MohennysDoTurkiye - It's almost race day

November 11, 2016

The idea of this trip started one day (or should I say night) in February this year when Fadeelah and Quaseem called me up at 2am and said: "Qatar Airways is having a flight sale. Do you want to go with us and do the Istanbul Marathon in November?" I thought someone had died when the phone rang that time of the night, but anyway... of course I said YES I AM IN! And it didn't make sense to just go for the marathon in a city and country that has so much to see, so a 2-week holiday was built around it. 

By the way, if you're confused to what this Mohenny thing is that I keep talking about, it's a combination of our family surnames... Mohamed and Kenny... that we kind of came with a few years ago, long before Fadeelah and Quaseem were a "thing" or married. 

So 8-9 months later, we are here and we are 2 days away from the race start.

It has been a tumultuous road to this point in terms of running for me. Because of an injury and an accident, I didn't finish Two Oceans 56km in March. It was heartbreaking, and left me with serious doubts about my running abilities, even though the DNF wasn't because of my abilities or lack thereof per sé. Landmarks 21km two weeks ago was the first, and the only race I had done since then. I have religiously been following my marathon program though, so I have done the mileage required. 

We have been in Istanbul for a week so far, and it's been fabulous. Yesterday's primary aim was to get to the expo, which was quite a distance out of town, and get our race packs and all race admin sorted. But it was also the last day that our 5-day museum pass was valid, so we first spent the morning going to 2 museums and then taking the 2-train trip out to Ataköy station, which the race website claimed was 500m from the expo. Getting there, Google Maps told us it was a 1,8km walk to the venue. We just don't seem to be getting this resting our legs thing right so far. *sigh*

The expo was a far cry from what we are used to in SA for big races, and certainly not what we expected for an international marathon with gold label status. The major apparel sponsor for the race wasn't even selling race-branded apparel. None of the signs in the hall were in English, and hardly anyone spoke English, not even the people manning the information desk. So getting registered correctly was quite a challenge. Quaseem nearly got entered for the fun run instead of getting his race pack for the 42km marathon. But we eventually succeeded in getting our proper stuff, and had the opportunity to have our race t-shirts screenprinted with our names on for free. Score! 


Roggie, Quaseemo and Fads in the house...

And I never go to another country without taking my South African flag along


Yes Turkey will make sure their flag is bigger, but we are here! 

We had planned to go and see the whirling dervishes that night as well, but we all got back late and exhausted after a long day of travelling and museum hopping. And the dervishes was also quite a distance outside of town, so that was not going to happen. From here on out we have to do as much resting as possible. 

All we did today was go to Jumuah at the Blue Mosque, have lunch on the way back, and then myself and Fadeelah went to the Hamam, which is a traditional Turkish Bath, for a turkish bath, scrub and massage. One comes out of there squeaky clean, rejuvenated and ready to sleep for a really long time. It also served the purpose of the historical Turkish bath for us today, because the water at our apartment is off so we can't shower. LOL



Post jumuah Blue Mosque courtyard selfie



One of the best traditional hamamis in Istanbul... just around the corner from us



Gotta keep those Vitamin C levels up... with freshly squeezed 100% Nar (pomegranate) juice


Tomorrow we do nothing but final prep for the race. And NO unnecessary walking. The 3 flights of stairs we have to navigate to get in and out of the apartment building is more than enough leg work.


 
Race kit all ready

It was only when I put out my race kit earlier that I realised the SA flag on my vest if the wrong way round. And that makes me so annoyed at that sports shop in Durban where I got it from. Ah well, nothing I can do about it now but wear the colours proudly. 


Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers for Sunday. A marathon is very long, is always a challenge and a finish is never guaranteed until you actually reach that finish line. Doing it away from home also makes it even harder. 

As ready as we are going to get... BRING ON RACE DAY! 

I'm off to do some more carbo-loading with Turkish Delight... as one does when in Turkey. 


