Half Marathon With Bon Marché

I’m going to run my second half marathon to date on Saturday and I’m excited!  Running makes me happy.  Running keeps me sane.  Running is the definitely the next best thing after sex, well; for me anyway!

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On our way home yesterday my colleague, Tawanda, asked me what I was going to be up to over the weekend and I leisurely told him I wanted to go for the Bon Marché Walk-A-Robix but the location is too far seeing that I’m not mobile.  It was my lucky day because he was going with his friend Gloria; and she called a few minutes after we had the half marathon conversation.  She was registering for both of them and I begged him to ask her to do the same for me and I’d reimburse her money.  A few minutes later she called to confirm that everything was in order, happy days!

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Why I love Bon Marché fitness dos:

  1. They’re reasonably priced, $5 gets you a t-shirt or vest and they are good quality too!  I still have my t-shirt from the very first do I attended close to 3 years ago.
  2. They’re organised; nothing makes me happy as much as event organisers who keep time.
  3. They serve refreshments, no need to worry about packing my own water bottle.
  4. It’s a colourful event, it brings a lot of fitness enthusiasts together, just watch this space for the selfies I’m going to take.
  5. They’re fitness competitions after the run so you stand a chance to walk away with a cool prize!

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After taking another look at the running route I noticed that it’s ending at 18K, well, the overzealous me will run all the way to get to 21k, why stop when I can hit my actual target?

You can register at any of their 8 Bon Marché branches.  However, YOU CAN NOT register on the day.

I hope to see you there.  I know I’ll be there seeing that I’ve already paid for it!

What are you doing this Saturday?

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Fitness Bae Run

Shout out to Gloria for getting us to to the venue in one piece; she’s the one with the pretty lipstick.

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Before the run

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After the run with my friend Tawanda

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Photo courtesy of Xavier, he’s a member of my Facebook Fitness Community

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The Life Colour Run

The number 1 reason I’m going to attend this colour run is because it’s in my neighbourhood and I have zero excuses not to show up!  I’m going to register for the 5K run because February is my month of 5K runs besides, the uphills in Hatfield can kill someone so I’m not taking any chances thanks.

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See you at the colour run!

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Old Mutual Harare Marathon

One of my new year goals is to run at least 3 half marathons this year.  I know, that’s pretty intense considering I only ran my first half marathon just last month.  The idea is to push my body to the limits and this will certainly do so.  I for one am disappointed with the start time because it’s very hot lately and by 6am my body doesn’t do very well with running, I’m more of a just before the sun comes out runner but I guess I’ll have to make a plan!

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All the details are on the poster.   You can enter for the Old Mutual Harare Marathon on Friday 9 February or Saturday 10 February at Old Georgians Club in Groombridge.  Payment options include cash, swipe and Ecocash.  Come prepared.

Mark your calendar and save the date, will see you on Sunday!


I’m beyond heartbroken.  I couldn’t go and register for the marathon on Saturday it was pouring all day long!  I have never felt so much pain.  Thankfully a friend managed to go and I’m really proud of her and she smashed 21K.  Well done Claire, you’re getting stronger by the day!


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My First Half Marathon

On Sunday I ran my very first half marathon.  It was long overdue!  I had promised myself that sometime in 2017 I would make it happen and thankfully it happened just before the year ended otherwise it was going to be one goal that never materialised.  I trained for my half marathon for nearly 12 weeks then stopped at some point because I genuinely lost interest.  The thought of running a whole 21K scared me and I told myself I wasn’t built for it and that was perfectly okay.

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After running my first half marathon

However, because of the current December Challenge that team Fitness In The Park is hosting I was 5 days behind on the challenge and chose to up the amp by running a long distance; it’s a no brainer that I chose 21K to climb up the leader board.

The night before my run I dreamt that I had woken up at the time I had set my alarm and it was broad daylight.  I was annoyed and cancelled my run because I’m not the best runner when the sun is out.  I woke up to my alarm ringing and laughed out loud because this run was clearly taking over my entire life!

Soon as I got up I emptied my bladder nearly 5 times because I didn’t want to have to stop along the way for a pee break.  I also think it was the nerves kicking in because I knew that this run was going to be taxing on my entire body!

