Q. Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do for a living?

I am married to an amazing supportive mountain biking man, I have three awesome sons and have my own photography business. I LOVE running, mountain biking, camping and being out in nature. At times I can be a perfectionist, I have a very determined, motivated, stubborn personally which is great I think if you want to be an Ultra runner. 

Q. How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life?

It’s not too difficult when you have a supportive family, I make time for both and set aside important dates for both work and running. I work mostly on weekends shooting weddings so the big races are booked off and marked on the calendar well in advance and then I fit others in when I have a free weekend, I run early in the mornings so that it really doesn’t interfere with work or family life.
 Q. When and why did you start running?

I started running at about 11yrs old to take part in Triathlons, I gave it up for a few years and then started again in 2014 just to get fit, healthy and hopefully lose some weight, within weeks I discovered how much I missed and loved running and haven’t stopped since. It’s always been a dream of mine to run the Comrades marathon and I’m so glad I’m back on track to fulfil that dream. 
Q. What motivates you to go out there, when you do not feel like it?

Honestly I never don’t feel like running, in fact I have to force myself to take rest days, I can’t wait to get strong enough to run 6 days a week. 
Q. What is the longest distance you have ran? 
42.2 km and in two days’ time it will be 89.2 

Q. What gives you the confidence to run in the streets? 
I’ve never struggled with this, I just get out there, get in the zone and run, I kind of go into my own little world and just focus on the run, sometimes I hardly notice my surroundings which can be bad if you get lost and need to backtrack. 

Q. What do you think about the lack of exercise among the youth? 
It’s really concerning, it’s also not as easy for them as it was for us when I was young it was safe to run around the neighbourhood and ride my bike to school and back, unfortunately it’s not the same anymore and this makes it more difficult for them to just get out there. 
Q. What was your best running experience? 
At this stage running The Two Oceans Half Marathon in Cape town, the vibe and energy gave me a little taste of what’s to come with Comrades marathon and I’m sure if you ask me this question again next week I’ll definitely be saying my first Comrades Marathon. 
Q. What was your worst running experience? 
I never had a bad running experience, you learn from every run. Some are way harder than others and I’ve even had some DNF’s but each run teaches you something new about yourself and what you are capable of. 
Q. How do you push through the pain? 
I pray a lot and think of how good it will feel to finally hold that medal. 
Q. What advice can you give somebody who wants to start running? 
Just start, put on a pair of takkies and get out the door, the next day do it again and again until you start to crave it, you’ll see that will happen sooner than you think. 
Q. Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you?

Instagram @goingultra

My best running shoes is … New Balance 1080 

I love running because … It makes me happy 

Injury is … blaaag, something I’ve had too much of 

My body is … getting better with every mile 

My running playlist has … nothing, I don’t like music when I run 

I hate running when … I have to hold back because I’m tapering 

Pain is … what’s coming when you run far 

The road … is long but beautiful 

Sweat is … a way to know hard you worked

In future, I would like to run … the Two Oceans Ultra marathon and Cape Ultra trail 100 

Indie means … sorry I have no idea 

I do not like runners who … spit! 
After I finished the 2013 comrades marathon, I underwent a Spine Surgery and I was declared to never Run again. Hence, I missed my Back to Back medal.The down run was pending.. so I want to get the medal... and get back to the peak of my fitness where I Left it :-)

Q. Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do for a living?

My name is Pratik Desai and currently I am working in a private company which is mainly into Steel Trading. That is what I do for a Living. However, for Living Life to its Full Potential I am a RUNNER. For the Last 6 years I LIVE TO RUN.

Q. How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life?

Managing my exercise regime and professional Life is not that difficult as I am an early riser and hence, I finish all my exercise Activities when the World is generally Sleeping. My average day Begins at around 5 AM and I am out of the house on the Streets running by 5.30 AM or in the Gym doing my Weights. Mornings work for me the Best.

Q. When and why did you start running?

I started Running back in 2009 when I saw a 60 year old Gym Buddy who already had a By-pass Surgery training for a Half Marathon. I was 30 at that time and I was just motivated by that Man to run. If he could.. why Can’t I? I Asked myself and then the journey Begun.

Q. What motivates you to go out there, when you do not feel like it?

When I Run, I am Away from the World, from any responsibilities, from any kind of weight on my shoulders and it's literally the ME TIME I Run for.

There are times when I do not feel like running. However, at those times, all I have to do it just Get out of my house somehow and take the first few steps.. Once that is done… it never has given me a feeling of not to run. In fact, then I make it a point to have the best possible run.

