Gun Run Cape Town

It’s almost time for the OUTsurance, 94.5KFM Gun Run – Cape Town’s most popular running road race over 5k, 10k or 21k on Sunday 13 October 2013. Cape Grace has a couple of staff members entered, so here’s a Q&A with them for advice on fitness and motivation:

Naomi Liddle, Creditors Controller has done multiple races this year including, Two Oceans Marathon, Knysna Marathon, Slave Route, Cellar 2 Cellar, Totalsports Ladies run and Cape Town Marathon – phew! Nelson Caboz, Executive Manager – Front of House, considers the Gun Run as his first of the summer season with the pinnacle being the Two Oceans Marathon, which he’s done 8 times!

What is it about taking part in these runs/events that make you do more?

Naomi: There’s nothing better than the stress relieving and powerful qualities of a run. Proving to myself that I can do whatever I put my mind to and the best…its guaranteed weight loss without going on endless and frustrating diets!

Nelson: The endorphins and sense of achievement… not to mention the health benefits.

Do you ever let your fitness wane or do you maintain a level that allows you to do the next race?

Naomi: I stay fit because it’s hard getting back on track. I keep fit by doing short road runs during the week and long runs on a Sunday morning.  I also do yoga, pilates and cross training at the gym.

Nelson: I tend to stop running between July and September where, like most Capetonians, I spend more time indoors and at the gym. The Gun Run for me is the start of the season – preparation for the big event – The Two Oceans Marathon!

Any other advice to help others reach a fitness goal?

Naomi: Start by doing short runs. Running slowly is not a flaw; you’ll be amazed at how many calories you burn when doing a slow 5 km run. Living healthily is the best gift you can give yourself.

Nelson: Practice! Kit yourself out – this can be motivation for each goal. Join a club, it’s good motivation and they have various training runs. Have fun!

The Gun Runs start within Cape Town Stadium precincts and trace a loop in and around the V&A Waterfront and Greenpoint, then along the Sea Point Promenade ending opposite SABC studios (see exact routes here). The 21km race goes up Kloof Road towards Camps Bay, which may mean a few hills, but also spectacular ocean and mountain scenery. Charitable proceeds go to the Anna Foundation helping rural children develop education, sport and life development.

Do you have a fitness goal this summer? You could start with the Cape Grace suggested jogging route. Pick up a map from reception.

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