Thursday, 21 July 2016

Dear Running: I'm dreading you just a little right now...

Today marks the end of our third week in the Kalahari, and I wish that I could paint a picture of rainbows and ponies, and a mom who dug deep, found her strong and conquered the elements.  But alas...  I'm still trudging along like a total beginner, and can't even complete back-to-back airstrip intervals without taking at least half a dozen rest breaks.  It sucks.

So much so that I'm starting to feel something that I haven't felt since high school and varsity days: I'm dreading our runs just a little.  No, wait - I'm dreading it a lot.  Huffing down that airstrip, pushing 40+ (squabbling) kilograms over loose rocks and cattle poop, interspersed with pockets of soft, stops-you-dead-in-your-tracks Kalahari sand, is hardly the stuff that runner's highs are made of.  Or even just enjoyable family outings, for that matter.  No rainbows or ponies over here right now.


Yet I know that I need to run.  For my own sake, but especially also the kids'.  It makes me a better me.  So we celebrated our first three weeks in the Kalahari with a (200+ km) trip to Vryburg - the closest "big" town (and, more importantly, source of dark chocolate).  We stocked up on the good stuff (our first fix in three weeks...!), reading material and might have snuck in a little extra retail therapy.  And you know what?  I think it did the trick: It gave me a mental boost and I'm fired up and as motivated as ever to obliterate that darn strip.


Bring on the intervals!  


14 comments:

  1. Its such great training for you - keep going girl, it will make you stronger!

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    1. Thanks so much, Meg! I keep on telling myself that...! x

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  2. So you are now permanently in the Kalahari if I understand correctly! Well then keep going I guess

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    1. Hi Cat! Nope, just visiting for a few weeks - enough time to get really strong...! :)

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  3. Yes just think of how much stronger you will be when you leave there!

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  4. I can sooo relate to that having lived in the Kalahari for two years in a tent and also running on an airstrip. Good to hear from you. Stay strong; it's an encouragement to us all.

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    1. Not easy, but definitely necessary :) . Thanks for the encouragement, Mark - much appreciated. Missing all of you at Kimberley parkrun and running with you in spirit each weekend.

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  5. Aaaag siestog Saartjie. Ek voel jou pyn. Druk jou en trots op jou. Jy is en bly 'n ystermamma xxxx

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    1. Dankie vir die liefnis, Saar - waardeer jou. xxxx

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  6. Pushing a stroller is a lot of work all in itself, but you're doing it while running on the trail-ish sand! Celebrate every victory. I hope that you will be able to free yourself and get some solo running time occasionally .. I'll admit I need it!

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    1. Thanks, Raina. I had my first solo Kalahari run yesterday and, as you say, it was both heavenly and very necessary :) . x

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  7. I agree with Christy, you will be much stronger when you leave there!

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    1. SO good to hear from you! Everything okay? Thanks so much for the encouragement - much, much appreciated!

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