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LowlyJ

Hi, I'm Lowly.

Running happy well into my twilight years is my mission- join me on my journey, as I indulge myself in loads of research and experiments to achieve just that. Also, my second child is by far my favourite child.

Thank You Snoopy!

June 8, 2019

One needs look no further than Snoopy for wisdom and inspiration. This time it is all about finding balance in life and in running.

Black Mamba

June 2, 2019

The Old Goat’s new bicycle has arrived, a beautiful beast to behold. It has been named The Black Mamba.

Release your what?

June 2, 2019

The psoas is a deep-seated core muscle that attaches your thigh bone to the vertebrae of your lower back. Apparently it needs to be released.

Where are the Bloody Cattle When You Need Them?

May 25, 2019

I only have one complaint. The trails at the top of the mountain are overgrown. It’s a matter of running through long veld grass which does nothing for my tortoise-like shuffle. So where are the bloody cows?

Another Year Bites The Dust

May 21, 2019

My Old Goat turns 62 today. He is strong as an ox and never shows pain – my daughters seem to have inherited that from him. I sometimes feel I’m in the wrong family – I was clearly in the wrong queue when VASBYT was being handed out.

Long Slow Distance Is All Relative

May 18, 2019

Danger Potholes is a 15 year old semi-sausage dog who we rescued as a two-year-old from the SPCA. Feisty is her second name, and, considering she is 105 in human years, she is most definitely my role model.

Winter’s Here, Hello Treadmill!

May 18, 2019

It’s that time of year where our pre-dawn skylines are at their most stunning. Really worth getting out there with three layers of clothing and a headlamp.

Live Long & Prosper

May 13, 2019

My primary goal in life is to be happy and healthy in my eighties. Healthy enough to run, albeit at a shuffle. So when I spotted a Ted Talk on a 75-year study of how this can be achieved I had to listen to it.

Bush Photography

May 8, 2019

I learnt a long time ago that to compete in the wildlife photography field one needs a lens that costs the equivalent of a small car. And if you want to look at breathtaking shots of wildlife there are thousands of websites and galleries that belong to those lucky enough to own such lenses.

ODCA – the Old Ducks Cycling Association

May 8, 2019

Who needs weights when you can lift bicycles? Introducing the poster girls for the Old Ducks Cycling Association!

Bush Gym

May 6, 2019

Pop-ups are hot right now and so, obviously, due to the lack of running, we had to have a pop-up gym in the middle of Central Kalahari.

I Don’t Know How To Title This

April 25, 2019

Should it be “Camping with Lions”, “Washing in a Bucket”, or “How to Poo In The Veld”? Or maybe “You Can’t Part Me From My Hairdryer”?

Potato Rosti

April 17, 2019

I was trying to make Swiss Rosti from leftover sweet potato, without a recipe. It did not quite pan out, so I ended up scrambling the sweet potato with some left over savoury mince. Pretty yummy anyway.

Let’s Stop Apologising…..

April 11, 2019

Slow runners should stop apologising for their slowness. A slow runner is a runner and pace should never matter.

Vokol Oceans

April 8, 2019

I have decided that this year, for those that can’t get to Cape Town, we will host the “No Oceans”. Who needs Oceans? Anyway I have noticed that the half marathon at Two Oceans actually involves vokol oceans. To see the oceans one has to run, walk or crawl a gruelling 56km.