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10 Oct, 2018

Running Almost Broke Me

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Comrades has always been the race I had to do, the one I have been working towards for years, and this year my dream came true, I became a Comrades finisher! However, in the glory following my finish, I realised how much my dream had cost me. As a passionate runner, I realised that my body could only take me so far, and that I needed some help from vitamins to get myself back on the road. – BY Thulie Dubazana

I am no stranger to long distance running, I have completed marathons aplenty, I know what it means to push your body to finish, and I knew that with Comrades I would need to push harder than I ever had before. I did just that, I pushed and pushed, with that medal waiting for me at the finish line my driving force to keep me going.

What I didn’t expect was how I would feel afterwards. In the weeks after the gruelling 90km ultra, I could feel the toll it had taken on my body and knew that I needed to rest. Running had become too much, it was too hard, so I decided that I needed to take a break. What I didn’t know at the time was how long that break would be! We are now four months past Comrades and I am still not running – I just don’t have the energy.

Something I love had taken a lot from me, and I realised that to recover properly I would need help, because just getting through a work day was taking everything from me. I was battling to concentrate, and by the time 5pm came there was nothing left. I spoke to my colleague at work, about how I was feeling and how I was struggling, and she suggested adding Vitamin B to my diet, to help with my energy, and Magnesium to help with my sleep at night.

With nothing to lose, I decided to try it, so I started with a Vitamin B tablet in the mornings and Magnesium at night. After just one day of taking both tablets I could immediately feel the difference – I suddenly felt energised, and my mind and body could cope with what the day required of me. It was so immediate that I thought, surely it couldn’t work so quickly, but I kept taking the supplements and every day I felt better and better. The months of fatigue were lifting, and it was like I could see through the cloud for the first time in a long time!

The magnesium relaxed me before going to sleep, and I woke up fresh and ready for the day. Even my joints felt better, and for the first time since Comrades I felt like I could run again!

I never thought vitamins were important, but in just two weeks of taking two pills a day I have experienced such a big difference that I am now telling everyone how important it is to help your body, and to give it what it needs so that you can push and break your limits. I love running, and now I know I am going to improve and get stronger, because my body has the support it needs!

Are you feeling fatigued, with no energy, do you think you would, like Thulie, benefit from adding more Vitamin B to your diet? Why not take our survey to find out if you should be adding more Vitamin B to your diet. Just click on the link below:

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