~ 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.
How passion, purpose & perseverance fuel a better way of being
The sixth in my Living With Purpose series looks closer at the 3Ps. Passion, purpose, perseverance are powerful tools to help us achieve a better way of being, and becoming the best we can be.
Dealing with adversity, and bouncing back after failure
Failure is inevitable – somewhere, sometime along the way, we will fail. We all experience failure, and we all need to experience failure. Failure teaches us valuable lessons. Far more can be learned from failing than from winning. Failure should serve to strengthen, fortify and focus us, reminding us of our purpose.
Setting goals and keeping motivated
Keeping motivated in our endeavours can often be a challenge in itself. The end goal might be in many months, even years – too long for us to remain inspired to keep focused. But there are simple ways to keep our motivation levels high.
Dealing with our demons
The third post in my Living With Purpose series looks at how to overcome low self-confidence and deal with our “demons” of self-doubt.
Believe in yourself and don’t set barriers
In the second in my series of articles on Living With Purpose I focus on the importance of self-belief and on not setting barriers that limit our potential.
When starting, keep it simple
The first of my series of articles on Living With Purpose focuses on the importance of simplicity. All too often we find ourselves bogged down by thoughts of taking on something we perceive to be too big, and the very notion of starting overwhelms us. That’s when we need to cut the complexity and see the simplicity.
Living With Purpose
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.
Whale of Trail
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.
Inhaca360 – a taste of Mozambican paradise
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...
Know your Salomon kickers: Ultra Glide review
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.