Otter African Trail Run 2017: Challenge Race Report

2016 Otter (Retto) Post-Script:

When I entered the starting shoot of the Otter African Trail Run the first time in 2016 I had no idea what to expect. I had read and heard enough of the Trail to know that I was seriously ill prepared for what lay ahead. As a disclaimer, I have to mention that my Hubby got me a late entry into the Otter as a surprise for my birthday, which gave me only 6 weeks to prepare from 5k to trail marathon. Continue reading “Otter African Trail Run 2017: Challenge Race Report”

The Single Biggest Reason Why Everyone Should Run a Challenging Race

I originally wrote this article for RunnerClick, where it was published on 9 August 2018. ∼ Riana

The first thing I notice about him is his calves. They are hefty, solid pieces of meat, probably the size of my thighs. The rest of him is of medium build, albeit with a bit of a bigger midsection. But those calves are in a league of their own. Like he was a dedicated weightlifter at some point in his life but only the calves refused to give it up. Continue reading “The Single Biggest Reason Why Everyone Should Run a Challenging Race”

How to (Un)train for a Marathon When Your Main Title Is “Mom”

This article was originally published by Runnerclick on 5 March 2018. 

 

A quick glance at my running logs of the past three years or so and you would guess that I am a regular half-marathoner. Solely considering the mileage I put in most weeks, some would say halfs would be the wiser choice. But instead, I sign up for trail marathons and ultras that involve anything from 2000 m altitude gain. I hear you ask “but… why”?

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