Mandi Hart

Leader: Stellenbosch

Running has always been my ‘go-to’ sport.  Over the years, it has been a source of joy, challenge, and healing for me. Running means more to me than merely lacing up my shoes and getting a cardio workout.  It helped overcome my fears. So, when I feel the tensions mount, I make sure I go running.  But, it isn’t just therapeutic; getting a good workout has many physiological benefits.

I’m a mom to two teens and find that being fit helps me be a better wife, mom, and friend. I’ve also learned first hand that becoming a runner has worked wonders for my emotional and mental well-being.  It reduced my stress, the effects of trauma and anxiety too.  Running inspires me to live a fearless life because it continually challenges me.  But we can’t do it alone.  We need each other, and I love running with new and old friends as we push each other to reach our goals (even if it’s just getting outside for a quick run).

One of my passions is being active; this means that having friends along on the journey makes it more worthwhile. As a Balega Impi Ambassador for 2019, I resonate with this brand.  Impi is a Zulu word meaning “warrior.” We are all warriors because each one of us has had obstacles that we’ve had to overcome. Like John Bingham said, “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.

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