I met Chantel on instagram @runbird72 … she is like me, she loves jewellery too Then I learnt more about her, and she is an amazing inspiration. I am glad she agreed to be this weeks Wonder Woman Wednesday …
enjoy reading more about this awesome lady.
- Tell us about yourself and what you do?
I migrated from South Africa to Australia with my parents when I was 18. I’m an Accountant and a Personal Trainer interesting combination I know but it keeps me active. I have a passion (some may call it an addiction) for running long distance which only coincided with wanting to do something special when I turned 40! I have a fur baby named Rhino who’s a 20 month old Hungarian Vizsla that requires almost as much exercise as I do so we’re a good combination. We are also both love Instagram and that’s where we share our running journey.
- Have you always been involved in fitness?
No, 10 years ago I found myself morbidly obese working long hours behind a desk and very unhappy. I made a conscious decision to turn my life around. It started with changing my eating habits which helped me lose 30kg. I then started going to a gym & exercising on a regular basis which helped me lose a further 20kg. It was by no means an easy process and there was no magic formulae – just hard work and determination. It took a good 3 years to lose 50kg. My passion for running happened later when I decided I wanted to achieve something special for my 40th and that just happened to be “run a sub 4 hour marathon”.
- What exercise/sport do you do – why did you choose this sport?
I mainly run but I also spend a bit of time at the gym and I cycle. I chose running because it’s something I can do by myself or with others. I like that I don’t have to rely on anybody but myself to get out the door and go for a run. I also find it the most relaxing me time, just me and my thoughts not a care in the world. I never listen to music not even on a 5 hour run, I just enjoy being outdoors and listening to what’s going on around me.
- Do you follow a specific diet?
As you can imagine losing 50kg I tried every diet known to man. In the end I realised that it was all about moderation, portion control and enjoying what I eat so that I can sustain the behaviour and not feel like I’m missing out on anything.
- What does a week of training/exercise look for you?
Monday – short run 6-14km’s
Tuesday – H.I.I.T. session with my personal trainer mainly ergo, spin bike & versaclimber
Wednesday – speed work running session 8-12km’s
Thursday – weights session at the gym plus a 30-60 minute run
Friday – bike ride plus a short run
Saturday – long run anywhere between 15-50km’sdepending on which race I’m training for
Sunday – active rest day normally involves a long walk with Rhino
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
My strengths are definitely my determination and ability to give 100% to anything I set my mind to. I’m a very routine person and love structure in my life and knowing what’s next.
In a way my strengths are also my weakness, ie. I become so focused on my goals and achieving that I may leave other things in my wake. I’m a bit all or nothing … that’s the way hubby describes it anyway
- What are your future aspirations?
I haven’t set any specific goals short term which is rather unusual for me. Having come off a year of an Ultra Marathon, a marathon and 5 half marathons I’m just taking time to reflect and decide what I really do want to achieve with my running in the next 12 months.
Long term I’d just like to sustain being able to run marathons for the rest of my life. I won’t lie, this sport takes it’s toll on your body and life in general. It’s a big commitment to be constantly training for a marathon but it keeps me fit, healthy and motivated. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Did you know that I have Running pieces? Inspiration and motivation while you are out pounding the pavement. The perfect reminder when you feel like stopping … find out more here