My 2nd Rhino Run was extra special as my daughter walked with me. This event continues to be a wonderful outdoor experience. Sadly not as well supported as it should be. We enjoyed the walk and the magnificent views around iNanda Dam. We decided to make a weekend of it and enjoy the pleasures of being in the outdoors. As a country South Africa has so much to offer to the outdoor enthusiast. Any reason to drive my #LadyMavis #LandRover is a good excuse. We booked into the Msinzi Tented accommodation and had a wonderful afternoon and evening outdoors and in touch with nature. Being with nature truly grounds you and makes your realise all the dramatic drama of the work week is sometimes in our heads. Being in the quiet stillness of nature brings everything into perspective. Well worth the visit and the stay at Msinzi iNanada Dam
Today I set out on an event that I have never participated in before. Purely because I have always had something else on at the time. However this weekend was the right weekend and I set out on the Capital Climb event in Pietermaritzburg. 15 kms of grueling testing of the legs on a pure uphill climb to World’s View and a pure downhill back to Voortrekker School. The event was a test of determination. The hill climb started on the tar road, led into a dirt road and then a slippy track which was extremely steep. Once at the top we could not see the view due to the mist, but just the sheer delight in having conquered the muscle stretching climb to the top was enough.
This event made me think of how entrepreneurs have to climb many hills of various challenges in order to make it to the top of their game. If you give up you have achieved nothing, but if you keep going and continually encourage yourself you can do anything you set your mind to. The event required training and preparation, as does a business. You have to be mentally and physically fit to be in business. You need to ensure you have all the necessary knowledge to ensure your success. BUT you cannot have immediate success without having to slowly find your way to the top. Quick success leads to quick failures. Rather slow and sure to be able to manage and plan the business path.
Today’s event taught me a lot about tenacity. In one’s own life, private and business, this tenacity will go a long way to ensuring success. Don’t give up because you can do it.
Today I am feeling my age and my body agrees. Two days participating in the #Mandela Legacy events has taken its toll, BUT it has been such fun and I have loved every minute of it. Yesterday I participated in the 8 kms Trail Run from the #Mandela Capture site up through the hills and back down again. Beautiful private farmlands that we were privileged to be able to walk through. Today was the #Mandela Marathon. I participated in the 21 kms. A hard hot walk, but well worth the effort. Continue reading “#Mandela Legacy lives on”
Today was bold, beautiful and sunny. The complete opposite to the weather yesterday. It’s almost as if I changed countries given the extreme difference in weather conditions in the past 24 hours.
10 kms #SPAR ladies. The hype, excitement and energy was truly encouraging. I was very pleased that there were no water sachets. Participants were given a bottle of branded water at the start and were specifically asked to dispose of the bottles in a rubbish bin. Sadly a number of participants threw their bottles down when they had dispensed with them, some even throwing down bottles that were unopened or partly drunk. What is it with the human race that we just ‘throw’ stuff away without thinking? Continue reading “SPAR Ladies Race 19.08.2018”
I woke up in the early hours of this morning to the sounds of soft soaking rains on the roof. The sound of rain on a corrugated iron roof is calming and therapeutic. I turned over and drifted off into a sound, content and peaceful sleep to be rudely awoken by my alarm. It was time to get up and get going to the Dargle Trails Festival. I switched off my alarm, listened to the rain and decided it would be too wet and dangerous to walk today. So I turned over and decided I would go back to sleep!
A nagging thought crept into my consciousnesses. Continue reading “Dargle Trails Festival 18.08.2018”
What makes me drive for 105 kms and another 105 back home to walk 13 kms????
Because I can walk and there are others who cannot for reasons out of their control. For those who are limited in their physical activities I walk for you and I walk for me. This is a virtual trip of the 13 kms I covered. Let’s get to all the reasons why I walk and then we can walk…..
I am addicted to #LadyMavis adventures. My favourite vehicle of all times is my dear Land Rover Discovery TDi 5 who is named after my dearest grandmother Mavis. #LadyMavis takes me to destinations I would not ordinarily be able to get to with a normal vehicle. She makes me feel safe and secure and I know whatever the condition of the road I will get there safely.
Raising funds and awareness for Rhinos. In South Africa we have a scourge of despicable people who kill our beautiful animals for what…..because they believe that the horn will make them powerful sexually and otherwise. I ask you how ridiculous is this thought. May the karma that they generate by killing these beautiful animals be doubled back to them! In the meantime while Karma is getting round to her duty we will be continuing to raise funds to eliminate these oxygen thieves.
And to be out in the fresh air doing what I love…..walking in the bush. Walking in the outdoors and off the tar is a ‘drug’ for me. It’s time out, it’s undisturbed, allowing me to refresh my brain, think, dream, plan and just be me. We are so privileged to live within an our or a few hours from so many beautiful places. One of these being Inanda Dam.
Well done to the organisers of the Rhino Run. Had a blast and thoughly enjoyed every moment of the walk and the drive to and from Inanda Dam.
I have recently discovered trail walking. I have watched the trail running events and often thought….’how I would love to visit that venue’ or ‘how I would love to do that event’ but I don’t run. Then I found out that as a walker, albeit a slow walker, I can still participate. So now I participate for me and for those who can’t. I will blog on each of my walks, so that those who are unable to walk and enjoy the scenery as I can, are able to get a view of these beautiful places and enjoy the ‘walk’ virtually.
The walk started off along the shores of Inanda dam. The water level is very low and has obviously been so for awhile looking at the growth of vegetation along the shore line. We followed a track through the bush navigating around the shores of the dam. The track took us onto a road and past families and homes where we were greeted with great enthusiasm and friendliness. Following this road the walk meandered up a slight incline, back onto the main road and around back to the waters edge to finish up where we started. Those who had already finished were very encouraging of those of us who are much slower than the runners. The sweep gentleman who followed at the back to ensure everyone was safe and all markers were collected was very kind and encouraging. Thank you everyone for a wonderful morning spent with nature.
Driving out of the valley I came across some artistry and metal animals one of which was a rhino. Very well made. Congratulations go to the artists.
This medal is my goal to achieve on the 6th August 2016. This symbolises the mental emotional and physical struggle that cancer patients endure when they have this awful disease.
CANSA (South Africa) does research in regards to cancer and assists persons suffering from cancer. For the past 13 years I have shaved my head every year to raise funds. This year I have teamed up with our very own Mrs South Africa finalist Maritsa Gouws. Part of her drive to win the Charity Crown for Mrs South Africa is to raise funds for a worthy cause. We chose CANSA. On the 6th August 2016 I will be participating in an event known as The Longest Day. It’s a marathon over 12 hours where a minimum of 60 kms needs to be walked/run. The Longest Day epitomizes the longest day a cancer sufferer experiences awaiting results, or waiting for chemo nausea to leave, or how a family feels watching a loved one lose their dignity. We would like anyone in support of this initiate to Donate a Dollar or the equivalent of a US dollar. https://www.crowdrise.com/fundraiser/edit/donate-a-dollar-for-cansa/alisonengelbecht