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Erica Terblanche - Endurance Runner and Adventure Racer, on a mission to share the joy of running.

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

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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Show notes

  • 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

  • Bravery?

  • 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


Social Media

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

Instagram: @thrive_guru

Facebook: @thrivegurus

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.

Facebook: @TAG2F


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