drawn on 1 April where donors are found on BackABuddy, whether having donated to the cause through RazeABar or Malkoppies pages
- organizer(s) reserve the right to extend or withdraw the competition without notice and correspondence will not be entered into
08 March 2019
Her sage advice: "Buck up." When her son Leonard questions this, she responds: "Buck up, Sissy pants."
Hard motivation. Leonard initially didn't respond well, but quickly changed his circumstances and "bucked up". Hard motivation worked.
Sometimes we get to a place where all we need is cottonwool, a shoulder to cry on. A bubble bath (but not in drought-stricken Nelson Mandela Bay) ice-cream, a glass of coffee, milo, or champagne, a duvet, a loved one, and a good movie can have such an awesome effect on our well being. Soft motivation works. Even when its at work and it is a colleagues listening without offering assistance or them refilling the stapler or the coffee pot... soft motivation works.
Knowing when to use which is the science and the art of the leader! And ultra runners have to lead their body, not only through the events, but the training as well. A good leader, a runner who finishes a race, uses both soft and hard motivation.
There are a 100 tricks to get you through... here are a few of my favorite:
- Stay in the moment. Don't focus on that long, flat piece of the run, or the uphill that is 1000m (3300ft) in 20km (12.5miles) that is still 4 hours away... or 15 minutes away. Listen to the birds. Look at the flowers. Watch the route markings! If you feel like you can't... don't listen, know that you can climb this next 1000 meters of path; then re-evaluate and see what you can do next. You bloody well can do it.
- Get a "Tag It" for your shoes. I have just one word on my tags. "Perspective". If you feel good while running an ultra: don't worry, it will pass ;) Also if you feel bad, obvs. And another also: Also you can participate! How many people don't, and so many want to but are unable to do what you do. Appreciate it. All of it.
- People WANT to be involved... let them be! A mate got 30 of her closest friends, family and colleagues to write "something" motivational on a small card that she could carry with her. Each time she felt a low coming on, she'd open one up and be inspired... to run on and not stop to throw up on the surrounding vegetation! This method is awesome because out of 30 people some will give hard and some soft motivation... and the universe knows ;)
- Focus on what got you started. In my case, with #RazeABar, its the beneficiaries to four special charities; orphans (human, rhino, cats and dogs), the elderly, kids with cancer, those that have nothing but hope! So for each quarter I focus on a charity...
- To be an example... a leader... in the most intimate way: as a parent. And #LancasterLight gives the best hugs. I am because he is... (with apologies to that great African proverb).
BONUS MOTIVATION... Don't forget about the buckle... or the medal...
01 March 2019
The bush is beautiful, the mountains are "home". I know what it takes for me to have done 100 miles before... #Washie100.
Its mental... crazy, yes; more in the head than in the body. Its tough, fulfilling, crazy... all of that. Some dude that lived a long time ago said that its important to know yourself. And on a long road, you have no choice: oh yeah, you can ignore yourself, too. But its important to pay attention.
Ubuntu... I am because we are ~ African philosophy
Animals, plants, rocks (yip, even them), and humans... we are because we all are. And so I also run for others... after all, I wouldn't be me if it weren't for you reading this!
BUT! What happens when it gets tough? And in 100 miles there are going to be a tough moment or two. There are tricks that a lot of people have shared with me over the years. The best advice is to "stay in the moment"; not to think about the other stuff.
At the Washie 100 it was "easy" to stay in the moment. There were a group of Unicorns (pictured right) who kept me chatting and my mind in the game when my body broke down. At Addo, that's not going to happen (hopefully I won't break... and there definitely won't be a support team).
Africa's Wildest Ultra takes place in a remote part of the Addo Elephant National Park. Its a logistical masterpiece that we can run there at all... and an impossibility for support teams.
So what AM I going to do to keep myself in the moment... well, that's where YOU come in! I'm going to #RazeABar ;) You're going to donate. I'm going to have divided the run into 4 marathons and 10km sections in each of those marathons. When it gets tough, I'm going to remember: PERSPECTIVE. There are 4 charities that would be less because we don't care... The first 10km I'll think of Rainbows and Smiles, the 2nd 10km One Land Love It, the 3rd Community Veterinary Clinics, and 4th The Herald Christmas Cheer Fund!
SO DONATE... preferably now, please :)
Even then, I may occasionally tend toward thinking 50km more is "too far"... but I know that I can go another hill... or another parkrun. I know I can. I know, more importantly, I WILL.
Expectations are made to be broken, limitations to be removed... fun to be had.
So get in my mental game. Please. And TYIA.
DONATE HERE: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/razeabar2019-upiufd
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