Khanyisa Stengile

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On who you are…


I’m a Xhosa girl from the Eastern Cape,currently working for the Department of Justice as an IT Project Manager. I call myself the struggling fitness fanatic. I love all things fitness related but I also love food and whiskey LOL. 

On running…

I started running in 2010 to lose weight. I think most ladies take up running for this reason ;-) I have since done a few marathons but have not done the Big C yet. I got into an accident while training for it, so I am basically starting my running from scratch now. More on that later… 


On your First Run...

My first run was hilarious. There was more walking than running and I didn’t even have a running watch to measure how far I was going. I ran this route for like a month and I was convinced it was at least 5kms. When I eventually got a watch and measured, turns out it was only 2km!!!

On running culture…

South African running culture is the best! Runners are friendly and so welcoming. Even if running in a new, unfamiliar city you are bound to make friends! Running has made being healthy fashionable! 

On gadgets…

I’m not big on gadgets. A running watch is all I need. I can’t run with music because I use my runs as time to unclutter my head. Wait, do running shoes and clothes count as gadgets? Because I’m big on that! I have way too much running gear.
On injury…

I got hit by a car in 2011, while out running! Oh the irony. I broke both bones in my left leg. I had pins in my ankle and knee and a metal plate for 4 years. I tried getting back to running during that 4 years but it was just too painful and frustrating. I gave running a break and got into weight training. I loved it! But running was always my first love. So I had the metals removed February 2016 and I have been slowly trying to run again. There’s still discomfort here and there but I think I’m on the mend. I am back with a Biokineticist for leg strengthening sessions. 

On achievements…

Running achievements? Nothing to write home about yet. But watch this space! 

On future goals…

Mhhhh let’s see. I’d love to run long distances again. Immediate future goal is to finish a marathon pain free and then maybe Comrades 2018?? *gulps* 

On your social media…

I’m addicted to Facebook and Instagram! My data bill can testify to this! Hahaha! But in my defence I use social media to promote healthy eating and exercise. Also to spread awareness around Endometriosis disease, which I suffer from. 


On Pink…

I’m a typical girly girl. I love everything pink. In fact I must make extra effort to stay away from anything pink when I’m out shopping. 

On Pain…

I’ve had my share of pain (running and Endometriosis related) to last me a lifetime. Can the universe kindly give me a break now? 


On women’s running…

Women should run! It’s an effective way to keep healthy, make new friends and to even meet a potential future partner ;-) A tight butt and sexy legs are just a bonus. But on a serious note, we need more black female top runners. I was watching Comrades and I kept asking where our African sisters are? Not taking away anything from Fikile Mbuthuma who came 8th in this year’s race. 

On the Past you…

Start running, you’ll love it! 

When I die…

I hope to have inspired a few people to change their lives for the better through exercise and healthy eating. Also I’d like to be buried in gym clothes, they are so comfy! 
#RunRevolution



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