Zonke Mthethwa

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Q. Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do for a living?
A. My name is Zonke Mthethwa, and I work in the Environmental Management sector.

Q. How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life?
A. I assign certain days to running. That way there is never any conflict between my work and lifestyle

Q. What does your weekly fitness regime consist of?
A. Running is at the core of my fitness regime. I tried the whole gym route, but didn't see results as rapidly as have through running, so I've just stuck with it.

Q. When and why did you start running?
A. I started running as a means to stay healthy and fit. I want my body to be as well-honed as possible

Q. What motivates you to go out there, when you do not feel like it?
A. I beat myself up over having missed a session. I think the guilt is my greatest motivator

Q. What is the longest distance you have ran?
A. The longest distance I have ran is 14km. I'm currently prepping to do a 21km at the Nike Run Soweto. That should be interesting...

Q. What do you love about running?
A. The sense of freedom you get. There's nothing better than breathing in the crisp morning air, while your feet are pounding the pavements.

Q. What do you hate about running?
A. Uphills lol

Q. What gives you the confidence to run in the streets?
A. My crew. Braamfie Runners are the best team hands down. Knowing that I'm taking to the streets with them is always the greatest feeling.

Q. How do you think running can empower women?
A. When you're out there, all the stereotypes fall away. The only things that count are your willpower and determination. All the milestones you reach are down to the work you put in and it's amazing to see what you can achieve by applying yourself. I feel invincible when I'm running.

Q. What would you like to achieve in the future in terms of running?
A. I'd like to get to get my PB down to 5 mins per km or even less, if that's possible!

Q. How do you envision the future of running?
A. Running has become a movement. It's so great to see so many people in unison over the idea of taking care of self. I'd say the future of running is mighty bright :)

Q. What do you think about the lack of exercise among the youth?
A. I think it's a huge concern. People are so nonchalant about the idea of taking care of their bodies, and are failing to realize that this is something which could impact their health.

Q. What was your best running experience?
A. Our crew running to Nelson Mandela's house, after he had passed and "gifting" him a pair of Airmax 2014's

Q. What was your worst running experience?
A. Running in the cold is never fun for me. The sensation of my lungs burning is never great to deal with.

Q. How do you push through the pain?
A. I just think of getting to the end, and trying to do better than my last run.

Q. What is your favourite shoe to run in?
A.The Nike Free Flynit 3.0

Q. What can you not run without?
A. My Nike Running app. I would be lost without it.

Q. What advice can you give somebody who wants to start running?
A. Do it! It's always hard to get started, but once that's out of the way there's nothing else you'd rather be doing.

Q. Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you?
A. You can find me on Instagram @zonkifiyah and on a blog I co-run with my twin called: jvxtapose.com

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