Modern Athlete Magazine Issue 127, February 2020 - Page 10

LEAD FEATURE fit really helped, but mostly I just run to keep fit. I live in Dainfern, so I have beautiful forests and hills literally on my doorstep, with the relative safety of a secure estate, so can even run at night after work if I only get home at 8pm. I just put on my shoes and go.” He also tries to hit the gym daily at 6am, and says, “I’m at gym every morning to keep my energy levels up. It sounds like a lot, but being busy keeps me energised. The busier I get, the easier it is for me to juggle balls, and it’s when I don’t have a big project that it feels like something is missing.” Have Shoes, Will Run Brent Lindeque is the Good Things Guy, famous for sharing good news stories on the radio and electronic platforms to give people hope and motivation, and he has a huge following on social media. So, when he posted a good luck message on Twitter before the 2019 Comrades Marathon, wishing his step-dad Fred MacDougal luck with his run, people noticed. If they had been paying attention, they would also have noticed that running-related stories often pop up in the content shared by Brent’s good news team. That’s because Brent is a runner himself. – BY SEAN FALCONER G rowing up in a runner’s family has played a huge role in Brent’s life, even though he says it was sometimes a bit tough. “My sted- dad runs for Germiston Callies and has now done 30 consecutive Comrades, so it was always early mornings on the weekends for races or training runs, and trips to Durban to support him at Comrades, and a diet full of carbs, but it did instil a love of running in me,” he says. “My mom has said she will divorce him 10 if he runs one more, but I know she was just joking, and if he does decide to run it again in 2020, she will be there with us to support him again.” All these years later, Brent (35) says he tries to get in a run every day, or at least every second day when things are too busy, usually doing about 10km at a time, but seldom enters any races. “When a group of us did a Warrior obstacle course race a few years back, I quickly realised that being running ISSUE 127 FEBRUARY 2020 / www.modernathlete.co.za His travels for work, chasing down good news stories and doing motivational talks all over the world, have also presented some incredible running opportunities. “Amongst the more interesting places I have run is Kerala, in the tropical southern part of India. They call that part of India ‘God’s Own Country,’ and it really was quite beautiful. Another highlight was running in Kapadokya in Turkey, because each morning about 500 hot air balloons take off at the same time. That landscape and all the balloons made it a mind- blowing run!” Brent says one of his more memorable runs was coming down Mount Kilimanjaro, after successfully summitting Africa’s highest peak. “On the way up we obviously had to hike it slowly, but I still managed a short run when we were in camp. Of course, it got tougher the higher we went, and eventually I had too little energy for running. I did manage to run down the mountain, though. We started our summit push at midnight, and it took about seven hours to get to the top. Then it took me about an hour and 45 minutes to jog back down to base camp! The altitude really gets to your head, and every steps gets harder going up, but coming down, every step just gets easier as you feel the life coming back into your body.” “I live in Dainfern, so I have beautiful forests and hills literally on my doorstep, with the relative safety of a secure estate, so can even run at night after work if I only get home at 8pm. I just put on my shoes and go.” d o o G e Th y u G s g Thin As part of this aim to stay fit and healthy, Brent makes sure to pack his running kit whenever he travels, and says running is a great way to see another country, to take it all in while also being able to interact with the people around you. “Some of my favourite places I have run include London, and Central Park in New York in winter, surrounded by other runners with the snow falling,” says Brent.