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

My name is Mostafa El-Marzouki,I live in Cairo, Egypt, currently I’m studying computer science- level four and I’m working as Full Stack Developer. 

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

I schedule two hours per day for doing workout, Running and bodybuilding.
Q. When and why did you start running? 
6 years ago I used to do workout but unfortunately I had to stop this because of my study, since then I was doing workout from time to another. Just 2 months ago I managed to come back doing workout.

Q. What is the longest distance you have ran?

Since the come back the longest distance I have ran, it’s 6.14 mile in 54:22. 

Q. What do you think about the lack of exercise among the youth?
That’s annoying me. Many people ignore such an important thing in life. They aint concerned about their health. How odd! 

Q. What was your worst running experience? 

Days before I made my comeback I was disappointed with my performance and I decided to get down and being running, and believe me I was terrible.
Q. How do you push through the pain? 

I push harder; I motivate myself to keep fit. We must have the passion and the will to do things and put faith on ourselves that we can do it. We can do workout, we can go to the gym, and we can do the sport we like, because we decide who we are and what we can do! As Lance Armstrong said “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” 

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

You say that you want to start running, so what you are waiting for! Do it now!'

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

You can find me on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iSuperMostafa 
Running “nikeplus”: @supermostafa


This post has been a long time coming and I still remember this day as if it happened yesterday. Well it happened a few weeks ago and I will tell you all about it. 

This year hasn't been a good year, I say this and refer it to running. I really have not been running and in the process I have gained a lot of weight. This is because I have been consumed bymy final year software development project whih you can view on www.geminicatering.co.za as I am typing this I am sitting on a 404 error and it is the hosts fault. 

One day I was driving home from campus and  I was very tired, the type of tired where I am driving in default mode. I decided to stop on the way home and eat some dunked wings. When I eventually touched my phone I read a twitter DM from Karien P.  instructing me to enter this competition hosted by Touch Central and Adidas ZA. I entered through the app that same night and the next day I received a call to tell me that I would be in Cape Town for a day. Can you imagine my delight? I only go the airport once in forever, to drop somebody else to chase their dreams and now it was me :) 

Friday the 23rd September took too long to arrive hey. It did eventually come around when the sun was creeping up, I was already at O R Tambo peeking at the sunrise from the airport windows. The flight was delayed, I am not even going to touch on this. I should just write Mango airlines a letter of complaint. 

Arriving in Cape Town international airport, I got to meet the other winners. It turns out we were all on the same flight, we just did not know each other...  

Cape Town traffic is BAD, but the views are Amazing. I always say Johannesburg is beautiful because of its man made structures and features but CAPE TOWN, CAPE TOWN is beautiful because of its nature. I love visting Cape Town...  

So we arrived at the Adidas offices and we were treated to breakfast. The offices are very beautiful shem, I loved the  space we were in and the view. I finally got to meet Karien, A moment that  I treasure so much, she is a big reason why I started this blog. Throughout the course of the day we were presented with presentations from different bloggers and staff from Adidas

I gained alot from these presentations, I picked up tips on how to better my blog and especially, my social media. I never knew the value of @adidasza liking my tweet but now I know why they would like it and who actually sits there and likes the tweet

I finally got to understand where Adidas Running is going towards and got to meet some famous instagrammers such as teamhlasela and Letshego Zulu. Side Note: I will be attending a pop up gym session soon

The bubbly @teamhlasela

Sitting here 2 weeks after and typing this. I am failing to capture and emit the warmness and friendliness that I felt when I was among the people at the 3 stripes. I remember flying over cape town, looking at the lights underneath me and thinking "damn this friday was really amazing"

Thank you to touch central fm and Adidas ZA for the amazing experience. It was amazing and I would do it again in a heartbeat
x As told by   Atli

About 2 week ago, I participated in the FNB  Joburg 10K City Run. As far as  I know it was not the first of its kind but in my opinion this was the first time that really made noise in terms  of marketing the event. Running events are begining to gain popularity and I am seeing more of them popping up.
I woke up on the morning of this race and I was so tired, I was fighting with myself and trying to convince myself not to do this race. However, I was provided with a free entry and that gave me the push to roll out of bed and lace up.

The Race Pack

I did not personally collect the race pack so I can not comment on the efficiency of it. However I do like that the race pack had a PUMA technical tee shirt. It is very rare to find to enter a race these days and actually be provided with a technical tee shirt. I defintely will be using the t shirt for my runs, I am one of those people who absolutely can not run in cotton.

The Route 

I really liked this route, alot of the races that happen in Johannesburg are in the surburbs. Any opportunity I get to run through Johannesburg CBD I cherish. We ran from FNB bank city and all the way through to the east of Johannesburg. We were 1 street away from Maboneng and then we were running past Jeppe police station. We ran to past Doornfontein, then through Hilbrow and the final surburb was Braamfontein. Johannesburg has a deep history, you can see it on the buildings, on the streets. Not to mention the spectators were such a delight in cheering us on. 

The Medal

This is one of the prettiest medals that I have ever earned from a race. Normally I don't wear my medals after a 10K but this time I made it a point to wear it. I mean i burnt in the sun for it, I earned it and I am going to flaunt it. 
As told by... Atli