Vuvu Malusi

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

So I was lucky enough to connect with the other half of @maltee_benefit and I do like that more people see that we can not glorify our "beer bellies". We must get moving, it is inspiring to see women who do it for themselves as cliche as this might sound. I guess they don't need a man. 
Q. Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do for a living?
A.  I am currently working as a Supply Chain Intern for a pharmaceutical company, after taking some time off to further my studies. I am very reserved and a very spiritual person. I have a passion for fitness and beauty and intend on incorporating the two to make a difference in our society.

Q. How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life?
A.  I start work very early, so I have moved my training regime to the afternoon. I have not yet quite adjusted to it, but I will get used to it. When Spring comes, then I would be able to exercise both in the morning and in the afternoon.

Q. What does your weekly fitness regime consist of?
A.  Light running (3 - 7km) 3 times a week, Functional training, HIIT training and lifting of various weights. I am into lifting heavy weights because it makes me strong and agile. I can react quickly when lifting heavy objects or people.

Q. When and why did you start running?
A.  I started running over 10 years ago, mainly to lose weight. Now, I do it because it saved my life. I have hypertension and when I was diagnosed, it was so high, my GP said I was lucky to be alive, because most people could have suffered a stroke. From that day, I knew I had to keep on running.

Q. What motivates you to go out there, when you do not feel like it?
A.  I have set goals that involve participating in the big Ultra marathons, these need someone who is dedicated, persistent and someone who gets up and gets things done. Looking lean also motivates me, lol.

Q. What is the longest distance you have ran?
A.  On my own (practice runs) I have run 25km and officially, a half marathon (21km).

Q. What do you  love about running?
A.   I love that you can do it anytime of the day, as long as you have proper running shoes. I get to compete with myself, and challenge myself to do better than my previous run. I get to get lost in thought, meditate and distress while running.

Q. What do you hate about running?
A.  Selfish drivers, who push you out of the way (I have experienced it a number of times). The fact that it is not particularly safe for women to run alone early in the morning, you tend to encounter a few men who joke about chasing you while running.

Q. What gives you the confidence to run in the streets?
A. I have pepper spray that I carry with me during my morning runs, my running playlist helps me get pumped up and the results of improvement I receive from my running watch at the end of each run.

Q. How do you think running can empower women?
A.  Running improves ones mood. Running can give you the kick start you need to want to do other forms of exercise. I now know boxing, kick boxing (self defence), Cross fit and I am stronger than your average guy on the street. Imagine the kind of women we can be if we all had physical strength, we would be sharp in all aspects of our lives.

Q. What would you like to achieve in the future in terms of running?
A.  I am participating in next year's Comrades marathon, and that means I need to at least run 4 marathons in the next 8 months and finish one sub 4:30.

Q. How do you envision the future of running?
A.   I see a lot of our people running and it is a good thing. I see running as the next big lifestyle thing to do like Golf has with black people.

Q. What do you think about the lack of exercise among the youth?
A.  Generally, social media and the internet has made our youth lazy to exercise. This general feeling of celebrating a big belly comes with a lot of health risks. I am hoping to be one of the few to help change that and get our youth to exercise.

Q. What was your best running experience?
A.  Running my fastest 5km in 22 minutes and a 10km in under 55 mins.

Q. What was your worst running experience?
A.   My last half marathon in May was the worst experience ever. I ran the last 7km in utter pain. It felt like I broke my big toe, while I had a cramp. I managed to finish the race with the help of my running partner. 

Q. How do you push through the pain?
A.   My drive to do better motivates me to push through the pain and knowing how great a feeling it is to cross the finish line, gets me going.

Q. What is your favourite shoe to run in?
A.   Asics.

Q. What can you not run without?
A.  My Gu energy gel, tissue paper (my nose gets runny) and cap.

Q. What advice can you give somebody who wants to start running?
A.  To start small, increase your distance gradually, to keep going and never stop.

Q. Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you?
A.   Instagram: @ladywandam and @maltee_benefit (it is a fitness page I run with my partner)

Twitter: @maltee_benefit

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