Brent Mordaunt

Friday, November 14, 2014

Q. Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do for a living?
A. I am 32 years old, a husband, dad and a friend to many. I work for Gauteng Department of Finance as Content Liaison Specialist which deals mainly with conducting training interventions, developing manuals and presentations. I just completed a 2 year management course with Durban University of Technology and am busy doing a National Diploma in Public Relations Management through UNISA.

Q. How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life?
A. It’s easy for me as my work has a gym within the building allowing me to conveniently access it through my lunch breaks daily, so because I gym during my lunch breaks it doesn't affect my time with my family or friends. Whenever I enter races or marathon’s it is always communicated well in advance to my family which makes it easy to accommodate.

Q. What does your weekly fitness regime consist of?
A.My weekly fitness regime will consist mainly on running, mostly indoor on the treadmill. Four days during the week will be allocated to running with the occasional cycling/cardio. Saturdays and Sundays will be dedicated to running events that I enter. Thursday nights I play indoor soccer which also is very intense

Q. When and why did you start running?
A. I started running a year ago. My first running event was the “Nike We Run Jozi” race which took place at night. It was a 10km race and I never really did running before that. Needless to say that I rested during the race compared to now where I can run a 10km without resting. Ever since then I fell inlove with running and it has been my choice of fitness ever since.

Q. What motivates you to go out there, when you do not feel like it?
A. I have a 1 year 5 month old boy and I want to be as fit as I possibly can to be able to play with him at all times, that motivates me to keep my body fit

Q. What is the longest distance you have ran?
A. My longest distance was 21.1 km

Q. What do you love about running?
A. I love the freedom one feels when you out on the road or even on the treadmill. It’s a time for me to clear my mind and regain my focus.

Q. What do you hate about running?
A. I hate that I don’t belong to a running club yet. LOL. But that is going to change in the new year.

Q. What gives you the confidence to run in the streets?
A.When I see people who is 3 times my age competing in running events it motivates me and gives me the confidence that I too can conquer and achieve greatness out on the streets

Q. How do you think running can empower people?
A. Running is not only a solo sport, although sometimes we run alone, but it is a sport where people from all walks of life can come together and engage in a common goal and that is to see themselves doing something that liberates the soul.

Q. What would you like to achieve in the future in terms of running?
A. I would like to run a the comrades marathon. That is one of the things on my “bucket list”

Q. How do you envision the future of running?
A. I see more and more people taking on the sport not only for the purpose of fitness but also for the fun and unity of mankind as a whole

Q. What do you think about the lack of exercise among the youth?
A. I think that it is because of the lack of interest in sports and exercise that our youth are ending up in the substance abuse traps. More initiatives should be put into place especially where there is a serious lack or need for recreational programmes.

Q. What was your best running experience?
A. The 5km Colour Run. It was fun, I had friends and loved ones with me and I could just be myself.

Q. What was your worst running experience?
A. My worst running experience was the Gauteng Marathon, I ran the entire route with a painful cramp.

Q. How do you push through the pain?
A. I always just tell myself that if I have come this far, so I won’t stop now

Q. What is your favourite shoe to run in?
A. My favourite shoe to run in is Nike 5.0

Q. What can you not run without?
A. My cap to protect me from the sun and my phone which has my Nike running app on it that tracks my runs and progress

Q. What advice can you give somebody who wants to start running?
A. I would say don’t wait another minute, start immediately. Running is a form of meditating and not only does it keep you fit physically but mentally you are able to work through many things that might be on your mind which bothers you. Running helps tackle all these things

Q. Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you?
A.  I am on Facebook as Brent Lé Mordaunt, I am also on Instagram as Brent Lé Mordaunt (@_____Brent)


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