Running got me to work on time. And then it saved my life. – Mapule Ndhlovu
Just a few years ago, I was at my most vulnerable. I didn’t have the funds to study further after matric, so I became demotivated and disillusioned at home. I would run because I wanted to cry, and I didn't want to cry in front of my mom or my grandma.
I spent my time helping my grandmother and mother run their daycare business from home, and I didnʼt want to show how I was feeling in front of them, so running became an excuse to get out of the house.
I've always felt like I needed to be the strong one at home, so I started running as my emotional release. My love for running started in a desperate place but it made me realise that I wanted something bigger for my life.
On the 10th of March 2012, it was my 22nd birthday. I’ll never forget that day. It sticks out because I got the best gift I could have asked for - a visit from the Fitness Institute with an offer to sponsor an Exercise Science course. It was the day that changed my life.
Although my love for running started in a desperate place, it made me realize that I wanted something bigger for my life.