Change…As Good As A Holiday!

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It wasn’t easy but I’ve beaten this winter slump!

The last 2 weeks went really well from a training perspective. I managed to get all my sessions in during the week and by the time the weekend arrived I was on a high and ready to hit the trails. I’ve introduced a few changes in my daily routine, including finding new places to run. I have no idea why but I just can’t seem to run the routes and roads I’ve been running for the last 3 years. How does the saying go? If something doesn’t work for you anymore? CHANGE IT!

Change

…and that’s exactly what I did and it seemed to have done the trick; made a world of difference to my mental and emotional state. It’s a bit  of extra effort in the morning because I have to get into a car to to get to my new running spot (hahaha) but it’s been all worth it! I am feeling great….change is as good as a holiday!

Milestone Celebration

I’ve just hit 1000 miles for 2015 !!!

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….so let’s keep this Million Miles journey going; next up is Magalies 50km trail race!

Crazy Store Magaliesberg 50km – Long Run

I am starting get really comfortable on the trails; somehow I seemed to have completely fallen off the “track” because I am starting to lose myself on the trails (lol!).

I ran the Magaliesberg 22km race in 2014 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Cramps, falling, hysterical laughter, lifting yourself (body weight) out of a hole you have no idea how you got into in the first place, taking a deep breath and then just crossing the river with your shoes on, swearing at the mile markers cos your Garmin says 23km and you still have no sight of the finish (it was a 23.5km course); that is what I love about trail running…the trial and tribulations. Never a dull moment!

This year the organisers added a Crazy 50km race! 

CRAZY 50km runners be prepared to run WILD with the wildebeest! 

A new section of the route is going through a game reserve!

Compulsory Kit (not negotiable):
1. You must carry all your own nutrition and hydration for the entirety of the run. 
2. 50km & 36km runners must carry a minimum of 2 litres, (22km runners advised to carry 1 litre), a few bars, biltong, dried fruit, gummy chews etc – whichever gets your rockets firing.
3. 50km & 36km route goes into remote areas, you must carry a wind breaker, a space blanket, a whistle and charged cell phone. Add the emergency number 072 924 2371.

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The plan is to use Magalies as an “easy” long run for Ultra-trail Cape Town – predicted finish time 7 hours….ok, and 30 minutes! Seriously how difficult can this be? (hehehe…20km hike and 30km long run).

I am really excited about running this ultra trail race and at the same time I am really calm; must be getting used to the process of testing my body’s limits…got everything sorted!

  • Nutrition and hydration (check)
  • Kit (check)
  • Shoes (check)
  • Calfs and cramps (????)

All that’s left is to rest up, fuel up, stay hydrated and….to enjoy the extra long run!

Quote of the day: “Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene”

About Moerieda Mackay

Late to running and absolutely loving it! I'm married to my soulmate, Adam and blessed with 3 beautiful children. I am a Business Transformation and Innovation Professional and holds a MSc (Eng) in Industrial Engineering. Yip, a bit of a workaholic. I became addicted to ultra running whilst searching for that elusive “work-life” balance at the age of...40! I have no sporting background and with zero athletic ability running is by far the most challenging thing I've taken on but it has put me on a path of self discovery and serious transformation both physically, mentally and spiritually...and I love it!

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