Q. What is the longest distance you have ran? 

The Longest Distance I have ran is 87 kms in the Comrades UP RUN in 2013

Q. What gives you the confidence to run in the streets? 
The Fact that I am running itself gives me enough confidence.

Q. What do you think about the lack of exercise among the youth? 
These days the Youth are becoming Couch Potatoes and their Fitness goes for A toss. A lot many factors are to be blamed for this which includes the PS2, X-Boxes, Mobile Phones, Gadgets etc. 

Running is the only sport I feel you get better with Age and eventually the Youth will realise their lack of fitnes.
Q. What was your best running experience?

 My Best Running Experience so far has been the Moment when I Crossed the Finish line at 2013 Comrades. I have NEVER been so HIGH in my life before.

Q. What was your worst running experience? 

When you RUN, there can never be a WORST or BAD EXPERIENCE.. Running also gives you a Good Experience.

Q. How do you push through the pain? 

By Visualising the Fact that all my Running Buddies are waiting for me at the Finish Line. Also for the last 2 years, my SON Waits for me to come home and hand him the MEDAL.. and for him, I HAVE TO FINISH. This thought comes and the PAIN Disappears.

Q. What advice can you give somebody who wants to start running? 

Go Easy in the Start and don't Rush into too many events. Get the confidence, strength & flexibility correct first so that 1 can ensure that no injuries take place and then go to the Next level. Too much, too Soon is a Perfect Recipe for Disaster.

Q. Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you?

I am on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram & Snapchat.

My handle on each of them is findpratik.

Also I blog a bit and 1 can got through it on http:findpratik.blogspot.in

My best running shoes is …ADIDAS ULTRABOOST 




My running playlist has …EYE OF THE TIGER


Pain is …INEVITABLE But at the same time TEMPORARY as well. however PRIDE IS FOREVER



In future, I would like to run …BOSTON MARATHON

Indie means …INDIAN



Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do for a living?
My name is Bruce MacGregor White aka run_bruce_run . I'm a laid back person but a bit of a pioneer. I'm always thinking about new great ideas and driving everyone crazy. I've been running a small community charity in my city for over 18yrs where we work with kids, young people and families in a local tough housing estate. I'm married with 4 wild boys.

How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life?
Ah balance mmmm yes I find that difficult lol. I have an addictive personality so I have to work at balance big time. I tend to go full throttle at something then eventually after everyone going nuts I begin to find balance. So for running that means getting  up early between 5-6am two to three times a week. One run during the day and one on my day off and my long run on a Sunday morning. I don't do many races because of work and family so I tend to focus on big long events like Ultras 2-3 times a year. I also do my own adventures whenever I can.
When and why did you start running?
I started running three years this July. I was in the gym getting fitter and I was on the  'dreadmill' crunching out some miles. Outside it was a beautiful sunny day the it hit me! 'What am I doing running here when I could be out there running'. So I ran 6-8 miles that day in the sun and that was it. Running had got me and couldn't wait for my next run.
What motivates you to go out there, when you do not feel like it?
I'm pritty motivated most of the time because I 'just love to run'. It's a joy to me most of the time. The hardest times are in winter when it's cold, windy and raining but even then I still manage to do it. On the odd occasion I struggle and want to stay in bed I focus my mind on one step at a time. I say "ok just get out of bed" then "wash your face", "put your gear on" and so on. This approach seems to work with me and yes there are days I completely fail and sleep in but that's ok also.
What is the longest distance you have ran?
The longest distance ive Ran is 53 miles with the 'Hoka Highland Fling'. I've ran this Ultra Marathon twice in 2015 and again last Saturday. It's such an awesome race through the West Highland Way with trails, hills and tough rocky root section along Loch Lomond. I've entered the Glenmore 24 race which is a 4 mile loop race in September which I hope to get my first 100 miles.

What gives you the confidence to get out there?
I've never struggled with lack of confidence to run anywhere. My love of running and the sense of adventure gets me out the door. I've ran through the night for my first 30 mile solo run. I run through forests in the dark alone, up hills and along the coastline. The only time I've got the fear is when the winds are strong and you're in the forest and it's dark and your mind starts to play tricks on you. I usually pick up the pace a bit through those sections lol.

What do you think about the lack of exercise among the youth?
Yes it's concerning with our screen culture. So many young people have a lot of apathy and computer games especially feeds the 'sit at a screen' approach to life. I work with young people and I think it's about trying to find out what they can enjoy whether it's football, bikes, lazer quest in the forest. Then take them on an adventure and feed that passion to encourage them to get active.

