WHAT’S MY SPORT
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MY GREATEST ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT
Comrades 2014 Finisher
Hong Kong Ultra Trail 100km Finisher
Bhatti Lakes Ultra 100km Winner
Chicago Marathon – 3.58
2020 COMPETITIVE GOALS
I have only one goal for 2020 – Boston Qualification. For my age, my BQ is 2.59.00 & I intend to chase that at Berlin Marathon 2020
2020 RACE SCHEDULE
Tata Mumbai Half Marathon 2020 – Hope to get to 95 min HM
IDBI Delhi Half Marathon – Feb 2020 – Hope to get to 90 min HM
Berlin Marathon 2020 – 2.59 Marathon
Dubai Marathon 2021 – 2.50 Marathon
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ME
I have been running for almost a decade now. I am one of India’s first holistic running coaches.While there are a lot of running coaches , there are not many coaches, who have diversified knowledge in strength training, nutrition, recovery, training at one go.
I took a sabbatical from training in 2017 after marriage & I quit my corporate job in 2019 & launched my fitness startup & all started training full time. with just 400+kms in 2 years, I was at an all time low fitness. After my first run, my coach said that I could run a 4.30 marathon if I trained really hard. I trained hard for 6 months, clocking more than 2000 kms & now have reached closer to a 3.30 marathon. During my training, I did not miss even one training session in 6 months. Life certainly comes in between but I did not let that dampen my training. I ran in the heat, pouring rain, pitch dark conditions. I ran in the morning, noon, evening & night. In my apartment community, am known as the mad man who does nothing but run.
I intend to qualify for Boston by running a sub 3 marathon in 2020 & train really hard to qualify for the 2024 France olympics. Qualification for an Indian is a sub 2.15 marathon now
Inspired by Hoka One One, NazElite from Arizona, I co-founded a professional running club based out of Chennai called Renaissance. The club is at a nascent level & will take 2-3 years to get into a good shape. We are working on an ambitious project to have a big contingent of runners from India to run a sub 3 marathon in Dubai 2021.
MY GREATEST SOURCE OF MOTIVATION
Motivation is so overrated. One can never be motivated on all days. I just grind it out, day in & day out to reach my goals. I set myself really big goals which help me to stay out of my comfort zone.
Having said that, I draw a lot of strength from 3. Bharthiya’s poetry, Bruce Lee’s strength & Ilayaraja’s music
I am inspired by fellow running community, who have taught me that there is no replacement to determination dedication & discipline