“I have been actively participating in various marathons for the last two years. I am making a mark as an upcoming full-marathon runner in the city. It all depends upon how you look after fitness and to what extent you can push the body to achieve the desired results. I desperately wanted to relive the days when I was a champion in squash, cricket, badminton and football. Watching people hitting the gym, joining yoga classes or going through some training under professional supervision would tempt me.
The first step is always the hardest. One fine morning, I just started to run. That was it. From days to weeks to months, I kept on challenging my stamina. Winning my first half-marathon after only six months of practice made me realize that nothing is impossible if you are determined.
I have been running for two years now. The best part is when you unknowingly start inspiring people around you. My colleagues and I have an active group of 15 people transforming our lives by running.
If you were to ask me the most difficult part about running, I would say that it is the urge to indulge in your favorite dishes. Initially, I would compensate for every extra calorie I took in by running an extra mile. You really have to fight temptation to get results.
There are times when I get compliments for the glow on my skin. Some women around me even want to know what I do to achieve that glow. I tell them that it is all about ‘burning calories’ and not about burning money on cosmetic products. I take pride in my method.
I have no intention of resting on my laurels. I want to set the bar high. The Ironman competition is something that has always been on my mind. It is going to take some time, but I feel I can definitely get there. There is nothing better than being in control of your health. You get a refreshing perspective on life once you start paying attention to your physical and mental well-being.”