Running through my weeks…

Running Moments

1. Running with Denise, tongues synchronized  2. Motivational quotes  3. Watching the beautiful sunrise before the race starts  4. Running ‘Slow Poke’ buddies  5. Running Junkies at track  6. Sorting out my running clothes  7. Photo shoot for my new blog header  8. Running funnies  9. Cooling my feet off after the run

Running through my weeks…

Running through my weeks

1. Beach holidays – Umhlanga. 2. Annie’s mouth after breakfast – cuteness overkill. 3. Wine after a busy week – one word: relax. 4. Dad’s old shoes. 5. Track training through Winter – I’ve got this! 6. Sweet temptations at work. 7. Cocktails on the deck at Hyde Park. 8. Slippers – best invention ever! 9. Romantic suppers with KK.

 

Okay Two Oceans, clean slate, here I come!

If you’ve been following my blog for a few years now, you may recall that the Two Oceans half marathon is not one of my favourite running races (understatement). I find the anxiety of the congested start, the hype around the race, and making the race cut-off all contributing to it being a very stressful run. I’ve even documented my feelings in various blog posts throughout the years:

Yowzer! I’ve realized I’m clearly obsessed with the race and focus on pretty much all the negative things about it. So I decided to look at the positive side this year. Instead of analyzing all the negative things that stress me out about the race, I’m going down to Cape Town focusing on the positives.

  • I am one of the lucky ones who managed to get an entry.
  • An Easter holiday down in the fairest, most beautiful Cape. I can’t wait.
  • I am blessed to report that I am fit and healthy while there are others, such as KK, injured and having had to pull out of the race. Sorry KK.
  • My Dad will be running the race too! This might be the most special thing about that day and I’m going to try and run at least some of the way with him.
  • There are so many of my friends and Running Junkie training friends who will be competing. It’s been an honor training with them and I can’t wait to see them reach their goals.
  • I have trained hard. I have covered the distances and done the work I need to do.
  • My Championchip times show that I am able to run a 21.1km race in under 3:00 2:50 minutes. I no longer need to stress about that 3 hour axe cut-off over my head.
  • I am able to run a distance that majority of people have never even tried to run. I am a runner. I can run 21.1kms! Me!OM2015

The Two Oceans countdowns posted on social media still take my breath away and give me serious *goosies*! It’s going to be fab! It’s going to be epic! Two Oceans, here I come!

Are you also running? How are you feeling about the race?

My three tips for surviving Christmas time

It’s quite scary how just the other day I was taking photographs around my house of all the Christmas trimmings to write up a blog post. A year later and I’m doing the same thing. But I must admit, I’m a lot calmer this year. It’s as if I’ve made Christmas time my own. I’ve learned what it is to enjoy the festivities, I’ve seen how happy it makes loved ones around me and so I’ve chilled a bit.

There’s something just magical about a Christmas tree and the soft flashing lights. It warms my heart. But not everyone feels the same way. In fact, Christmas can be a very stressful time of year (for most people). So here’s my arb list of ‘Surviving Christmas’ and ensuring that you get as much out of it as you put in.

1. MAKE AN EFFORT 

It can be the simplest thing like putting up a tree or some form of decorations around the house. Change your attitude. Don’t complain when you get asked to go shopping. Don’t moan about having to visit family. Instead of whining, do the opposite and surprise yourself.

Xmas cheer

2. ACCEPT THE FACT THAT EVERYONE CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS IN THEIR OWN WAY

Every family & person will in all likelihood celebrate Christmas in very different ways & the memories from their childhoods dictates how they approach the day. Do not force your family traditions on everyone around you. Make Christmas your own and do what you must to make it special for you. Allow your loved ones to do the same.

Xmas faces

3. TAKE TIME TO APPRECIATE THE SMILES, THE LAUGHTER AND THE LOVE AROUND YOU FOR THESE FEW WEEKS

It’s such a short holiday before we hit 2014 with full force. This is the only time that we get to relax, to overeat and to have conversations over the dinner table with family. Spend an extra few seconds watching the faces of those you love when they open up gifts & be grateful for everyone in your life.

One last tip. Go to a shopping centre after work one night, go buy an ice-cream and stroll leisurely through the shops holding hands with your partner, taking in all the Christmas decorations, listening to the sounds of Christmas carols. KK and I did that last week. Best. Night. Ever. I’ll treasure that memory forever. X