12 Nov Running has made me a better person
When I registered for the Nike Soweto Marathon, I never thought I would be into “running”, even though my father has always been a runner. I have many a memory of us waiting at the finish line or along a running route for him to pass by so we could cheer him on as well as the lectures he would give us on how running was about discipline and perseverance . I never really got it until now and it always amazed me how many people committed to and made running part of their lifestyle: joining running clubs, running marathons and being well… runners.
On the 2nd of November I ran my first half marathon after just under 3 months of gruesome training. I say gruesome because by the time I got the the start line of the Nike Soweto Marathon; both my knees were in pain from pushing my body and following the Nike Running App’s COACH programme even when I was sick because after you run anything over 10km – the gateway drug – you kind of feel like you can do anything and you ignore your body, even when it says “maybe we should stop.” Simply put; there is yet to be a feeling that surpasses the first time you run 20kms on a Sunday morning without stopping. You feel like Kanye. They can’t tell you nothing at that point.
After running my first 10km in 2012 without really training that much, I decided this time around I wanted to trick my lazy body into getting back in shape by signing up for the 21,1 km race. A simple enough goal; that saw me back in the gym on a regular basis and running an average or 8km a day for 3 months with longer runs on the weekends. Somehow without realising it I became obsessed with wanting desperately to beat my fastest 10km. That is when I knew, I had kind of become a “runner-type,” because all I wanted to do was push myself further and further, figure out how to improve my running form and breathing and maintain a consistent pace during every run. I also subscribed to Runner’s World… so based off of that I basically declared myself a runner 😉