As I once mentioned before that running is not easy. No matter how much we may want to get onto the road or onto the race track and get running, we will always experience difficulty. Those who are seasoned runners would tell you that not every run is the same. Sometimes you get out and manage to maintain the best form through out the run. You’ll even get to feel great during and after the running session.

And then the next run will show you flames. You just know from the word go that something is not right. You body will feel heavy and your breathing awkward. You break a sweat earlier than you usually do. You become miserable during the run and you feel defeated at the end of it.

There are various factors that contribute to this. Some of these factors are: the food you eat, sleep deprivation, weather condition etc. What at it is, you can get over it. I want to share with you three things you may want to do in order to make running a habit.

1. Resolve To Be A Runner

The secret behind success in any endeavor is wanting to do it. When you have resolved in your heart and mind to do something it is more likely that you will invest your best effort into seeing it through. A challenging activity as running is no different. It requires total emotional and mental conviction to do it. It takes courage to set out and run a long distance from which you have no assurance if you’ll be able to return to the comfort of your home. Such courage can be wielded by individuals who have sold themselves wholly to the art of running.

This is true in every part of life. A person whole excels in soccer for a long period of time, is someone who is doing it out of love. If they do it for money, they would never be able to enjoy the game. For them it would be just a job but if they have invested their life to play for the love of the game, they will also help the younger generation to play when the time has come for them to hang their boots. Those who were in it for money, once they grow old and cannot play anymore, they move on and chase money else where or they find their true passion.

I can say the same for business. It is true that we get into business to make profit. If a person starts a business and they don’t want to make money in it, the same business will fail and it will prove to have been a complete waste of time and money. What is more tragic is for someone to get into a business they hate, for the sake of money. Such an enterprise is a right start towards suicide.

I had spent three years doing a job I hated for the sake of money and it got me nowhere, until I got the courage to say, “it is enough.” At first I was a waiter at Nino’s Restaurant, I lasted six months in that job and then I quite. I went to apply at Mugg & Bean and I got hired right away. I lasted 30 days there and I quite. My grave mistake was to look for another restaurant related job instead of searching for what I really wanted to do. I went to work at McDonald’s and lasted there for 3 years and I was miserable. It was at that point where I decide that the only relationship I would have with any restaurant will be on customer basis. Either the restaurant will be my client or I will be their customer. Never will I find myself working at the restaurant again.

I must admit, the customers loved me and I had much respect from my colleagues but I hated the job and it made me miserable. I still get nightmares over it. It was a good thing for me to leave.

My point is, if at all you are to succeed in running or in anything in life, you must first love to do it. If not, you will be miserable. You will hate it and you will be guaranteed failure.

2. Have A Strict Running Schedule

The love of running will not be enough on its own. Discipline is the key to ensuring that you run until running is your habit. I think you are aware that habits are developed through repetition. You have to force your body to learn to run and then later it will demand to run. They only way to achieve this is to run regularly under any weather condition, except during a thunder storm.

I recommend that you create a strict running schedule. In this schedule you will allocate yourself time to run each week and specify the types of runs and the distances you will do.

Be sure to exercise strict discipline and follow the schedule. Follow the schedule without fail. If something comes up which does not relate to your health, family health or death be sure to prioritize your running schedule above that. If it is not an emergency you can see it after you have fulfilled your running commitment for that given day. If you live with your family, let them know the times you will be running and the distances. It also helps to let them know where you will be running, so they can know where to start looking for you should you not return home as expected.

If you cannot exercise discipline over yourself you are most likely to fail in anything. We need discipline in order to fulfill challenging tasks. It help us move forward even when it hurts. Running sessions may sometime present pain in the body. When it hurts or you feel tired, it takes self-discipline to run until the pain stops. It takes self-discipline to look at failure in the face and say I will not quite.

Self-discipline is like a harness for the horse. It keeps the horse on the path predetermined by the rider. It will not turn to the left nor to the right except when instructed by the rider. So self-discipline keeps us on the path we have set. Be prepared to push yourself to the limit if you wish running to become a part of your life as a good habit.

I have grown to a point that if I have to take a taxi to some place which is under 3 km away and am not required to carry any heavy things to and fro, and if I will not spend more than 10 minutes in there, I just run to that place. I would create opportunities for myself to run because I love it. Sometimes when I see someone running and I am not, I envy them. Running has now become a habit and it keeps my body feeling great.

3. Find A Running Partner.

If you feel that you might not be able to create a running plan nor to follow it. Get yourself a running partner. It could be your friend, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife and even children. Find someone who will push you or even drag you to the starting line in the days when you feel lazy. I do not have a running partner because I have my own agenda in the running business. I am highly motivated and I even run outside the schedule set for me by Nike Running Club. If I were to get a running partner, I would have to wait until I finish the current training plan and then start a new running plan with my running partner.

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This has been a very busy year for me. A lot has taken plan. What I find more interesting, is that I had been so busy you’d swear there was someone breathing down my neck, while in fact there wasn’t. I have excercised a tremendous measure of discipline, an undertaking I had no idea was possible.

I must admit. Producing and publishing a podcast for 52 weeks was not easy. I could have easily given up but I pressed on, through the help of my friends and brothers.

