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Nickname: Nivi

Birthday: January 20

Current Location: New Delhi, India

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I began running as a 13 year old student in my boarding school in the mountains of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India. Then, I ran middle distances and 3,000 meters. I transitioned to running 5,000 meters as a high school senior and continued to do so while in college in the USA. Running always helped me channel my energies positively and give greater focus to everything that I did. In November 2009, I returned to India and decided to take on a bigger challenge of running a half marathon. Subsequently, I ran my first half marathon in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2010 and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. I find the discipline and planning required to train and stay on the top of my physical fitness hugely motivational. In addition, the ability to push my personal boundaries to become a better runner also inspires me to be a better human being – as a citizen, as a wife and as a dog mother. I quit my job with Vodafone Foundation in 2016 to pursue my passion of running, fitness and overall wellness through my fit-venture Fit Rabbits. Since, I have studied to hone my skills as as marathon running coach. In the forthcoming days, I hope to encourage, help and guide many people to discover their ultimate fitness potentials.

Career Highlights

1. Current Personal Record in Marathon distance – 03:36:04

2. Current Personal Record in Half Marathon – 01:40:38 – 2019 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon – 4th in age category, 15th woman in Open Category.

3. Successfully finished the 2019 Boston Marathon – 03:43:26

4. Second in age category – Half Marathon Distance – 2019 IDBI New Delhi Marathon- 01:41:52

5. 2018 Berlin Marathon – 03:36:04

Up Close, and Personal

To me, sport is…

an integral part of my existence.

My idea of an effective weight training session is

one that is well-planned, strategic towards my overall goal for a race or retaining my fitness levels. I believe in periodisation and heart-rate based training. I also spend 10-15 minutes of warm-up and cool-down activities and dedicate at least one day for flexibility and stretching. As a runners, hills and intervals training is hugely crucial to athletic performance. I follow hard-easy training protocols week on week.

The moment when I discovered my athletic potential was

1999 when I came first in a 400 meter race at my school without much effort.

The three biggest lessons I have learnt so far in my athletic career is

1. Always pay attention to warm-up, mobility and cool-down protocols.

2. Listen to your body and give a day every week towards recovery.

3. Well rounded training includes running, functional movement work and nutrition. Nutrition is an essential aspect to continue improvement.

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Before a big race, I tell myself

that the race is a test of myself vs myself. I encourage myself by getting my brain to not be stupid and just focus on finishing a race, as per plan.

The toughest competition of my life was

In 2013 when I injured myself running the Mumbai Marathon on my birthday in the 22km mark. I had to battle with my physical and mental barriers to finish my race, which I did.

The most memorable moment of my sporting career so far

Running the Boston Marathon in April 2019.

My training sanctuary is

having a strong mental game, nothing else really matters as long as my brain is positively aligned.

My dream starting line is

running a marathon in a new country, every year, if possible.

I nourish my soul with

cooking food, baking – where I try new healthy recipes, enjoy walks and snuggles with my dog and reading a lot of science fiction, when I can.

Unived helps me by…

RRUNN Pre Mix: Sometimes, I can’t eat a meal in time before a hard run. This is my go-to option along with a gel. On specially on hot and humid days, I find this incredible.

Unived Gels: Take them every hour, no matter where or when I am running.

Unived Elite Recovery Mix: I always take this after my runs because sometimes it takes me a while to get some food in me.

Organic Pea Protein: Good to taste, good for post-training (specially weight training) and some days after a hard run.

Unived Electrolyte Capsules: Excellent option for summer and monsoon months in India.

In 2020, I am setting my sights on…

Goals:

1. Run my fastest half marathon and hopefully qualify for the NYC Marathon!
2. Run my fastest marathon time – go under 3 hours 30 minutes!
3. Next race- Half marathon distance – IDBI New Delhi Marathon 2020.
4. Guaranteed Time Qualifier entry for the Chicago Marathon 2020 done.
5. Aiming to be on a predominantly vegeterian diet with the occasional fish once in 10 days- a huge goal for a non-vegeterian loving Bengali woman! Since 15 October 2019, I have only been eating eggs, some dairy products (yogurt, cheese) and fish.

Races:

2020 IDBI New Delhi Marathon – Half Marathon Distance
2020 Chicago Marathon
2020 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon – if it is at a suitable time in the training window

I have chosen to associate with Unived because…

the brand’s values for creating vegan, natural, gluten-free, scientific formulations resonate with me. In addition, being an Indian company, I am proud to be associated with them.

My favourite Unived product is…

The Unived Gels, irrespective of the flavours.

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