20 Sep Front Runner- Harpal Singh
Front Runners are exceptional individuals who run for the cause of educating children at Bhumi. Every stride they take helps Bhumi support the children with their literacy, numeracy and life skills. Thank you, Front Runners – for taking us forward in this journey of Change.
1) Tell us a little about yourself
As a Sales & Marketing professional, I was working in a demanding and stressful environment, sedentary lifestyle was a routine for me. Fitness only meant going for morning walks sometimes if time permitted.
Running has now become an integral part of my life. It has helped me manage effectively my day to day stress.
It’s also helped me to bring a lot of discipline in my life. I have become more conscious about my food choices, sleeping pattern, late nights and socializing habits.
Till now I have participated in more than 40 competitive runs and paced at many reputed running events. It’s my way of giving back to the running community. I am enjoying every bit of this and hope to continue doing this in my future too.
2) What made you take up running ?
Running happened to me as a compulsion when my weight crossed 85 kgs. What started as walking soon turned to running and then competitive events. Since then there has been no looking back.
3) What does running mean to you?
Running is the passion that makes me sleep on time and look forward to being on the road every morning. Knowing I am now fit to run more than a few kms gives me energy to perform better every time.
Running is generally a fair and honest sport. If you put the work in, train diligently and consistently, and are sensible about rest, you will get the rewards.
The greatest satisfaction comes from being looked upon by my fellow runners with respect and honour.
4) What is the source of your inspiration? What keeps to motivated to continue running ?
I’m a strong believer of the fact that when you want to accomplish something and you truly believe in yourself, you’ll make it eventually.
When I look around and see other determined runners, my desire to stay fit and perform rekindles itself. My running friends inspire me everyday to do a bit more than the last time!
There is so much to explore while running, enjoy the cityscape, the sunrise, an amazing sunset or just the beautiful nature around you. All this keeps me going!
5) Do you think running should be associated with a cause ? Why ?
When running is associated with a cause it gives the runners a sense of pride, a more meaningful story to their running journey.
When you know that your run is helping someone you push yourself to do more. Bringing smiles to people or making the world a better place, if we can run for such valuable causes, then why not !
6) How do you associate Bhumi with the cause you believe in ?
Bhumi is an organisation that works for the education of underprivileged children, along with that they also provide a platform for these children to indulge in sports that helps build both their physical and mental health. This is something very close to my heart, being a fitness enthusiast I feel extremely proud to run for Bhumi & support its cause.