The beauty of running is the bus…
It was the theme of the Saturday run.
The idea of a bus is that there is a sense of a journey and traveling together as a run cru, everyone focused on the mission. The route of this bus was the same route but there was something different about it. This time round, it certainly had to be that the driver of this bus was a woman.
Like an Alpha woman, remember Beyonce in the Run the world (girls) video…you see that? Yes she was like that the head bitch in charge giggles like Beyonce while flicking her hair
SHE EXERTS POWER AND INFLUENCE THROUGH HER ABILITY TO TAKE CHARGE.
This is seen by her driving the cru through the 6/ Vilakazi street with their woes. Imagine a female driver, she is obviously everything a male driver is not. Like how she cares that no one is falling behind or will occasionally boost the moral of the cru and how the male voices would echo after her is something special.
This Alpha woman enjoys being on an equal parity to the guys in the run cru, how she had Bra Thami and Lebo Rox (that is another topic for another story) by her side right till the end of the run. Is something that isn’t often done as those two guys float like butterflies while running and it is very hard to keep up. They don’t break a sweat as much as you would. It is safe to say that the other women in the run cru could say that she is one to look up to for leadership and inspiration.
And her name is Linz. That female that you just don’t mess with *grunts like Beyonce
The Saturday run was nothing short of beautiful.
The weather was forgiving, people showed up in numbers, the road was clear and everyone was at their happiest.
That’s the next level of running.
When you can see the progress of running every Saturday and Tuesday, where the triple steep of Winnie doesn’t give you hell like it did when you started out. Or how you reach the Thesis concept store feeling like Mayweather after an epic fight because you finished off strong.
The encouragement of the guys yelling “ladies in front, lets go lets go halehale go go” like in the movie 300 where Leonidas shouts “Spartans”.
The theme to this story of a guy who isn’t just a member of the run cru or a soft spoken guy who is the true reflection of dynamite comes in small packages, just has to be Aka’s Congratulate Me.
Veja is the hero with no questions asked. He ran the Comrades Marathon that happened a few weekends ago and this wasn’t his first. This champion ran eight marathons and relentlessly keeps going back to what a normal runner would call self-inflicted pain. This makes the words “no pain no gain” a real thing. Do you know the pain of running in general let alone the pain of running on the road. And he ran like Forrest Gump for 9 hours and 26 minutes flat.
“THIS RUNNING THING IS NOT EASY NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRAIN OR HOW MUCH YOU THINK YOU ARE USED TO IT”, said Veja.
Upon speaking to him about his recent comrades marathon you can only imagine the million and one questions you would want to ask him but none of them are the “right questions”. So you listen to him speak in his husky voice that he lost at a soccer match last year November, about how running isn’t just running but more of something that is therapeutic. Remember in the first story that, there is a whole Run Cru that is fighting with you and you may not even realize that your battle isn’t as bad as the next person who is stretching next to you. This is more applicable than ever. Veja had been involved in a terrible car accident that left him without his index finger. And after that running to him wasn’t just putting on his running shoes and running as far as he can. It became his way of dealing with the roaring storms that were going on in him. This would make perfect sense as to why running is a lot of things to many people and why the Run Cru is the way it is today. It is about what you have over come, what you have achieved and who you are now through running.
Thesis Lifestyle :Why run the marathon?
Veja: “To start with I ran the comrades the first time as a dare when my friends said to me I wouldn’t be able to finish or run the comrades marathon, my reply was ngizonibonisa. After that I ran the comrades because it had become addictive. I enjoyed the pain that came with it and the whole experience of the event. Yazi there is nothing like people cheering you on from the sidelines there are not enough word to explain that feeling you have rushing through you as you run.” “And besides that I have always been a person who like adventure and pushing myself through greater challenges, like how I completed the Warrior Challenge.”
TL: What is going through your mind at the time when you are running?
V: “I just want to finish and that is it!!! Obviously there are other thoughts of your life and everything else in between. But the main thing is wanting to see the finish line.” “But the comrades marathon as I know it is a race that isn’t about time but more of you as a person your threshold for pain and how you pace yourself. So you have all the time in the world to gather your thoughts.”
TL: At what point did giving up become an option?
V: “ When you reach the half way point of 70km or so and your body just wants to give in. But when I realized that I had 20 minutes till it was cut off ngagijima kakhule mfana.” “But giving up is something that never escapes your mind while you are running, I guess the crowd cheering you on and when you see how close you are is what silences those thoughts.”
The Saturday after comrades marathon had passed when Veja came back to run with Cru. The words of praise “Dankie Veja bade lam” and everyone being genuinely proud of him is what makes your eyes swell up with tears.
June 16 special
The morning of June 16, Soweto was not her usual self. She was busier than ever. The air was a little icy and cold but the sun balanced it out. The front of the Thesis Concept store looked like the meeting point of an uprising. Its around 7ish and the number of people who were present for the 16km run was overwhelming. Everyone was somewhat excited and eager for this.
There is just something about seeing 20+ people running on the road. This Youth Day run felt like our own march, our own uprising was taking place in the streets of Soweto. There was a new meaning to the day. Something that stuck out from this day was when the run cru ran through a race/run thing that was happening at Morris Isaacson high school. And one of the guys in the middle of the pack shouted “yikasi lethu leli”, whistles then followed as a sign of everyone running supporting this statement. Its hard to describe this, it something you would have had to see with your own two eyes to understand how powerful that was. It left the people running that race with their jaws on the floor.
The Run Cru really did murk that 16km run, not by just running it. But by being part of the cause behind it. History was made…to be continued.