Saffron/honey, pistachio/honey, and rose/pomegranate turkish delight


   

 

MohennysDoTurkiye - Istanbul: An imperial capital of ages

November 8, 2016

Unless you know your geography, or are really good at capital cities, you might not know that Istanbul is in fact NOT the capital city of Turkey. The capital is Ankara, yet Istanbul is by far the most well-known city of the country, and possibly even the region. 

Istanbul, previously also known by other names such as Constantinople (after Emperor Constantine) has been the capital of 3 great empires, namely the Roman empire, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman empire. It has great significance...

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MohennysDoTurkiye - A mixed welcome

November 5, 2016

Quaseem, Fadeelah, and I left Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday, 2 November 2016 for our long-awaited trip to Turkey to run the Istanbul Marathon, and make a fabulous holiday out of it while we're at it. It was a long 9h30 flight to Doha, 8 hours in transit and then another 4 hour flight to Istanbul, making a full 24 hours of travel. We were lucky in that both flights were a little bit empty, and I used some handy travel tips I've picked up to make sure we were positioned to have the highe...
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eBook giveaway - Acres of Diamonds

January 27, 2016

I hope you've all had an awesome start to the year.
Here's wishing you a great 2016. May it be your most amazing year yet! 

I'm feeling generous, so I'm giving away a free eBook. It's a very short read. I hope you'll enjoy it, and that it inspires you. It's Dr Russell Conwell's classic, Acres of Diamonds

You can download the .pdf file from the image below, or CLICK HERE.






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What would you do if you weren't afraid?

October 23, 2015

I'd like to leave you with this thought today...

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WEREN'T AFRAID?



Now think of what it is that makes you afraid.
What is the worst that can happen if that fear comes true?
How bad is that reality really?
Is it worth the emotional energy that you invest into that fear?

And then I ask you again:
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WEREN'T AFRAID?


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An EMPOWERED competition & giveaway

August 7, 2015

On 9 August annually, South Africa commemorates the strength, determination and courage of the 20,000+ brave women who marched to the Union Buildings in 1956 to protest the country's pass laws. These women took the initiative and responsibility to change the status quo, to say NO to an oppressive existence and to utter the famous words of
Wathint 'Abafazi Wathint 'Imbokodo. Directly, this is translated as Now that you have touched the women, you have struck a rock, or the more recent adaptati...

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Fadeelah's First Comrades

June 10, 2015

During the latter part of last year, my sister Fadeelah made the commitment to do what is known as the Ultimate Human Race, the Comrades 88km ultramarathon. The run takes place between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg, and it changes direction every year. This year was to be an UP run, starting in Durban and ending in Pietermaritzburg. 

When she told me of her plans, it was an absolute no-brainer that I would also go to Durban, not to run it but to support and second* her on the race....

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OMTOM

April 3, 2015

I had a list of super scary goals at the start of the year. 
Believe it or not, running a 56.6km race was not one of them. Yet here I am, on the eve of my first ultramarathon, feeling nervous, excited, and most of all extremely blessed and grateful at the prospect of lining up at that start line tomorrow. I will save the part of when and why I decided to do it for the post-race report ;)

It was back in late-2009 that Fadeelah and I started training for our first 5km (yes, we trained for it, qui...

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My eyes burned...

February 2, 2015

I'm starting this post off with a disclaimer that what follows is not an original post of mine, but rather something that I received in an email newsletter a few days ago. It is from someone who is always a source of great inspiration to me, Robin Sharma. These words are too beautiful not to share, not only because of what it means to me, but also because so much of it really is what I want to say to you from me too. So I hope you like it. 

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My eyes burn as I watch you overcome your trial...

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Make 2015 your most fabulous year yet!

January 22, 2015

It's still January, the children have only just started school this week, and the klopse had their new year's parade in Cape Town only 5 days ago. It is therefore not too late to post my new year's message. (that's my story and I'm sticking to it)

The start of a year is traditionally a time that we reflect on the year that passed, evaluate our lives and set new goals. I say 'traditionally' because these things can, of course, be done at any time of the year. 

I hope 2014 has been kind to you. A...

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