Raees Nathi

Sunday, January 28, 2018

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

My name is Raees Nathie or more affectionately known in running circles as The LoneWolf :). I am an accountant by profession and aspiring Charted Accountant. 

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

I try my best to keep to an organised schedule that accommodates all my interest and activities. Being a student and working full time means juggling fitness and work which can sometimes be tough but I find myself getting into a good routine that synchronises everything I enjoy and allows for a balanced lifestyle 

Q. When and why did you start running? 

I started running towards the end of 2015. It started out as just trying to lose some weight and build a better relationship with my mom @farzananathie who had been running the park run at woodlands regularly, she had done 50 parkruns and earned a T shirt, her dedication inspired me to challenge myself to get healthier and more fit, our weekend doesn’t start unless we do our parkrun and we are closer than ever because of it. 

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

What motivates me is the sense of freedom running brings me, running allows me to express myself, when I don’t feel like running (which is hardly ever) it’s the fact that I feel like a different person after I run that gets me out there 

Q. What is the longest distance you have ran?

89kms Comrades 2016 

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

I am fortunate to live in a safe suburb and run with an amazing group of people, we call ourselves the cool runners from wendywood knowing I have a group of people (my wolf pack) gives me the confidence to run those long distance training runs fearlessly, but also I think I'll be fast enough to run away from anyone that tries there luck with me (just kidding I know karate from watching karate kid) 

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

I believe that exercise is a very important part of life and a lack of it is unhealthy because the body needs exercise in order to grow, without it I don’t think i'll feel good about myself 

8. What was your best running experience? 

My best running experience without a doubt has got to be earning a bronze medal with 8 seconds to spare at Comrades 2016, but I am fortunate to have been blessed with many good running experiences and doing the two oceans ultra marathon was the most beautiful running experience ever 

9. What was your worst running experience?

the worst running experience I have had wasn’t all that bad, I had challenged myself to break a sub four marathon and after a failed attempt at Soweto marathon I was more determined than ever, so much so that I tried doing the Jhonson crane marathon with only one hour of sleep the night before, I obviously didn’t break sub four but just barely managed to complete in 4:06 looking half dead it was the kind help of @yasien_sarlie from @jozixtraining that restored some life back into me even though I was not a member of the club at the time. 

Q. How do you push through the pain? 

I feel like pain is part of the process of becoming a stronger runner and knowing that working through a niggle or injury will make me stronger and challenge me to train harder is how I push through it 

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

My advice for anyone who wants to give running a shot would be to appreciate the small things like running a full Km and then enjoy the journey on trying to increase distance and improve time, because running is the most rewarding thing you can do for yourself 

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

Please follow me on strava Raees Nathie 

I am pretty active on Instagram @rnathie 

And snapchat @rae3s 



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