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Weekly Treaty Profile | Shawn Crawford

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This week we featured Shawn Crawford a South African now living in Ireland. His passion for running at an early age saw him volunteering at Comrades and ultimately completing it. We chat to him about running, Comrades and how he’s coming back from an injury…

How did you get involved with helping out & setting up Comrades?
 
My brother used to help out and he got me involved. I started helping out with Comrades when I was in high school back in the early 90’s but that was only to hand out drinks and milo bars, to the passing runners on the route.
 
You have experienced 3 unique aspects of Comrades: Someone who has both been on the helping side, Someone who has finished, experiencing that elation and sense of achievement, as well as someone who has had to pull out along the journey and get a DNF. Tell us about what all those different angles felt like?
 
The difference between running a marathon and actually helping out setting up, is an enormous eye opener. It gives you an understanding of how much work goes into making any marathon or road race a success. I ran my first Comrades in ’98 and completed it in 10:30. The following year was a bit of a disaster as I ran and managed halfway and pulled out with a niggling back injury. There is no worse feeling then running and not completing.
 
As someone who is so passionate about running, what did it feel like to be told you can’t run and how did you deal with it?
 
A year out of running really didn’t affect me as much as the financial stresses and everyday hardships that has come as result of the injury. I think more than anything is the lack of freedom, feeling useless and lethargic from the painkillers.

Running gives you a release or buzz that I think is so important for everyday life. When I’m out on a run, all the negative things in my life are easier to deal with – I can make sense of things easier. To me, running is a way to cope with the depression I have.
 
You’ve taken up running again this year, what are your goals?
 
2015 is the year that I hopefully redeem myself and literally finish what I started, one up and one down Comrades run. I believe if you start something you see it through don’t give up halfway.

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The plight of an elite athlete

I have been following a plight of a South African middle distance athlete for the past few months and I’m totally disgusted at the people and sponsors of a marathon held in South Africa in September of this year. The athlete in question won the race and to this day has not received any prize money…
Us as runners ,understand what it means . The effort it takes to get up every morning ,so if we are just social runners ,how much effort does a professional athlete ie marathon elite put in on a daily basis? Not to mention the time away from home into a training camp and also the supplements and physiotherapy most of these things are expensive . An elite runners livelihood is running,just like a banker or a baker it’s a job/ career. The only difference is ,is that the elite runner / sportsperson only really has a couple of years to perform at their peak,so in this period their livelihood depends on their achievements and ultimately prize money .
What do other athletes think ? I personally think that it’s appalling and downright wrong to train so hard , then win the race and unfortunately have to beg for which he/she has rightfully earned.
Please copy and paste onto your Fb walls and RT on your twitter pages if you feel that any athlete/sportsperson should be able to reap the awards without having to resort to begging. Thank you for reading.

A day in the life….

These are previous blogs that are true to my opinion . I would love to chat to anyone who has doubts about anything within reason. If I can help I will try…

jogging for life/health

Today has been a topsy turvy kind of day… I woke with an alarm beeping and without thinking turned it off and went back to sleep, telling myself that I’ll just give myself another 15min.. Well I should have known better,didn’t go for morning run or stretch and really felt like crap,I’m sure most of you can relate? To top things off ,my head felt really fuzzy and urrrgh!

On the plus side I had an awesome chat with a very nice online friend ,thank you Leigh 🙂 I did receive an evil eye from me beloved for spending so much time on my phone,but it was really worth it. I really enjoy the interaction, it takes away my current situation of being out of work with injury indefinitely ??!! It really feels good to chat with someone who is battling emotionally and physically ,hopefully make their day better.

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life with/out running

one of my better blogs and hopefully showing my passion for running

jogging for life/health

Running has always been something I could and like every runner knows ,that with time can improve. Most sports I’ve participated in, I never really exceeded my expectations as I always seemed to reach a plateau especially at soccer , I really sucked at it I would put everything into it and never seemed to get any real satisfaction out of it, except maybe a bit of fitness !!? Then there was the other sports that I tried ie. Amateur wrestling done a good few years back and I only participated in that because  it would get me out of the Army Base for a weekend 🙂 I suppose it was better than going A.W.O.L 🙂 and even though I was fairly good at it , it wasn’t a sport that I wanted to continue with. Kick boxing was another sport I enjoyed but never took it to the next…

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