Healthy Habits

The Perfect Run

Since becoming a new mom I’ve found my time seems to escape me, or in other terms my time is just very much not my own anymore. I’m constantly focusing on everything that needs to be done, and the manner, time and circumstances it has to be done in for the picture in my head to work out the way I want it to.

But every day it just does not go as planned and for a while now I’ve allowed that to largely influence my day, my planning and most of all my running.

“Perfection s a virus, a tumor, a growth it infect the mind of the person it attaches itself to, until it eventually destroys the host.” – Prince Ea

We all have a picture in our minds of how we expect our run to go, our day to start or to end. Some of us need to start our day with a run, and that sets our day up for success. Some of us need our Run’s to shut down our days. Either way we set standards for ourselves, general margins of errors that we are willing to allow to influence us before we feel like it has all just been a waste.

For me not getting enough sleep at night largely influences my run. It’s a mental exhaustion that clouds my judgement and make me think that it is not possible for me to go for a run, makes me feel like I’m too tired for my run. When I actual fact I’m fine, and my run is actually the thing that I need to make my day perfect in its own way.

As humans we focus so much on this word perfect – and some of us might say we don’t – but we do, whether it’s our own type of perfect of that standards of society and after watching a video by Prince Ea  I realized that I have to stop focusing on everything that goes wrong and just focus on going with the flow – just adapt to the situation, accept it for what it is and move forward.

So some days I’ll run tired and some days I’ll run energized. The idea is to adapt my training to my life style, the life style that I have now, not the one I used to have, and some days just give myself a break, because my idea of perfect is not gonna happen, not with JHB traffic, and especially not with a baby. I’m going to stop focusing on this idea that I have in my head of how things should happen, because it’s basically just making me feel like a failure, making me feel like I’m not achieving what I should, and Like Prince Ea says in the video “Perfection s a virus, a tumor, a growth it infect the mind of the person it attaches itself to, until it eventually destroys the host.”

So let’s stop focusing on something the doesn’t exist and lets focus on what’s happening now, and lets live a little more in the moment. We are who we are and every little event in our day and every circumstance of our actions makes us who we are.

“Have no fear of perfection, Because you’ll never reach it!” – Salvador dali

So I’m gonna enjoy my run because I love running and it exhilarates me every time, on days I run a pace of 5:30 and on days I run 8:00. I’ll accept them all because going for a run despite all the things that can go wrong is what makes me, me.

Have a look at the Video below – Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Hope you enjoyed this post and that is made a little sense to you, I think some days we all just need a reminder to rather focus on keeping up with ourselves rather that others!

Happy Running!




  • wendy seller

    I love following your blog posts. I had my boys 11 and 7 years ago, long before I started to run. 3 years ago I started walking because I didn’t want to be the fat mom at school who couldn’t keep up with her kids. Since then, I have become a runner, but just after my first marathon in Sept last year, I found myself in ICU with a blocked artery – crazy! After 2 major surgeries 20 days apart, I found myself trying to piece myself together and regain the control in my life, but more importantly, to live my life, and get back to running. The first thing I did was go for a very slow walk. Needless to say, my body just wasn’t the same – and it wasn’t very easy to convince when it was time to get going everyday, lace up my running shoes and deal with the frustration, pain and constant disappointment – regaining fitness, and juggling life, babies and training, while being a working mom is NOT EASY. BUT, i’ll tell you this – YOU are stronger than you think, and the perseverance will pay off. LIFE is unpredictable, and as much as we strive for things to go according to plan, sometimes it just doesn’t happen that way. If we are blessed with a new day, we are gifted with another chance to do it again, and that is what we need to look forward to. I ran a marathon 3 weeks ago after I faced death 11 months ago. Anything is possible if you just keep going, but don’t forget to also take the time to smell the roses, and try to enjoy the process – thank you for inspiring <3

    • Jani du Toit

      Hi Wendy! Thank you so much for your comment! I’m very glad that I could inspire you when you yourself have been through a very ins[ring journey! WoW, that sounds tough!! I cannot imagine what it must have felt like to pick up the pieces after a major surgery like that! Well done for making your come back! I’m sure you Kids look up to you everyday!

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