Erica Terblanche is an accomplished endurance runner and adventure racer and has won numerous iconic long-distance races all over the world, including the gruelling Racing the Planet 7-day Sahara Desert Ultra Marathon among many others.
Erica is a Life Coach and psychologist with a master’s degree in Positive Psychology. She is also the founder of Teach a Girl to Fish, Thrive Guru & Thrive Run Club. Her lifelong quest is to determine how we can over time shape and mould ourselves to become ‘the best we can possibly be’.
At heart Erica is an outdoor enthusiast with over 20 years of adventure experiences.
Erica in her own words on Adventure Racing:
“Adventure Racing was a wonderful vehicle for access to extreme adventures - and over a period of five years I experienced the most extraordinary adventures while running, cycling, canyoneering, river rafting, sea kayaking, and rappelling in some of the most wild landscapes in the world and often with less than an hour of sleep a day for races that spanned five days.
This sport helped push my boundaries and has helped me to become an accomplished ultra distance trail runner, winning a number of the big 7-day stage races.
I now live in Cape Town where I run Thrive Guru and Thrive Run Club. My intention with both is to get people moving and to help people build and live their best, most vital, most fulfilling and happiest lives.”
Erica is the Author of “Run for the Love of Life” which was published on the 4th of November 2021.
Erica wrote the book to share her adventures, to motivate people to get up, get going and get out into nature. Erica wants people to know that they can do far more than they imagine they can.
Erica wants the book to inspire people to take that very first step and to find their tribe - a community of people that will support them on the journey.
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Who is Erica and what she does
Being a keen advocate to encourage people to get into the outdoors
Living in Cape Town now
Starting an adventure company - Teach a girl to Fish
Studying positive psychology
Being interesting in how we can come the very best of ourselves
Focusing on the outdoors
Finding out about her childhood, growing up on a farm and spending time outside
Catching her first fish at 6 years old
Learning not to be scared of the outdoors
Having a lot of freedom from a young age
Being inspired by her fearless mum
Raising girl children differently from boy children
Knowing in your body that you are strong
Her passion for running and where it came from
Getting into running in her early 30s
Falling in love with Adventure Racing
Not being an athlete and going to the World Championships in Adventure Racing!
How women improve as races go on, especially coming into their own by day 3
Pushing her body to the limits and the lessons from the edge of the experience
The races which really challenge her
Racing the Grand to Grand Ultra, USA. 275 km in 6 stages, over 7 days.
Being unwilling to give up and being able to grit it out.
Racing as hard as she could and sticking to her own game plan
Women who run with wolves
Practical tips and tricks to help you keep going
Start slowly and finish strong
Tips for running in the heat
Why Erica loves the deserts and spending time in that space
Feeling empowered by the sunshine
The importance of Vitamin D (especially in the UK)
Dealing with Raynaud’s
Menopause and how its impacted on running and adventure racing
The impact on Vo2 max
Being more deliberate about the supplements she takes
Being excited about the next stage of her life and wanting to be even more resilient
“Run For The Love of Life” - the goal and purpose of the book
Thrive Run Club and encouraging people to take the first step
Final words of advice for other women who want to get into running and live their best life
The power of community and finding your tribe
Personal - Instagram: @erica_terblanche
Business - Thrive Guru Coaching, Thrive Run Club and Teach A Girl to Fish.
Positive psychologist, transformative life coach, internationally accomplished endurance athlete, organisational change and strategy expert
Teach a Girl to Fish - We take women on out-of-the-ordinary walking, biking and kayaking adventures. If you enjoy being active and exploring beautiful places, especially near the big blue ocean, this is for you. Our expeditions create the perfect conditions for you to unwind, to reconnect with nature and to rekindle your inner spark.
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