Runner’s Insight – Amit Thakkar

Runner’s Introduction – Basic Profile

Amit Thakkar born and brought up in Vadodara. Currently working as a Project Management Officer in L&T Technology Services Vadodara.

Q: How you have started running/cycling & your milestones so far?

God gifted me a baby girl with Down syndrome and some medical challenges. Doctor told me that she required life time support and I thought if I am fit then only I can take care of her in old age also no need to depend on other. This becomes my motivation to start my running journey in Sep 2015 by jogging & walking with few km. From inspiration of my jijaji, I have participated my first 10 km in Vadodara International Marathon and completed in 75 minutes and got my first medal that boosted my running journey.
Some times your life challenge became you stronger 💪 I have participated so many events and after covid my running transformation started.
Personal Best recorded timings:
5 kms- 21.54 min
10 kms- 45.05 min
Half- marathon- 1.37.02 hrs
Full Marathon- 3.39.20
Night Ultra Marathon 84 km in 12 Hours
Some of my Achievements:
Winner in Ankleshwar Marathon 2023
2nd runner-up in Solefest 25 km trail run 2022 and 2023
1st Runner up in Ahimsha 10 km
2nd Runner up in CRR
1st in Vadodara (2359 km RUN) in Hundred days of running challenge 2020

Q: What motivates you to do it regularly? 

My daughters, challenges, goal and hard work.

Q: Your current Training schedule in a week?

My weekly training schedule is a mix of various types of runs. some of the session includes Yoga, speed workouts, Ride, Bridge Run, Rest, Ride and long run.

Q: Any advice for new runners ?

Be inspiration for your children and family. Consistency, dedication and discipline is the key. Lookout for the role models & follow the routine. My running motivation & inspiration are: My guru Amit Dada , Rajinder Paaji , Pragneshbhai and Shushila mam.

Q: Your Motto/Tagline ?

“Age is just a number, The body achieves what the mind believes.”