Sportskeeda is proud to present a brand new series – ‘CXOs on the run’. In this series, we converse with industry leaders, entrepreneurs and other high-profile personalities for whom running is a way of life, and how they manage to find time to pursue doing what they love the most.
We are now in conversation with Sunil Chainani, who is currently serving as a board member in the Fabindia group. An avid sportsman, Sunil discusses his love for running, and outdoor activities in general. Here are a few excerpts from the conversation:
How and when did you first start running?
I have always been a sportsman and used to play competitive squash. After that, I started running with the Hash House Harriers, and then started longer distances seven to eight years ago.
Which was the first marathon you participated in?
The first marathon I ever participated in was a Hash cross country marathon. I did not know what to expect, but I survived!
How do you go about preparing for a marathon?
I follow a training program which includes speed, tempo and long runs. This is supplemented by strength training.
Do you follow a diet in preparation of a marathon?
Nothing special. But I eat a lot of pasta in the last few days before the run.
What kind of kit do you use for running?
The basics. I always ensure that my clothes and shoes are comfortable. Additionally, I also carry gels and salt tablets for that extra energy boost.
How often have you participated in the TCS 10k run?
I’ve run the TCS marathon many times. However, I missed the last two editions as I was travelling.
What are the other runs you have participated in?
I participate in various Marathons and Ultras whenever I get a chance.
What other sport do you play or follow?
As I said, I used to play competitive squash for many years. It is my favourite sport.
Who is your favourite sportsperson?
Squash legend Jahangir Khan and badminton legend Prakash Padukone are two of my inspirations, as they have done so much for their respective sports.
Do you have any message to our readers who wish to start running?
Just do it. Enjoy the running and don’t stress about time.
Read the rest of our series here: CXOs on the runPublished 09 May 2013, 11:34 IST