What is the longest stretch you’ve ever done?
It was a 160 km course, the Salomon Bhatti Lakes Ultra Marathon, held at Faridabad in October last year. I became the fastest Indian over 100 miles.
What is a day in your life like?
I’m up around sixish for a 10 km run. Grab a banana and then wall-climbing followed by an evening run or a speed workout. I do around 120 km in a week.
What is your diet like?
Not perfect. I need more discipline but I make by own shakes and salads.
What do you put your body through when you run over 100 km?
It’s not weight loss a la a tennis player during a game, but it’s more about the mental fatigue. It’s why gradual ramp-ups in training are required.
What are the kinds of injuries you brace yourself for?
The IT Band Syndrome: It’s a very common runner’s injury.
How do you manage funding?
It’s the biggest concern. While in college I set aside pocket money and earned a bit. As of now I’m looking for sponsors.
What are the facilities at your disposal?
As of now: me, my legs and the road.
What has been your toughest run?
After each one I’m pretty hard on myself, but the 160-km stretch would be the one.
How have your parents taken to your profession?
They are more excited than I am. My dad is constantly giving me advice and putting together stats.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Performing at the highest level possible and among the world’s top ultra-marathon runners.