The Great India Run runner interview: Kaushal Chauhan, mobiefit’s #RunForRio winner
Most contest winners are described as lucky, but not Kaushal Chauhan. He showed great determination to win the mobiefit #RunForRio challenge, and now the 21-year-old is set to travel to Rio to watch the 2016 Olympics live in Brazil.
Thanks to his incredible and consistent running, Kaushal also gained entry to the elite group of runners who will be participating in the Great India Run. Overall, the young runner accumulated over 800 km to win the competition and earn a spot among elite runners. So what has he learned about marathons so far in the 4 years?
I am from a middle-class family, so proper running gear was not available for me in the beginning.
“First thing is that marathons are high-level endurance activity, so always start slow and maintain a consistent pace. Winning doesn’t matter in marathons or ultra runs; just focus on finishing. The second thing is always join a group to practice and make small targets to finish. In a group run you can cover extra miles without being tired. Third and most important thing always listen to what your body says. If you are tired then go to rest and recovery. And if you feel good then do that long run,” he told mobiefit. He’s already hitting the strides when it comes to marathons in India.
Already having finished 9 marathon events in just four years, he’s well on his way to becoming a real contender in the years to come. “I am from a middle-class family, so proper running gear was not available for me in the beginning. But my mom always supported me by buying running shoes. Running shoes and touring is always expensive,” he said about his struggles when he started running. In 2012, Kaushal watched the London Olympics on TV, which set him on the path of running. “The 2012 London Olympics inspired me to do something, some kind of physical activity. That was my dream and I wanted to choose long-distance as a career. So I joined IGNOU to fulfill my dream and chose long distance running and marathon as my sporting discipline,” Kaushal added.
He goes on to rattle off his many marathons over the past two years. “My first marathon was the Bengaluru Midnight Marathon in 2012 where I clocked 5:16:32. Then I ran the Running and Living Corbett Marathon in 2014 where I was the winner with a timing of 3:10:16. My third marathon was actually a half marathon in 2014 and I finished 8th with a timing of 1:29:34. Then I decided to take on long distances. I ran a 110km run in the Jaisalmer to Longewala Victory Run in 2014 without a timing chip. I took approx 13 hours to finish that run. It was followed by SCMM in 2015, a 24HR stadium run in Bangalore. Millennium City Marathon which I won with a timing of 2:50:51. I also ran the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in 2015 and the SCMM this year, where I finished 59th with 3:18:47 finish.”
“If you are a beginner then there’s no need to run too much distance in the start. Just start slowly like doing a 5K or 10K training and get enough rest and stretch for next time,” Kaushal used mobiefit RUN and started running with the brand new FreeRun feature, and came out on top of the leaderboard of all the runners in our #RunforRio challenge.