Running is boring? Think again.
While we don’t think any of these are necessarily good excuses (or altogether true!), we do understand it’s not always love at first run for anyone who ever decides to lace up and hit the pavement.People simply amaze me.Experiencing the sport from the sidelines, with a cowbell in hand, is one of the best ways to ignite a passion for running.
Tim Tim Sharma talks to us about her passion for running.
- What do you love most about fitness?Fitness is my life. I eat breathe, sleep and dream fitness. I love everything about it – the physical work, the mental endurance, the constant discipline, the commitment – it is not an event, it is a lifestyle – it is a choice I make for myself every day.
- What mode of exercise you do? In your case running
Running is the main event that I compete in – but I incorporate strength training, plyometrics, reactive and explosive strength trainings, circuit trainings, functional exercises etc into my workout regime on a regular basis. My cardio cross training also includes swimming and cycling. I also have a long term goal of being a very competent triathlete having completed an Olympic distance Triathlon in a tough terrain combined with an open water swim in a respectable 3hrs 33mins. My next goal from the triathlon perspective would be the Ironman 70.3.
Other than the above which is purely from a training perspective, I am also an internationally certified Zumba Instructor. I also try to incorporate horse riding sessions for a leisurely workout, crossfit sessions when I can, and have even played around with climbing. Basically, give me some interesting new workout regime and I am game for it.
3.How it’s been helpful?
It has improved my performance from a competition perspective, made me sharper, more receptive, productive and a whole range of other positives – mostly though I could summarise it by saying – it has made me a happier and completely content person.
4.Tell us about yourself and your journey
What were the major milestones that gave you that “extra” motivation boost?
PBs at each race. I try to sign up for events on a regular basis so that it keeps me motivated to continue training – because honestly, training never gets any easier – its just that you become a stronger and more resolute person.
Started running – Aug 2012
- Has run a total of
- 4 10K’s ( Open Woman’s)
- Snap Fitness 10k 2012 – winner (48:00)
- TCS 10k 2013 – First runner up ( 45.46)
- Snap Fitness 10k 2013 – Second Runner Up (46.xx)
- Midnight Marathon 2013 – Target 10k – 2nd Woman overall, first indian ( 43.56)
4 Half Marathons ( Open Woman’s)
- KTM 2012 – first runner up ( 1:52 )
- Midnight Marathon 2012 – 5th Woman overall, 2nd Indian (1:46)
- DRHM Chennai 2013 – 1st ( 1:44 )
- KTM 2013 – second runner up ( bonked due to ITB and Viral ) (2.01)
3 Full Marathons ( Open Woman’s)
- Auroville Full – 3rd ( 3:55)
- Hyderabad Full – 4th ( 3:38 )
SCMM Full Marathon 2014 – 2nd overall and fastest Indian finisher 3:33
Qualification for the worlds’ most prestigious marathon – The Boston Marathon in my first attempt.
5.What keeps you motivated?
Pushing my limits and aiming at being the best me I can be. There is nothing else more motivating than staring at yourself in the mirror and wanting to be better than the person staring back.
6.What are some of the biggest training mistakes you’ve made?
I am a very strong willed person and there have been many times I have been oblivious to my physical state and pushed myself physically purely on the basis of my mental strength. This has led to overtraining and injuries – but you live and learn and that is the beauty of life 🙂
7.Who Is the Most Inspiring Person to You in Regards to Fitness and In General?
There are so many people around us and there is something great to learn from everyone. I am surrounded by inspirational souls and have learnt something from everyone – be it resilience, persistence, passion, endurance.. the list goes on. But there is one runner I have lost my heart to – for his attitude, for his performance, for his character and for his untimely death which has led us to only guess on what his peak could have been – Steve Prefontaine 🙂