Driven by the ethos NEVER AVERAGE, always awesome, Pat Mahlangu is a marketer, blogger and influencer. He is the founder of patonbrands.com. He holds a masters degree in Business Management from the University on Johannesburg. Pat is also a Liker of all thing fitness and the founder of #RunWithPat through which he encourages his peers to start living an active lifestyle.
- Tell us a little about your blog (what is the inspiration behind it)?
My blog patonbrands.com is a platform on which I give “Pats” and “Slaps” on brands. When a brand does good it gets a “Pat” and when it does the opposite it gets a “Slap”. The inspiration to start comes as a result of my passion for marketing and brands. I am fascinated about what brands do in the market and I am also critical at the same time.
- How did you get into fitness?
I got into fitness after realising that it is good for my health. I used to be a very anxious about things and that led to me having heart palpitations and after a good run I will suddenly start feeling better. That is how I started taking fitness seriously.
- How do you use to track your progress (apps, note book etc)?
I keep track of my progress through the use of apps such as the iHealth on my smartphone and for my running I use Nike’s running app and for cycling I use Strava.
- What are your day to day routines like?
I wake up every morning at around 5 am, check my mobile phone, drink a glass of warm water whilst reading a book. I would then get ready for work at around 7 am and have breakfast once I am done. Only after work I would go to gym. On weekends, Saturday morning are for running and Sundays I cycle.
- What are your goals with the #RunWithPat movement?
The primary objective for starting #RunWithPat is to get my peers to start living healthy and active lifestyles through running. Why running? you may ask. Well… it is probably the cheapest sport to get into. All you need is takkies and comfortable pants and the road. The secondary goal is to create a platform that unlocks economic opportunities for entrepreneurs. For example, we have brands such as Jazz Apparels, Thirst Trap Juice (which are youth-owned) coming to showcase at the runs. These brands don’t only get brand awareness that they need but they also make sales which addresses their bottom line.
- How can people be part of #RunWithPat?
The only way people can be part of #RunWithPat is to show up in their running gear on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings at the set location details are shared on social media. There is no other way. We don’t charge joining fees etc.
— #PatOnBrands (@PatOnBrands) March 16, 2018
7. What is your favourite book and how has it changed your life?
Ladders and Trampolines By Musa Kalenga. The book challenges the status quo about career paths. One can either follow the status quo of going to university, get a degree, get into a graduate programme with hope of climbing the corporate ladder. Or, make trampoline moves where they can realise exponential growth in careers.
8. What challenges have you faced in your efforts at becoming healthier
There’s too many temptations in my line of work. Every now and then I get invited to events and it mostly unhealthy food that is served. On the hand, it is also hard to resist a glass of champagne.
9. What tips would you give to someone whose fallen off the wagon
Most people put themselves under a lot of pressure and as a result they give up before they even start. Fitness is not a destination but a journey. It is a process not a once off event. The sooner people understand this, the better. Most people say can’t #RunWithPat because they are not fit. However, when they are fit they will come to the runs. My response is always just come as “unfit” as you are… because you are only as fit as you think you are. It is all in the mind.
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