Ms Roxanne Lewis
My name is Roxanne Lewis and I am 29 years old. I started running in primary and the early part of secondary school, representing in zonal and district sports for both short and long distances. As the challenges of academic success heightened in secondary school and being involved in various other extra-curricular activities, it became increasingly difficult to balance. Unfortunately, I gave up running. After concluding A ‘Levels, I continued unto tertiary education, where I completed my Bsc. in Biology and Biochemistry, followed by Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy. Always loving physical fitness, I would go to the gym whenever I could squeeze some time, but I still was not running. It was only in 2017, when I was invited by a friend to the Caribbean Colour Splash 5k, did I run again. Not having trained for over ten years, it took me about 45 minutes to complete and I felt like I was going to collapse at various points. Determined to do better, I participated in three other 5ks that year, slowly improving my time and endurance at each race. I now attend the gym 2-3 times weekly and run at least 4 miles per week. On Saturday 31st March 2019, I placed 1st female, 4th overall, in the Endometriosis Support Run/Walk, which was a little under 5kms. The weekend after I did Massy Stores 2019 5k - Run for Food, where I completed in the top 50 runners. My most recent and by far most intense race, was the Bush Mountain TT Warrior Challenge, on Saturday 13th April, 2019. This run took us up Mt. Hololo and through the bushy mountain trails of Cascadia. Here I placed 4th female. A major challenge for me includes finding the time to commit to exercising, as I have full work days and many responsibilities at home. I do not have a personal trainer, however, I participate a lot in fitness classes at the gym, such as spin. I also do not adhere to a strict diet, as I have always been of a slim built. Exercise goals for me are therefore not body weight centered, but rather strength and endurance. In closing, I would like to encourage everyone to get involved in some form of physical activity. Physical, social, mental and emotional well-being, are all improved by exercise. Walk a little, you’ll soon be able to jog. Before long, the pace of your jog will become a run.
Photos From The Endometriosis Support Run/Walk
Photos From Massy 5k, Run for Food
Photos From The Bush Mountain TT Warrior Challenge
Many thanks to Ms Roxanne Lewis for sharing your story with my readers.
You have certainly inspired me to become more healthy.
I would like to wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
From Sharmila _ SNPhotography108