Habits and Hurdles

Keshni Mahomed is a very valuable member of the SA OCR community, as a treasured Regional Representative for Gauteng Region.
In true spirit of representing the sport she loves, she has shared her journey with OCR, and where her passion lies. 
Habits and hurdles
There’s no such thing as a snooze button for Keshni Mahomed, who’s day starts at around 3am as she pulls on her training tights.
The Gauteng-based nurse stumbled across obstacle course racing accidentally three years ago when she was dropping her then-teenage son off at a local Warrior race to marshal.
As she watched people hang from ropes, swing from monkey bars, and pull themselves over various hurdles, one thought crossed her mind: “I want to be able to do that.”
At the time Keshni’s two younger children were both under the age of five.
Needless to say, life was already busy.
To tackle obstacles, she knew she’d need to lose weight, and she knew she’d need to get fit.
She quickly joined the group Sleek Geek Health Revolution, which Keshni said ‘set the foundation for everything.’
She started to eat better and smarter, and walking, then eventually running.
“The whole principle is about being 1% better than yesterday, and changing one thing at a time.”
Her changes became habits, and Keshni took part in her first Warrior race in 2017, in the Rookie section. At that time the course took her almost three hours. Compare this to her last race this month in Blythedale, where she reached her final obstacle in under an hour. Three years into it now, and 30 kilograms lighter, Keshni’s aiming for Commando Elite next year.
“The biggest thing for me was the mindset issue, getting your mindset right. I still have my moments of self-doubt. Being human, I fail. But I don’t quit.”
This year marked the date for her first road marathon, after three years of building distance and getting involved in local trail runs.
Comrades is on the cards for the near future, with the 400km Munga Trail as the ultimate.
“The Munga Trail will be 80km a day, for five days. Comrades will be the first step towards this.”
Helping people is not just Keshni’s job, it’s what she lives for. She has always had a passion for people and started volunteering at child welfare services whilst still at school. Nowadays loves to help less able-bodied people in the OCR community as well as inspiring others to live their best life, irrespective of the circumstances they find themselves in. Hence her hashtag #makinghappyhappen.
Her good OCR mate ‘Stompie’ was born without his left forearm.

Keshni sees him as an inspiration; he doesn’t let obstacles get the better of him and his attitude is flawless.
“The story we tell is that he lost it in the mud monster, so every time we do a mud monster we look for his arm.”
Keshni is working really hard to achieve more exposure of this sport she loves, through championing her friends like Stompie.
“I love to help people, and I want to do the best that I can with what I do too- live a #purposedrivenlife. For now I have to settle for being a humanitarian, until I’m rich enough to be a philanthropist.”
**Keep an eye out for a few words with the inspirational OCR figure Stompie.

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