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RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 Blogs

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
28-May-2013 06:57:45 AM [(GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria]

Hello Followers (well not sure how many there are out there, but I know of at least one…), how are you all now that Winter seems to be upon us? Let me begin with the “good” – yesterday morning I had THE most glorious run out on the trails. It was glorious for so many reasons: firstly, it was my second trail run out on my own, and on a different mountain. I felt absolutely fine about it and I just so enjoyed being out in the elements on my own. As I began my run the rain started to come down slowly – I was properly kitted out, so I didn’t mind one bit. It was so still out there, with beautiful Autumn smells and no one else around. I came across three waterfalls where the water was pelting down so hard and the noise was deafening. I crossed two rivers, which were flowing really fast, so I had to hold onto the trees and just walk about calf height through it safely to the other side. I think I was actually talking to myself out loud because I was totally blown away by the beauty around me, and I was probably a little energised by endorphins. I was saying: Iceland is going to have to be pretty damn spectacular to beat this!!! Well, no matter what, I will always have this to feed my soul and for that I am so grateful! The “bad”, well it started off bad and then ended good, but it wouldn’t have fitted in too well with my title, so just go with me here… We eventually received our Raidlight backpacks from overseas – well actually, we only received ONE! You should have seen John and I fighting each other for it – pulling hair, scratching, biting – it was nasty! Naturally I won the fight, so I got to keep this one . I took it for it’s maiden voyage last week and I must say it felt pretty decent. I just filled it up with some rice, some towels and water and went up to Constantia Nek. I managed about 14kms and it felt alright, my shoulders just felt a bit sore towards the end of the run. I think we are going to become good friends after I’ve tweaked it here and there. The best part is, that when I got home I weighed it and it was 6kgs – my heaviest load so far. The sadness is, that it is going to now be my lightest from here on out. A few days later the other pack turned up, so now John is happy, but he still hasn’t taken it out yet – so I suffered all that biting and hair pulling for no reason – tsk, tsk. The “ugly” is me running with my backpack! It certainly is not a pretty sight and I have no idea what happens to my running style. I look like the Michelin Man – my arms are out so wide, my feet turn out into the ‘duck’ position and I don’t run very fast either. The worst part is, that I sweat like pig, and that NEVER happens to me – I am no sweater. I guess Prissy Me will just have to suck it up and get very used to being grimy, stinky and funny looking. Oh, the training you ask….um, not too sure how to answer that, but let’s just say – we’re doing what we can okay!!! Haven’t quite been following the program, so basically we are in the poo. We haven’t been getting in the long runs we should, especially those with the pack and that is frightening the living daylights out of me. I know I can go do Iceland, do the distances – yes, struggle, be tired, moan and groan, but I know I could do it, without the pack – but with the pack is freaking me out – it’s another beast altogether… This Sunday (Comrades day) marks our 9 weeks to go – we’re down to single figures and it’s all getting a tad too close for my liking, but jeepers I’m excited!!!! #usefultacticstofoolonesbrain
Packs n things
08-May-2013 06:56:55 AM [(GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria]

Since the last time I posted, I have done two (yes only two) runs with a heavier pack. The first time was off-road and we ran about 13.5kms – it was definitely a different sensation… I just used a pack of John’s and packed it with a dumbell wrapped in a towel – it was about 4kgs. The pack was really uncomforable as it didn’t fit me properly, but it was a first-time nevertheless. Today, I ran 17kms on the road with one of my old packs that I stuffed with things and a dumbell once again. It weighed in at 4.5kgs and sat firmly on my back. I had a great run but could really feel it on the ups – wow, my quads and hammies really worked a lot more. My back was fine, just felt it a bit in my shoulders towards the end. Unfortunately my race pack is only going to be here in about 2 weeks, but by then I’ll hopefully be able to stuff it with a few more kgs, so will wait patiently for it to arrive. I hope she’s a beauty and that it fits like a glove – nothing like ordering a pack that is going to become my everything, but never having tried it on….here’s hoping that we’re made for each other A few other goodies that we had ordered have arrived safely (not without paying bloody duties), but it’s one step closer to getting all our stuff together. We got our SA patches that have to be sewn onto every item – it’s like we’re going to be running for our Country… This last weekend we did the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge out in Stellenbosch. It was 35kms of THE most awesome trail I have ever done. The scenery was spectacular, it was mostly single track with very technical running and I just loved every minute of it. I even enjoyed the ups – of which there was one hellava climb. I felt really strong and just had a happy, comfortable day in the mountain - the only thing crying out were my toes and the underneath of my feet. I managed it in 4h22, so it was a good day and some quality time on the ol’ legs. Got to increase my mileage, which seems to always be the problem – life just gets in the way and there is always something happening. Anyway, we’ll get there… Did 274kms last month and 30 hours
CARYN KENNEDY
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Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

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Guest House Owner and mother of 3 daughters

Why are you competing?
To challenge myself - To experience something that
very few people get to - To share it with my
husband - To get out of my comfort zone - To see
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