There are lots of things I wish to achieve next year. Just to name one: It is my greatest wish to have at least one live show, with a live audience at a given venue. Meeting and addressing my listeners in person will be the greatest experience. I wish to bring some business people on to the show and who will encourage upcoming entrepreneurs and help them avoid some of the mistakes which are common among startups and which will cost them a lot of time, energy and money.

As we approach the end of 2019, I have no regrets for chosing to do a podcast and register a business. When my business has grown and the name The Spokesdude has become a household name, I will not forget those who have helped me. I will in one way or another return the favour to them and their families.

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The festive season is upon us and the whole world is going insane. Businesses are raking in millions and people are spending like crazy. Families are travelling to holiday sites abroad. While this happens some will be compromising on their fitness activity. Today’s episode, Lungisa is unplugged and he is giving his own view on the matter of fitness and holiday season.

Now this is something you don’t hear every day at The Spokesdude Podcast. We are talking about food. There is no question about it. I love food. Food is one of those things that God made for us men… and women of course. Okay, okay and children too. My point is, before men were created, there was food prepared for their arrival. I mean right on the third day, before even the sun was created, there was food.

My word! I never realized this, food actually predates the sun, the moon and the stars. I know the atheists and many evolutionists out there would want to kill me right now. They must be pulling their hair out right now. Literally, they must be gaping for my flesh as we speak. Who doesn’t know that evolutionist think their theory is a fact and they base this on some dead animal bones. Sadly, those bones are not explaining how the earth was formed or arranged except for that it had animals and those animals died.

Today on the 50th episode I am talking mainly about one specific food item that will knock those infections and illnesses down. It works as a natural antibiotic and it hates flu. When consumed, it also protects you from bug bites. This food item is none other than the humble garlic. Listen to this stinky and yet healthy podcast episode to learn more.

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Running is a very interesting activity. Everybody does it. When I say everybody does it, I do not mean every human being but I mean every legged creature I know. In most cases creatures in this world run out of necessity. They are compelled by the need for survival.

A typical example is a lion and a gazelle. A lion would run in pursuit of a gazelle in order to have a meal and evade death by starvation. While from a gazelle’s point of view the purpose of running is also for survival, however, the logistics of it entails not becoming food for the lion.

I also run for life. The purpose of my running activity is to get fit and lose a bit of weight. I believe I have a better chance of surviving a number of threats than someone who is physically in active. So when I am on the road or the racing track at the sports ground, I literally run for my life

Listen to today’s episode to gain more insight.

I appeal to everyone who is physically inactive and unfit, to get started with running or with any form of physical activity. It is a good thing to do. Encourage your kids to be physically active. Train your body and build its endurance. You will thank yourself later.

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From the time we are born until the time we die, we constantly change. Change is part of life. Sometimes change is never what we expect, it often comes as a surprise. Change can sometimes be painful. Depending on the context, whatever form or shape a change introduces itself to us it can work out for good if accepted in a critical yet optimistic fashion.

I am saying that each change should be examined and the effects of it be understood and perhaps be manipulated for the benefit of the body or everyone. This is all governed by the nature and the context of a given change.

Capitec

I believe that Capitec brought change in the banking sector. In the reality where the poor were bullied by the major banks such as ABSA, Standard Bank, First National Bank and Nedbank with their ridiculous charges, Capitec came in with a system that allowed those who could not afford a bank account to have access to banking facility.

A few months ago I had inquired from Capitec if they have any Business Solutions. The response was quite disappointing but the consultant I spoke to, gave me hope that there is a plan even though at that stage they could say much. Yesterday I twitted Capitec and said to them “bring us Business Banking” and I was given a link that enlightened me. Capitec has been given the go-ahead to purchase 100% of Mercantile Bank. Now Capitec will be able to offer Business Banking and also offer to fund Businesses.

The promise Capitec is giving is that they will offer an affordable business solution. With the excellent service I had received so far from Capitec on my account, I am eager to see what they have to offer in the business sector.

Festive Season

We are approaching that crazy time of the year. People are getting their 13th cheques. Those who were putting their money into stokvels for the whole year are in line to get it back with interest. School teachers are looking forward to their long holidays as the schools will be closed for the year. Black Friday is next week, a lot of people are gearing to take of the specials that will be offered then.

In the midst of all this thieves, robbers, and scammers are getting ready to get busy. They will be pick-pocketing, snatching women’s handbags, confronting and robbing people by threatening them with knives and guns. The scammers will be using the silver tongue to manipulate people’s greed for money and dupe simpletons into handing out their hard-earned money with baseless hopes of getting more money.

While money will be stolen by all means possible, another breed of criminals will have their eyes on careless human beings. They will be stealing children, teenagers and the rich people, with the intention of either releasing them for a ransom or selling them offshore as slaves of all sorts.

What saddens me is the number of teenagers that will be drunk this festive season, especially those who are completing their high school life this year. they run the risk of being raped, kidnapped or even killed.

My advice to all people is to be alert at all times and to avoid places where they might get into trouble. Try walking in groups rather than alone. Always be safe.


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Today’s episode is very unusual. Lungisa Joctrey is talking about what is going on with The Spokesdude Network and the events we should be expecting with regards to the company and its offering.

One of the most exciting things we are looking forward to is the launch of the RUN YOURSELF CRAZEE podcast. This a podcast for Runners and everyone interested in physical training, health and fitness.

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