"Running is my meditation in motion"

Rafiq Somani | Updated on January 16, 2018


1 My day begins at 5.30 am and I aim to clock 25-30km of running every week. My strength training is on for three days, followed by running on the other three. Sundays are for long runs (10-15 km); I try to do a half marathon (21 km) once in two months. Since I travel a lot, my running shoes are always in my travel bag.

2 After losing 30 kg (2004 onwards) I’ve changed my lifestyle and food habits. No starving or fad diets, but I eat a wholesome breakfast and take a light dinner. Aerated drinks have been replaced by green tea.

3 Running, birdwatching, trekking and reading are my favourite stress relievers. I find them meditative. While running I focus on my breath, pace the run according to my heartbeats. Awareness of even the littlest of things (footsteps hitting the ground while running) helps me concentrate, focus and centre myself. While birdwatching I completely detach myself from everyday noise and become one with nature.

4 “Me time” is running with my son on weekends.

5 Dinner is early, three hours before sleeping, and I spend quality time with family then, retiring to bed with a note of gratitude to the Almighty.

Country Manager, ANSYS - India, ASEAN & ANZ

Published on September 30, 2016

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