Sole Buddies Running Coaching

About Me | Christine Prokopiak

I am a road runner, triathlete, entrepreneur, health and fitness influencer and lifestyle designer!

I began my life in KZN, accelerated a fast-paced corporate career and lost myself in Gauteng, and have rediscovered what really matters to me, in the beautiful Western Cape.What makes me happy is helping others see and live out their potential and encouraging them to never give up on their dreams. Inspiring others to live fearlessly and courageously makes my heart full.

As a result of unmanaged childhood anxiety, a dysfunctional marriage and the death of my father as a teenager, I suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic anxiety and an associated eating disorder for almost 20 years. When I moved to Cape Town in 2016, I decided I was done sabotaging myself, my future, my happiness and my body, so I took the tough decision to rehabilitate myself. I spent 6 months participating in a vigorous treatment process that shattered the reality I had created for myself, but at the same time, helped me create a life I had only ever dreamed about. With a renewed sense of self, a healthy body, mind and soul, an enthusiastic outlook on life and a very clear vision about what I wanted to contribute to the world around me, I took a leap of faith, and pursued my studies as a marathon coach, strength coach and nutrition specialist. In 2016, I founded Sole Buddies, a lifestyle transformation coaching consultancy.

I help individuals believe in themselves again, inspire them to use lessons learned from hard times to design a happier life, teach them about positive behaviours they can use to effectively deal with challenges life throws at them, and support them in using exercise and healthy nutrition to be the best version of themselves. I am also the CFO of a registered NPO in Fisantekraal called For The Long Run - find us on Facebook!

My career change is a decision I have not regretted for a minute – I am finally doing what sets my soul on fire and changing lives on a daily basis – how cool is that?

My credentials include:

  • NAASFP Certified Marathon Coach
  • ISSA certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • ISSA Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • MEC certified First Aider

My achievements include:

  • 3 x Comrades marathons
  • More than 10 half Ironman distance triathlons
  • More than 150 full marathons, half marathons, 10km road running races and trail runs
  • More than 100 cycling races
  • Gauteng Olympic Distance Triathlon team member
  • Long distance open water swimmer
  • 2017 Provincial Bikini Fitness team member NABBA
  • 2018 & 2019 Norsub CrossFit Open participant
  • 2018 & 2019 CrossFit Competition competitor
  • 2019 Cape Ultra Triathlon
  • March 2020 Full Ironman South Africa
  • June 2020 Selected as Unogwaja Challenge team member http://unogwaja.com/

How I can help you:

  • Weight Loss and lifestyle nutrition coaching (Low carb, vegan, vegetarian, keto, intermittent fasting, weight gain, healthy habits)
  • Running and triathlon coaching
  • Strength and conditioning coaching
  • Race and competition preparation
  • Injury treatment and prevention
  • Kitchen setup, eating out, shopping and meal prep lessons
  • Teenage, children and family wellness planning

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