I attended the Massy Sponsored 5k on April 6th 2019 and was amazed at the different types of people who attended this race.
Here is one of the guys I interviewed Mr Kris Deonanan, he came 5th in the Male Runners.
SNPhoto108: What challenges you may face as a runner?
Kris Deonanan: I face many challenges as a long distance runner. My previous sport was basketball, however, this has left me with many injuries, the last being a torn ligament in my left leg. This "forced" my transition to running. When training and participating as a runner, I tend to feel the soreness all over very quickly. Funny enough this is separate and apart from the mental battles of contemplating "why did I sign up for this?" to just "finish strong Kris!"
SNPhoto108: What do you eat to stay fit and healthy?
Kris Deonanan: I normally try to eat local foods, from sweet potato, cassava, plantain, watermelon, banana, etc. I try to drink water regularly, and most of my juice is made at home from oranges, grapefruit, cherries, etc. On the weekend I do indulge in some fast food like pizza or bar-b-que. I no longer eat fries.
SNPhoto108: What are your exercise goals, do you have a personal trainer who helps you get to your fitness goals?
Kris Deonanan: Most of my exercise goals are tied to running. I set times that I would like to accomplish for various distances, such as the 5k, 10k and half marathon, and then train towards it. I do not have a personal trainer, but I do have a "running buddy". His name is Cy, and he is an enthusiastic and motivated runner!
SNPhoto108: What are your feelings before, during and after a race?
Kris Deonanan: Funny enough I still get a bit nervous before runs. This is exemplified by my 2 to 3 bathroom breaks before a race. During the race it is a constant "mind game" of observing other runners and trying to adjust my speed to the zone of "uncomfortably comfortable". Most times, my feeling after the race is based on if I accomplished my overall goal time.
SNPhoto108: How many races have you completed for the year and how many are you going to do for 2019?
Kris Deonanan: This year I have completed 2 other races. This is now very modest, as in years gone by I would try to enter every 5k possible. For this year I don't have a specific number set, but I would continue to manage my running schedule accordingly. Venture 5k and UWI half marathon are a must though!
SNPhoto108: What positive message do you have to say to anyone reading about your story?
Kris Deonanan: Positive message - Keep working towards improvement in all aspects of your personal life!!! Read a lot!!! Trust the process!!! Just get started!!! Don't stress about other people's opinion if it is not helpful!!!
SNPhoto108 : Thank you very much for letting me interview you for my blog, All the best to you and your future endeavours.
Beginning of the RaceMassy 5k Run for Food
The vegetables take a run for it too