Dr Jayshree Thakur, a 35-year-old homeopath, is among the many participants who have dreamed of running the full marathon at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2013 today. Till around July last year, the Andheri-based resident weighed 90 kg and could not run for even five minutes at a stretch.
“Obesity is not an excuse to not run the Marathon,” says Thakur.
Determined to run the marathon this year, she lost over 15 kg in five months. After crash diet, aerobics and even starving herself failed to steer her towards her goal, she started running eight to 10 kilometres every day. This year, Thakur completed two half marathons in order to prepare for today’s 42-km full marathon.
Thakur lives alone in the city while her family lives in Gujarat. “Obesity runs in my family. My father, who is 6 ft, 2 inches tall, weighs 120 kg,” says Thakur, who was an avid basketball and handball player during her college days. She has also represented her college at the state level. “Once I took up medicine, long hours of classes and study left me no time to play,” says Thakur, who has always liked running, but was never a long-distance runner.
“Come January, and every year I would yearn to run the Marathon. Every year I would decide to start training, but never succeeded,” says Thakur. Last year, a patient referred her to a trainer who assured her that she could run a marathon. “Wanting to run the Marathon and training for it turned out to be two different things. My trainer kept pushing me and finally I could run for few kilometers at a stretch,” recalls Thakur.
In October, Jayashree Thakur participated in the Vasai-Virar half marathon (21 kilometres) and completed it 3 hours and 15 minutes. In December, she ran the Goa half marathon in 2 hours 45 minutes.