WP’s HR manager sets the bar high

2019-06-18 06:00
Rushda Scott made it all the way to the finish line.

Rushda Scott made it all the way to the finish line.

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One of WP Media’s very own, recently completed the Comrades Marathon for the first time and made it all the way to the finish line.

Rushda Scott (38), human resources (HR) manager, has been running marathons since 2016 as a way to keep fit and avoid family-related medical ailments.

Her most recent marathon, on Sunday 9 June, saw Scott preparing during the most challenging months in her religious calendar.

“Training during Ramadan brought about some challenges as there was still quite a bit of running to do on the training plan. However, I took this in my stride, running in the morning before Suhoor on Tuesdays, Thursdays and late afternoons on weekends before Iftaar,” Scott said.

“Fuelling and hydration were key. Eating properly and not overindulging in the Ramadan Iftar treats was definitely something I had to manage.”

Scott from Kensington mentioned that she and her Kenfac SAC members finished the race before their planned time.

“We planned to run for 11 hours and 55 minutes, but we finished two minutes before the time we had anticipated. That was really an achievement.”

Sticking to a rigorous training plan set by her club’s training coaches was how Scott and her fellow runners prepared for the marathon. “My race preparation also included strength (training) at CrossFit R8d in Ndabeni and maintenance physiotherapy and recovery at Everyday Athlete in Mowbray.”

Asked how completing the race made her feel, the petite lady said she felt like “a little super human”.

“This was by far the toughest thing I have done in my life and also my greatest accomplishment. The race is really a fight with yourself. You race nobody else but yourself.”

She said mental strength is what gets one through the race when the body is tired.

Scott said there was a reason the marathon is called the “Ultimate Human Race”.

“The route was tough. Its profile is filled with many hills. Many of the big named hills found in the first half of the race, so pacing becomes critical.”

“The weather, however, held up well. Warm later in the day, but generally manageable for such a long run.”

The most challenging part of the race for Scott was having to push through her mental barrier at about 45km while running in the Inchanga area. “[But] remembering why I entered, how badly I wanted to do this and all the sacrifices, sweat and tears that went into that day was what got me through.”

The lesson the Comrades Marathon has taught her is that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

“I have learned that I have done some pretty tough stuff and that if I put my mind to something I will give it my all. I knew that the only way I would stop was if someone cut me off or if something unforeseen happened. Quitting was not an option.”

Scott said that she might run the marathon again next year. “If you had asked me on Sunday [if I would do it again next year], I would have said a hard ‘No’, but thinking about it now I may just go back for the down run and attempt my back-to-back.”

Marita Meyer, publishing manager of WP Media said: “Rushda is an inspiration to all of us. Hard work pays off! Congratulations from all of us at WP Media.”

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