Monday, 1 September 2014

My Ticket to Running Bliss

I got the best text message ever on Friday: After a week or three of (not so patiently) waiting, my membership to a local wildlife club (giving me the green light to run my little heart out in a game farm very close to town) has finally been approved - hooray!  I couldn't get to the club's offices fast enough to go and collect my membership card - the weekend needed to be run, ha!

I had 14 km on the schedule for Saturday and after "sleeping in" until 9-ish (I pyjama drill until 5 a.m. and then hand Baby J over to Will to get some quality sleep), Will graciously offered to watch both kids so that I could go and do my long run alone.  Will, you're amazing.

And my run was pretty amazing too.  I encountered a large herd of Blue Wildebeest within 1 km of setting off and the whole group literally crossed the road right in front of me at least three or four times before finally heading off into the distance.  Other sightings included Ostriches (at a safe distance, ha!), Waterbuck, Red Hartebeest, Springbok and Cape Hare - so blessed!

Leaping over Aardvark holes - my kind of running!

I finished my 14 km in 1:29 - nice and easy, with no niggles or pains whatsoever.  Can you see the huge smile on my face...?


Only two long runs (and plenty of foam rolling) left before my goal half-marathon at the end of September - whooooot!  It will, God willing, be my fourth international race, bringing the countries that I've raced in to date to a total of five - happy dance!  Now to just stay healthy and injury free...  (And to hope and pray that J Bear's passport gets issued in time...  Come on Home Affairs...!)

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There are only two days left to vote for me in the Big Blog Exchange - voting ends on 3 September!  Thanks SO much to everyone who has voted so far - I'm currently #6 in Africa and the MIddle Easte and couldn't be more thankful and excited!  If you haven't voted yet, won't you please head on over to my profile (you can access it here) and vote?  Much, much appreciated!

  

8 comments:

  1. What an amazing opportunity! I love seeing animals on my runs. My favorite little guy to see is a cute miniature horse that I pass by on one of my running routes. I always get super disappointed when he's not within site. I guess he has to eat and sleep too ;). Great long run! I love that picture- shows your excitement perfectly!

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    1. I love mid-run animal sightings too, Hailey, especially on longer runs - they tend to break up the monotony a bit. Heehee, I can just imagine how cute that little horse is - I would, of course, totally be making horsey sounds when I saw him like a complete nut...!

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  2. This is very nice indeed. I love running in nature reserves.Being out there is just so relaxing even when you are working hard on the hills. The trails certainly clear my mind.

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    1. Couldn't agree with you more, Johann. Good for the body and the soul :) .

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  3. I voted! :) And aardvarks?! Sounds so exotic! I've never seen an aardvark haha.

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    1. Thanks so much for the vote, Lisa!

      Aardvarks look pretty exotic too, heehee - gorgeous in their own special way. But they're nocturnal, so you don't often see them out in the veld.

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