One on one with Greater Edendale Race participant

2017-11-08 06:00
PHOTO: SuppliedLisa Burgdorf (left) and Carmen Bell.

PHOTO: SuppliedLisa Burgdorf (left) and Carmen Bell.

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LISA Burgdorf and her friend Carmen­ Bell will be running the 11th edition of the Greater Edendale­ 10km Race on Sunday, November­ 12.

Burgdorf and Bell are dieticians at Edendale Hospital and completed the 21km Maritzburg Marathon, in addition to other races, this year.

CMA media officer, Delaine Cools chatted to Burgdorf about her love for running, her passion for the outdoors and her favourite running courses in Pietermaritzburg.

Q. Why did you decide to run the Greater Edendale Race?

A. Working at Edendale Hospital we jumped at the chance to run in the area, in a community we love. An injury has prevented me from doing longer runs, so I’m looking forward to trying a fast 10 kilometre.

Q. What do you enjoy about the event?

A. I’m excited to see more of Edendale on foot, and to participate with some of my other colleagues and friends who are running too.

Q. You are married and have a daughter named Daisy. Is your family supportive of your running?

A. Very. My husband Richard holds the fort while I shoot off a few times a week for my precious run or the occasional race. Daisy [4], is a keen little runner too - we love watching Comrades runners finishing the race when we can, and Daisy often insists on running home, usually in her ballet shoes.

Q. What is your favourite food before and after a run?

A. If it’s a long run, then usually a slice of whole-wheat toast with peanut butter beforehand, and a chocolate milk afterwards.

Q. Where do you enjoy running and what is your favourite training course?

A. I love running around Maritzburg. My favourite routes are around Hayfields, Scottsville, Pelham and into the commercial part of town. My best runs are slow, long ones through town on Saturday mornings.

Q. Do you enjoy running alone or in a group?

A. I run with Run/Walk for Life Running Club, which is wonderful. Once we’re on the road though, I usually separate from the larger numbers and run with my other fabulous running partner, Kim, or alone if she’s not there. I like the initial chatting and catching up at the start of a run, but eventually I look for the silent meditation of footsteps on tar.

Q. Do you participate in other sport?

A. Running has won my heart, so apart from the odd biceps curl or yoga stretch in my lounge, no.

Q. How has running changed your life?

A. It has completely transformed me and my life. I’ve made good friends, become fitter, and realised how much I can achieve when I initially set out to do five kilometres three times a week as my sole goal.


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