GO! PEO­PLE

Go! & Express - - Go! People -

Q: Oc­cu­pa­tion?

A: I am a pro­fes­sional run­ning coach through BOaST Run­ning Suc­cess, which of­fers group or vir­tual coach­ing pro­grammes.

Q: What mo­ti­vates you to achieve more in life?

A: I don’t want to re­gret any­thing. I be­lieve that if you have a ta­lent you should take ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to work at it and grow it. I find it ex­cit­ing to see if I can set a goal a lit­tle higher each time I have achieved a goal. I never thought I would be able to fin­ish a Com­rades Marathon, but af­ter years of train­ing and com­mit­ment I was able to achieve a gold medal this year at Two Oceans and the Com­rades. I guess goals mo­ti­vate me, but above ev­ery­thing I am mo­ti­vated by the fact that I have a healthy body and mind, a sup­port­ive, lov­ing family and op­por­tu­ni­ties. I don’t want to waste my bless­ings.

Q: What keeps you grounded?

A: I know how it feels to feel “not good enough”. I have only started do­ing well at run­ning long af­ter I fin­ished school. I don’t like it when peo­ple think they are “bet­ter” than some­one else.

Q: What is your goal in life?

A: I want to be the best mother and wife I can be. I want to live a good, happy life; to be a kind and car­ing per­son. I’d also like to be able to run un­til I am 99 years old. And I love help­ing other run­ners achieve their goals.

Q: What are you cur­rently read­ing and why?

A: I don’t have time to read a book. I can­not take my eyes off my (nearly) one-year-old daugh­ter. When she goes to sleep, I’ll rather try and sleep too. I do like to “Google” any­thing run­ning or nu­tri­tion re­lated when I have a gap.

Q: What do you value most?

A: Family and health

Q: What would you like to see change in our coun­try?

A: I like rules. I don’t like it when peo­ple break ba­sic rules, such as throw­ing rub­bish all over our beau­ti­ful Es­planade and beaches, or steal­ing from others or jump­ing red traf­fic lights. Ba­sic com­mon rules are easy to fol­low and if ev­ery­one just doesn’t break them, the world would be a bet­ter place.

Q: What is your favourite family des­ti­na­tion in East Lon­don?

A: Na­hoon Beach and 3 Si­los parkrun.

Q: Where is your favourite place to eat in East Lon­don?

A: I love Bom­bay Ex­press. Spicy food is my favourite. My hus­band doesn’t like spicy food so we like to go to Sanook or Coun­try Bump­kin.

STEPHANIE SMITH

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