I Ran It Off!

RON­ALD RAN IT OFF – AND SENT HIS CON­FI­DENCE LEV­ELS THROUGH THE ROOF!

Runner's World South Africa - - CONTENTS - – AS TOLD TO LISA AB­DEL­LAH

Weight down – con­fi­dence way, way up.

THE WAKE-UP

The rea­son I didn’t do sports in the past was be­cause I felt self­con­scious about be­ing over­weight around other peo­ple. I tried crash di­ets, but none of them ever worked. When two of my un­cles had to un­dergo by­pass surgery, I re­alised I had been tak­ing my own life for granted.

THE SHAKE-UP

Time to change. My younger sis­ter Shayna asked me to go for a run with her. She en­cour­aged me to run 5km, six days a week, com­bined with re­sis­tance train­ing. My daily diet in­cluded in­stant rolled oats with sliced ba­nana, cin­na­mon and honey for break­fast; avo­cado on low-GI bread for lunch; a chicken wrap or salad for din­ner; and fruit or raw nuts for a snack.

My big­gest chal­lenge was

THE RE­WARD

Run­ning al­lowed me the time and space to re­flect on what I needed to change on the in­side. My con­fi­dence lev­els are through the roof. I get to share my run­ning ex­pe­ri­ences with Shayna, and peo­ple are in­spired and amazed by my trans­for­ma­tion.

Shayna and I have founded a run­ning group, ‘Run­ning Kin’, and we run for char­ity. I’m happy with my cur­rent weight, but I’ll con­tinue to push my body to new lim­its. My 10K PB is 50 min­utes, and my half-marathon PB is 1:55. In No­vem­ber I’ll take part in my first marathon, Sani Stag­ger, and I’ve got my sights set on par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Two Oceans and the Com­rades.

THE ‘END GOAL’ DOESN’T EX­IST, BE­CAUSE WE ARE PER­PET­U­ALLY CHANG­ING AND PUSH­ING OUR­SELVES TO NEW LEV­ELS...

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