Dr Dhara Kanabar

Dr Dhara Kanabar

“Running isn’t a sport for the weak… “

It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. It’s the frozen spit on your chin and nausea in your gut. It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that is strong enough to wake the dead. It’s about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. It’s about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there’s not a single soul in sight to cheer you on. Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fibre in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel. And when you’ve finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that’s all that you can ask for.”

Being from a non-athletic background, and having never exercised a day in my life, I realised the true importance of exercise only when I became a Physiotherapist. I could see first hand that exercise changed lives. But that still wasn’t enough motivation for me to start somewhere.

The real change came when I started putting on weight and wasn’t losing any, whereas my husband was shedding pounds like there’s no tomorrow, just by running. I decided to drag my lazy self out on the roads after numerous failed trysts with Yoga, Aerobics, Gym and what not. And I have never looked back since then. I have numerous podium wins in 10km races and I recently completed a half marathon in a respectful time of under 02:30HRS. I have also got an opportunity to be a pacer and ambassador in various running events.

Running is my therapy. It’s an integral part of my life. It has given me friends who are family. It has made me strong beyond my wildest dreams.

When I found KDR through Winter Challenge 2018, I gained not only a sports group, but a family of flesh and blood who live and breathe the same emotion, the same passion, and are always encouraging and supporting each other. I am a proud KDRian!