Pratik Desai

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After I finished the 2013 comrades marathon, I underwent a Spine Surgery and I was declared to never Run again. Hence, I missed my Back to Back medal.The down run was pending.. so I want to get the medal... and get back to the peak of my fitness where I Left it :-)



Q. Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do for a living?


My name is Pratik Desai and currently I am working in a private company which is mainly into Steel Trading. That is what I do for a Living. However, for Living Life to its Full Potential I am a RUNNER. For the Last 6 years I LIVE TO RUN.

Q. How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life?

Managing my exercise regime and professional Life is not that difficult as I am an early riser and hence, I finish all my exercise Activities when the World is generally Sleeping. My average day Begins at around 5 AM and I am out of the house on the Streets running by 5.30 AM or in the Gym doing my Weights. Mornings work for me the Best.

Q. When and why did you start running?

I started Running back in 2009 when I saw a 60 year old Gym Buddy who already had a By-pass Surgery training for a Half Marathon. I was 30 at that time and I was just motivated by that Man to run. If he could.. why Can’t I? I Asked myself and then the journey Begun.



Q. What motivates you to go out there, when you do not feel like it?


When I Run, I am Away from the World, from any responsibilities, from any kind of weight on my shoulders and it's literally the ME TIME I Run for.



There are times when I do not feel like running. However, at those times, all I have to do it just Get out of my house somehow and take the first few steps.. Once that is done… it never has given me a feeling of not to run. In fact, then I make it a point to have the best possible run.

Q. What is the longest distance you have ran? 


The Longest Distance I have ran is 87 kms in the Comrades UP RUN in 2013


Q. What gives you the confidence to run in the streets? 
The Fact that I am running itself gives me enough confidence.

Q. What do you think about the lack of exercise among the youth? 
These days the Youth are becoming Couch Potatoes and their Fitness goes for A toss. A lot many factors are to be blamed for this which includes the PS2, X-Boxes, Mobile Phones, Gadgets etc. 

Running is the only sport I feel you get better with Age and eventually the Youth will realise their lack of fitnes.
Q. What was your best running experience?

 My Best Running Experience so far has been the Moment when I Crossed the Finish line at 2013 Comrades. I have NEVER been so HIGH in my life before.



Q. What was your worst running experience? 

When you RUN, there can never be a WORST or BAD EXPERIENCE.. Running also gives you a Good Experience.

Q. How do you push through the pain? 

By Visualising the Fact that all my Running Buddies are waiting for me at the Finish Line. Also for the last 2 years, my SON Waits for me to come home and hand him the MEDAL.. and for him, I HAVE TO FINISH. This thought comes and the PAIN Disappears.

Q. What advice can you give somebody who wants to start running? 

Go Easy in the Start and don't Rush into too many events. Get the confidence, strength & flexibility correct first so that 1 can ensure that no injuries take place and then go to the Next level. Too much, too Soon is a Perfect Recipe for Disaster.



Q. Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you?


I am on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram & Snapchat.

My handle on each of them is findpratik.

Also I blog a bit and 1 can got through it on http:findpratik.blogspot.in

My best running shoes is …ADIDAS ULTRABOOST 

I love running because …IT LIBERATES ME, MAKES ME FLY, MAKES ME FEEL CONNECTED TO MY INNER SOUL.

Injury is …BOUND TO HAPPEN IF IGNORED OR NOT TAKEN CARE OFF IMMEDIATELY

My body is …UNDER CONSTRUCTION


My running playlist has …EYE OF THE TIGER

I hate running when …HOW CAN 1 HATE RUNNING?? I HATE RUNNING WHEN I DON’T GET TO RUN :)

Pain is …INEVITABLE But at the same time TEMPORARY as well. however PRIDE IS FOREVER

The road …BELONGS TO ME WHEN I RUN


Sweat is …A SIMPLE WAY TO SHOW OFF THAT YOU HAVE HAD A KICKASS WORKOUT

In future, I would like to run …BOSTON MARATHON

Indie means …INDIAN

I do not like runners who …CHEAT AT RUNNING EVENTS SIMPLY TO GET QUALIFIED

#RUNREVOLUTION


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