We sat down with the 32-year-old mother of two for a few minutes, to get to know a bit more about the country’s latest road running sensation.
The Citizen: How did you start running?
Caroline Wostmann: After I gave birth to Gabby I struggled to lose all the weight. I was 24 years old and worked at Deloitte at the time, so with work and the kids I was very busy, and I chose running because it seemed like the best exercise to get the most out of limited time.
The Citizen: What do you do for a living now?
Caroline Wostmann: I’m a management accounting and finance lecturer at the Wits School of Accounting.
The Citizen: How many children do you have?
Caroline Wostmann: My husband, Haiko, and I have two daughters, Gabriella (seven) and Isabell (four)
The Citizen: Where do you live?
Caroline Wostmann: We live in Pretoria, and I work in Joburg, so I leave home at 4.45am to get in a run with a training group at Wits before work.
The Citizen: What car do you drive?
Caroline Wostmann: A Volkswagen Jetta.
The Citizen: Are there any electronic devices you could not live without?
Caroline Wostmann: My phone, and my Garmin. I’m addicted to the Garmin running app.
The Citizen: Do you follow a specific diet?
Caroline Wostmann: Not really. I eat a lot of fruit, vegetables, meat, pretty much what most health-conscious people would eat. I find I also need carbs, but I stay away from the normal things like cake, chips and sweets. I’ll have a chocolate if I feel like one, but I try and cut out sugar as much as possible.
The Citizen: Will you be running the ‘down’ Comrades next year?
Caroline Wostmann: Yes, that’s the plan I’m working on with Lindsey (Parry, coach). There’s something about coming back and winning again. That way you’re able to prove you’re meant to be there, it’s a way to really make your mark.