A Grassy Park mother has discovered a new lease on life after getting a serious passion for taking to the road and running.Ayesha Molti started running in 2014 and has received the award for Runner of the Year from the ARD Athletic Club for the second year in a row.She never thought running would become a part of her daily routine or that it would become an activity that brought her so much joy and kept her healthy.Molti says the feeling is still “surreal”. She started running when she didn’t felt good about her body after picking up weight while she was pregnant. “I had just given birth and wasn’t feeling too confident about my weight,” she says. “My husband Farouk and I both picked up weight and I wanted to do something about it so I decided to start running.“We started running on our own for about a month and then joined the club because they are based in our area and they looked like friendly people. But mostly we wanted to join the group because we didn’t want to lose motivation and doing it as part of a group seemed the best way.”They joined the club in October 2014 and she says they have never looked back. “At the beginning it was very challenging for me to train. I am a mother of three young children. I have a demanding job that consists of constant deadlines, but quitting is not an option,” she says. “At the time we were very fortunate to have a good childminder who was prepared to get up before the crack of dawn to take care of our kids when we ran. To be able to train and still make time for my kids, I needed to manage my time efficiently. Luckily, my employer has a flexi-time policy, so on a good day, I would get to work at 06:00 and could then leave for home by 15:00, cook supper and spend time with the kids before leaving to train. “On a deadline-driven day, I would leave work early enough so that I could still make training and merely finish my work to achieve deadline when the kids were asleep – missing training was definitely not an option.”She is proud of her recognition at the club’s award ceremony, because her award proved that she could push herself.“Although running gave me a beating in the beginning and sometimes made my chest feel like it was going to explode, I somehow managed to bear the discomfort as I knew it could only get easier,” she says.“I used to go through the ARD logs and identify runners in my category that had better times than me, pinpointing targets to beat. “I started cutting down my time at every race I ran and before I knew it, I made it to the top of the absolute challenge log and then it was a matter of keeping my position and racing against my own time. “There were times during a race where I wanted to give up and walk or slow down drastically – this especially happened in the last 3km of a 10km race, but the thought of all the hard work I’d already put in being wasted made me endure the fatigue and I drove myself with the mantra that ‘it’s all in the mind’. “The feeling of achievement at the end of a race makes all the pain tolerated worthwhile.”Other positive outcomes that Molti has experienced through her love for running are that it gives her some personal time, brought her closer to her husband and she’s made friends in the sport.“Running is my me time and gives me some sanity away from my chaotic life,” she says. “It has given me the opportunity to meet amazing people and helped my relationship with Farouk blossom further. “I have achieved what I thought was impossible and I am grateful for it. When people are amazed at how fast and how far I can run in such a short span of time, it motivates me further to train even harder as I know there is still more to give. “I am a true believer that anything is possible with the proper mindset and we should never sell ourselves short – we all have the determination, it’s just a matter of digging deep and not giving up.”For more information about the club email email@example.com.