One thing happened to me during my run that I think every first half marathon runner should be wary of.  I FELT SO HUNGRY around 11K mark but I had to keep going, where was I going to get food from at 4:30am in the middle of nowhere?

Everyone has been asking me how I managed to run for 2 hours and 26 minutes none stop. I have no magic formula for this, the honest truth was that I told myself that I can slow down but I won’t stop and that ladies and gentleman is how I broke the mental barrier and smashed my first half marathon!  Oh, not forgetting the after run selfie and the NRC achievements!

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A few highlights of my run:

  • I started my run at 3:40am
  • I ran 10K #JustDoItSunday with the Nike Run Club community.
  • I ran non stop for 2 hours 26 minutes and 18 whole seconds!
  • I wasn’t listening to any music, it was just me and my thoughts that went from yay I’m so happy to be doing this to you know what, it’s really not too late to turn back and go home.
  • I used a sock to hold my phone.  Believe it or not but it’s way better than those phone arm bands that they sell.  You can make your own, YouTube is your friend!
  • My body felt like it didn’t belong to me after the run.  My legs felt like jelly and I was convinced I was going to collapse and die right there and then.  However, nothing felt as good as knowing that waking up at such an ungodly hour was worth it after all because…did I mention, I ran my first half marathon!
  • My toes were and still are painful but the rest of my body has completely healed, I even ran 10K yesterday and plan on running two more 10K runs this week.
  • Next stop Victoria Falls Marathon in 2018!!!

I’m currently suffering from fruit cravings and I’ve been having them in abundance.  Oh, and I’m hungry all the time!

How was your first half marathon?  What are some of your highlights and regrets?

For some first time half marathon runners here are a few tips: 21K Training Tips

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December Challenge


The December Challenge looks like this:

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Poster Designed by Samuel Jnr Bhebhe

Lite : Run 80K
Intermediate: Run 120K
Advanced: 160K

Make sure to check in on the distance you would have covered every Monday so that we know its real.

I advise you to run at your own pace but the end goal for December is to complete any of the distances above, pick your poison and have fun. We will still be doing various workouts which I will drop a day before each workout.

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Monday Run

Have fun and come run with us!

P.S. Don’t forget to use the hash tag #RunWithFitnessBae so that I can track your runs.

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Day 16: I’m Addicted To Fitness

I had to come to terms with my fitness addiction at some point.  At first it was something I did to get to a target weight, then something I did to get feel good hormones, then something I did every other day because not doing it resulted in withdrawal symptoms that came in the form of feeling like something is missing.  That missing thing was running!  I can’t live without it, it’s a big part of my life.  My name is MaKupsy and I’m addicted to fitness!


MaKupsy a.k.a Fitness Bae

Let me take you through what a typical morning routine is for me.

  • Leave the house for a run at 5:45am, run anything between 2 to 12K
  • Once my run is complete sync my run on NikePlus and share it on social media platforms
  • Get home and do floor work, currently doing burpees and thankfully today is Rest Day
  • Stretch for 10 to 15minutes
  • Drink up 1litre of water
  • Take a few mirror selfies
  • Admire my naked body
  • Take a bath and get ready to take on the world!

I’m one individual who enjoys running.  If I go for two days without running I’m good but make it three days and my body starts aching to go out and do something.  I eat right, I stay hydrated, I create fun challenges and spice up my exercise routines to keep me going.  I don’t do “diets” because I believe life is too short and everything should be enjoyed in moderation.

I have been on this health and fitness journey for 3 years and counting and you can read all about it from these links:

My Health & Fitness Journey

I Found My Purpose

One thing you have to remember when you are on this journey is that Rome was not built in a day.  You have to take slow deliberate changes, that makes it all the more fun!

What’s your health and fitness programme or lack thereof?

©MaKupsy 2017


My Relationship With Food

I used to have a very dysfunctional relationship with food until I realised that food was actually not the enemy.  I went on extreme diets at the start of my journey.  I remember I went through a phase where I would not eat a filling supper and settle for a fruit or a small tin of yoghurt.  The plan was to lose weight fast and if I wanted that to happen I was going to starve myself until I got to my goal weight.  BAD IDEA!  I only ended up overeating the next day to compensate for not eating the night before.  As you can obviously imagine I ended up gaining weight instead of actually losing it.  After that I ditched trying to diet and decided I would try something else…

Personally, “dieting” has not worked for me and over the years I have managed to maintain my personal weight range effortlessly through eating filling and nutritious meals.  Please note that I LOVE my food very dearly, it is the fuel I need to keep running every other day.  I will share my typical meals for a day.


