Thoughts


Whale of a time at Whale of Trail
02 Aug 2017

Whale of a time at Whale of Trail

This past weekend I was one of 130 fortunate folks to “trailrun” one of South Africa’s iconic five day hiking trails, the Whale Trail, offered by Merrell and the Mountain Runner Team as a 53km run over “spectacular mountain fynbos, technical rocky ridgelines, sandy beach stretches and endless, mind blowing, beautiful vistas.” Although the Whale Trail has been on my bucket list since the 1st...

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Allow or choose – the choice is yours!
28 Jun 2017

Allow or choose – the choice is yours!

I had it all mapped out in my head… Christiaan quit his day job so that we could live our dream of working from anywhere in the world, travel together to international races (where before I was mostly by myself) and train in Chamonix for our first major international race, the Mont Blanc 80km 3 weeks before the race. I am sure its easy to...

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22 Jun 2017

Mont Blanc 80k pre-race thoughts

Its less than 14 hours to go to the Mont Blanc 80k (actually it is 86km with a staggering 6100m of ascent and descent!) The pre-race preparation and build-up was supposed to be perfect, as I had 3 weeks in Chamonix with Christiaan to relax and train on the course. However, two and a half weeks ago, I fell badly on my shin on a...

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Alive in Azores!
30 May 2017

Alive in Azores!

Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport… This past week I added some more fascinating stories to my passport. After spending a couple of days with Portugese Salomon team member, Miguel Silva in Lisbon, I started my international racing season with the Azores Coast to Coast Trailrun and Vertical Kilometre (VK), in preparation for...

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Ultra Trail Drakensberg – It’s all about GRIT!
02 May 2017

Ultra Trail Drakensberg – It’s all about GRIT!

“Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg (UTD) is a festival of trail running with events of 100km, 62km, 30km and the Drakensberg Rockjumper a two day trail run with distances of approximately 15km each day. All events take place within the Southern area of the internationally renowned Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site and are point-to-point in nature, ensuring that large swathes of this iconic wilderness are traversed. Incorporating and skirting some...

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Top 10 tips to Two Oceans Trail
16 Feb 2017

Top 10 tips to Two Oceans Trail

Don’t worry too much about pace per km or those details. There’s a bit of creativity involved out on the trails and with that comes a very relaxed nature and you really have to go with the flow, although you will still be running hard. Strong ankles, a strong pivot point, a strong core and strong hips are vital to navigate the trail obstacles and to avoid injury,...

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It’s about the journey AND the Destination
14 Dec 2016

It’s about the journey AND the Destination

On Saturday 10 December, I toed the line for my last contest of the season, and with that, quite a long season. It was finally time for the Ultra Trail Cape Town 100km. I have been wanting to add this one to my resume since Christiaan won it October last year and I had to settle for the 65km due to racing the Transalps 270km...

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South African “trail dassie” claims fourth position at French trail run
19 Jul 2016

South African “trail dassie” claims fourth position at French trail run

Words by Kirsty Hatt: Capetonian Landie Greyling finished fourth at last weekend’s Marathon du Mont-Blanc, an alpine trail-running event in Chamonix, France. Greyling, who has an impressive national and international trail running record, improved her position in the annual marathon (41.6km) from 12th in 2014. “This is one of the most well-known and competitve European races and I am very happy with the improvement I...

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Homemade Nut meal and flax bread
15 Jul 2016

Homemade Nut meal and flax bread

 Ingredients: 1 cup pecan, almond or pumpkin seed meal 1/2 cup flaxseed 1/2 cup flax meal 3 Tbsp psyllium husk fibre 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 Tbsp xylitol 1/2 tsp salt 2 large free-range eggs 2 Tbsp coconut oil or butter 3/4 cup lukewarm water 2 Tbsp sesame seeds 2 Tbsp poppy seeds Method: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Mix all dry...

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Buckwheat banana blueberry buttanutt pancakes
11 Jun 2016

Buckwheat banana blueberry buttanutt pancakes

Ingredients: 120g buckwheat flour 1⁄2 tsp salt 250ml oat/rice/almond milk 1⁄3 of ripe banana 4 tsp honey 1 tsp baking powder 1 1⁄2 tsp tahini/peanut butter/almond butter Coconut oil for frying Method: Put all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until everything is smooth. Cover the base of a non-stick frying pan with a dash of oil. It’s just so that your pancake won’t...

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