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Running is a great way to get some ‘me time’ - Vaishali Kasture, MD, Goldman Sachs

Modified 18 May 2013, 15:59 IST


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.

Today, we are in conversation with Vaishali Kasture, Managing Director of Goldman Sachs. In an informal chat, Vaishali talks about her one true passion – running. Along with holding a high-profile position, Vaishali is also an accomplished marathon runner. Some excerpts from the conversation below:

When and how did you first start running?

I started running ten years ago, when I was living overseas. A lot of my expat friends were into running. I was an avid gym-loving person and used to do treadmill runs regularly. But the day I started running outdoors, I fell in love with it. It has also helped me get fit and stay lean.

Which was the first run you participated in?

My first road race was the Standard Chartered Hong Kong 10km in 2003. The weather was great and I had trained well. So, I loved every minute of it.

How do you go about preparing for a run? Is there a specific diet you follow?

I use the “run less, run faster” approach. I run 3 days a week; one day I do a long run, the second day I do a tempo run and a speed workout on the third day. I also do strength training with a personal trainer. Moreover, I focus on eating small meals throughout the day. I don’t over-focus on carbs as I prefer to stay lean and maintain my ‘racing weight’.

Is there any specific equipment like shoes, apparel, supplements, etc. that you use?


I am a huge Nike fan. I use only Nike shoes and have about 12 pairs. My current favourite pair is the Flyknit. I am also a big fan of Nike outfits, especially their shorts and t-shirts. I also use gels like Cliff, Power Gel and Accelerade during my long runs. However, I am not a big fan of sports drinks. But I do make sure I eat something solid like a fruit or a protein bar approximately 30 minutes after my workout / run. Also, I use compression calf socks for recovery after the long run.

How often have you participated in the TCS 10k run? Any highlights?

This is my 4th year at 10 km. I found the first year very tough due to the heat. But as I trained better, I found the course easier. I think it’s tough to do a personal best here, as the start is very crowded.

What other runs have you participated in?

I have participatesd in the Mumbai SCMM, the Kaveri trail, the Bangalore Ultra, the Hyderabad Urban stampede and the Midnight Marathon. I usually also do at least a couple of international races every year.

What other sport do you play or follow?

(smiles)None. Running is my only passion!

Who is your favourite sportsman?

Usain Bolt. He’s a true inspiration.

Is there any message you would like to convey to our readers who wish to take up running?


Just do it! This is a message especially for the women out there – try it out! It will help you get fit, look good, and will boost your self-confidence. Moreover, it’s a great way to get some ‘me time’ as well!

Read the rest of our series here: CXOs on the run

Published 06 May 2013, 10:02 IST
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