Kate Nokwe

Friday, August 15, 2014

Back in 2012 when I still did the Braamfontien to Zoo Lake, Zoo Lake to Braamfontein jogging missions with Letoya, yes via Jan Smuts, that's why hills are my best friend and I would rather do uphill than downhill. I used to look at the Nike Running ZA facebook page every thursday hoping they had posted the pictures from the wednesday run club. I would always look at her and think yoh this women is fit! but more like a guy from kasi would say it. 2 years later I finally get a chance to interview her. 

Q. Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do for a living?
A.  Well I'm Kate, from the Eastern Cape. Currently in Jozi working as a Sport Journalist for eNCA.

Q. How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life?
A.  Some days I'm lazier than others. But generally the earlier I go to gym the better. I play a couple of sports though (Indoor Volleyball, Action Netball and 5-a side Soccer), so my early morning lazy days are usually days I have these in the evening, so I hardly miss a day.

Q. What does your weekly fitness regime consist of?
A.  As mentioned sport in the evenings and Saturdays. But mornings are running and or gym, and I just received a bike for 94.7 Cycle Challenge so I'm adding that. Last year I was introduced to Crossfit, and I got hooked right away, and although I have taken an unintended break, I'm looking to going back by end of August.

Q. When and why did you start running?
A.  I often joke that my mom put me on a track field whilst in nappies. That's how long I've enjoyed running. Everyone in my family ran until they had a 'choice' hehe.

Q. What motivates to go out there, when you do not feel like it?
A.  A good tune and seeing other people on the road. The little 'cult' runners feel like they are part of keeps you there.

Q. What is the longest distance you have ran?
A.  15kms

Q. What do you  love about running?
A.  It makes me fit into my jeans more :P

Q. What do you hate about running?
A.  I still haven't mastered breathing. After all this time I'm still doing it wrong and it frustrates me because I know I can go much faster.

Q. What gives you the confidence to run in the streets?
A. Safety. I swear I get this sense that even career criminals protect joggers. It's odd

Q. How do you think running can empower women?
A.  It's part of taking control of your health, how you look, feel and the feeling you get that no one can take away from  you

Q. What would you like to achieve in the future in terms of running?
A.   A sub 55 10K

Q. How do you envision the future of running?
A.  More and more people are starting to realize the importance of taking care of health and running is basic and even cheaper than therapy. So the future is looking great.

Q. What do you think about the lack of exercise among the youth?
A.  It's a problem. I played on the street till the 5pm lights came on. Today kids spend hours on non-active activities. It's sad, they have no idea what they're missing out on.

Q. What was your best running experience?
A.  That first Nike #RunJozi race. Running in Hilbrow at night, rainbow nation became alive. The Slow Mag Marathon in 2013. It was not the race itself, but it was my first time running for charity. The pre-race campaigns were amazing.

Q. What was your worst running experience?
A.  Never had one, I've enjoyed runs more than others and disliked many, but they weren't terrible experiences.

Q. How do you push through the pain?
A.  The thought of looking great in my jeans. heheh

Q. What is your favourite shoe to run in?
A.  Nike Lunar Glides

Q. What can you not run without?
A.  Music. I tried.. I need the distraction

Q. What advice can you give somebody who wants to start running?
A.  Put your shoes on and start walking...

Q. Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you?
A.   Instagram and Twitter - @This_Kate, Facebook - Kate Nokwe

BUT WAIT!!!! THERE'S MORE, she is also the queen of handstands

On that note, did you know? @this_kate is also a member of a mens 5 a side soccer team. There is not stopping her 

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