Vogue catches up with the Mirzya actress over a candid conversation where she tells us everything about her passion for running.
What is your fitness routine like?
My fitness routine is quite erratic because of my work and shoot schedules. I follow a very strict regimented training programme when I’m not shooting. Therefore, I love running; I find it convenient because all you need is a pair of good shoes to run. The UltraBOOST X are the running shoes of my choice.
When did you first start running?
I have always been a sportswoman. I used to play badminton and cricket for Maharashtra, so running has always been an integral part of my training routine. I gave up competitive sports six years ago, and concentrated on running since the last two years. When I started shooting for Mirzya and ran scenic treks in Ladakh, I realized how much I enjoyed running.
How do you think running has personally helped you and impacted your life?
Running is therapeutic; I talk about it to everyone I meet. It makes you feel so good. Also, with running you have so much time to yourself because it’s just you – there is nothing or no one else. You have the time to clear your mind. Everyone, irrespective of their careers, should dedicate at least half an hour a day and run.
How important are running shoes?
People who have broad feet like me will understand that finding the right pair of shoes is very hard. The Ultraboost X is so comfortable that it almost fits and feels like you’re wearing a sock because of its inner mesh lining. It is extremely lightweight, which is also a huge plus point.
Could you tell us about your journey with adidas so far?
I have been associated with adidas since the last three months and the journey has been incredible. From training with almost 70 athletes from across the world in San Francisco, running across the Golden Gate Bridge, training with Olympic level athletes, replicating that event here in India, and running a marathon in Alibaug, adidas encourages everyone to achieve their fitness goals.
What advice would you give fitness enthusiasts?
Last year, I put my heart and soul into training for a full marathon and ran 42 kms, which has been the biggest achievement in my life so far. Running requires discipline and dedication because every day you get up and you need to motivate yourself to train well. Running releases endorphins that help fight depression, which makes you a happier person. Try running every day and be consistent. Go out and run; I promise you that it will make you a better person in more ways than one.