Saturday, 9 July 2016

Kalahari - 1; Mama - 0

The kids and I am spending a couple of weeks in the Kalahari and we've literally gone from go-go-go to ahhhhh in 400 km flat.  Kimberley gifted all three of us with a farewell flu, which turned our first week on the farm into a groggy and - most frustratingly - run-less affair.  But, I'm happy to report that we're finally feeling better and running again - well, sort of.

I soon learnt that Kalahari running with two toddlers is not for sissies.  In fact, I don't even think it's for machines.  Holy.  Moly.  Simply whipping out the double stroller and stepping out the front door is just not an option: Thick Kalahari sand makes even short jaunts of 50 m almost impossible.    



Our first double stroller Kalahari run, if you can call it that, was a bit of a joke: It took us half an hour to trudge through the 300 m or so of thick sand from the farmhouse to the airstrip for our run.  Half an hour.  Miss K kept on looking back and asking: "Why are we going so slowly, Mommy?  You're really not strong at all."  I didn't have enough oxygen in my bloodstream to reply.    



And yes, you've guessed it: Once we got to the piece of heaven that is a 1.2 km airstrip made of hard-packed sand, I was too pooped to run more than 2 km.  Go, Mama.  Plus I kept on dreading the 300 m trip back home - which turned out to be every bit as hard as I imagined.  We can only improve, right...?



Killer runs notwithstanding, we're loving this temporary change of pace, and the peace and freedom that is the Kalahari.  Blessed to be here!  


11 comments:

  1. Haha! Excellent post, Karien. I'll probably DIE after 50m!

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    1. Thanks, Vince! Haha, yes - we'll definitely need to change our approach...!

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  2. My reply just vanished into thin air so like you I am persevering. Sand will definitely make your legs stronger, tackle it with great gusto! Enjoy the peace and freedom!

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  3. Thanks so much, Kate - I appreciate you following along and your encouragement! x

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  4. I think even still your pace is faster than mine! haha :)

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    1. Hehe, I doubt it, Meg! Here in the Kalahari I'm the Queen of Walk-breaks, ha! x

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  5. Good heavens -= that sand will kill your calves

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    1. It's a real quad and glute burner, Cat - a full body workout for sure! ;)

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  6. I used to train racing dogs on sand Karien. Back on the track they were flying. I'm sure you'll reap the benefits when you get home.

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    1. I'll look at it from that perspective, Gordon - it can only make me stronger!

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