13 Jan Front Runner- Jayendra Soni
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 & how did you start running?
I am a semi-retired businessman and a passionate runner who started running at the age of 56 and have not looked back. Finishing 3 ultra-marathons, 2 full marathons, 50 half marathons and hundreds of 10k runs. My highlight has been running from Puducherry to Chennai and a proud ambassador for Pinkathon, Inner Strength Half Marathon, Chennai half marathon, Aristocrat marathon, and many others.
What made you take up running?
Aging brought in signs of health issues with borderline cholesterol. So to keep myself fit and healthy it was important for me to take proper care of myself, especially as being the parent of a 34 year challenged son.
3) What does running mean to you?
Running is my passion. It is like a meditation for me. I am 62 now, running for six years now and I have always concentrated on strengthening to keep me fit for running. The changes in my physical, as well as mental faculties after I started running, have been very positive and my aim in life now is to bring more and more people into a healthy lifestyle.
What is the source of your inspiration? What keeps you motivated to continue running?
The joy and happiness I get while running and happy hormones working throughout the day after running keeps me motivated. Initially, I found inspiration in a few good runners but as I started interacting with many new trainees under me, each interaction has inspired me to be better than the present.
Do you think running should be associated with a cause? Why?
Running is an activity that you can do anywhere but when you participate in an event associated with a cause, you feel thrilled to help someone in need and the run becomes more memorable and fulfilling than a normal training run.
How do you associate Bhumi with the cause you believe in?
Bhumi is at the forefront of working for the needy as well as volunteering for many good causes. I became aware of their various activities through some of my friends who are Bhumi volunteers and I am impressed by their commitment. That is why Bhumi is close to my heart.