Been there. Ran that. #ThrowbackThursday
April 2, 2015 By Justine Joy

It’s the weekend before Two Oceans marathon and I thought I would do a little throw back piece.

Lets go back to 2011 if you will let me. That was the year I decided to do something that would inevitably change my life forever. Yes. Dramatic.

2011 I was severely severely over weight, unhappy and worst of all very very unhealthy. I was on the brink of being diagnosed with diabetes and I was just about to give up. I needed to do something, anything. I decided to run the Two Oceans Half Marathon. It doesn’t seem like such a big thing now, and I am sure that most of you know at least know someone who has done it but when I said “I am going to run Two Oceans Half Marathon” I was the same as a Dodo saying, “Ok, I am going to fly now” – No Dodo, no you won’t be flying not now, not ever.

I found a training program in Woman’s Health I think it was, I can’t remember exactly. I remember reading a line at the beginning of the article that said something like, “Do you consider a workout getting off the couch and walking to the kitchen to make a cup of tea a workout” (YES! I DID) I carried on reading, “Is your fitness level below zero?” (YES! IT WAS) and that was all I needed. I already decided I needed to make a change, and this was a program that would teach my how to make those changes. 12 weeks and I would be a runner.

I love my family, they are amazing but they also know that for my whole life I have been trying to lose weight. This time I was probably going to fail too, but heck they supported me anyways (because I have the raddest family around). I told my Dad about it, he said that if I was really commited to this he would buy my entry, and my plane ticket to Cape Town to run the marathon. (I was a student at the time, so this offer from my Papa Bear made it become real life because #BrokeLife)
I then decided that I would tell anyone and everyone that would listen that I was going to run Two Oceans. They we all probably like this

(and rightfully so, because I have previously failed at very attempt I had ever made to lose weight and get fit)

I stuck to it, I was more determined this time. Something had to give.

The 4 am wake ups in Winter didn’t bother me.
I was able to run 500m with out stopping (that was my first big mile stone)
500m became 1km and 1km became 5kms, 5kms became 10kms and soon enough with determination and willpower like no other I became a runner. I ran.

I entered races.

Nike Run 1

Nike Run

I finished races.

In April 2012 I ran 21km. It rained the whole day. It was the best day of my life.


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It’s 3 years later, I am still running. I am the fittest I have ever been and I am proof that hard work pays off.



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  1. Wow, you’re inspirational! Congratulations for all you’ve achieved so far :)

  2. Love this post! Not sure I should have seen that rainy 2Oceans photo now… made me even more nervous about Saturday.

  3. What an inspiration! Love it


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