Name: Kylie-Anne Bowers
What made you want to enter MAD2Run?
I first heard about MAD2Run through Samantha von Maltitz who was a member of the MAD2Run17 team, and seeing her journey really inspired me to join the movement. I feel that this is the perfect time in my life to embark on such an exciting adventure. I have the time to put my whole heart and soul into this project in terms of fund raising and training for the run. I am also acutely aware of how fortunate I am in life and would really like to give back. The Mad Leadership Foundation is doing amazing work and I truly believe that this initiative is helping improve the beautiful country we live in.
What are you most excited about for this journey?
I am excited to get to know the like minded individuals who are part of the MAD2Run18 team. I’m curious to see how much I can achieve on the outskirts of my comfort zone. I’ve already learnt that approaching potential sponsors is a daunting task and something that i’m completely unfamiliar with. Lastly, to see how far I can push my body and mind. I’ve always believed that with a strong mindset you can achieve anything you want to and I have high expectations that running from Johannesburg to Cape Town will be the toughest thing I’ve done to date that will inevitably challenge everyone mentally, physically and emotionally. It will be inspiring to see the growth and change not only in myself, but all those on this journey.
How will you bring Gees to the team?
I will be bringing my naturally very bubbly friendly and passionate self to the table, my super lame jokes and the entertainment value I bring to peoples lives by being ridiculously clumsy, with the high chance of blonde moments in the mix there too.
What are you most nervous about?
I’m nervous about the lack of sleep. I am also nervous about not being able to achieve the targets I have set myself in terms of fund raising.
How is your training going and what are you doing to train for this MAD adventure?
Having only started running properly in October last year (2016), I will definitely be trying to put in as many km’s as possible. I also don’t want to injure myself so I will be increasing my mileage gradually every week. I have entered a lot of 10km’s and a few half marathon’s before the end of this year alone. I will also keep doing Kayla Itsines’ BBG programs for strength training. Yoga training (flexibility really does help with running). And lastly, and most importantly, meditation to train and strengthen my mind.
Do you have any fitness tips and trick you would like to share with our Readers?
You are stronger than you believe. Also monitor progress because at times you will feel as though you are stuck in a slump. If you have records, pictures or measurements it will remind you of where you started and give you the motivation to keep pushing forward. You don’t have to wait for the begging of the year, month or week to start. Start wherever you’re at. Procrastination is your worst enemy.
If you were a superhero, what would your super power and name be?
Definitely teleportation. I LOVE to travel and think it would be amazing to quickly pop to Cuba for some Friday night salsa, Austria for a weekend ski sesh and possibly Cinque Terra for a mid week dinner date.