American In SA – By Brandon Paschal

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I’m originally from North Carolina in the US, and I moved to Joburg in November of 2004.

I’ve been a runner since I was 13.  I thought 5k’s was far, and was more than content with the occasional 45 minute run.  I found out quickly that it’s difficult to be a runner in South Africa and not participate in the plethora of road races on offer every weekend.  I did a few 10k’s and some how managed the Om Die Dom half without running more than 10k’s in training.  And then it was on…

I did my first marathon in December of 2009 while in the US, got hypothermia, and still managed to finish the 42k’s in 4:40 not being able to feel my arms or legs (weather at start was -3C and snowing).  Later I was in a running store in the US and was chatting to them about living in South Africa and they asked if I had done the Comrades.  I had never considered it until then.  Strangely, the hypothermic experience tells me I have just enough insanity and appetite for punishment to cross the line at the Comrades.

I’ll be training with the Varsity Kudus out of Wits University.  The group currently boasts several Bill Rowan’s and a few Silvers in Comrades, so I feel like I’m in good hands.  The next few months will prove to be eventful, as I’m also pursuing an MBA at the moment, in addition to having a normal job.

Life is as much about the journey as it is the destination, and this is a journey that I am very much looking forward to.

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