World Firsts

This morning I watched in awe as Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to break the two hour marathon barrier. It was epic! What an honour to have witnessed history in the making.

 

As a runner, my mind boggles at the splits he was able to achieve.

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On Wednesday I will be involved in another world first, but this time I will be taking part, not watching on the sidelines. I am excited to be working with The Do More Foundation, to break the world record for the most number of sandwiches made in an hour! All this is in aid of World Food Day on 16 October.

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I am passionate about this project and it inspired me to write a poem dedicated to my team and the thousands of people who will be involved in turning this vision into a reality.

Peanut Butter For Purpose

I recently joined the DO MORE FOUNDATION and it feels like home.

They care for the community and I’m inspired by the love that’s shown.

Focusing on young children, the youth, easing hunger and animal projects too,

These are the fundamental pillars, providing the base for the work they do.

This week, on 16 October, we are hosting a huge campaign for World Food Day.

The team has come up with an incredible idea to celebrate in their own unique way.

They always set big goals but this time around, they have upped their game,

When you hear what we are hoping to achieve, you may think it is a little insane!

One hour – 100 000 peanut butter sandwiches – that is what we plan to make.

With corporates and volunteers on board, we will achieve this, make no mistake!

Together we can break the world record (57 000 sandwiches), this I do believe.

We are united as a team, for a good cause, and there is nothing we can’t achieve.

 

Sani Stagger Marathon

“It’s not the mountain that we conquer but ourselves.” (Sir Edmund Hillary)

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The Sani Stagger Marathon is one of the most challenging marathons that one can take on, with runners making their way to the top of the famous Sani Pass and back down again.

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The temperatures reached the high 30s and a 14 x veteran of the race said it was the harshest conditions he had faced yet. Those medals were earned!

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As always, there are many stories to be shared but for a change I am going to keep this light and simple and leave the deep thoughts for another time. However, I will say that looking at the incredible views from the top of that mountain, brought clarity to my recently tormented mind, that we need to zoom out and stop stressing about the small stuff in life, and instead remember what really matters and what brings us joy.

I started off slowly, full of anxiety and even though this was my 6th time doing this race, it demands respect with every attempt. After a three hour run-walk-crawl up the mountain, I reached the top, enjoyed the snacks on offer and then began the steep descent.

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I walked down the mountain for the first few kms, as my anxiety kicked in, but I also knew it would be wise to take care of my quads for later on. I was humbled as runners flew past me, but this paid off later, when I felt surprising strong and was able to make up time with a sprint finish, which earned me an age category prize and 6th placed lady overall.

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It truly was a race that epitomized struggle, growth, failure, victory, surrender, fear and love all wrapped up in the gift of running.

“And by pushing past our comfort zone we did not only climb that mountain, we became the person who could climb that mountain.” (Michael D’Aulerio)