Saiyami Kher, who made a stellar debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya alongside Harshvardhan Kapoor, is fast emerging as a celebrity sports icon for the youth.
The talented actress, who successfully completed a full marathon two years ago, also ran the half marathon (21km) this year too after months of planning and perseverance.
While running a marathon is no easy feat, being a sportsperson or having played sports often while growing up is an obvious advantage for Saiyami. “Running has always been an integral part of my training besides the sports which I keep playing often,” Saiyami informs.
While most people would start with a half marathon before moving to a full marathon, Saiyami thinks differently. “I started training for it while shooting for Mirzya in August in Ladakh before I ran in January. While I used to run an average of 8-10km in Mumbai, when I was in Ladakh, I used to run after shoot and obviously, because of low oxygen, I used to struggle and run only for 3-4km. When I came back to Mumbai, I immediately started running for 16-18km without a problem. That is what altitude training does to your body,” she adds.
The young actress took help from her friend Shyamal Vallabhji, a physiotherapist and a marathon runner to chart her progress and push her to follow her set goals.