I teamed up with Fitness enthusiast Nicol Miller to raise awareness for the Total Sports Women’s Race. Nicol and I have very different fitness levels, so in saying that we want to encourage each and every woman to push past their boundaries and run for a good cause. We want to show you, that no matter what your fitness level, you can still be a part of this beautiful movement.
I consider myself moderately active. I enjoy a good hike up the mountain, taking a stroll along the Sea Point promenade and even partaking in some fun group workout classes. Having been a very active person, I was running 3 times a week, and doing strength training twice a week, however life somehow got the better of me, and as a result, I have seen my fitness levels drop drastically. I am slowly getting back into the swing of things by living a healthier lifestyle as well as slowly incorporating more active exercises into my day to day life.
Albeit, regardless of my current fitness level, I have still chosen to take part in the Total Sports Women’s race. Breast Cancer has affected my family, in more ways than one. My Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years back, and that took a huge strain on our family. The good news is my Aunt is one of many survivors and is alive today to tell her story. I am grateful to still have my Aunt around and she is the very reason I will be running in this race. Not only am I driven by my Aunts fight to survive, but I also want to challenge myself. As I mentioned, I had allowed my love for running to take a back seat, which is exactly why I want to take full advantage of this woman’s race as an opportunity to get back into the swing of things. Let’s all work up a sweat while creating awareness and educating women on the importance of having those regular check-ups. Prevention is better than cure. I will be running the 5km for those who we have lost, those who are fighting and all women across the world.
I consider myself to be very active. Working out about four times per week. Most of my workouts are cardio based, as I love the high energy, high intensity of training. My training involves boxing, functional /interval regimes as well as Pilates which I do at the end of the week to stretch the muscles. Being fit not only means being physically healthy, but mentally healthy as well. That’s why I enjoy boxing so much, it challenges you. Boxing teaches you to stay focused.
For a long time, I relied on genetics to get me through. I often believed that because I was petite, didn’t have the biggest appetite and ran a few times a week that I would be okay. That was until my brother, who is a biokineticist student connected me up on an in-body machine. This machine takes your body fat percentage and skeletal muscle mass. The numbers just didn’t reflect my size. We are often misled by the outer appearance and number on a scale, instead of digging deeper. And that’s when I knew things had to change. I work out because I want to because I need to and because I love to.
I am taking part in the total sports women’s race for a few reasons. One, to test myself, as I’ve never been a distance runner so it will be a challenge and two, the cause behind it is so vitally important to all women. And one that is especially important for me, having had my grandmother pass away from cancer. I’m running for the ones we’ve lost, for the fighters, survivors, and for all women.
For more information on the race and how to enter, check out the website – www.totalsportswomensrace.com online entries close 24 July and in store entries close 15 July
Photography by – Tegan Smith Photography