Thabang Letheo

Monday, May 28, 2018

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

I am Thabang Letheo, a 27 year old who was born in Soweto. I am currently a recently qualified Chartered Accountant who has worked in auditing and has recently started working in Corporate Finance.

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

I always start off my day with training. I dedicate my mornings to morning runs ranging from 5km (when unfit) to 20km (when training for marathons).

Q. When and why did you start running?

I started running in high school. I have always done well in long distance running. In varsity I gained weight after being inactive for a few months which motivated me to get back on the road again to stay healthy and live a balanced life. 

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

The constant opportunity to improve in running always motivates me. The only reason why I have done well in long distance running has always been the preparation that I put in. Without training I will simply not improve. I always live by this quote when it comes to running, “The more I practise, the luckier (more confident) I get” 

Q. What is the longest distance you have ran? 

A full marathon – Cape Town Marathon (2014 and 2017) , Los Angeles Marathon (2018)

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

The personal desire in me to constantly improve with my running. Seeing other runners on the road training and running hard.

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

I do not enjoy periods in my life where I am not exercising. Exercise is an important component of running and also aids in injury prevention. 

Q. What was your best running experience? 

Running the Miami Marathon in January this year in the USA and also running the Los Angeles Marathon in March 2018. 

Q. What was your worst running experience? 

Running the PWC George Klaasen Marathon in early 2017, where I picked up a hip injury and had to walk for the second half of the race and run my worst time in a half marathon.

Q. How do you push through the pain? 

In a race I use the energy of the other more enthusiastic runners around me during a race. Whenever I struggle in a race I try join a bus to be inspired by those running with me which always helps.

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

Be patient and persistent, it always hardest in the beginning stages. If you can just remain consistent and positive you will notice a huge improvement in your running. 

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

Twitter: @iamtman27 

Instagram: @iamtman27 

Facebook: Thabang Letheo


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