Lesego Godana

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On who you are…
 
I am a very interesting woman. I am the most positive and great personality I have ever met. I am the coolest daughter, friend and mom. There is absolutely no dull moment with a fine personality like me. I do not waste time on things I do not benefit from. I am not afraid to let go of anything that serves no purpose in my life, hence I am mostly in a good space/ mood. I am a Sagittarian. Born on 18th December (same day as Steve Biko) so it must tell you… “I am brave, I speak my mind”. I believe life is for the living, we are living on borrowed time… we never know when all this will end. So, I live life like someone left the get open! J I’m the type you NEVER FORGET. I dress well… Image is everything. 
 

I enjoy events management, motivational speaking, photography, music, running, travel, movies, cooking, singing and meeting interesting people and learning about their cultures. 

On Running…

I found love… when I found running. I was a good athlete in high school so this isn’t really new. I have always been an active person.

I started taking running seriously as a hobby in 2011 when I became responsible for the CSI programmes at one of my previous employers. Then in 2012 when I left a long time relationship, I thought I had to take up a hobby to get my mind clear of things. I started attending weekend races, I met cool running buddies and the interest just developed so much! We started travelling outside Johannesburg for running or supporting fellow runners. Running has brought so much fun, good friends and fitness in my life. I will run till I die. 
 
 
On your First Run...

Ha ha ha! My first run must have been with at the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in 2011. I was the team leader and coordinator of our company runners. I was forced to be good and lead by example! It was hard, my chest was on fire. Lol! But I finished well my 5.8km and at the finish line I was like “When is next race?” Never looked back since that day!

On Street culture…

Being born and bred in Soweto, street culture plays a big role in my life. It has contributed to the friends I keep, the knowledge I have as a mentor for teenage girls. It has influenced my style and fashion in the best way. It is very important to be streetwise when living in Jozi too. South African street culture has evolved amazingly in the past 10 years or so! I am so proud of how the youth are becoming “Proudly (Black) South African” and unapologetic about it. POWER!! 
 

On running culture…

Now this is the Iiiiiish! Dope! Rocks! Fashionable! It’s a must join, must try, must enjoy! It is the coolest way to connect with friends and create new ones. It is the cheapest way to shape up. It’s about time everyone gets some cool snaps for their social network accounts too! Running will definitely Hook you up!! Running culture is the new “Sexy”. You will be surprised how it can change your reasoning capacity and definitely HOW YOU LOOK AT LIFE. You see running is not an easy sport. It does not only require your body to be fit. You must be psychologically fit too. It tests your courage and faith in starting a project and making sure you complete it… NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES YOU. But, the FINISH line will separate boys/girls to men/women. 

On gadgets…

I am not that big on gadgets. I still need to familiarise myself with most of them. I know and have seen a lot of running watches which I like. My smartphone does almost everything I need for my running, so I am not bothered. 
 
 
On injury…

Injury must be a fear of any sports person, not only runners. It is important to make friends with your body, listen to your body, know it and understand it. Eat and exercise right. Run with proper running shoes and watch your step always. If injury happens, take it easy and see the doctor if needs be. Also, make it your responsibility to ask other runners how to avoid injuries. 
 
 
On achievements…

I have achieved the art of living a meaningful, beautiful and content life. I am wiser as a woman, mother and a black female in the corporate world. I am more at peace with the woman I have become. I am more happy than unhappy. That to me is SUCCESS. I continue to achieve by sharing my knowledge with my children and mentees. I feel blessed! 
 
 

On future goals…

My future goals are to own a mini CafĂ© where I can put my culinary skills to practice. I love cooking…it is so therapeutic for me. I want a place where I can also host empowerment sessions, live bands and ladies nights! Secondly I would like to take my mentorship program to another level. Help our challenged youth of Mzansi to lead meaningful lives. “Le ojwa le sale metsi” (start them young) because I believe and I have experienced that no matter what you do in this life. “The choices you make today, will GREATLY affect you entire life. CHOSE WISELY”
On your social media…

If done right, it is a great platform for showcasing your brand as an individual. It allows freedom of expression, friends’ connections and an opportunity to learn about the world we live in. You can easily visit interesting holiday destinations digitally. It keeps the world moving. The most important thing though is… Social media can Make or Break You. Think before you post anything. Be wise. 
 
 

On Pink…

It’s a fun and happy colour. You can’t wear it if you lack self-confidence. I love it. 

On Pain…

All I can say is sing; “Joy and Pain! Are like Sunshine and Rain” They feed into each other to make life interesting. Also, I don’t think I would be this wise about most things in life had I not felt the amount of PAIN I have felt so far in my life. So pain is Good for Growth.
On women’s running…

Women are stronger and have more endurance than men. Women should try it out. It’s a Great way to relieve life’s stresses. Good for menstruation cycle. Coolest way to keep in shape, make friends and be in control of your life. You will never be bored again. You will be too busy planning for your next race! 
 
 

On the Past you…

What a boring life you had baby! Now your life will never be the same. 

When I die…

I want my 3 daughters to be fully equipped with all the survival skills of life that I try to teach them daily. 
 
 
#RunRevolution


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