Deepchand Saharan, a 34-year-old serviceman who emerged triumphant in the 42-km men’s category at the first Vasai-Virar Mayor’s Marathon 2011, was initially not keen to participate in the event.
His timing of 2 hours, 28 minutes, 3 seconds, however, fell short of his personal best by 15 minutes.
While most participants had to be helped to their feet by the volunteers, Saharan seemed energetic even after the completion of the marathon.
About his fitness regime, Saharan said: “I am fit thanks to my training at the Army Institute in Pune. On an average, I run 200km in a week, split in to 35-37km each on a daily basis (25km in the morning and 12km in the evening). Additionally, I run for about 30-32km on Wednesday and Saturday, my half days at work.”
Saharan considered Sunday’s marathon as part of his training routine, with an additional 5km to be covered.
“I came here to judge myself. Besides, I also ensured that I completed my weekly run of 200km,” he said.
Emphasising on the importance of eating right, Saharan said, “I spend about Rs10,000 on my diet per month. Marathoners need to eat a lot of fruits.”