This is an edited and rephrased version of a post by Bijay Nair on his Facebook Page.

I was listening to a lively guy, a motivational speaker, at a Curtain Raiser for a Charity Run organised by a friend. Every person in the audience was thrilled and amazed by the cheerfulness and the fighting spirit of this guy. I stood there mesmerized at his story, clapping long after the talk was over. I pray to God if people have to live a life then live a life as welcoming as Samuel Chettiar’s.

Chettiar has been nominated for the Will of Steel Award for his fight against cancer. The Region Sales Manager for Schneider leads an extremely busy life, and is travelling most of the time. But takes time out for running to continue his yearning to remain fit. Chettiar is ready to counsel anyone who is facing the uphill battle against cancer, using his experience to lead the way. Here’s a peek into his running .

Why did you start running?
I started running to lose weight, but now that I have lost weight I am addicted to running.

What are some of the various runs and events you have competed in?
In 2013, I ran the TCS World 10K, the Aarey Monsoon Marathon (10K), Vasai-Virar Half Marathon, Pune International 10K, the Goa River Marathon, and Mumbai Daud (both 10Ks). The next year I did the half marathon at Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon and the Run Powai Run 10K and this year I have already complete two half marathons, a 10K and two marathons – the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon and the SCMM. Next up for me is the Chicago Marathon in October.

What’s your training routine?
My running schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday – Long run
  • Monday – Rest
  • Tuesday – Short run (10-16 km depending on training schedule)
  • Wednesday – Gym
  • Thursday – Short run (10-16 km depending on training schedule)
  • Friday – Cross training (Cycling or football)
  • Saturday – Running with the Nike Run Club
  • For half marathons, I train for 4 months and if it’s a full marathon I have a 6 months training plan. I am into Sales and hence travel very extensively across the country so I always carry my running shoes and continue my training during my travel days. Over the last 2-3 years, I have managed to run in 13 states in India.

    What are your running goals?
    I want to run a marathon in every continent. Currently I’ve finished Europe and Asia, and right now I’m training for Chicago marathon in October. My plan is do a marathon in Australia in 2016, in South America in 2017 and in Africa by 2018. Runners above the age of 60 inspire me a lot, and I always pray that I too can run when I am that old.

    Running tips to someone who wants to take up running.
    Just enjoy running. Keep it simple and remember, the only race is with yourself.

    About the author
    Bijay Nair is a 38-year-old former LtCdr in the Indian Navy, and now works for the National Classification Society of Shipping. He’s been running Marathons since 1999, and in the timed events since 2008 after leaving the Navy. He’s veteran of 40 half marathons, 5 marathons and a 12 hr Ultra run, having run all over the world. In 2012, for the project 121212 (to commemorate the unique 12/12/12 date, which incidentally was also his birthday) he ran 2012km to support cancer patients at the TATA Memorial Hospital and collected Rs 1,21,212. He’s currently posting inspiration profiles on his Facebook wall with the hashtag #TheyInspire

    Main image: Paul Fernandes

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