Anirudha Bodhankar

Folks, “If you rest, you rust.” — Helen Hayes
It’s easy to stop noticing the world around us. It’s also easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and lose focus.
Never be afraid to go into an unknown direction. Go places where people never been before. Start taking part in your life and and experience it, rather than just allowing it to happen (in the background), as you go by your day-to-day activities. Awareness of this kind doesn’t start by trying to change or fix anything. It’s about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives.
We are addicted to feeling good about ourselves. We are addicted to running. Ask anybody who is a regular runner why they run, and they will likely tell you that running improves their lives and makes them happier, not just from its physical effect, but also endless doses of accomplishments. The greatest of life’s paradoxical lessons is we must give more to receive the most. Running accomplishment weighs more than money, status, and even comfort.
Our runner of the week, Anirudha's story illustrates some of these telltale signs. Read on to know more. Here are the run details:
I am from Maharashtra and been a Hyderabadi since last 6 years or so. I am working with Microsoft. Married for last 10 years and a 5+ kid. I am from a small town located on Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra border so kind of doesn’t belong to any one place for that matter. Only game I played as a child was cricket and only thing I remember from childhood is studies. Studies was the only most important thing that was to be done.
Same continued after college too. Sports, physical activities was never part of life. The first weight that I remember as a grown up is 78kg which went will 105 till I was 30 year old. “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans”, they say, and is so true. I was a chain smoker and junk food was go to food. 25 cigarettes a day, one large double cheese pizza, was a norm. Finally one fine day the inevitable happened and my body gave up. I was hospitalized for 3 months for some undiagnosed illness. Doctor even told me, that all I might get is 2 more months.
On that hospital bed, I promised myself one thing, If I get a chance to go home, I will not abuse my body anymore. Once home, started with 200 meters and slowly reached to 5k within 3-4 months. My first event was Hyderabad 10k, and then on it was always a full marathon. You cant just get over an addiction. The best you can do is to replace that with something better. I am now a running junkie.
After few unprepared attempts at full marathon, I came across Hyderabad runners. That’s where I realized, I am not the craziest one, there are people crazier than me. I look forward to the weekend long runs. HR is my extended family now.
If not running, I prefer gym, treks, road trips and last but not the lease FOOD 😊
- Six packs
- A 200+ ultra
- Boston
- Ironman
- Ultraman
“if it's easy everyone would do it”.
Join us to sign-off the year 2017 in style. Look forward to seeing you all.
As we step in to the new year, here's wishing you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018.
Keep running!! Stay healthy!! Stay fit!!
DATE: 31 Jan
TIME: 6:15 AM
VENUE: University of Hyderabad, Gachibowli