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Words of a Comrades Winner

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When I started running it was because I loved it, and I wanted to be the best. Yes I would be lying if I said that I didn’t want to make a living from it. For me running is my job, but first and foremost I run because I love it. As a fellow runner, one can identify with the fact that the sense of joy, and feeling so proud and fulfilled when you run a Personal Best time, or even a finish position cannot be taken away from you. Running is a complete leveller, as it is you against a clock.

 

I have worked hard to get where I am right now in my career, and it is not without the help of others, but ultimately my desire and passion to keep improving each and every time i lace up the shoes. Your job should never feel like a job. My manager said to me once, that if I ever feel like running is a burden and I feel like this is just a job, then I should quit and do something else. This i find so true, as if you don’t enjoy what you do and it is a burden, then why do it at all. You have to love what you do to do it well.

 

I have spoken about my Coach in previous blogs, who has helped me achieve on the road, and continues to do this. There are others with me now making sure I make the right choices and receive what I “rightly” deserve.

After my 2009 Comrades win, my coach introduced me to my now Manager Craig Fry, as for Cliff he is first and foremost my coach and has other athletes too, so could not sacrifice all his time to do everything for me.  So I signed a contract with Craig to look after and manage my business affairs. The things like, sponsors, media, marketing and my finances. At the time I thought well, what do I need this for, I can just keep doing what I do. I have to say that now I can and have seen the importance of a professional athlete being taken care of with all the other things that go on.  One statement he said to me I will never forget, “We will never chase money, unless its is for the benefit of your  career, and does not negatively impact on your running. “

I have a great relationship with my manager and i don’t see him as someone that works for me, but someone that cares for me, and has my best interests at heart.  I have complete trust in him. Yes I always have the final say with things so I am always in control of my own destiny, but have guidance to hopefully make the right choices.

 

I never knew how difficult it all was. I spent a few days with him and all day he is on the phone and internet , e-mail, etc all day,,,,,,  all for me.  HEY I didn’t realise I was a full time job, HAHA. Since setting up my twitter, face Book and Blogs, I have learnt how to use a computer, and do these fun things. Although its fun, and this is how I see it, I have been completely blown away by the amount of people that send me messages and want to know about me. For me this is just awesome.

 

Since winning my 3rd Comrades just under a month ago, things have certainly stepped up. New potential sponsors, and race invites. I have even been promised a diplomatic passport by my Country, and promises of incentive payments from various companies. So all good things are on the horizon, and hopefully I make the right choices to benefit me and my family.

 

For me I know I am in good hands, which allows me the freedom to not worry about anything, and just run, and that is what I am going to do, JUST RUN, RUN, RUN until I don’t want to.

 

So watch this space and I will let you know more as we go

By the way you can also see info on me on www.squidoo.com/stephen-muzhingi – Very nice indeed.

Happy running all!!

Stephen Muzhingi (I have to add this below)

3 Time Consecutive Comrades Marathon Winner

2009, 2010, 2011

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June 19, 2011 - Posted by | Athletics, Comrades, Comrades Marthon, Exercise, Fitness, Marathon Running, Running, Stephen Muzhingi, Two Oceans Marathon, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. you are an inspiration to everyone, not just people from Zimbabwe or South Africa, but all over the world!! For those of us who will never win a race or even come close to running a 3 minute kilometre (or in my case a 5 minute kilometre will be an achievement ha ha), it is so wonderful to read about your love of running, as that is what we all share
    Thank you for a brilliant blog

    Comment by plustenner | June 19, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi, Thank you for reading and for supporting me, i really appreciate all the support from everyone. All the best in your running, and I am sure you will get down to running a 5m/km soon, just keep ast it, asnd you will do it!!!! Cheers SM

      Comment by muzhingi5h23 | June 23, 2011 | Reply

  2. This is a beautiful post Stephen, written from the heart. Thank you for taking the time to share with us. It is admirable and humbling that you take the time to publicly acknowledge those people who are sharing your incredible journey with you. Please keep on posting messages like this. we love the legend – but we also love the man!

    Comment by Donnette E Davis | June 19, 2011 | Reply


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