ARE we born to run? It’s a question journalist Christopher McDougall asks in a fascinating TED Talk.And it’s a question Ryan Sandes would answer with a resounding “yes”.“I started running while doing my honours in quantity surveying,” says the 33-year-old Capetonian.After graduating from the University of Cape Town, Sandes worked as a quantity surveyor for two years.Though he enjoyed it, he enjoyed running more.“In 2009, I decided to take a risk and start running full-time,” he says. “I didn’t have enough sponsorship to get by on a monthly basis but I had some money saved. Luckily, the risk paid off and it all worked out.”At the time, his friends thought he was crazy. His father suggested he keep his day job in light of the economic downturn. Still, his parents were his biggest supporters and his friends were happy to see their mate follow his heart.“During a race you go through a number of highs and lows that affect you both physically and mentally,” says Sandes, who runs three to ...

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