Running in Berlin
Running in Cape Town with PETER
with PETER
Project | February 10

We met Pieter last August when he visited our store. We had a little chat and invited him to join our running club the next day, and he replied: "I don't know guys, I wanted to go clubbing tonight. We'll see tomorrow". The next morning we were running together in Volkspark Friedrichshain.
"It's not merely about physical activity. It's a holistic approach to well-being."

Optimistic and disciplined, I lead a multifaceted life as a pharmacist in Cape Town. Balancing my professional commitments, I actively support the arts, maintain a regular exercise routine, and cherish moments with friends. A connoisseur of good food, I am deeply passionate about music, fashion, and art, with a penchant for indulging in my greatest pleasure—traveling. My life motto is to always be true to yourself and create a life that works for you.
In the early years of primary school I had a strong desire to sprint the 100m, but unfortunately I lacked the speed. A turning point came when our neighbour started training me for longer distances, and soon I became my school's 3000m champion. Since then, my love for running has only grown and I haven't stopped hitting the pavement.
"If everyone incorporated some form of exercise into their lives, the world would undoubtedly be a happier place."
"In Cape Town, I find solace in solitary runs"
For me, running is a journey into my own private universe, accompanied by the rhythm of my favourite music. This escape allows me to indulge in one of my guilty pleasures - eating chocolate - knowing that the calories are being burned on the road. Running is my equilibrium, a pursuit that harmonises my mind and body. It's not just about physical activity; it's a holistic approach to wellbeing. If everyone incorporated some form of exercise into their lives, the world would undoubtedly be a happier place.
In Cape Town, I find solace in solitary runs, often revisiting the same routes to measure my progress and immerse myself in the music and rhythm. Running in a group overseas, on the other hand, is a joy, with the opportunity to explore new routes and connect with fellow enthusiasts. Running with Optimistic Runner in Berlin left an indelible mark on me.

“I believe in feeling like myself, even in running gear”

I prioritise quality, cut and colour in my wardrobe choices. Discovering Optimistic Runner was a revelation; their clothes exude beauty, sensuality and simplicity, striking the perfect balance between style and comfort. I believe in feeling like myself, even in my running clothes.
Pieter Dreyer
Lana Immelman
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