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I lost my virginity to Nike #WeRunJozi

17 Oct

This is from the guest post that I did for Keep Calm and Run, it’s about my first race. What an amazing and unforgettable experience.

Why the chose the Nike WeRunJozi as my first race? No particular reason really, except to say that it happened to come at the “right” time, just when I had decided that I wanted to be somewhat serious about running. And by that I mean more than just getting on the treadmill. I needed a goal! The pictures from the race in March this year tweaked my interest in a way. Tell me, how can 10 000 runners lighting up the streets of Jozi’s CBD with neon yellow tees not look cool??? Besides that, I figured it’s only a 10 km, I mean how hard could it be? The prospect of losing my running/race-virginity to Nike didn’t look so bad.

To find a training schedule, I went online and clicked on the first page I saw. What a huge mistake, which I’d only realise later on! The heading read: how to run a 5k in 3 weeks. It seemed perfect in my estimation but little did I realise that too much, too soon is actually harmful for a newbie, as in my case, the problem of shin splints. Go with the plans for “couch potatoes” people, there’s good reason to go slow. Slow and steady does win the race (within reason of course). So there I was, at the gym, training on the treadmill just to get a feel for what pace I’d be comfortable at jogging. Admittedly, I was very afraid of the road.

On to race day! My greatest concern was the “transition” from the treadmill to the road. I was not sure if I could do as well on the road as I had in the gym because I thought the shin splints would act up and ruin my first race. The next problem was that my t-shirt was one size too small for me and my 65 rolls, alongside the bazooka’s I have for boobs! Next time Nike, please add a weight category so that I can better identify a t-shirt size that won’t make me look like a terribly stuffed sausage, thanks. Horrified does not begin to explain how I felt when I tried my tee on for the first time. Passing out from holding my stomach in was not an option; I had to do this race!

Hubby and I were in the pen about an hour before the gun was due to go off and the vibe was amazing. Everyone was amped, the air was so thick with excitement that it was almost tangible. A million thoughts ran through my mind. As 20 000 Josters waited for the “go”, it took just over 4 minutes from the when the gun went off to the time we actually started running. And boy was I glad it was downhill to start with. About 2kms in, I finally realised that “stomach in, boobs out” as a running strategy was a useless one. Everyone was there with one goal in mind and the other “healthier” looking women certainly didn’t seem to give a rats’ behind about how they looked. It was definitely liberating.

Regarding the race itself:  the up-hills were a killer on the calves; the sights of Alex was a new experience; the people of Alex were so hospitable; the marshals were so encouraging and the finish line could not have come sooner in the sweltering conditions! Never in my life, have I recited the “I can do it” mantra AS MUCH!!!

The peak and the pit of my first race: the only pit was walking all the way back to the Sandton Convention Centre to our car – I felt like I had done the We Run Jozi 21k! That was probably my fault for not looking hard enough for the signs to the shuttles. One of the many peaks was doing my first race with my hubby. He walked with me, encouraged me, sprayed cold water on my calves, took pics for me and gave me gel to keep me going. For that I’m so grateful. I’ll definitely do it again, next month in fact! Another peak has been the feedback from friends as to how this has inspired them to get fit and moving, in whatever form.

To those who are still on the fence (or on the couch), I’ll leave you with this, go out there and do what you can. Instead of focusing on the pace, or distance or the medal, just put one foot in front of other. It’s that simple!

Proud Chunky Chic & Newbie Runner xxx

 

Monday MeMe

6 Mar

Robyn over at Memoirs 4 My Munchkins tagged me in her Monday MeMe. Of course, I am delayed as usual! But here goes:

The rules

  • Post 11 things about yourself
  • Answer the questions given
  • Set 11 new questions
  • Tag people

About me:

