Greetings, and welcome to The Home Grown Life! My name is Marike, a twenty-something scientist from Cape Town, South Africa. I grew up in Johannesburg, and moved to Cape Town six years ago to complete my Masters of Science degree at the University of Cape Town. Now I am busy trying to finish my PhD degree, while trying to live a full and healthy life! Three years ago, one of my friends handed me a couch-2-10K program, and I haven’t looked back since! I have completed numerous 10K races, and am looking forward to training for my 3rd half-marathon in October! Living in Cape Town makes running easy – there are so many beautiful places to run, and wherever you go, there is always a mountain watching over you. I look forward to sharing this wonderful part of my life with you!