I haven’t had the best luck with marathons! The three I’ve trained for have been postponed or cancelled a few weeks from Race Day. When my last one was cancelled, I made the hasty decision to run the distance as planned. But a few days later, I changed my mind – it’s simple, I still… Continue reading Running: The Ultimate Metaphor For Life
Exhausted from my recent travels to Ghana and Kasane, I was looking forward to a rare lie-in this weekend. But Ditiro was quick to say, “We can’t miss the jacarandas. They are out in full bloom now!” Ah yes, my favourite time of year to run in the city… The Jacaranda mimosifolia is a sub-tropical tree… Continue reading Chasing Jacarandas In Gaborone
Following my incredible trip to Ghana, I spent a day in Gaborone, just enough time to unpack and re-pack my suitcase for the 12-hour drive to Kasane in the Chobe District of northern Botswana. Remember my marathon in Kazungula/ Kasane that was cancelled? Well… as we had already paid for accommodation and promised my dad… Continue reading Run Kasane: Land of Baobabs And Elephants
Above and beyond the physical and mental health benefits of running, what I love most about this sport is exploring new places – noticing the small but significant features that define a place, sensing its spirit, pulse and culture, observing people in their natural space, and for a moment, feeling like there is no other… Continue reading I Run Africa: Big Ada – Ghana
Where do I even begin to tell this story?! In January 2020, I started training for my first marathon. The pandemic happened, the race was cancelled. I thought about continuing to train and running the distance on the day but decided not to as I wanted the whole package – the vibe, the crowds, the… Continue reading Like Seriously, Will I Ever Run A Marathon?!
When the world was in the throes of the pandemic, Botswana had it relatively easier. Yes, our lives changed with lockdowns, alcohol bans, home-schooling, mask-wearing and frequent sanitising, but looking at what was happening in other countries, we were luckier. But this year, cases have increased and alongside them, devastating losses. Ironically, as many countries… Continue reading Finding Faith On The Run
Disclaimer: This post contains an affiliate link. After our lovely running exploration of Oodi, we were keen to venture further afield. Thamaga seemed a good choice, given its proximity to Gaborone and its interesting landscape. It is the third largest village (in both size and population) in Kweneng District and is located about 40km west… Continue reading Running Rules For Villages In Botswana
When Myfanwy asked me to put a team together for the She Runs: Cardiff Summer Relay, I immediately agreed, and for 12 hours on the 3rd July, I had the great honour of leading Team: We Run Gaborone, a group of 15 amazing runners who ran or walked with heart, courage, determination and soul. Some… Continue reading Gaborone Runs With Cardiff
I’ve always stuck to main roads when running, mostly for safety reasons. But my recently completed challenge to #RunEveryStreet in my neighbourhood meant I had to weave through several small, unfamiliar streets. Early on, I realised I’d have to learn to deal with roaming dogs if I was to succeed. I’m using the word roaming… Continue reading Let’s Talk: Roaming Dogs While Running!
A month ago, I took to the blog to talk about my 6-week running slump. When I started this blog, one of the goals I set was to always be open and honest. I never wanted to portray my running journey as just smiling selfies and great cappuccinos (although there’ve been several!). I wanted to… Continue reading So What Happened After My Runfession?