My love for running started when I was in primary school where I participated more in cross country league, relay and 800m races. Athletics was my nickname and I grew up with this passion until now.
I love running because is liberating, motivational, inspirational, encouraging, easy yet so challenging. Running is powerful, and cannot be easily explained; unless you are a runner you might not understand what I mean. One might not understand why we, runners mostly wake up at 3- 4: 00 am to get ready for our races, why we drive far places just for running, why we train hard in every season (summer or winter etc.), and yet still have fun, fill empowered. Well, my cousin sister once asked me why do I run? She could not get it, what’s so fascinating about chasing the wind? Well, she made me to laugh happily and out of excitement to tell her all about it. As much as is like chasing the wind, there is so much happening at that moment, mentally, physically, spiritually and weird enough even socially.
Off course, running also contribute towards a healthy, strong and confident you. Statistics have shown that numerous people have survived from suffering various sicknesses, such as heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke and even weight challenges such as obesity, because of taking action and deciding to start running. Throughout social media, there are life changing stories shared, of some people who running changed their lives and help boost their confidence!! Indeed running is a worth doing sports activity.
I love the fact that even though is so easy, it is challenging. Running especially long distances, half-marathon, full-marathon and comrades marathon, makes you realize the potential you have, it humbles you and teaches you about consistency and resilience in life, how to deal with challenges in life. I have seen with my previous races, that some of them it was so tough to a point that I wondered if I would ever reach the finish line, but one thing that kept me going during such tough races, was shifting my thoughts, thinking positive and telling myself that “giving up, is not an option” what do I have to loose, I’ll rather keep pushing, focus and reach the finish line, my ultimate goal, even if I have to get there leaping, crawling, jumping or walking!! What matters is how I’m going to finish, and I will finish strong”, I will then keep on saying to myself, come on Caroline!! You can do it, you’ve got this and I would always make it. The same principles I learned through running, I could apply them to my daily living and see the same victories. So yes!! running can really change your life for the better.
Others things I love about running, how so easy running is, affordable it is, it can be done any place where there is enough space; all you need is a pair of running shoes and it doesn't have age restriction, you can start running from early age till your old age!!. Furthermore, I also love the race vibes, running culture and community!! Wow if you want to see what it means by moral support, enter of one of the running races or be part of the spectators, and you will be blown away about the support that runners give each other, the marshals give to runners and friendships that are made!!
In closure, the other exciting things about running, it can be done both outdoors and indoors, there are variety of running races, from your sprinting short races, adventurous trail races, your urban road races and your inspirational long distance races, you just have to choose the one that best suits your interests. Running can also form part of your cardio training at gym to help you loose weight or just maintain your fitness lifestyle; indirectly you might also gain knowledge about good nutrition through being involved in running activities. The latter, really confirms that running is more than that just the word itself, it’s big and one of the best sports activities one can invest their time in. So yes!! I do love running with passion, no turning back. Hope I was able to convince you to consider start running and one day we will meet each other at one of the races finish line.
Much love and peace!!
Photographer: Marizane Maarman
Dr Caroline Pule
Medical Scientist (PhD), Philanthropist, Fitness Inspiration and Motivational Speaker from Cape Town, Western Cape Province
Club: ASICS Running Club
2022 HIGHLIGHTS REFLECTION: COMPLETING MY 4TH CAPE TOWN MARATHON RACEby Dr Caroline Pule / Jan. 09, 2023
“Yasss! Against all odds, She can still Run and finish was she started!, My words after crossing the finish line of the Cape Town 42.2km Marathon 2022 last year still smiling. And got reminded how I’m so passionate and love running marathons.
FIRST 45KM TRAIL MARATHON "MAXIRACE", EXPLORING THE CAPE WINELANDS MOUNTAINSby Dr Caroline Pule / Dec. 24, 2022
Trail running is contagious, transforming and uplifting; when you get used to it, it becomes part of you and time pass you by while in the mountains. – Dr Caroline Pule, Passionate Runner
MY SECOND COMRADES MARATHON RACE, CHASING B2B MEDALby Dr Caroline Pule / Oct. 25, 2022
The zealous feeling of accomplishing my goal of getting my back-2-back (B2B) medal as I quote the words I echoed after crossing the finish line “Yasss, by God’s grace, I finished Comrades 90km Marathon down run 10:17:41s and improved PB by 1h14min! From 2019 11:31min, Vic Clapham Medal to Bronze Medal 2022, It indeed happened!”
