Two marathons in three weeks – there’s no stop­ping Lu­bisi

CityPress - - Sport - DUMISANE LU­BISI dumisane.lu­bisi@city­press.co.za

I look back to the start of May – my birth­day month.

Back then, any­one who asked me to join them for a run would be met with a stone-faced me ex­claim­ing: “Run­ning for what, ex­actly?”

I had no in­cli­na­tion to run. For me, the abs and strength train­ing at the gym were enough – and at a very rare chance maybe an 8km walk. That was it.

But the con­stant in­vites to this and that race slowly worked on me. My cu­rios­ity grew and, in­stead of the face that said I wasn’t in­ter­ested, there were more en­gage­ments about run­ning.

In the ab­sence of many of those who wanted me to join them for a run, I would take on the tread­mill – and walk. The walks de­vel­oped into small jogs and then be­gan the run­ning. And since then, I haven’t stopped.

The Peo­ple’s Race in Soweto last Sun­day be­came my sec­ond half marathon in three weeks.

Ini­tially, I reg­is­tered for the 10km race. By Septem­ber, I was con­vinced by col­leagues Tim­o­thy Molobi and Kgo­motso Mokoena that I could eas­ily tackle the 21km run.

I doubted my­self. Af­ter all, I’ve been a sprinter all my life – those I went to school with can tell you a thing or two about my younger days (although their sto­ries could be laced with some jeal­ousy).

But then I got more en­cour­age­ment and heard about the SABS Jacaranda City Chal­lenge on Oc­to­ber 14. I

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