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.
Having worked for years in the BPO sector, including holding the enviable post of Global Head at Wipro BPO, Ashutosh Vaidya is currently the Global Head for BPOs for IT giants Dell. Here, he talks about what he does when he is not working long hours and sealing mammoth deals – running. Excerpts from the conversation below:
How and when did you first start running?
I first started running in 2010.
Which was the first marathon you participated in?
The first marathon I ever participated in was the Half Marathon at Auroville, Puducherry.
How do you go about preparing for a marathon?
I slowly increase my running distance till I reach about 80% of the targeted distance a week or two before the actual run. I also do regular stretching exercises. I do weight training to strengthen my lower body as well. Learning to control your breath is also an important technique.
Do you follow a diet in preparation of a marathon?
I follow a regular diet with oral mineral supplement a few days before the run.
What kind of kit do you use for running?
I try to keep it simple. My kit generally comprises of Asics shoes, a cap, track pants and a t-shirt.
How often have you participated in the TCS 10k run?
I have participated in the TCS 10k twice so far.
What are the other runs you participate in?
As I mentioned above, I have participated in the Auroville Half marathon.
What other sport do you play or follow?
I play a fair bit of cricket and squash, In addition, I also follow field hockey, football and tennis.
Who is your favourite sportsperson?
Sachin Tendulkar, Prakash Padukone and Saina Nehiwal are a few of my favourite sportspersons.
Do you have any message to our readers who wish to start running?
Don’t procrastinate. That’s the most difficult part. Mentally prepare and discipline yourself to make time for running at least thrice a week.
Read the rest of our series here: CXOs on the runPublished 10 May 2013, 17:02 IST