A fun loving , Positive, full of energy person who believes that Life is very short and we have to make the most of it.
When did you start running? What was your first race? How many races have you completed so far? Can you break it down by distances?
I used to run during school days in races however lost touch after that when life’s hectic schedule took over . The Weighing scale touched 100 kgs in 2007 and that’s when I realised, I need to start running again.
The SCMM Dream Run in Jan 2008 followed by the HM in 2009
1 full marathon, 12 Half marathons, one 25K run ( BNP endurathon) and approx.. 17 nos 10K runs
Which race in your opinion is the toughest course?
Amongst the ones I have run.. It is BNP Endurathon because of the Steep climbs it has.
Have you ever not completed a race? When and why?
Never… Crammed once but completed within qualifying time
Have you run races injured or sick? What’s your advice to runners concerning it?
Ran one race in 2011 where I had just recovered 2 weeks prior to the race from having water deposited in my lungs and mild fever .
My advice, is know your body really well and then take a decision. Run that race for Fun and ignore the timing part if injured or sick.
Have you ever been a pacer? When, where? Would you like to do it more often?
Yes.. At Aarey Half Marathon in 2010. Was a 2hr 30 mins pacer. Yes , would love to as its an amazing experience…
What, in your opinion, is an accessory every runner must have?
A Simple Stop Watch
You’ve always been a sportsperson from a young age. What sports were you into when you were much younger? Could you list your medals and/or awards?
Football , Hockey, Cricket, Athletics &, Langdi (Guess this game developed my strong legs for running).. on a lighter note.
It’s all during school Days ( 100 M , 200 M , 400M , 800 M ( won 3rd place at State level in junior category) )
Is it true that even if you’ve not been active physically for a time, the base you’ve built when active stands you in good stead when you resume? I’ve read articles that say so. What’s been your personal experience?
Yes its true and I am a prime example. From being an active sports person during younger days to a fat obese man in the thirties to a Sub 2 hrs half marathon runner in the 40’s)
At one time, you were considering doing the triathlon. What prevented you?
Still not confident about completing the swimming part of it as well as .. don’t have the time to practise for it.
Do you draw any lessons from running that you incorporate into your personal and professional life? What are they?
Yes.. Personal life is nothing but a marathon race. You do not have to win the race or be a top category runner to be a marathoner… Which many strive for and get disappointed with life because they hav’nt achieved it. You have to only complete the race and enjoy it and keep striving to getting your personal timing/ Life better.
You travel quite often for work. How do you fit in running into your busy schedule?
Yes I Do.. Somehow try to manage it when ever I have the time. To be honest, I haven’t been practising much for the last 2 years due to travel and work.
Where do you train? How often?
Mostly at the Air India ground in kalina and at times on Juhu beach or Bandra Mount Marys ( for hill runs)
On an average .. twice a week
Any last words for the readers?
Birds were meant to fly, Fish were meant to swim and Human’s were to Run. It comes Naturally.
Newton D’souza is a friend first. He’s also Senior Management level at Tech Mahindra Business Service Group a Reputed ITes & BPO company. His running motto is: I don’t have a Runners Body but this Body can and will always Run.
Disclosure: The interview was conducted via email. The answers are published as-is.
The route was scenic looping from University of Kashmir’s Hazratbal campus along the banks of the Dal Lake via Foreshore Road-Cheshmashai and back.
Kashmir’s first international half marathon had everything going for it.
Themed ‘I am the change’ and organized by BIG 92.7 FM, it aimed to promote a happy and healthy lifestyle in J&K. It also sought locals’ assistance in tackling social causes like saving Dal Lake, fighting drug abuse, keeping the city clean, promoting traffic awareness and respect for senior citizens and women.
The ‘CCDU Big Kashmir Marathon’ was held in two categories: the main event, a 21K run and a fun event, a 5K dream run.
Former chief minister, Omar Abdullah, tweeted his support and promised to participate.
It was not to be.
Protests that began during the 5K run marred the 21K award ceremony.
Pro-Pakistan flags and slogans were raised.
Stones and bottles were pelted at the dais.
Abdullah subsequently tweeted:
The police later lathicharged and fired teargas shells at the protesters.
That was not all.
A ‘traditional’ Indian malady manifested itself.
Obscene and lewd comments were passed at women runners. Some women were molested en route and at the University.
12 miscreants were apprehended by the police.
While the context may not be the same, the incidents only serve to highlight the problems of eve-teasing and molestation that Indian women face in running under the public gaze.
More recently in July this year, in India’s most women friendly city—Mumbai, three boys on a motorbike hit a professional woman runner with a belt on Marine Drive.
The woman said:
“This has been going on for a couple of years. If you are a girl walking, they whack you on your butt or they yell and stare. I’ve been hit twice – once on my back, and another time on my hips. The most recent incident was last week when they hit me with a soft belt.”
Prakash Jain, president of the Marine Drive Senior Citizen’s Association, said:
“Bad elements cause trouble on the road. They leave me alone because of my age but target women. They snatch valuables like chains or rings.”
Rajiv Bhatia, who runs a water sports company, is another victim of these bike gangs.
“Four bikes came and one guy swung a stick at me. They were shouting, ‘Bhaag raha hai, hero hai. (You’re running, are you a hero?)”
Do we want women runners to gravitate towards women-only events like the DNA Run?
Are running events suburban trains with segregated compartments for women or public buses with reserved seats for women? Should event organizers consider separate lanes for women runners? Is that really the way to go?
Leave our runners alone.
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After doing the 6 km run this year, I will attempt the 21 kms next year, i.e. Jan 2011.
I have located a few web-sites on running that give tips and schedules as how to prepare for both a marathon and a half-marathon. All said, running a marathon or a half-marathon is about endurance. It does not matter how much you run but how long you run! The longer the better!
Of course distance counts but if you are a beginner, like me, then you should not concentrate on the distance and/or speed but focus on increasing the time spent running i.e. running non-stop. You can of course, choose to fortify yourself with water and small snacks. Hydration is very , very important. Carry a water bottle with you especially for the longer runs.
Some interesting sites to look at:
and of course
the Mumbai Marathon web-site
As for myself, I will be training by running 3 times a week, supplemented by cycling 2 times a week (to reduce the wear and tear on my knees) and some light weight-training! Bulking up is out – makes it harder to run!
You can find a program to follow on the web-sites listed or use them to create one tailored for yourself!
Also, do not try to be rigid about your running schedule. Listen to your body! Rest when your body tells you to! Also, start early, so that you can compensate for slippages. Or sick time. Ensure that you have good running shoes. Change them as needed.
Have a great day!