“I remember bursting out in tears at the end.”
It was Vera’s first Two Oceans Ultramarathon and her finishing memory was of how proud she was of herself.
She had never played sports at school but met a few runners at varsity which made her realize how she enjoyed it.
When she got married more than 20 years ago and had two kids, she stopped running – motherhood and working full time took over.
“A few years ago I was also diagnosed with Lupus and realized the importance of remaining active to stay healthy. I started to run again.”
She says that exercising has really made a difference both physically and mentally.
Easily influenced to take on challenges by her friends, Vera’s dream is to take part in an international marathon and the Comrades.
It’s the social aspect of running that she enjoys.
Being able to catch up with her girl friends, share problems or just generally vent.
Her motto is to try and take things as they come. While it’s not always possible, she finds that being impulsive sometimes just keeps things interesting.
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