Before I leave the house I have any fruit in season.  I am currently enjoying a selection ofbananas, oranges, naartjies and apples.

Mid morning I have black tea with lemon(I love lemons I sometimes eat them as is).  I pair my tea with a sandwich.  The sandwich fillings vary from eggs, avocado, margarine, marmalade, peanut butter.  Whatever tickles my fancy really.




Peanut Butter Rice, Vegetables and Meat Image from Zimbokitchen


Sadza rezviyo, any white meat, vegetables.  I cannot stomach a meal without vegetables.  The food won’t make sense without it.  I am not a fan of red meat mainly because when I was pregnant the aroma of beef made me feel like throwing up and unfortunately for me years later it still has the same effect.  ANYWAYS, I was saying;  I make sure I eat a filling lunch because I know I will be up and about all day and my food will get to be digested and used up during the day.

*Zviyo is good for you because: it has low GI, more fibre, tastes infinitely better, grain meant for human consumption not cattle feed and it’s an indigenous grain.*

Mid afternoon snack On days my lunch is not so filling I opt to snack on some roasted peanuts or maputi and down that with a glass of water.


Mushroom stew, vegetables and a small portion of sadza or rice.  When I am training for an event of sort I try and make sure I have filling meals.  I save the grilled meat and a salad for supper for days I am not doing any intense workouts or when the next day is a Rest Day.


Image from Zimbo Kitchen

I make sure I take my time to prepare delicious meals and not compromise on the quality.  My go to place when it comes to looking up easy to make recipes is Zimbo Kitchen ;ever since I bumped into her website my kitchen experience has been the best ever!  You should visit her site and try out one or two recipes, I promise you won’t go wrong.

5 Tips To Make Food Your Friend:

  1. Be yourself.  Don’t try and hop onto a cabbage diet just because your friend is doing the same.  Do what works for you.
  2. Do what keeps you sane.  I know for a fact that starving myself for supper is a BIG NO and I will not be doing that anytime soon I would like to have a good nights sleep thank you very much.
  3. Do what you can afford.  Some of the available “diets” are actually expensive.  I can’t even begin to imagine how much coconut rice goes for in Zimbabwe.
  4. Do something you can do forever.  Personally, my eating habits are something that I know I can sustain.  If I travel I will still be able to have basic meals and not have to start going about town looking for specific foods.
  5. Eat when you are hungry.  Too often you eat just because your body is programmed to eat at that particular time.  Sometimes you have to ask yourself if it’s food you actually want or it’s your internal alarm reacting to something it is used to.  It’s really okay not to gobble down food all the time.

As you can see, I actually eat with portion control in mind.  I don’t conform to “diets” because I strongly believe that my body needs fuel and the majority of the diets that I have tried have left me hungry and unhappy.  I eat so that I can exercise and I exercise so that I can eat. Everything in moderation goes a long way.  I do not deprive myself of the things that I want to eat or drink (we will talk about this soon) because I believe fitness is a journey that should be enjoyed and not endured.

How are your eating habits?  Do you look forward to the meals that you plan for yourself?  Where did you get the current diet that you are on and how is it working for you so far?

Stay logged onto my Health and Fitness Journey Series Episode 5 will be live on Tuesday at 9:00am.  I will be sharing tips on DIY Fitness.  You don’t want to miss this!

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Running With #RunWithFitnessBae

Running helped me fight obesity.  Running helped me fight depression.  Running helped me fight alcoholism.  Running helped me mend a broken heart.  I think you can tell why running is a very big part of my life.  It takes my mind, body and soul to a happy and calm place.  Since the year 2014 I have been going out to run at least three times a week to and I have not stopped since.  My healthy obsession with running has grown into a movement termed #RunWithFitnessBae . If you are active on social media I am sure you have bumped into this hash tag at least once and wondered what it’s all about.  In this episode I will tell you all about #RunWithFitnessBae


#RunWithFitnessBae is a hash tag I use whenever I share a run or exercise routine I would have done on any given day.  I also encourage friends and fitness enthusiasts on different social media platforms to use it so that I can celebrate their daily victories with them.