What was your best running experience?
Running the 53 miles at 'the fling' last year. It was such an incredible experience the whole day and to know that I can run that distance was 'pure dead brilliant' ( ie. Awesome ). The weather was great, unbelievable scenery, brilliant people and I got to run all day :)

What was your worst running experience?
Mmmm I struggle to think what my worst running experience was because even when I find it tough I value those runs because I learn so much from when things go wrong. But my first official Marathon at Edinburgh in 2014 was the worst in the sense I hit the wall hard at mile 20 after pushing too hard the first half. I had to walk some and the pain was tough. I was on target for 3.15 but got 3.48 in the end. Those last 6 miles were so so tough. But again I still enjoyed it and learnt a lot.
How do you push through the pain?
When you run long distance Pain is just part of the experience. So what I've learned is that most pain will pass or you can manage it. One thing I've learnt is to not 'moan about your pain' be positive and just deal with it as best you can and keep moving. In a sick kind of way I quite enjoy the pain! I guess Ultra running can be seen as a 'legal form of self-harm'. It's a good feeling to know that you can push through most of the pain but you also need to listen to your body. If I get a certain pain in my knee I don't push through it because I know 'that pain' will get worse and I'll get injured so you need to lead to know your pain and be wise.

Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you?
Instagram is my main running site (@run_bruce_run ) I post running stuff there so not to drive all my non running friends crazy. I'm on Facebook under 'Bruce White'. Strava: Bruce White  Nike+: brucemacwhite
My best running shoes are Adidas Supernova Sequence 7.
I love running because of the joy and sense of adventure it brings.
Injury is your body telling you you're pushing it too hard and you need a rest or it can just be bad luck which is just part of life.
My body like everyone else's is a gift  and a sacred temple that we should cherish and look after.
My running playlist has everything from Southern Rock 'the black crowes' Bluesy indie stuff 'early Black Keys', Alt Indie 'Beck' other favourite bands include: Arcade Fire, Biffy Clyro, Jack White, Dead Weather, White Stripes, hendrix, Jamiroquai, Anything by Quantic, buena vista social club and similar Cuban stuff, Royal Blood, Calexico, Daft Punk Delirious and much more

I hate running when ......... I don't!
Pain is part of the experience so just build a bridge and get over it.
The road leads to a trail which leads to the hills which leads to an adventure.
Sweat is sexy
In future I would like to run 'the west highland way race' 'Glencoe Marathon' 'devil of the highlands' and like about 100 Ultras in the States and UTMB of course. I also want to do my own stage challenge to raise money for my charity. Look at running across Scotland in a week or something like that.

Indie means great raw guitar music to rock out on the trails. Indie means another cool adventure film. Indie means stuff what the rules are you can do it so 'Just Dae It'.
I do not like runners who look down on other runners whether it's because they are slower than them, less experienced than them, or because they are so selfless it's just all about them and what they can get. I'm selfish about my running and like to run alone but I also like to run with others and if I can help, inspire, encourage or teach anyone something it's great to do that. I've learnt that the running community are on the whole a great passionate bunch of people. A great extended family that can use the passion of running to make a difference.

I have been struggling to balance this schools and running thing. Honestly, I am not coping. I skip the running for a weeks and look at me now. 6 kilograms heavier but you know what this post is not about me. It's about Miss Lindiwe and her movement, her baby, her bright idea... 

If you follow my personal Instagram (Follow me: @butatliruns) you would know that a few Sunday's ago I drove to thesis in Mofolo, Soweto. I basically spent the afternoon having running conversations about running and life ofcourse. 
I am very proud to be featuring this event on the blog because Lindz is one of my favorite people. She is crazy about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. In January she posted her exercise plan for the week, I remember I used to think this lady has got her life in order & this should be me. I am one of the many people she inspired. 
So Lindz started her own thing, it's called #IGNITEYOURHEALTHY & it's happening on the 27th April 2016. It's an event focused on ladies and ladies fitness. For women By women... 

This event is sold out, so unfortunately you can't attend if you don't have a ticket. However keep your attention on this blog, I promise you we will be part of future events. 

Below is a program of the day. 

The 4K run will be led by Lerato Tsotetsi(@leratotsotetsi), remember she did an #INDIERUNNERTAKEOVER for the 2015 Soweto Marathon, she will be taking over the @thatindierunner account on Wednesday, follow us and don't miss the action!!!!!



Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do for a living?

I’m Diego from Mexico and I’m 35 years old. I work as a PR (Public Relations) for living and I love it. I’m married and I think I’m very lucking with my life in all ways.

How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life?

I have 2 priorities in my life, one is exercise and the other one is my professional life so I need to be smart and try to give equal time to both. I’m a very organize guy so I plan everything in my day to so I can optimize my time and be able to do all my stuff. I wake up, during the week, at 5.30 am so I arrive at 6.00 am at the gym, and I’m done at 9.00 am and then I go to work. And that’s how I have balance between exercise and professional life. And the weekend it’s and other thing, I free to exercise any time. 
When and why did you start running?

