World Masters Athletic Medal
AUTHOR IN SOUTH AFRICA

Running Story, Explosive and Short

It’s possible to turn yourself into a runner in one month and into a winner in the second one. Run to win and share podium, no matter age.

I never ran before came to South Africa. I couldn’t even walk properly because my feet were damaged by tight fashion shoes and high heels. In 2009 I spent a holiday in South Africa where everybody ran so I tried it myself. It was a 10 km fun run with Hartbeespoort Marathon Club and my first ever running steps. Surprisingly, I kept with them all the way to the finish point.

When I was back in Moscow I bought skate skis and tested them at the 24 hours Romashkovo Ski Super Marathon. It was my first skate skiing experience. They wrote about me here.

My first race. Quagga race 06.06.09

In 2009 I moved to South Africa and occasionally ran my 1st race. It was 15 km in 1:40. Shame.

2011 Started easy run after my feet surgery with a long time recovery. And easy win… In walking. I didn’t know yet I could win in running.
World Masters Athletic Championship in Sacramento, California.  Silver in walking

WorldMastersAthleticChampionship podium, Silver medal
World Masters Athletic Championship

Trail Series in South Africa – 1st in category and 2nd lady overall

Mountain Sanctuary Trail Race

Mountain Sanctuary Trail Race

In April 2012 eventually started speed training with Lindsey Parry in the High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria. In one month 10km was reduced from 1:10 to 0:45. Since that I was in the podium of every race I ran.

Photo: Podium in #IceBrakerRace (walking)Photo: Rapid and short running carreer - 29 Winter #TrailSeries - 1st in category

Gauteng Province Cross Country Champs – a category winner.

Photo: Rapid and short running carreer - 19 1st category in Gauteng Province Cross Country Championship

South African Cross Country Champs – absolute looser. Should I kill my room “mate” from our province team who didn’t let me sleep by switching the lights on to pray at 12 and 4 AM? Well, that is an experience which takes time to come.

If you come to win, stay away from those who came just to participate. They’ll bring you down.

November 2012      Lighthouse Run for charity project

Photo: Rapid and short running carreer - 05 #LighthouseRun #CharityRun

December 2012  –  the end of the running story and the beginning of the ultra distance ultra light hikes.

Photo: My first #RoadRace and the second ever run - Quagga 15 km, 2009Photo: My first race and the second ever run - Quagga 15 km road, 2009Photo: My first race and the second ever run - Quagga 15 km road, 2009Photo: My first race and the second ever run - Quagga 15 km road, 2009Photo: My first race and the second ever run - Quagga 15 km road, 2009Photo: Tried cross country run, non officially yetPhoto: Easy run. I didn't know yet that I could run fast and winPhoto: Podium in #IceBrakerRace (walking)Photo: Rapid and short running carreer Podium in Ice Breaker racePhoto: Rapid and short running carreer - 04 #WorldMastersAthleticChampionship podium, Silver medalPhoto: My #WorldMastersAthletic certificatePhoto: Rapid and short running carreer - 05 #WorldMastersAthleticChampionship podium, Silver medalPhoto: Trail racePhoto: #TrailRunningPhoto: #TrailSeries, #MountainSanctuary race - going for the 2nd lady overall and the 1st in categoryPhoto: Rapid and short running carreer - 06 #TrailSeries, Mountain Sanctuary race, 2nd lady overall, 1st in categoryPhoto: Rapid and short running carreer - 30 Summer Trail Series, category winnerPhoto: Rapid and short running carreer - 32 1st category in Volkswagen 10 km road racePhoto: Rapid and short running carreer - 28Photo: Rapid and short running carreer - 29 Winter #TrailSeries - 1st in categoryPhoto: Rapid and short running carreer - 14 On the podium of #702WalkTheTalkPhoto: Rapid and short running carreer - 15 On the podium of #702WalkTheTalkPhoto: Rapid and short running carreer - 23 #LighthouseRun #CharityRunPhoto: Rapid and short running carreer - 08 #LighthouseRun #CharityRunPhoto: Rapid and short running carreer - 09 #LighthouseRun #CharityRunPhoto: #LighthouseRun #CharityRunPhoto: Lighthouse Charity RunPhoto: #LighthouseRun #CharityRunPhoto: Rapid and short running carreer - 10 #LighthouseRun #CharityRunPhoto: Rapid and short running carreer - 05 #LighthouseRun #CharityRun
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Lena Faber
Lena Faber used to work as a journalist at a mainstream Russian newspaper, she wrote books for a major publishing house, and directed her original concept on Drive TV in Russia. In 2009, she moved to South Africa and taught at the University of SA, where she took up running competitively and won a silver medal at the World Masters Athletic Championship. She has also won an international photo contest and had a photo exhibition of her work. In 2014 she decided to try fast long-distance hiking and started with the Appalachian Trail where she earned a trail name "Brave" from other hikers. She has also cycled US Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, as well as other parts of the world. Still hiking and cycling somewhere.
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