  1. I am currently juggling being a student and mother and wife at this blessed age in my life
  2. I’m so looking forward to turning the big 3-0 soon
  3. I have a Master’s degree but couldn’t find a job for an entire year (hence the studies)
  4. I miss living on the coast but I love this big city
  5. I would really love to have another child, it’s a longing in my heart that might never go away but I don’t know if that will happen after my studies are done in another five years!!!
  6. I am definitely a chocoholic! The richer and darker – the better!!!!
  7. I’m shy and take a while with strangers. That’s weird because running a practice required me to meet new people on a daily basis.
  8. I like my space and if I could, I would spend my time curled up with a book because I miss reading.
  9. Giving birth naturally (with the help of a pethidine injection) was one of the most awesome experiences of my life. I found it to be very empowering as well. If I can do all 8 hours of THAT – surely I can do anything! (I think)
  10. I loathe unpacking, especially when you’ve moved!!!
  11. Sam sleeps in our room and once we’re in bed, he crawls in. We’ve co-slept since he was two weeks old, sleep training never worked and I have  no inclination to change a thing about our arrangement!

These were the questions given:

  1. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be and why? Nelson Mandela, he is iconic, need i say more?
  2. What is your greatest achievement? Raising my son and getting my first degree (in no particular order)
  3. What is your greatest fear? Failing!
  4. Which “normal” person do you most admire? (no celebs!) My dad, he works so hard to provide for his family and so many other people out there, he has the biggest heart I know.
  5. What do you like most about yourself? I’m relatively easy-going.
  6. …And least? I borderline OCD…
  7. What is your favorite holiday destination and why? Franshoek – cheese and wine! Who could resist?
  8. What is the worst Christmas or birthday present you have received and who gave it to you? I can’t think of any…
  9. What is your happiest childhood memory? Playing in our massive yard at my childhood home for hours on end and never getting bored.
  10. What did you want to be when you were a kid… as in what profession? A doctor
  11. What is your motto in life? Treat people the way you want to be treated

Here are my 11 new questions:

  1. you can pick one chocolate from the box. What do you hope is inside?
  2. What creeps you out?
  3. Are you an early bird or night owl?
  4. If you were going to redecorate your home, what would you change?
  5. What books do you enjoy reading?
  6. What’s your favorite season?
  7. Would you have another child if money wasn’t an option?
  8. What would you do if you didn’t have to work?
  9. Savory or sour?
  10. Are you addicted to any form of social media?
  11. Does your partner think that you’re addicted to any form of social media?

I hope you got to know a little more about me…. now I’m looking forward to hearing about

LET’S GO!!!!

Wordless Wednesday – Am I cool or what?

8 Feb

I AM "The Man"

I love the shades

Am I cool or what? What???!!! So I'm a little squint-ish...

The highlights of Sam’s first birthday party….

27 Nov

Cool dudes Cooper and Noah wanted to join me

There was a splishing and a splashing

The candle was way more important than the cake

The Birthday Cake, minus a few characters after I had my way

Granny and grampa love

I just had to fix Ethan's hair

Mamma love

Mia familia

Pressie time

This look is priceless, great Kodak moment!

If you know anything about me at all, it’s that I LOVE/must/need to and have to be super-organised much to the irritation of my husband but I know for a fact that I definitely got it from my mother. Whether my somewhat OCD is genetic or a learned trait is another discussion for a whole other day. The point of me saying that was that this party was planned months in advance and if I could have rented a crowd of kids to make up for my friends kids who couldn’t be there then the party would have gone off as I had originally planned. Yes, this party was all about me! Even though it was my son’s birthday, I felt that I also needed recognition for spending eight whole hours in labor, come on, give me some credit too, just kidding. Needless to say, the venue had to be changed a week before the party date but it turned out to be a lovely afternoon shared with loved ones. Sam did manage to exhaust himself after all the swimming splashing so he had a nice long nap half way through the event which gave hubby and I a chance to mingle with our guests without the worry of one busy little body. It was truly wonderful and special day. If there’s anything I would imagine Samuel could say about his special day it would probably be: “Next year’s party better be this much fun mom!”

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Fun in the sun

4 Nov

We have had such good weather in the last few weeks up here in the Highveld, there’s no way we could miss an opportunity to go to the park. Before Sam started to sleep through the night, trips to the park were all geared towards letting him run loose in fresh air, in the hopes that at the end of a wonderful outing, he would collapse into a little heap and sleep like the dead.

But just look at that face… we put him in one of the swings that look like a chastity belt so that he wouldn’t fall out and he’s having a blast. To be a child again, without a care in the world.

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