Coffee with Pippa

Pips, tell us about you, your family and what excites you in life.

I have been married to my incredible husband for 4 incredible years and we have been together as a couple for 13 years (yikes that reminds me my age!). We have a beautiful boy (Thorsten 3y). I work in sales & marketing for a nutritional supplements company called Holgoun Healthcare, but I am extremely lucky that my job fits in perfectly with our lifestyle so I am able to travel with my hubby to a lot of his races (& mine) and spend time with my little boy. I am passionate about sport, the outdoors and living a healthy lifestyle. I absolutely love spending time with friends & my family during training or at races, this fills my tank and I have had many a heart to heart on a long training run or at a post run coffee.

What do you do to stay a) healthy b) active c) practice self love?

a) smoothies are a big part of my weekly routine. I love how easy they make it to up on fruit on veg. I use my Nutribullet daily and my weekly treat is to get my smoothie from Propa Smoothie Bar (@propafoodbar) b) I am obsessed with running, there is nothing better than putting your shoes on and hitting the road or the trails. Whilst training for my first comrades, I tore my hamstring. This made me realize the importance of incorporating strength & stability training into my program & so I began my journey with Pilates. It’s literally just as important as the amount of time I put into my running. I spend a fair amount of time at Tash B pilates and this has really enhanced my overall training. c) Being a mom, wife to a professional athlete plus finding time to do my own work and training leaves little time for myself. There is nothing better than spending time with Hank & Thorsten over a home-cooked meal. I love to cook wholesome meals and I believe that outside of training the single greatest thing a person can do to improve their long term health & happiness is to learn to cook healthy, wholesome food!

How did you manage your incredible back to back Comrades journey with a toddler?

 This year I completed my back to back Comrades, 3 days after traveling 38 hours from Hawaii from the Molokai Surfski Championships where my husband came 2nd. To be totally honest I am not quite sure how I pulled it off as I was seriously jet lagged plus I hadn’t done the training hours on the road that I maybe should have done… however my friends and family seemed to back me and believed I could do it and somehow with their help I pulled it off! There were many times during comrades where I was struggling but then I would see Hank on the side of the road and his encouragement and belief in me would make me push on or I would think of my son Thorsten and some of those hard times we had when he wasn’t sleeping or was crying and that would give me strength and I would realize that this wasn’t so tough as I had survived child birth and many sleepless nights. I truly believe in “mommy strength” because since becoming a mother I seem to have another gear that I never used to have. I also believe that being a parent gives you a new perspective on life and makes you realize what is really important. My hubby has had phenomenal success since the birth of our son, he has won 4 world canoe marathon titles to add to his list of many other wins in local and international surfski and canoeing events. As much as we both strived for success before we were parents, I also believe that something pretty magical happened after we had Thorsten as he gave us perspective and new strength. We also both put 100% into the time we spend away from Thorsten when we are training or racing as this time is so much more precious and we feel that if we aren’t using it properly then we should rather be at home with Thorsten.

What advice do you have for new moms or moms in general based on your experience?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a family or friend if it means it gives you time to go on that date night with your hubby and getting a quick run or gym session in. Doing things for yourself that make you happy will make you a better mommy. I know it’s hard to let go or to rely on someone else and that “mother guilt” is real but don’t allow it to eat you up because you will be a better mommy if you are a happy mommy! Plus your hubby will be so thankful for the odd date night!!

Are there any quotes you love?

 My most favorite quote is a saying I learnt whilst traveling to Hawaii… ‘Live with intention, listen hard, practice wellness, play with abandon, laugh, choose with no regret, appreciate your friends, continue to learn, do what you love, live as if this is all there is.”

Where can our readers find you online?

Instagram: @pipsmcgregor

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