Every long journey has its own challenges. When one embarks on such a journey they need to prepare themselves for anything. The journey can be successfully completed if there is adequate preparation and a clear purpose for getting into the journey at the first place. Such is the case with podcasting and running. They are a long journey for me.
Since I am both a podcaster and a runner, I look at both of theses activities in the same way. They both require a clear goal and vast amounts of endurance. One needs to be able plan every move they will make and have backup plans and backups of backup plans should anything go wrong.
We have gone past the seventh episode. As I mentioned in the past episode that some statistics say, a number of podcast shows that fail, happen to fail just before they reach the seventh episode. I am quite thrilled that Run Yourself Crazy has gone past the “podcast graveyard zone.”
Have a clear picture of where you would run
It is important to have a good idea how your run will look like. Decide on where you will run before you even get into the run. You may want to consider the distance you will be running and the type of run you will actually do. Prepare yourself mentally and accept the route in your mind first.
For long runs be sure to carry a water-bottle or a re-hydration backpack. Also have a bottle of water waiting for you when you return from your running session.
Set your self milestones to help manage the run
Milestones are those little targets into which you break the run. They could be distance based, time based or location based. I often use time and distance based milestones. For an example, I break my runs into 3 parts: Warm up, Pace up and hold, and finish or cool down.
Get out and Run
When you have finished planning and preparing for your run, get out there and do us proud. Follow the route you have chosen and keep those milestones into mind. Upon each milestone pay attention to how your body feels. Do you feel like quitting or you feel like you’ve got a lot of fight raging inside you? This will help you to effectively compare that current run with future runs which you will do on the same route.
At the end of the run, it is important to review your run. How far did you go? How long did it take you to complete the run? How does your body feel like after the run? Did you make it through all the milestones? How was your body feeling at each milestone? This will give you a good idea as to where you may need to improve.
So we have finished a whole year since we relaunched The Spokesdude Podcast. After many challenges, the good and bad memories we made it. After 53 weeks of making friends, we have finally come to the final episode of this year. Who knew that we would finish a year.
What I recall about this year is how I made new friends and how I was connected to people I wouldn’t have met had I not gathered the courage to start a podcast. The Spokesdude is listened to by many people across the world. Some they tell me when we meet on the street that they actually listen to The Spokesdude podcast.
This has been an exciting year of my life. It had challenges. There were bad news and death robbed me of my acquaintances. Nevertheless the Lord my God has been gracious and carrying me through the fires and the storms of this life.
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.
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.
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.
Ever wondered how some people have so much knowledge and are able to quote so many people? Well, you came to the right place. I am going to show you four things you can do to increase your knowledge and become a walking encyclopedia.
It is important to read. So much information can be accessed by reading. There is host of things one can find and read in the world. Read blog posts, newspapers, books, the bible, pamphlets, street direction signs, etc.
Sometimes read is not enough. You may need to take some time off the books and observe the world. Watch YouTube videos, documentaries and the news. Sometimes you can learn a lot about people when you happen to be in town. I do it sometimes. Find a safe spot in town and watch people. See how busy they are. Read their facial expressions. You can pick up much about people when you take time and observe them. Watch the insects in the garden. Yes follow that ant trial and learn some wisdom. You may also enjoy watching the cloud movement in the sky
Sometimes, reading and watching may not be enough. Pay attention to your auditory sense. Listen. Listen to podcasts, some radio, people, poetry, reaching, and public lectures. it also pay to admit that there are people who know more than you do. When you realize that, listen to those who know you more than you.
Get out of the house and go meet people and gain perspective. Go and attend seminars, community meeting, social events, and webinars. Find free events and attend them. Learn as much as you can when you can.
One of the most uncomfortable moments in my life of road running is when I have to cross paths with someone walking their dog(s). I love dogs and I believe that they are loyal pets you may want to have in your home. What is it then that makes me feel uncomfortable when I meet dog walkers with their dogs?
1. The nature of dogs
My experience with untrained dogs is that they are very ill-disciplined and they get excited quickly. I always get the feeling that as I pass by a dog it will get excited and feel the need to chase me. For that reason I become very alert and continue to be suspicious until I am at a considerable distance from them. Only when I am far away from them would I find small rest within myself.
2. Type of a dog
I am not intimidated by every dog. I find beagles to be very friendly. What troubles me a bit are the Chihuahuas. Those tiny dogs, especially when they are more than one, they are troublesome. I must admit that these dogs are the least of my problems. What I fear the most in the canine world is that stone and cold hearted beast referred to as pitbull. In my mind I classify this dog as a wild animal. It terrifies me more when I see it in the township being walked by a young boy who is obviously being pulled by the dog through a leash. If for any reason this pitbull decide to chase me, it will drag the boy on the ground until he gives up and let go of the leash and leave the dog to pursue me.
The type of the pitbull also adds to my fears. I read an article the other day on pitbulls. I learned that a pink nose pitbull is somewhat sociable as opposed to the aggressive and grumpy blue nose pitbull. When I am running I never get time to check the color of the nose, when I see a pitbull I become highly alert. This dog really gets under my skin.
3. The location
The fact that I get to see a pitbull in the township being walked by a young boy, tells me that this animal is not well trained. It could attack me and also attack this young boy. I am not saying all township people, who are usually black like myself, are incapable of training their dogs but evidence with the way they treat other breeds suggests that most of township people indeed are incapable of training their dogs.
Sometimes I get to wonder why exactly some people get to own dogs if they won’t look after them. I get concerned with pitbulls. There seems to be a rise in the number of pitbulls in my township alone. When I am doing my runs I would meet a group of young man walking with five or six pitbulls. Imagine me trying to get as far away possible from the dogs while trying to hide from the young men the fact that I am terrified.
Sometimes it is not the pitbulls on the road that bother me. I get intimidated by a pitbull which is within its owners yard. What sets off the alarm bells is the fence which keeps the animal way from me. There is one house I know where the fence shows clearly that it had suffered greatly from this insane animal. The owner has mended the fence in a very shabby fashion and such a fact does not reassure a passerby of any safety from the beast.
If anyone owns a dog in the township or anywhere else, it is wise to use a strong and high wall and to make sure that there is no way the dog would dig, squeeze or jump its way out. This should be done for the safety of the public and also for that of the beast. There are unstable people out there, who when attacked by this animal would simply pull out a gun and take it down without blinking.
My Greatest Wish
With fast rising numbers of pitbulls in my township belonging to irresponsible owners, I wish that the government would monitor the situation and remove the beasts from owners whose homes are not well fenced. Over and above that, owners should get paid licences in order for them to keep this breed. So to make it difficult for every Tom, Dick and Harry to own this dog, the permit should start from R10 000 per animal and restrict it to two animals at a time. Who ever would violate to this regulation, they should be jailed for at least 10 years depending on the number of pitbulls they illegally kept.
Should the pitbull bite or even kill a human being, it should be killed and the owner should be held liable for the medical expenses and the funeral expenses for the victim.
I know that I am just dreaming. Such a regulation can never come to pass in the present South Africa. Countless people, including children, would have to be killed by these beasts before anything be actually done by the government.