About Nikki


This whole one mountain, one marathon thing seems to be taking quite a long time. How long can a mid-life crisis last?

New year, new try for the New York City Marathon – Sunday November 3rd, 2013.

No partners in crime on the course this time sadly, but I will be bunking down with a buddy in NYC, the lovely BC who is coincidentally in town for a few months for her job.

Have not been the best at updating my progress this year but I am onto it now. Expect to see many insights into my crazy mind in preparation over the next six weeks. After all as someone (who has never run a marathon) said to me yesterday – it’s all just mental isn’t it? No idea, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to find out.


After retiring on a high from an extensive one summit mountain climbing in September 2011, it seemed necessary to take on a new challenge.  Along with undertaking surf lessons (which have so far bought only mixed success) I decided to continue to wildly plunge into unknown physical activities involving mental anguish and seemingly impossible rates of exertion for a person such as myself.

In that vein I have signed up to run the New York City Marathon on November 4th, 2012.

As with last year I am working on cajoling someone else to come along and share the pain and fun and whatever else we find.

At this point I think it is worth noting, I am scared out of my mind.
As I write this there are 36 weeks to go and already that seems way too short.

Update – 5th May, 2012

There are now 26 weeks left to go, I am now in week 2 of my training plan so I haven’t used the other 8 weeks since I wrote the above all that wisely! Although I am happy to report I have persuaded another person to join me in my quest to spend a few days shopping in New York with a quick jog round the joint thrown in for fun.  Introductions for the companion known as the Prettiest Bridesmaid (PBM) aka Freya can be found here.

Still scared out of my mind – more training may assist, must fit that in between now and November and our family’s next international move next month…..



I’m just a girl who was trying to get up a mountain – because it seemed like a good idea at the time, and I made it!

Kili summit *tick*

I didn’t want to go by myself so I found a couple of friends to take along and listen to me complain about how hard it was. The OAC and the LDL were key in reaching the top giving generously of their companionship (the OAC had to be because we were sharing a tent), support, laughs and spare plasters, extra toilet paper and zip lock bags.

At the same time I was able to raise money to support Bowel Cancer awareness and early detection – specifically through The Jodi Lee Foundation.


If you would like to donate please read ‘how to’ here

I blog (on occasion) about other random items over here

If you would like to contact me – you can email me on randomthoughtsnikki@gmail.com

2 thoughts on “About Nikki

  1. Hi Nikki, I was trying to find your other blog but it didn’t seem the link was working. Anyway, I’m just going to pass on this one then, to a lady moving to KZN from New Zealand wanting to know if I know anybody in KZN.I know you are moving but maybe you can help with some basic info? Thanks.

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