Running is the main focus of the team.  People run from different parts of the world using running applications of their choice and then share their runs on social media.  In short it is virtual running.  However, once every month team #RunWithFitnessBae meets in the park to run as a team, exercise and talk about difficulties or victories we would have faced during the month.


I managed to fight a handful of demons thanks to exercise and I want to help those around me do the same.  There are so many benefits that come with running such as sleeping better, saving money, making new friends and I don’t want to be the only one enjoying the perks. I will be doing this for the rest of my life! I find pleasure in encouraging people to set running and exercising goals and then sit back and watch them smash them.

#RunWithFitnessBae hash tag is only part of a brand that is a work in progress; Fitness Bae.  Below is what Fitness Bae is and what it stands for.


Fitness | Motivation | Education


Fitness Bae is a movement to help you achieve your health and fitness goals in an engaging and cost-effective manner.


To provide a platform for people in Zimbabwe and from across the globe to share and engage in a variety of fitness related issues.  Fitness Bae works towards enhancing the lives of the community through support, encouragement, mental and physical health awareness activities. Fitness Bae also aims to develop partnerships with organisations that offer health and fitness related products.


  • To transform 100 lives each year.
  • To establish a 100 member Park run.
  • To create easily accessible platforms for fitness enthusiasts to share their skills and creativity.
  • To establish a Fitness Bae studio within the next 5 years for those who want to exercise in a confined environment.


  1. Building positive lasting relationships with the community
  2. Keeping open communication
  3. Managing expectations about the programme and individual desired results
  4. Encouraging fun, challenging and interactive programmes throughout the year
  5. Promoting success through team work

I hope you join me on this lifetime running journey.  It will be worth your while to be part of a growing movement that is going to make a huge impact on the fitness community.

If you are in need of someone to talk to about depression, addictions or counselling and you are in Zimbabwe these two places will be of great help.



8 Coltman Road, Mount Pleasant
Harare, Zimbabwe. 077 354 7544


Stay logged onto my Health and Fitness Journey Series on Episode 2 dropping on Thursday; I will be sharing my experience with keeping a Fitness Journal.

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I Found My Purpose

I never really wanted a lot of things badly enough.  I could like something alright but really want and need it was a different story.  I went through the greater part of my life having a luke warm attitude towards a lot of things until one fateful day.  The day I went for my regular medical examinations and hopped on the scale to reveal how I had gone from being fat to obese was a life changing moment.  It was at that very moment that I decided I was going to do everything in my power to do something about the excess weight I was carrying around.  I was 85kgs and NOT pregnant.  Why is this important to note?  Well, when I was full term and a few days before giving birth to my baby girl I was 85kgs so you can imagine the horror!  It was time to get up and do something!

I was 85kgs and NOT pregnant.

With no money to subscribe for gym membership I was left to my own devices.  I decided running would be my best bet since it was free and all I needed was myself.  The first days were hard and I power walked through most of the distances I had set out for myself.  After weeks  of pushing myself I eventually ran for longer without stopping and I got all the motivation to keep going…I haven’t stopped running since.

I did not have much information to work with when it came to my eating habits so I simply worked with what other people were trying out.  I remember waking up in the middle of the night and sending a message to my friend telling her how hunger was stopping me from sleeping.  I had adopted a diet where I ate a very heavy breakfast, sometimes it even had sadza, a heavy-ish lunch and close to nothing but a glass of water and fruit for supper.  The scale was not moving, I was unhappy, I was hungry.  It was only after reading an article on the internet that I realised that I was doing myself more harm than good and started learning the art of preparing healthy balanced meals.  That was one of the best things that ever happened to me!


I am going to be the first NikeWoman from Zimbabwe 🙂

Running got much more fun.  I had set out distances to try out and each time I managed to run through them.  My goal was to run 10K and if I could do that I would have officially accomplished the biggest goal in my life.  It did happen and it was just as I had pictured it.  From thereon I started challenging myself to run not just longer but faster and the hobby slowly became an addiction.  When I started I showcased my fitness journey on social media.  I knew I would have no choice but to show up come rain(in every sense of the word) or shine because my followers would be expecting to see my progress.

