Fitness and I have an “it’s complicated” relationship status. I want to be fit and have all the benefits that come with that – health, wellness, endorphins, etc. – but I have historically lacked the necessary motivation to achieve significant fitness goals.

2013 has been the year of changing that. Contrary to my normal habit of trying to achieve everything in week 1, I’ve chosen one activity and one goal to focus on and if I get that right, I’ll move on to the next thing.

My chosen poison is road and trail running. It’s safer than cycling and easier than swimming, and I can do it pretty much whenever I like. I started running earnestly in February and am already doing much better than I ever expected I would.

My goal is to run a sub 25-minute 5 kms by June, and run a sub 2-hour at the Knysna Half Marathon in July. Part of my training is the Slow-Mag Marathon this coming weekend (in my native Benoni), and Slow-Mag contacted me to ask if I’d participate in their “blogger challenge” – rad! The best time over 10 km recorded this weekend will have the opportunity to donate R10k to a charity of their choice. Seeing as Cerebra already supports The Smile Foundation as a pro-bono client, they were the obvious choice.

I’m going to do my very best to smash a 55 minute 10 kms in Ben-One-Eye, but to really have a good chance at winning I need YOU to tweet a message of support including my Twitter handle (@mikestopforth) and #SlowMagMarathon – for every 10 tweets I get, the organisers will knock 30 seconds off my time. Boom! So if you could support me, I’d really appreciate that.

Thanks in advance!

P.S. The pic was taken by the multi-talented Erik Vermeulen at a recent trail run at Royal JHB & Kensington.