Family: Married to Craig, my awesome husband who is the best partner I could ever have asked for. I feel privileged, that after 21 years of marriage, I don’t just share his surname, but continue to make endless shared memories with this man, as our love for running, cycling and triathlons take us to new places and countries each year The rest of the ‘Wood Family’ members that bring us much joy and laughter, is Brinjal and Shadow - two crazy boxers and Squeekles, the not-so-sociable (so few know she exists) cat.
Interests: Mountain Biking, Hiking, Skiing, Triathlons, Camping, Reading, Entertaining, Cooking and Baking ... oh and Running
Life philosophy: Laugh lots and laugh often. #Justdoit - never think or say “I can’t” -JUST DO IT 👍 Life is more than just about you - give back whenever and wherever you can.
Favourite holiday destination: Every holiday I go on, becomes the new favourite destination. Life is too short to visit the same destination over and over again. That said, for all the runners out there – Run Disney is a must do – we did the full package at the beginning of 2019 which involved 4 days of running – 5, 10, 21 and finally a marathon 42.2 kilometers of sheer joy and excitement – running through the parks with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck is an experience I will never forget.
Favourite Food. What could be better than a delicious burger, washed down with some healthy deep fried chips and a milkshake. YUM
Favourite Movies. When a man loves a woman. Four weddings and a funeral. Clearly I have not been to the movies for a while...
My running career: I started out doing some morning runs with a bunch of friends a few years ago. Slowly but surely a weekly 5km run, became a 10km run and then somehow the 2 Oceans 21kay snuck its way into my diary. For a few years, the 21kays was far enough for me. Then, 3 years ago, a friend said that he was looking at doing the New York Marathon as this was on his bucket list. And so the bunch of friends all entered for our first marathon. What an experience! And so the running bug bit. Since New York, I have done the Berlin , Chicago , Soweto, Kaapsehoop and Cape Town Marathon. The long term goal is to do the 6 world majors. I have also done Comrades twice and am considering number three in 2020.
My running goals for 2020: Comrades number three is a maybe. London Marathon, along with Skukuza half marathon is a definite. And if a run at the end of a triathlon counts, then I am hoping to beat my current marathon PB. Ironman 2018 saw me setting a new PB (guess I was so exhausted, that I ran faster to get the ‘stupid’ thing done with. I shall work on a similar strategy for 2020 – just get to the finish line)