@ WJH yes I am sure my story sounds like I made it up but I promise you it is very real and in fact there is quite a few other really good runners in this town called Kariba. They hold a half marathon and at the same time a 10km fun run in August. It is great fun! Last year the organisers had to keep shoo'ing away an old bull ellie who wouldn't budge as the runners ran past him lol. Here's a link on FB to the event. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kariba-Half-Marathon-Zimbabwe/148893763514?sk=wall
I live in Zimbabwe and am aged 55. Eight months ago I had had enough of looking in the mirror thinking 'damm I'm getting fat, old and decidely middle aged' so decided to do something about it.
I started running and now am up to 4 to 5kms a day and loving it! I lived for a while in a big game area of Zimbabwe, so for safety I often had to get my husband to follow me in the car, as quite often I ran past herds of grazing elephants, zebra's, buffalo's. Lions are also a real threat - I could be a tasky easy meal running right past them as they rest up under bushes alongside the road.
On one occassion, I was pounding along, when I rounded a bend in the road only to be confronted by a irritated bull elephant who charged at me! My husband looked so surprised as I came beetling back towards and straight past the car (he had gone into bored/daydream mode and hadn't even seen the elephant). I never realised until then just how fast I could actually run! - it was a medal winning sprint!
Every run I do is a marvelous adventure in beautiful Africa! Oh, and guess what I have dropped two dress sizes and am feeling good about myself!