Since I have memory I always was and hyperactive kid and I always made some exercise. But I started running at my 24 nothing professional, I only put on my tennis shoes, some shorts and I ran in the street, sometimes with my dog Camila, but that’s all. That year I moved to Orlando Florida and there was the place where I stared to run more seriously, I bought my first running shoes and a better outfit. I ran all over the streets but only between 30 and 45 min, no more. When I came back to Mexico I sign up to a gym and I chance my training. The time step and I decide to get the first challenge, a 10k race. It was crazy, a great distance for me, but I did it and I liked and also I ran the race with excellent time, I got my first PR. Many years I ran 10k races until a dear friend, Fernanda, told me that I dominated the 10k races and that I need the next step: a half marathon, so I ran my first half marathon and once again I love it and once again I made and excellent time. I ran more half marathons and once again Fernanda told me, that it was time for a full marathon. 

The Chicago marathon was the one in 2010 (03:17:32) then in 2011 The Berlin Marathon (03.27.04). At this point my goal was The Boston Marathon, but I was far from the time required, in my category less than 03:05:00. So I trained hard and in 2013 in the Philadelphia Marathon I made 03:02:30 so a dream came true, I qualify to the Boston Marathon. So in 2014 I ran Boston with the best PR of my life 03:01.11, one of the best days of my life. And the last marathon I ran, was in 2015, The Big Sur Marathon in California in 03.08.35. And now I’m looking forward for a new marathon for 2017.

What motivates you to go out there, when you do not feel like it?

I always think of the benefits that exercise give it to me, I think that doing what I love is better than stay at bed. I think it's a lifestyle that makes me happy and that every day counts so stay at home is not an option, so I wake up and I go out to be free keeping my lifestyle. 

What is the longest distance you have ran?

The Marathon (42k)

What do you think about the lack of exercise among the youth?

It is terrible, exercise is a lifestyle, it should be practiced since childhood, is a culture that offers many benefits, physically and mentally. It´s a lifestyle that all kids should always have.

What was your best running experience?
The Boston Marathon. For two reasons, the first, my best PR and the second, I get engaged after the race.

What was your worst running experience?

I haven’t, all experiences have a positive side.

How do you push through the pain?

Not pain not gain, right? I’m used to it, its part of my life, soy I try to ignore it.

What advice can you give somebody who wants to start running? 

Always keep on. Running is a lifestyle that need patience, but at the end is one of the best style of life,.

Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you?

Instagram @Diego800 

My best running shoes is … ADIDAS Boost  

I love running because … I feel I’m free.

Injury is … nothing, just ignore it

My body is …the best thing I have in life, the machine that makes possible my dreams. 

My running playlist has … all kind of music

I hate running when … it’s cold and raining.

Pain is … part of success

The road … never ends 

Sweat is … that fact that I’m moving

In future, I would like to run … 5 more marathons

I do not like runners who … are afraid of more. 


Running in the dark has always been my thing. 

For the average person, I imagine they start running by doing a few short runs during the day. Once, they are confident and consistent this changes into longer runs during the day

This was not the case for me because my first race was a night race and most of my runs after that happened at night. The only time I get to run during the morning is when a race to compete in

Running in the dark has its dangers though. Most of the apparel that is manufactured for men is black. If it is not black then it is some other dark colour. Very rarely do you find bright colours for men. My main concern when running in the dark is visibility and I am so grateful that I have not been knocked down by a car. I have had a couple of near misses though and believe me my heart would stop. 

A few months ago I discovered an innovation while exploring running culture on instagram. I discovered a product called Albedo100

What is Albedo100?

A reflective spray that you can apply to your clothes, your cycling equipment or your pets. The purpose of this spray is to make you visible to traffic while you are out on the streets being active. 

So @Albedo100za(follow them on instagram) sent me a sample to test out. I used the whole of March to test this product and I think I have actually used the entire can.I tried to run as late into the night as I possibly could. If you follow thatindierunner on SnapChat, you know how this product works. If you don't follow the movement on Snapchat add us username: thatindierunner.

You shake the can for a minute and then you spray onto your clothing and I mean shoes, tights and tee shirt. Then you wear your gear and go out in the streets. 

I found that the applied coating of spray reflects from a distance and at a specific angle. Up close you can not see the spray but when you shine a light from a distance your gear actually reflects. I am not sure if rogue is the adjective to use but I found that when I applied the spray to one shoe sometimes fragments of the spray transferred to the other shoe and my body hair. Such is the nature of the spray I guess, it cannot be contained. Another advantage, it washes off when your sweaty running clothes are laundered. I only sprayed 1 show at a time so a difference could be seen between the sprayed shoe and the non - sprayed shoe

This spray is definitely an essential in my running gear for winter. Winter is coming and the days will be getting shorter, the only time I will have to run is at night. 

For more information on Albedo100, visit the website on www.albedo100.co.za 

When I am running in the dark I want to be seen with Albedo100.