Featured Friday: Phindi Gule on her Totalsports Women’s Race Experience

Women around the country are preparing for yet another exciting series of the Totalsports Women’s Race, I am no exception. I’ve been part of this race since 2011, it was my very first 10km race. What an experience, like-minded women gathered to celebrate womanhood alongside their male counterparts who never fail to make this race colourful and fun as they come out dressed as women to celebrate the women in their life.

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Running was effortless – the entertainment on route was mind blowing, well stocked water points kept me going and the entertainment at the finish was spectacular. This race made me to fall in love with running, I can safely say this is where and when my ‘love affair’ with running started.

After this race I did not stop running, I kept at it and exactly 10 months later I was at the start of Comrades 2012, April 2016 I made history by becoming the first woman (alongside my husband) to run the length of KZN (Mozambique border to Port Edward) a total of 900km. Totalsports Women’s Race changed my life for the better. It made me realize the power/ fire inside me as a woman, to always push the boundaries and the importance of living a Healthy Lifestyle and being pro-active about my Health status.

They say ‘Rome was never built in one day’, I agree. It started with one brick, the same goes for running!!! You just have to START. As you run your first 5km or 10km at the Totalsports Women’s Race this year, remember you are capable of doing more. Allow this race to transform your life.
Totalsports Women’s Race is NOT an event, it’s a life changing experience with loads of health benefits #BePartOfTheMovement.

When it comes to your first race, it’s hard to know what to expect. If your first race is the upcoming Totalsports Women’s Race, these 5 tips for your first race will guide you from training to race day to crossing the finish line.

Equipment

Before you start, make sure you take time and shop for a good running shoe. We all have different feet and styles of running so it’s important to get professional advice and even be tested to determine your style of running, how you land, and whether you are a neutral or pronator runner. Ladies, it’s not about finding a pink shoe that matches the rest of your apparel but finding a suitable shoe for your feet – one that will help you run comfortably. The wrong shoe could lead to ITB, loss of toe nails or blisters.

Training

Try not to JUST show up on race day no matter how short the distance – YOU’VE GOT TO TRAIN. Get your body ready by training at least three times a week. This will help you on race day as you will be familiar with how your body responds when run. It’s never easy when starting. There might be some discomfort but you’ve got to push through unless it’s a life threatening pain/ discomfort. You must also from time to time train in the clothes and apparel you’ll be wearing on race day so that there are no surprises come race day.

Be prepared

Register as early as possible and ensure that you have your race pack at least the day before the race. Be at the start at least 45 minutes before the race. Nerves may kick in so you want to have enough time to go to the toilet, calm yourself down and get in the zone

Run your own race

If you’ve trained, you should have a routine and a plan of how you want to tackle the race – STICK TO IT. It’s important to focus and run your race. Forget what everybody is doing, it’s their plan/ strategy…STICK TO YOURS

Fueling

You must have something to eat at least two hours before the race to keep your body going during the race. Ideally stick to what you normally take before training (hopefully nothing heavy) e.g. a smoothie, banana or breakfast bar. This is very important. If you don’t have ‘fuel’ your body WILL fail you – just like a car!

Click here to enter the Totalsports Women’s Race taking place in Cape Town and Johannesburg on the 09 August.

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