Wednesday, November 01, 2017

When did you start running?

I started running in July 2016, a few months after moving to Joburg.

How did you start running?

When I was still living in Cape Town I reconnected with my high school friend through Instagram. I noticed that she was an avid runner, with lots of accomplishments. She also had this aura of happiness around her when running; it was so contagious I wanted in. Also, I was grossly out of shape, having been inactive for months. I needed to shed weight as well.

Why did you start running?

For three reasons, I wanted to lose weight, I needed a hobby as I was new in the city and I also wanted in on the happiness runners seemed to have.

What do you find to be most rewarding about running?

That feeling of accomplishment after the race. Knowing that you faced hardship and managed to see it through, that feeling when you reach the finish line and holding that medal at the end.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about runners in general?

I think non-runners in general think runners are suckers for punishment who have lots of time in their hands. This is far from truth, I think runners are realists; they know and acknowledge that running isn’t easy, they put effort in training knowing they will reap the benefits in the end. These benefits, contrary to popular belief, aren’t restricted to weight loss only, but to general well- being, body, mind and soul. Running for me is spiritual too, I get to reflect on my life, I meditate and reconnect with  my Maker and every time I get to the top of a nasty hill I reassure myself that I can conquer whatever challenge I face in life.

How have you trained for Soweto Marathon?

I have done a few long runs over the past couple of weeks, a few half marathons as well as mid-week runs

What is your message to fellow Soweto Marathon Runners?

You’ve put in the effort, now go out there and have fun! Don’t forget to take lots of pictures!

How can people follow you on social media?

I’m on Instagram. Search for @justcallmeyandi


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