Sometimes stereotypes are unkind and unfair. However, in my case the stereotype of “the husband who leaves Christmas shopping to the last minute” was totally justified. It was December 24th and I still had not bought my wife anything for Christmas…
[MARATHON #172 / UNIQUE MARATHON #89 / 16 December 2017]
I visited Ventersdorp for the first time ever in March this year (to run a marathon).
I visited Ventersdorp for the for second time this December (also to run a marathon).
Running a marathon is a one good reason to visit Ventersdorp. You will be hard pressed to find a second…
[MARATHON #153 / UNIQUE MARATHON #75 / 4 March 2017]
Many runners spend hours doing speed, track and hill work in the hope of getting faster and securing an elusive podium finish. I recently found out that this time could be better spent searching for the right race: It’s not how fast you run, it’s the races you pick!
[MARATHON #171 / UNIQUE MARATHON #88 / 3 December 2017]
[Part 2 or my first back2back marathon weekend – click here for Part 1]
The best way to get really stiff legs after a marathon is a long car drive – and the 7-hour drive from Port Elizabeth ensured that rigor mortis engulfed the lower half of my body by the time we reached Mthatha. Not ideal with the prospect of one of the toughest marathons in the country ahead… but at least the drive provided stunning views for this first time visitor to the Transkei.
[MARATHON #170 / UNIQUE MARATHON #87 / 2 December 2017]
My current running goal is to complete 100 unique marathons. It’s a great way to stay motivated – annual double-lappers around Benoni are enough to destroy the spirit of even the most enthusiastic runner (there’s been nothing glamorous to look at in Benoni since Charlize Theron left for Hollywood)!
Running different marathons is also a great way to explore our beautiful country. With this in mind, I agreed to see off 2017 with a bang and do something I said I would never do – run back to back marathons.
[MARATHON #169 / UNIQUE MARATHON #86 / 26 November 2017]
My wife has a good friend in Rustenburg that we don’t see often enough. During a WhatsApp chat bemoaning this fact, said friend wished that there was a marathon in Rustenburg so that we would visit. Like the plot of a Disney movie, her wish came true shortly thereafter when the inaugural Platinum Belt Marathon was announced . Every Disney movie needs a Prince Charming – so naturally I assumed this role by immediately registering for the marathon.
[MARATHON #168 / 11th Soweto Marathon / 4 Nov 2017]
The annual trek to Soweto Marathon did not get off to a good start… The Saturday morning race number pickup was frustrated by terrible traffic on the M1 (down to one lane for barrier repairs) and when I finally got to registration it was with a flat tyre and two moaning kids.
Things you need to bring to race registration:
- Printed confirmation of entry
Things you don’t want to bring to race registration:
Things you want to avoid bringing to race registration at all costs:
- Moaning kids
In classes I teach, there is often confusion between what is a feature and what is a user story. This article is a simple analogy (a quest for sushi) that helps to explain:
- The difference between a feature and user story.
- How user stories can be broken into incremental chunks.
- Why George Costanza is not agile.