Zamangoma Matlhare

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On who you are…
 
I am a wife, a sister, a friend. Full of life and love health and fitness. Stubborn and strong willed 

On running…
 
I got into running by chance, I actually suck at running. I’m very slow, but that’s why I do it J . I wanted to lose weight that I had gained after an operation in Jan 2012. I had my second myomectomy after a fibroid was discovered (had the first one removed in 2009). It’s basically a C-section, same scar but no baby. This was a result of a condition I have which was also picked up in 2009 called endometriosis. I won’t go into detail about what it is but I suggest every woman familiarise themselves with it because I was clueless and it just made it that much harder to deal with. I will say though that it involves pain, physical and emotional. I’m grateful that I’m able to run, slow as may be but I do and have found a way to really enjoy it and appreciate life. I’m a runners nightmare, the guy that you don’t want passing you because if I do, chances of you making cut off are slim. I AM A SUB FINISHER. Everyone who knew me pre 2013 still doesn’t believe this is me running. I was never sporty or athletic, even my mother is still confused by my running. But I love the challenge. I don’t compete because I know my limitations. I’ve made great friends through running. I have lots of fun on the road with the friends I’ve met. I also love running because I get an opportunity to appreciate nature.I have great prayer times during my runs. I pray even more during marathons and ultras, lol 
 

On your First Run... 
 
 I did the 702 walk the talk 8km in 2012, and my feet were so sore afterwards I realised how unfit I was. My first official run was the Totalsports 10km women’s race in Aug 2012. I half walked half ran, but enjoyed it. 

On Street culture…
 
eish not sure I understand street culture, I am 34 remember , lol 

On Running Culture… 
 
runners are the most encouraging people I’ve ever met! We are like family. Kind, helpful. We are all equal on the road, size and age don’t matter. 

On gadgets… 
 
I love gadgets but sadly can’t afford most of them because I’d rather spend the money on running shoes which are also costly. I just own a basic Garmin watch and an apple watch thanks to vitality J, I don’t run with music anymore as much as I love it, it’s not safe, and I now find it easier without it because I can meditate. 

On injury… 
 
injuries are from the devil!!!Killer of dreams. I suffered badly this year with and an ITB injury and lower back injury. But I honestly just refused to let them stand in my way. This year was my running year…and nothing was going to stand in my way. I probably saw 4 different physios and a chiropractor to get myself fixed 

On achievements… 
 
This year I ran my first ultras, 50km Om die dam, 2 Oceans and my biggest one comrades. This is not just about the medals. It means so much to me because Ive only been running seriously from 2015 and being a very slow runner plagued with injuries, chances of not finishing were very high. 
 

On future goals… 
 
I’m working towards my comrades back to back medal next, I don’t really need a better time, Im just hoping to run pain free and injury free next year, I might do 2018 comrades as well but that’s for a friend, I promised to hold her hand through it. After that I’ll stick to shorter ultras and maybe marathons in different countries :). I’m skating on thin ice, my body is not really conditioned for long distance running.I’m just stubborn. 

On your social media… 
 
Zamangoma Matlhare on FB, @zamangoma on twitter and zamangoma on Instagram. I love social media, that’s where I met most of my running buddies, I ran solo before I discovered we can start a movement for the slow runners :)
 


On Pink… 
 
cancer, I have a friend who won the battle, but I know many don’t sadly.
 
On Pain… 
 
pain is a distraction; it’s there to prevent you from reaching your goals. When you have the end in mind nothing else matters. For me as long as I’m still breathing and my legs can move, I move forward. Maybe its because I have a condition that has forced me to deal with pain… 

On women’s running… 
 
It’s the best hlasela mafutha you will ever find! And it challenges your body and mental strength. You will be surprised at what your body can do. You get to bond with yourself and your maker 
 

On the Past you… 
 
you are beautiful…get out there and LIVE!
 
 
When I die… 
 
I want to have no regrets, that’s why I’ve decided to live now and enjoy life’s experiences

#RunRevolution


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