~ musings and meanderings
about all things trail ~
about Linda Doke
Three decades of ultra-distance running began with a chunk of years on tar (10 Comrades, 16 Two Oceans) and followed with almost 20 years of trail, racing through canyons, on beaches, deserts, islands, glaciers, salt flats, over mountains, escarpments and peaks. During the last five years I’ve added a coaching focus, passing on the lessons I’ve learned to help others seeking to reach beyond their comfort zones discover their full potential.
A few years ago I was commissioned by a health and wellness centre in London to write a series of articles, from the perspective of an ultra-runner, on the power that POSITIVITY plays in the achieving of challenging goals.
Life’s a beach… and then you run one!
Whale of Trail – 53km of pure, unpretentious trail. This is the real deal, a combo of rough + tough + scenery that makes the soul sing. If this one’s not yet on your bucket list, best you fix that, fast.
Whoever thought Treasure Island was only a book hasn’t experienced the idyllic simplicity of Mozambique’s Inhaca Island. Fresh coconuts, chilled Mac-Mahon 2M (Moz’s local brew), pregos, palm trees, prawn platters, burnt-golden sunsets through the mangroves, sand...
I was running in Salomons long before I became sponsored by the brand in 2008. So, let me put this out there straight up: I’m biased. That said, my feet are fussy. They need technical comfort & reliability for the ultra-distances I run. Here’re my thoughts on Salomon’s latest distance shoe.
Tapering – some runners love it, others hate it. Whichever category you fit into, tapering works – it’s the final ace you need for your months of training and race preparation.
Last week I was sent to play on a favourite mountain range, the remote Cederberg wilderness. And, as always after spending time in a mountain playground, I returned utterly rok-bevok!
The secret is not yet out, so SSSSHHHHH! Sometime during 2021, a multi-day trail running event will be staged in the heart of the Soutpansberg, a UNESCO biosphere reserve internationally protected for its wildlife and its unique biological and cultural diversity. This is a sneaky spoiler to whet your appetite…
There is a disturbing affliction stalking competitive sport these days. It’s insidious in its strength, slowly, silently and steadily eating its way into the very marrow of those who love sport the most. It affects men and women of all ages and of any level in their sport. Most have never even heard of it, and the most worrying of all is that the medical fraternity is still on a steep learning curve with it.
For healthy women, periods are a fact of life. Yet we feel awkward talking openly about them. We’re different from men, and we should celebrate those differences. And most importantly, we need to normalise talk about menstruation. So, let’s get talking!
Sleep… it’s that beautiful sensory reset button that can fix just about anything and bring us to a whole new day. Regarded by the Dalai Lama as “the best meditation”, sleep has long been recognised as vital to our very being. Even the Irish of olde, learned folk as...