For the past six months, Mihir Dhairyawan, 24, hasn’t stepped into a pub.
The advertising professional’s party life has hit a low but his stamina is soaring.
He wakes up every morning at 7 am to join the ‘Striders’, a group training for the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, which will be held on January 16.
"Training with a group is definitely better than going solo," said the Thane resident, who will run the half marathon (21 kms) for the second time. The training hasn’t been easy. Dhairyawan switched to a low carbohydrate and high protein and gave up alcohol and smoking.
With barely a week to go to before 14,500 runners hit the marathon route on Sunday, several Mumbaiites are eager to see the results of their training schedules.
Visually impaired Suneel Rathod, 27, will run the Dream Run (6 km) for the third consecutive time.
"I don’t find my disability a disadvantage or an obstacle. I run the marathon for myself and in my eyes, I’m always a winner," said Rathod, who has gifted himself a brand new pair of running shoes and track pants.
Tushad Kakalia, 22, a law student, will attempt his maiden marathon this year. "I’m looking forward to the experience rather than the finish line," said the Bandra resident, who times his daily run on the Carter Road promenade to keep a record of his progress.
Sculptor Arzan Khambatta will be running in support of the visually impaired. "I cycle to work every day and that makes up for my marathon training. For the past month, I have switched to organic food," said Khambatta.
Senior citizen, JN Pandey, and members of his laughter club will run to spread the message of unity and solidarity. "Running the marathon makes us believe that we aren’t that old," said the 78-year-old, who will run his sixth Dream Run. "Laughter therapy helps in increasing my lung capacity and stamina so that helps my performance for the marathon," he added.