Ep 34: Kavitha Reddy on Her Running Journey and Family, From an Absolute Beginner to a 3:06 hrs Marathon
Kavitha Reddy is a well-known long-distance runner in India and one of the few Indian women runners. Even though she started running in her late 30s, in the last 8 years of her journey, she’s run 5 out of 6 World Marathon Majors, including Boston, Berlin, Chicago, London, and New York City Marathons.
In this episode of Run With Fitpage, Kavitha discusses with our host Vikas Singh how she got started with running, training principles, nutrition, sleep, along with a family to manage.
00:00 – About this episode
02:47 – Welcome Kavitha to the show!
03:19 – Kavitha talks about her childhood and early life
05:52 – The start of a fitness journey — From the Gym to Marathons
10:09 – The initial training – managing time, personal and family life
19:56 – Kavitha’s first race experience
34:14 – How “not knowing” anything about running helped Kavitha
36:15 – The role of nutrition and sleep in performance
42:49 – Training – Kavitha’s weekly mileage
50:08 – How does strength training play a role in her running performance?
53:00 – Kavitha’s advice to runners
Kavitha was born and spent her childhood in Anantapur, a small town in Andhra Pradesh. The daughter of a government school teacher and a homemaker instilled in her the importance of discipline & healthy living exceedingly early in her life. Values that have been in large part responsible for what she is today. Kavitha married early, and by age 27, she was the mother of two. At 39, her children grown and independent. She found the time to exercise, to stay active. She initially began running to keep fit. Very soon, it became much more. She had found her calling. Eight years on, she has progressed and achieved many set goals. The last one in Tokyo has been a long wait with the current situation Worldwide. It got cancelled twice, and Kavitha stays positive to complete whenever it opens out to all international runners.
Follow Kavitha on Instagram: @runningwithkavi
Vikas Singh, an MBA from Chicago Booth, worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, APGlobale and Reliance before coming up with an idea of democratizing fitness knowledge and help beginners get on a fitness journey. Vikas is an avid long-distance runner, building fitpage to help people learn, train, and move better.
For more information on Vikas, or to leave any feedback and requests, you can reach out to him via the channels below:
LinkedIn: Vikas Singh
About the Podcast: Run with Fitpage
This podcast series is built with a focus on bringing science and research from the endurance sports industry. These may help you learn and implement these in your training, recovery, and nutrition journey. We invite coaches, exercise scientists, researchers, nutritionists, doctors, and inspiring athletes to come and share their knowledge and stories with us. So, whether you’re just getting started with running or want to get better at it, this podcast is for you!
This podcast has been recorded via Zoom Conferencing.