21 September, 2020

Fauja Singh

The marathon man, all of 100-and-a-half years, is on his annual visit to his native village

Fauja Singh

Why do you run?

It makes me forget the sorrow of losing my son and wife. I feel one with God when I run. It keeps me happy and fit.

Is running in your daily routine?

If I don’t run, I walk four to five hours daily.

How difficult is it to train for a marathon?

I weigh 55 kg. When my trainer works on me, I’ve to bring it down to 52 kg. It’s difficult, but it keeps the pain away from my joints.

You are so slim. What do you eat?

I eat one roti and a little dal at meal times. I indulge in mangoes in summer, and one alsi ka laddoo each day.

Doctors have marvelled at your fitness.

I could not walk till I was five, and my legs became strong enough only when I was 15. Now, doctors in England prod my legs to see what makes them run at this age!

Advice for potential marathon runners?

Be cheerful and keep negative thoughts and negative people at bay.

The Punjab government...



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