Emily Dieketseng

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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

I’m a mother of one a professional manager in hospitality with 15 years’ Experience in the full service of the industry.Throughout the years I have gained experience and looking forward to have my own business and expertise my skills and be successful business women because I’m customer focused and I’m able to develop a positive relationship and sustain people insight.

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

Balancing work and fitness I try to eat healthy throughout the week so that I can keep my energy levels up and avoid being stressful at work and stay focused at all times that’s how I try to balance both because I make time for my training mostly after working hours or early in the morning before I go to work and that works quite well for me.

Q. When and why did you start running?

When I started running It was around 2014 and I started with a friend of mine with about 4 to 8 km at least 3x week depending on our training schedule.

It was quite challenging but I kept on doing it as I was intending to lose some weight and stay in shape and as I started it was unstoppable I couldn’t wait for the next day to train.

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

Having a positive mind and be surrounded by people who enjoy exercising and running.

We motivated each other as we used to wake up in the early hours of 5am it was bit difficult and frustrating at times but I got used to it as I pushed myself each day until It got better my only strategy was to prepare my running gear at night going before going to bed knowing I have to wake up without any excuses.

Q. What is the longest distance you have ran? 

Mostly I run up to 35 km in training and about 32 km marathons actually I’m not a long distance runner and though people who believe in me always say I can make it I must just put more effort and be mentally prepared.

I’m also a gym fanatic I like spinning classes I can ride up to 3hrs and I enjoy high low classes as well as they have high intensity and lots of strength is needed.

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

I have gained more confidence by running on the streets and it has become a regular thing because I enjoy doing it and it has become easier than before and not forgetting also the running gear that is comfortable especially for us women comfortable sports bras are very important including the proper running shoes as they give me more confidence and a motivation boost.

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

They always say you are what you eat and that contributes a to lack of exercising eating healthy gives a person more energy automatically and throughout and stress free exercising help to get a better sleep and to have mild depression and low self-esteem.

Q. What was your best running experience?

My best running experience was when I ran OMTOM 2018 at cape town the half marathon the weather was beautiful I enjoyed the beauty of the nature while running and also because I have been training a lot lately all went quite well I ran my own race I really enjoyed my run I managed to get to the finish line on time I finished at 2hrs 29 minutes and as soon as I received my medal I was one of the luckiest people from JHB to be interviewed by media and I was live on TV and that was the best moment of my life .

Q. What was your worst running experience?

The worst running experience was when I was running Soweto Marathon November 2017 I ran knowing I had an injury on my knee at the start I was feeling fine until I got to 10.5 km that’s where I started to struggle nevertheless I still ran until I finished my race though it was very tough I still finished under 2hrs 45 minutes as I was running the half marathon.

Q. How do you push through the pain?

Pushing through pain is very difficult as there are times where I feel like giving up while running but I try my best to keep the pain away from my mind but it drains all the energy out of me and I always believe that nothing is impossible the stronger I’m the more I fear nothing because the less I fear the more I gain.

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

The advice I will give to the beginners is to start by running at least 3 to 4 km a day at least 3 x a week for the first week and if one finds themselves getting out of breath rather slow down and work on improving the speed during the shorter intervals also get a running partner to motivate and each other.

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

My Twitter :  @Dik72emily

Facebook : Keke Molosi

Instagram : Dieks_kk 


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