22 October 2014

Glimpses


Rachel's hair has become a separate person in this house. It has a personality all of its own. It is making us poor trying to find out exactly what it needs to keep it from running a-mock!

I have great sympathy for her as I have never had tricky hair. It has always been a wash 'n wear affair for me. To see her constant battle (and often MY BATTLE!) has been quite a journey.

From time to time I have been taking her to the salon to have it professionally blown out - it lasts beautifully for a week. More recently I have become aware that my bank balance is not going to support this luxury which means I need to add 'professional blowdryer' to my portfolio.

It took me a good hour to get her hair to look like this. It is by NO MEANS perfection but it was free! We will trundle along but one day she is going to have to learn to do this herself as I think this luxurious, untamed head of curls is here to stay!

Talking about hair --- I did have some fun with Faiths this week -- doing a sideways wrap around the head vibe plait. Pretty advanced for someone like me who is still challenged by a french braid!




Levi. No hair issues there so lets take a look at his warrior project instead. He worked diligently on this project and watched the full Shaka series on Youtube.

He also read many books on different warriors before choosing the three he wanted to showcase.

 It is his first completed project since being at home and he is very proud of the work he did!




21 October 2014

A month in races

The past four weeks have seen Russ and I do races every Sunday. Not something we have done since the Summer Trail Series in early 2013. A while ago I felt I needed to give my running a Vit B jab. I was feeling blah and bored and unmotivated. I knew I had to do something drastic. I sat down one quiet Sunday afternoon and logged onto the Runners World calendar. I booked 6 races there and then. Boom.

To be honest I didn't think we would do them all! I felt pretty sure I would have bailed on at least one by now …..this past Sunday was a close call. After a month of 0530 Sunday rises I really felt entitled to sleep in …and the howling gale outside seemed to agree with me. Luckily I have a secret weapon….Russell! He relentlessly gets me up and out the door as he knows full well I will thank him later.

Below are the four races we have done to date. The Chappies Challenge was my favourite by far - the scenery and my time were both largely to blame for topping my fav list. A close second was the 14k trail run purely because I LOVE offroad running and I did enjoy the less frenetic pace. Trail 'racing' is never really a race - not to me anyway.

The Gun Run was okay, I ran this one alone (wanted Russ to be able to run his own race for a change!) I became bored and annoyed. I think I started too fast and a stitch plagued me from 6kms which really hacked me off. To add insult to injury Russ somehow missed my finish, despite coming in 10 minutes before me! We ended up searching for one another for ages in the 8000 strong crowd. (he refuses to run with a phone)

The Cape Town Peace run was really well organized and a great race but it was my first race in a long time and I had some teething issues. The most revolting being I thought the finish was within 500m so did my thing of going 'balls to the wall' only to realize that I still had a kilometre to go. I was not amused. :-/

I have never been a fan of 10k races, always felt it is a bit of a waste of time, energy and money to get up and race only 10kms but I have since changed my mind. Racing is fun, its social and it keeps you motivated. Ten kilometers is an easy distance, not real need to do extra training or to get stressed if you get sick and miss a week. It is the kind of distance you can just run and enjoy anytime. I will certainly do more 21's in the future but for right now I am happy to throw down 10-15k and just have fun!


We have found this time really special - this thing that we do together. Despite Russ being away from home regularly we know that Sundays we spend together doing something we both love. There is simple ceremony in doing these races together from the way we get ready, to the run to post run celebrations and recovery.

I am thankful for the kids that are so accommodating. They stay home and potter on until we get home. They allow us the time and have not once complained.

Our next race is a family run and I am really looking forward to all five of us getting out there again.