Running is an adventure in itself, don't you think? The early mornings, the mental battles, the port-a-loos... But nothing gives me greater pleasure than taking that adventure one step further - here's five running experiences that you simply have to try!
1. Go on a running tour
|Exploring Cape Town with the lovely Phillipa from Run Cape Town.|
Running tours are perfect for exploring new territories on foot, or for rediscovering old ones. Miss K and I did a running tour with Run Cape Town in 2014, and learned so many new things about an area that we've visited a gazillion times before. Find one in a town near you.
2. Do a race abroad
|Running the Maluti Mountains in the Kingdom of Lesotho, with the Katse Dam in the background.|
Nothing beats the vividness of memories created on foot - running is my preferred mode of exploration by a mile. And what could possibly be a better souvenir than a shiny new medal and a tonne of memories? Do a race abroad - you won't be sorry.
3. Do an obstacle race
Okay, so I haven't experienced this one first-hand, but it's been on my to-do list for years now. What on earth could be more fun than crawling through mud pits and swinging on monkey bars with a group of friends or family? Memories de luxe.
4. Join the parkrun family
|Big Bay parkrun, Cape Town. [Photo by Kevin from Lisa Olivier Photography.]|
So maybe parkrun isn't as exciting as wading through a mud pit (although I've seen clips of UK parkruns that closely resemble the latter!), but it sure will change your life. It will motivate you, introduce you to a fun and supportive community, and might even make you just a tad obsessed, ha! Try it.
5. Brave a night-time trail run
|Remember your headlamp!|
Ready to give your senses a shake-up? Do a night-time trail run! But learn from my mistakes: a) Remember your headlamp; and b) Close your mouth while you run. Trust me.