Kai Steward

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Q. Who are you and what you do for a living?

My name is Kai Binta Steward I’m 20 years old. I’m a full time student at a community college in my hometown, and I work part time at a hardware store. 

Q. How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life?

I’m still trying to figure that out, I usually dedicate my mornings to running and the rest of my day always seems to go a little bit better in the days that I do run.

Q. When and why did you start running?

I’ve been running since high school, but I didn’t really fall in love with it until I graduated which was in June 2015. I started running because it’s the only thing that can clear my mind within seconds, it’s my stress reliever, it’s calms my anxiety. It’s my form of therapy.

Q. What motivates you to go out there, when you do not feel like it?

I know that my day will be ten times better if I get a run in, that everyday I run the faster and the stronger I get. And that no Victoria Secret model looks the way they do without putting in work.

Q. What is the longest distance you have ran?

In high school I was a sprinter so the furthest I’ve ever run was 10 miles when I would train with the cross country team, but as of recently the longest is 5 miles.

Q. What gives you the confidence to run in the streets?

Running is literally the only time I’m not worried about what other people are thinking, I’m in my own head that is clear and ready to go take on whatever the run has in store.

Q. What do you think about the lack of exercise?

It actually really affects my mental health, in the beginning of this year I slacked in my exercise and it was the first time I have physical symptoms of anxiety, my body craves movement, and when I don’t get my source of therapy it attacks it’s self.

Q. What was your best running experience?

When I ran for the first time without worrying about the distance or the pace, it was actually in the afternoon after school during finals and I was feeling so swamped and my mom told me to go on a run. So I did and I just ran until my mind stopped racing and I was tired, and I never felt so free.

Q. What was your worst running experience?

I think just anytime someone stops their car or yells something at you, it just throws me off for a second, I’m slightly paranoid so I have to get that person out of my head or it’ll ruin my run.

Q. How do you push through the pain?

I continue to think that I’m okay, my body it okay, this is just my mind testing me to see how far I can really go. Sometimes it works, sometimes I just slow down. I’m a work in progress.

Q. What advice can you give somebody who wants to start running?

To just go, put some headphones on play a playohat gets you pumped or happy and just go, it doesn’t have to be far or fast, you’ll know if you like right away at least for me I did. 

Q. Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you? 

I’m on Instagram which is @bintababe and I’m on Twitter @kaibinta and I have a tumblr i-am-kai, my Facebook is Kai Binta Steward


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