RUNHAPPY
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.

Time for a Small Panic

October 17, 2019

Initiated by a small panic and a lack of steel gonads, Operation Maripeskop will be launched forthwith. If you need to scale a mountain on all fours, read on.

Summer's Here

October 9, 2019

Summer is coming, and with it, endless possibilities. Trails to run, roads to cycle, trips to plan. We are so incredibly lucky to have it all on our doorstep.

Dear Coach #10

September 27, 2019

I swore I would finish the 50-miler with my Old Goat, but excessive heat and a rookie error got the best of me. Disappointed to not notch up my second Karkloof 50-miler, of course, but there is more to look forward to in the future. So, as ever, onwards and upwards.

Dear Coach #9

September 15, 2019

I went to sleep on Friday with a relatively normal toe, but are runners toes ever normal? Are runners ever normal? This one is not for the faint of heart.

Dear Coach #8

September 8, 2019

It has been an abysmal training weekend for me. Spring has sprung, weather conditions are perfect for long runs and bike rides, and what happens? I injure myself. My own fault I know. But this time I have a plan.`

Dear Coach #7

September 1, 2019

This time three weeks I will be alternately licking my wounds and eating like a piranha on steroids. Always fun.

Dear Coach #6

August 29, 2019

Look what I’ve done! I’ve entered the 50-miler at #RIDETHEKAROO. I think it was the mention of a Karoo braai and draught beer that got me, or was it the condensed milk coffee and koeksusters?

Dear Coach #5

August 18, 2019

I know exactly what my Super Power is - it’s forgetting pain super-quickly. How else would I have had four children? How else would I have entered a 50-miler not once but twice?

Dear Coach #4

August 11, 2019

I know I should have done 32 km, not 28, but I did cycle the day before, 26 km with 400 metres of elevation, which kind of killed my glutes and destroyed my lower back. I know I will get stronger, hopefully in time for the 50-miler in 6 weeks.

Dear Coach #3

August 3, 2019

I cross the finish line in front of the Old Goat for once. Meanwhile he nearly gets arrested for assault and battery due to a flashback to his snake fighting days. It has been a wild time on the running circuit. Next up is an 18km trail.

Dear Coach #2

July 28, 2019

Only eight weeks to go and despite the best efforts of the East Griqualand weather gods I am still in possession of 10 fingers and 10 toes.

Downward Dog

July 24, 2019

For me, the yoga moves downward dog and upward dog involve moving an actual dog from the bottom of the mat to the top of the mat and back again.

Dear Coach #1: Karkloof 50-miler 2019

July 22, 2019

Only nine weeks to go Coach - less if you exclude our taper week! How did this beast creep up on me unannounced?

Paleo Power

July 14, 2019

Eat it with meat and gravy or eat it as a pudding, but when you are going the distance in your training and you feel you need extra carbs, this is the bomb.

Just Get it Done

July 7, 2019

Under Coach Mo's instruction, we've started using cycling as cross training for our 50 miler. Here's what I've learned so far.