Member Spotlight: Cardeux Nel

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Where do you live?
Hong Kong

What event are your running with Team for Kids?

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
Being a physiotherapist I have a great passion for helping people, especially children. Whenever I hear charity I am always in! It is an honor to be running this race as well as doing it for a good cause 🙂

What is your favorite place to run and why?
Well…. I moved to Hong Kong 5 months ago from South Africa. After 15 days of being here I decided I needed a goal for the year. At the time I had never even run a 21.1km and I am unsure what came over me but I thought it would be amazing to run a Marathon. And what better marathon do take part in then The New York Marathon. So basically to answer the question after all my rambling… My favorite place to run is right outside my doorstep… On Lantau Island Hong Kong. In the mountains and through the rural parts of this city.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
“Oe… this is a great question. I love running with music. My playlists consists of:

Oldies – Purple rain , Spice girls, Queen, Eagles, Dreams by Gabrielle

Feel good ballads- Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Whitney Houston

Hip Hop and RnB. Kanye West, Run it by Chris Brown, Yeah by Usher and  A$AP Rocky

New hits- Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Tay Tay Swift OF COURSE!

What is your favorite post-run meal?
I would have to say fruit. I love having some juicy watermelon. Mmmm. After a run I always have an electrolyte drink: Pocari Sweat. And after about 2 hours I enjoy either a Chicken Salad or I smash some pasta.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I am a very sporty person. A field hockey player in fact. I have been playing since the age of 3. When I moved to HK the hockey seasons were different so I had to wait 7 months for the new season to begin. I am the kind of person who needs goals…. and that is where my long distance running really began. I went online and entered the NYM and when I saw you could do it for a charity I was even more stoked! Now I have met many amazing runners in Hong Kong and its so fun wen I get a chance to run with them.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explains?
I try not to drink too much before I run,  I just take enough water with me for the run. I am a physiotherapist so obviously I am a big fan of warming up and stretching, as well as activating my Gluts if they are being lazy that particular day. I also always made sure I have a buff, headband or cap on because nothing is more irritating then your hair sticking to your face or getting in your eyes.

Why did you choose to run this event with Team for Kids?
I am very privileged to have grown up in an environment where sport was always encouraged. From a very young age I always knew I wanted to grow up to be an athlete. My school and community supported me and I was lucky enough that when I traveled overseas to represent my country, my parents were behind me all the way. Even if they could not fully support me financially, they promised that they would always find a way. And they did. I have always been very grateful for what they have given me. Sport made me into the person I am today and nothing can replace that. Sport helped me get through very difficult times in my life and it was the one thing I could always rely on to take my mind off the crappy things happening around me.

I know many kids aren’t as blessed as what I have been in my life and I am willing to raise money for this cause because it can give them hope, it can give them a dream and most importantly it can show them a part of themselves they never knew existed.

Any ways… Like I said I dig charity work a lot. If I could travel the world and help people, I’m on board.

Also North America is the only country, well and Antarctica, that I have yet to see. So I will be touching down soon and I would love to travel the U.S for a bit after the race.

Tell us more about yourself.
South African living in Hong Kong
On a new journey to travel all over the world
I love networking – So you can contact me via Facebook or follow me on Instagram (not many people have my name haha)

Excited to be healthy and living life to the full..See you soon New York!

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