Cape Town - Since the launch of
the Be Better campaign in January, the adidas runners community has increased
Be Better is an emotive expression that describes why people love
to run. adidas Runners created this campaign to promote a running lifestyle and
encourage people to find what motivates them to run.
and friends of the brand draw energy from different elements that push them to Be Better. A
few of the brand’s influencers have signed up for the first time to run the Old
Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
With only a week left
before the race here’s what the influencers shared on their training programme.
Qhama ‘Clixwell’ Xhali
“What made me decide to
take on the challenge of a 21km run was the satisfaction I got from completing Park Runs and the 10km Soweto
Marathon twice. I’ve always felt that I could go a little bit further if I put my
mind to it. The half marathon requires more preparation, effort and has given
me sore muscles but it's a challenge I would like to complete.”
Qhama is confident that his
preparations are on track for the race, “since January, I run between 5km-12km at least four times a week and
I'm looking to increase the distances in the coming week leading up to the Old Mutual Two
Outside of running I've also been playing touch
rugby and 5-a-side soccer as extra cardio during the week. I've found it to be
a fun way to train and a nice break from road running when I need it.”
Ntumi explains how running has helped improve his
physical and mental health.
“I started running in 2012 and I couldn’t even
finish a mere 2km. As the years went by I learnt different techniques for
improving my runs and how I can be better with each run. I used to be so
inconsistent with my runs and I’d always blame it on my hectic travel and
working hours, however in June 2016 I made a commitment that I want to take
running to the next level and participate in more races around the country.”
Ntumi has had to make a lot changes to his
lifestyle since starting his running journey, “my sleeping patterns have
changed, the intensity of my training and runs have changed, my diet is
carefully monitored. I’ve become a lot more conscious about my well-being
leading up to the race. Running is the best decision I’ve made in my life. I
love being immersed in every stride and breath I take. I love how running has
changed my outlook towards life. I don’t run to beat times or even compete with
other runners, but I run to be the best version of myself. When I run I feel
that everything just falls into place and I make better decisions.”
“Preparations for my first Old Mutual Two
Oceans half marathon are going well so
Most will identify with DotCom as an urban hip hop artist and dancer but
only a few of his fans know about his passion for fitness and sport. DotCom comes
from a sporting background, keeping fit has never really been an issue for him.
“I work out at the gym regularly and participate in sports socially through touch
rugby and indoor soccer,” says DotCom.
While he prides himself on being a gym enthusiast,
training for a half marathon was something he had always wanted to challenge
“My journey towards preparing for the half marathon has been
humbling because long-distance running tests both the body and mind. I’ve put
myself on a terrain where I am not the fastest nor fittest person which has
created a great environment for me to learn from more experienced athletes,”
Since the Be Better campaign launch, DotCom found
value in running in groups and has since joined adidas Runners for their night
runs. He explains, “attending the adidas Runners sessions once or twice a week
has helped me push my body more than I ever thought I could, thanks to the
support and comradery of the boosters”.
Lesedi recently found herself being reintroduced to
running as a discipline to her life and the experience has since channelled her
mind into a positive state.
“When I was much younger, I used to enjoy running
but I got disconnected with the track along the way,” she explains.
to run the Old
Mutual Two Oceans Marathon as part of
a personal challenge which is to participate in four 21km races this year. My
goal is to beat my personal best time from my last 21km which was the
Soweto Marathon. I want to see how close I can get to 2 hours,” says Lesedi.