How would you define yourself?
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.