To run a marathon is an item commonly seen on the bucket list of enthusiastic people. But, to run marathons, it would be the bucket list item of a fitness freak only. Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal, a consultant ophthalmologist by profession, is an avid runner, a photographer and had a bucket list to become a marathon runner.
Sanjay who is 49 years old now, is a strong believer and follows a simple and normal diet. He loves swimming and used to hit the gym regularly to keep fit and healthy. He added running as an addition to his sports to keep himself fit in the year 2015.
After finding out the benefits of running, his fitness mantra had changed a bit. A combo of running-swimming-cycling spread in a week with muscle-toning exercises in the gym had become his routine, which he feels is the best a man can do to achieve balanced fitness throughout the year.
As running become part of his daily exercise, he experienced some tremendous changes in his body. And it was then he thought of participating in a marathon. As the bucket list was shaped in his head, he started his training in order to fulfill it.
After a series of heavy training, he finished his first half marathon in August 2015 in Hyderabad. By the time he finished that one, he had decided to participate in many marathons possible, and added it to his bucket list. And thus, he started his epic marathon journey.
Till date, he has completed 18 half marathons, two official full marathons, Bangalore Midnight Marathon and one Ironman Triathlon which is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. Recently he also went to South Africa to participate in Comrades Ultra Marathon.
Sanjay feels that running has made splendid changes in his lifestyle. He derives satisfaction and fitness through running. He became more active, motivated and confident. According to him, running is like meditation for him where he explores himself.
His son is also participating in marathons with him now.
“Regular training is very important, and consistency in training should be given top priority. How many years you will run is more important than how many marathons in a year.” – Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal