Matinum

Taking Charge of Your Health


You have this fierce
determination to power forward and where most would
crumble, you reset your body and then you go into a sustainable rhythm until you dip down again
and then you start all over. While running, my feet takes
me to the wildest reaches where no aircraft, no bus,
no bike would take me. My legs would drive me anywhere. I was actually the second
female ever to run in Antarctica. I did 100k. I did Marathon des Sables. It’s in Morocco. It’s a tough race. It’s in deep Saharan desert. It’s 250 kilometers and
it’s all hot, deep sand. North Pole, shifting sea ice at minus 37 to minus 50 Celsius. I had this in my head,
front page saying, “She died doing what she loved the
most, adventure racing.” (laughing) For my sixtieth, I did
World Marathon Challenge or 777 and it’s doing seven marathons in seven continents in under seven days. To date, I would say I’ve
run at least 500 marathons and ultramarathons. It really is not about
the physical distance. It’s about the spiritual distance. I grew up in a very, very
small village in Fiji Islands. I grew up in poverty. When I started to bus to school,
I decided to use my money to not give to the bus
driver on my way to school and just run to school which
was eight kilometers away and then on my way back,
I would do the same thing with my friends and really enjoy treats with the bus fare money. I never considered it as a run. I always considered it as
a mode of transportation. Running has been a way for
me to get away from violence within my home. My dad, whenever he drank,
he was always violent. I was 11 years old. Somehow he picked up an
axe and he threw it at me and I ran so fast, I turned
around and the axe had already come and it hit the
ground as I lifted my leg off. I learned very quickly
that if you want to live, you have to run faster. I came to Canada when
I was 16 years of age. I was a teenage mom. I was still living a
very poor life, we were living at a poverty level. I really missed my homeland
but I found the strength to say that this is where
my home is going to be. So I always wanted to get into healthcare. I went to nursing school
and one of our courses in nursing school was physical education and at PE, we were
running eight kilometers. I was leading the pack. It was very effortless. I graduated from nursing school
and now I’m kind of getting a bit of a taste that
running is actually a sport and the longer distances I went, the bigger were the challenges, the more difficulty I put myself through, the more discipline I required, the higher my connection
to my subconscious and I felt more and more
aligned to my higher self which really gave me this
springboard to become who I am today. Poor people really are
not considered intelligent and I always had that
confidence issue that I was not smart enough to be a doctor, even though it was my dream. Running gives you that
path, that empowerment. I remember saying I can do
anything if I put my mind to it. At age 42, I decided that I
wanted to go pursue my dream which was to go back to medical school. The greater the challenge,
the bigger the reward. That experience really takes me to a level where it builds my
confidence and inspires me and then I wanna move
even further with that. Running is a moving meditation. It becomes a place for me to worship for life because life is a gift. It’s not about physical exercise, it’s about the spiritual exercise.

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