POWER OF MENTAL TOUGHNESS AND RESILIENCEby Dr Caroline Pule / Sep. 26, 2022
"You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have"- Bob Marley. A reflection of what it means to be mentally tough and resilient, to have that inner voice that will tell you to push one more time and not give up!
ASICS FrontRunner International Team Meeting 2022by Dr Caroline Pule / Aug. 10, 2022
What an epic, adventurous and spectacular international team meeting it was in Catania, Sicily, featuring 120 runners from all over the world, with the same passion for running and a great line-up of multiple fun activities.
My 3rd Two Oceans 56km Ultra Marathon Race! "Finished strong and new PB achieved"by Dr Caroline Pule / May. 24, 2022
“I really love how sometimes running can challenge me to a point that it unleashes some of the powerful qualities I’m unaware off! It is so liberating and keeps me so positive!” – Dr Caroline Pule
Weskus 42.2km Marathon 2022 "Finishing the race against all odds!"by Dr Caroline Pule / Apr. 26, 2022
It was a victorious moment to complete Weskus 42.2km full marathon 2022, against all odds (grumpy tummy), allowing me to qualify for Two Oceans Ultra 56km marathon and Comrades 90km Marathon. “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never gives up.”— Dean Karnazes
Pretoria 21.1km half marathon during my work travel: First race in 2022by Dr Caroline Pule / Apr. 25, 2022
Welcome back to Road Racing; my first special spontaneous road race in 2022 during provincial work travel driven by my passion for running and what different cities can offer. “Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable.” — Kara Goucher
My First Epic UTCT 35km Race “Conquering Mountains!”by Dr Caroline Pule / Dec. 23, 2021
“Life begins at the end of the comfort zone.”- Neale Walsch. Finally I challenged myself and entered the most epic world-class trail race, running trails around the beautiful Table Mountain and the experience was out of this world. As I always say, “we keep moving forward and doing what we love the most! Hit the trails and leave our footprints!”- Dr C Pule.
The Nutribullet Bay to Bay 30km race: My first-ever race in 2018by Dr Caroline Pule / Feb. 11, 2018
What a great way to start off my running for this year 2018, with the Nutribullet Cape town Bay to Bay 30km Race. The race started from Camps Bay to Hout Bay and back, with a few hills along the way, which made the race be more fun.
Running in Central Park, Manhattan, New York Cityby Dr Caroline Pule / Jan. 20, 2018
Having to be a traveller and enjoying the perks of exploring different cities, not only did running in New York City captivate me but also the fascinating surroundings I got to see while running. When travelling, I have taught myself how to draw up a realistic running schedule, that can be integrated into my hectic to do list. Here I share one of my 2017 highlights, running in Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Running in Mexico, Guadalajara "viva los amigos"by Dr Caroline Pule / Jan. 18, 2018
The fact that with an availability of running shoes one can run anywhere in the world, where there is just enough space, I have learned to fit running along my international travels. And the best runs are those while one is travelling to exotic places, different countries and different surroundings and all this make running liberal and fun. Here I share my 2017 highlight, running in Jalisco, Guadalajara in Mexico and all the great moments that kept me to appreciate running while travelling more.
My first-ever Sanlam Cape Town 42.2km Marathon Raceby Dr Caroline Pule / Feb. 11, 2018
My Introductory reflection: First full marathon race. Everything is possible if you put your mind to it. I happily finished my first ever Sanlam Cape Town Marathon with 04:37:14 time, Sub5, qualifying me for Two Oceans and Comrades Marathons. Yes, I did it with God on my side and here I reflect back on multiples things I learned as I share my race story. I had it in me and believed I’m capable to run a full marathon and I can do it!! But I had to also believe it mentally and through prayer that indeed I’m able. Finishing Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is a dream come true, highlight of my running life this year and it has really changed my perception about what the body can achieve if is well tuned and trained properly. You can never say you can’t do something without having done it, you have to do it first and then judge based on your findings. Years ago I was scared to run a full marathon because I was scared of facing the pain of what if I don’t finish it as I’m very competitive.
ASICS FRONTRUNNER FINDS HER FIT AT THE CELL C DAY OF RACES 2017by Dr Caroline Pule / May. 27, 2017
ASICS FrontRunner, Caroline Pule finds her fit at the Cell C Day of Races, finishing her 5 km race within 00:24:08 min under “Pretty Fast” wave, improving her time by 2 minutes (min) and 26 seconds (s) from last year’s race.