I switched things up and added Zumba, Yoga, NRC Workouts, Aerobics, Swimming and Tennis.  I realised that running alone was going to get boring at some point so the more activities I included the better variety to choose from.  I was bubbly, stronger, happier, fit and lean.  I did all this from the comfort of my home and never had to part with a single dime to reach my desired goal.  I have bumped into friends from College who can’t believe I haven’t changed at all because I am physically the same person.  If only they knew how much change that has taken place mentally as well.  I am a completely different person now.


With family and social media followers starting to compliment on my progress I felt the need to to work harder.  When I realised the impact my journey had on people around me I created a WhatsApp group which has turned into a movement termed #RunWithFitnessBae.  At the beginning of the year it was trending because of a Fitness Challenge I had planned and organised.  The movement has participants from different parts of the world but mostly Africa.  I have taken the movement from WhatsApp to Facebook, Blogging and Instagram.  As it stands I am currently the only Zimbabwean Fitness Blogger and I create fresh content each week!

It brings me so much joy to know that even though my fitness journey was mainly pushed by a case of depression; the fruits that have come from it have actually created a passion and purpose that I could have never imagined.  I have managed to inspire people across the globe; especially mothers, to exercise and get back to their pre-pregnancy bodies.  Those who have come into contact with me have become better not only physically but emotionally as well.

I am a woman on a mission to make the most of every opportunity life throws at me.  I believe everyone can exercise for the body that they want and if you can not afford the gym there is no excuse not to get fit.  I am a living example of what park runs can do for you.  I am currently 74kgs and I have never had to part with a single dollar to lose weight.  I have been through it all, the fad diets, the hoping for miracle weight loss, the drinking fruit juice all day but at the end of the day what I have learnt is that you have to eat right, exercise and be patient.  The results will come, just make small changes everyday and you will be amazed at what your body can do.

If you would like to talk to someone about weight loss or weight management then I am the person for you.  If you would like to be a part of the current Winter Challenge feel free to join us, all the more competition for the team.

Never give up on what you truly want, it’s not everyday that people get to find out what it is that fires their soul!

I found my purpose.  The one thing that makes me get up in the morning and look forward to starting the day.  The one thing I dream of, the one thing I get excited talking about, the one thing that keeps me up at night writing up ideas and chewing up my data while I do research on the internet.  The one thing that I can’t live without.  I think, eat, dream, live fitness.  I am Fitness Bae.

I have a series coming up on Tuesday 18 July, be sure to log onto my Fitness Blog and subscribe.



©MaKupsy 2017


Dare To Skip!

Welcome to the second part of the Winter Challenge.  I know a lot of you are relieved that we don’t have to run every day anymore.  Here is the breakdown for this month’s challenge, sit tight and grab some pen and paper it’s going to be exciting!

1.Floor Work

Make sure you invest in a pair of shoes that has a firm grip, you do not want to trip and fall during your routines. Don’t you just love that there is Rest Day on Saturday and Sunday?


Image from Pinterest

2. Skipping Challenge

Be mindful of where you skip from. Skipping exercise should NOT be done on a carpeted surface or stone or asphalt surface. You should do the exercise on shock-absorbing surfaces, preferably wooden floors or other smooth surfaces to avoid tripping or rubbing, which can lead to injuries.

I also strongly advise that you wear a pair of trainers when you do your skipping.  Do not skip barefoot!  The challenge will be in reverse, we will start from Day 30 making our way to Day 1.  Get ready to sweat buckets!


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3. Running

This month we will be running twice a week.  Sunday for #JustDoItSunday 5K and Wednesday for a 3K run.

Nyasha did us all a huge favour and put the information on a very neat spreadsheet.  I suggest you print it, stick it on your fridge, kitchen cupboard, bathroom mirror, heck even stick it on your forehead if it will help you with remembering that you have work to do!

All the best in the July Challenge.  You will get very hungry this month, skipping does that to you BUT please make sure you have a healthy and filling breakfast.  Stay hydrated and make sure you prepare your own meals as often as you can.  You can do this!  If you could run for the most part of June, what’s a few skips in July?

For information on the benefits of skipping please read the link over here.

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