Neha's marathon participation raises eyebrows

Jan 16, 2014, 11:28 IST | Shaheen Parkar

The actress will participate in the 21 km run at the Mumbai Marathon

Neha Dhupia took to running as part of her fitness regime barely a year ago. She found it therapeutic and now running is an intrinsic part of her daily life. Motivated by her passion for pace, the actress is participating in the Mumbai Marathon on January 19, in the half marathon run (21 kms).

She says, “When I went to register, there were some raised eyebrows. They thought I would be part of the Dream Run or shorter distances, but I am determined to give it my best shot.”

Neha Dhupia has never participated in a marathon before
Neha Dhupia has never participated in a marathon before

Talking about her preparations, the actress says that she has been training hard and wants to test her endurance. “I began running during the monsoon last year. I used to follow several exercise regimes, but I find running spiritual now.”

Turns out the actress was inspired by Amit Sheth’s book, Dare To Run. “It was a big motivating factor for me. I recommend running to everyone. It can do wonders for your life.

When I ran the first time, my trainer Princeton, who is an athlete, told me you are exactly like the others, but gradually you make peace with yourself and find your groove. I have had my share of injuries and have Dr Shyamal who specialises in such injuries on my speed dial.”

Neha hopes to complete the targetted run and even if she does not — at least she tried.

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