Running: Lionshead

This run had me so good, felt like going right back up when I stopped back at the bottom where I started. 🔃🏃🏽💨

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Sunrise View of the Harbour and Cape Town City Bowl from Lionshead

On the way up it felt like my quads were on fire 🔥. I forgot the intensity of the gradient – literally. Normally on the night prior to a run or gym I’d plot a mental plan for myself, I’d try manage my approach and expectations; clearly I didn’t plan for how steep the climb was gonna be today – but I Ioved every little bit of the pleasant pain that came with it. 🤔💭

I love people, I love physical activity, scenic views and therefor of course the outdoors (nature) 🌳. You have to experience the community of walkers/ climbers/ trail runners when you’re up there. I’m incredibly humbled by the ones who you can see are struggling, the elderly that bravely venture up there; I mean wow. 👊🏽 And it brings me back to my personal “kick-in-the-*ss” question; “WHAT’S MY EXCUSE!”

The last time I came up here was with my crew. Going up made me think of 2 people in particular; my home girl Euiodia and my ride-or-die, Chantal. The last time I came up here Euiodia pushed herself to and through all kinds of physical limits and mental barriers to get to the top. Thinking of it today still brings back the same emotion of determination I felt walking with her a couple months back. Chantal never came up here yet; I’d love her to though. We won’t go up and back down in around an hour though, it’ll be about the journey, the realization of the very real connection between hiking and life – the symbolism they share – and the appreciation of that view from the top when you know you busted your *ss to get there. It does something for me and I know it’ll be even better with her here.

I observed people standing, resting, gasping for breath; because that’s what the hike does, it doesn’t just exhaust you physically, it drains you mentally as well. It’s such a metaphor for life again because that’s what life does to us; it batters us to the point of failure and in that moment we’re left to decide whether we’re going to give in or give just one more step. Oh man, so when I got so tired at the beginning of my run (when my quads felt like caving) I pictured of a difficult struggle that I’m dealing with in my life… and then… I took a deep breath, I lifted my head, looked that incline in the eye, I dug my heels in and ran harder. 💥💣💥

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View of Campsbay from the top of Lionshead

There is certainly, to some degree, something spiritual about running; in pushing your body beyond its preferred comforts, inhaling enormous amounts of fresh air and feeling the beat of your heart in your chest as it works tirelessly to transport oxygen rich blood to the organs and fibers that needs it most for the given activity. I think besides being spiritual, that it creates an appropriate environment to organize my thoughts and it encourages me to improve my mental agility as much as I’m attempting to shape my physical nimbleness.

Yeah, I like it a lot and to Lionshead; I’ll be back.

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Smile Because it Happened.

What a fitting quote [by Dr. Seuss] to start a brand new year with. I saw it on Twitter earlier and it inspired me to quickly sit down an write this post.

dont-cry-because-its-over-smile-because-it-happened-148Today will be my first day back at work after my festive break and I’m finding myself sitting here – writing this – with a smile on my face.

This has literally had to be the best holiday that I’ve had in my entire working life. It was jam packed; with friends, family lots of laughter, lots of food, lots of wine, a long walk on the beach, reflections and realizations of how easy it is to miss out on things that are actually important in life.

Now, I feel focussed and ready for the 2015. 2014 was tough, but it was necessary and good. There were many milestones that I’ve [you’ve] managed to check off my [your] list and that should inspire us to keep moving forward and setting our bar even just a bit higher in all areas of our lives.

So to you (my; friends, family and acquaintances) who returned to work today, let me take this moment and welcome you to it.

Here’s to more success stories, to reaching more milestones, to learning more new things and smelling all the flowers as we go about achieving our ambitions.

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Happy Goal Hitting

The sun is literally setting on the very first day of 2015 out here in Cape Town and with it I’d like to take a moment to wish all of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR. 

As I reflect on 2014 I realize that it was a pretty big year for me and I’m excited about what I was able to achieve in it. 

I set some goals for myself, I stepped up to it, and need I tell you how good it feels knowing that I wasn’t all talk this time around. 

I’m so grateful – firstly – to myself and then all the incredible people I have in my life for [helping me with] finding and developing the inter capacity to push myself incredibly hard to realize milestones which were of significant importance to me. 

So I don’t just wanna wish you a shallow little “happy new year” because of merely wishing you a-happy-new-year… I want to wish us a year filled with hitting our targets and achieving our goals and want to encourage us to take a hard look back on our achievements of 2014 – regardless of how small they may seem – and build on that in 2015. Let me be clear; let’s build on them, not dwell on them. 

“We don’t get what we wish for, we get what we work for” – Unknown

 

Let’s continue dreaming even bigger and work even harder to see those dreams materialize. Let’s be a positive force in the world and stop wanting to be the first ones to wanna share bad news or stories or happenings – we have enough of that and certainly don’t need more. Seriously, we don’t need more negativity. 

“When you focus on problems, you’ll have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you’ll have more opportunities.” – Unknown

Let’s stop complaining, oh my gosh, let’s please stop that. If you don’t like it, change it. If you can’t change it, find a way to go-exist with it. Let’s mind our own business, well get so much more done doing that and we’ll be happier because we’ll have less unnecessary issue-related clutter in our heads. 

So with all that, let’s go at 2015 with all we have, every single time with every opportunity we get, because we’re only getting this one chance, remember that. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Quotes from Songs: ‘I Go for Broke’

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I can literally apply this line to every aspect of my life.

… I go for broke, a lesson I can’t afford, but for what it’s worth I’m ready to pay… For the rest of my life!

When my determination’s burning a whole in my chest and I just gotta go for that thing that makes me come alive. When that feeling’s that strong, the cost to accomplish it is then but a fraction of my concern.

This track takes me to that brink, every-single-time, and I love it!

  Rest of My Life – Ludacris Feat. Usher, David Guetta

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Quote of the Day: Aim High

We’ve made it to the end of yet another week and we’d like to send you into your weekend with a good old dose of inspiration. Have a great one, be safe and remember; “Everything goes Full Circle.”

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“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo

Information Source: Quote of the Day: Aim High | Full Circle Careers.