So­cial

Trail- run­ning ad­ven­tures are best shared.

Runner's World South Africa - - Contents - BY PENNY TREVENA

Bee­tle off with Pre­to­ria trail fan Jani du Toit.

Tell us about your Insta name.

The short ver­sion: it refers to my name and the name of my blog. And the long ver­sion: it com­bines the ini­tials of my maiden name, Jani Bester, with my cousin’s name, Robin.

What’s the story be­hind your top-three most-liked pics? Where did you take them, and why? In­sta­gram 1:

I re­ally like in­sects and in­ter­est­ing lit­tle things. I went run­ning with my hus­band one af­ter­noon, at an easy pace be­cause he’s a be­gin­ner. This beau­ti­ful jewel bee­tle caught my eye. It was a ter­rific find.

In­sta­gram 2:

We were fly­ing to Cape Town for a fam­ily wed­ding, and ev­ery­thing that could go wrong, had: our flight had been de­layed and all the other flights were over­booked. We had to keep our­selves busy. In a book­shop, I came across this book I’d wanted to read for a while, Ryan San­des: Trail Blazer (the SA trail le­gend’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy), and I thought, what the hell. While we were on hol­i­day, I read it ev­ery time I had the chance. San­des has in­spired me so much, and I’m ex­cited to dip my toes deeper into trail run­ning. I want to par­tic­i­pate in en­durance races, like he does.

In­sta­gram 3:

Mid-run at Faerie Glen Na­ture Re­serve. I had just fallen so hard that I’d even torn my tights! I ended up with a big gash on my leg, and I still had to run five kays to get back home from the Re­serve. My ex­pe­ri­ences on the trails in the last few months have taught me that you re­ally are ca­pa­ble of more than you think.

What in­spires your run­ning pho­tog­ra­phy?

I’m a cu­ri­ous per­son, and I love shar­ing things with peo­ple – peo­ple are blind to life. When I’m run­ning, I get to see and ex­pe­ri­ence the en­vi­ron­ment. I see things that I wouldn’t have oth­er­wise, and I en­joy shar­ing pho­to­graphs with peo­ple. Some­times I have to force my­self to stop tak­ing pic­tures, and ac­tu­ally con­cen­trate on my training!

How long have you been run­ning?

I’ve been run­ning recre­ation­ally since high school, but I only started tak­ing it se­ri­ously a year ago. And now I want to do it full time, as a ca­reer. I’m still fig­ur­ing out the lo­gis­tics of it, though.

What’s your favourite dis­tance to run?

I en­joy run­ning long dis­tances on the trails. When you live in the city, that feels like the clos­est thing to go­ing on an ad­ven­ture. I would like to con­cen­trate on do­ing mul­ti­stage trail-run­ning races in the fu­ture.

NAME: Jani du Toit INSTA NAME: @jani.jbrobin­blog AGE: 25 HOME­TOWN: Pre­to­ria OC­CU­PA­TION: Blog­ger and fash­ion de­signer

What phone do you use to take your In­sta­grams? Huawei P9 Lite. Where is your favourite place to run? Faerie Glen Na­ture Re­serve.

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