"I run to KNOW MYSELF"
Hello, Runners. My name is Srivatsan. I live in Westford, MA with my wife Aparna and daughter Sanjana (both active runners in the Runner’s High family). I am a research scientist working on High Temperature Superconductors. I love puzzles, games, music, and a general good time with friends. I am also a student of Advaitha Philosophy and have discovered that running is an ideal hobby to facilitate introspection.
My wife and I took up running in Summer 2019 because we were inspired by coach Sujaa (my wife’s sister) when we watched her run. What started as our attempt at surviving running a 5k soon transformed to an obsession on understanding the process of endurance running. Like several other obsessions of mine (ballroom dancing, poker etc), I started digging deeper to understand what makes endurance running happen. Very soon, I found myself running longer and longer and wanting to run more.
Enter coach Bala - he suggested channeling my obsession and start training in the program and in spring 2020, I joined Runners High and trained for my first marathon (having never ran any road race of any distance). Since then I have completed 4 full marathons (the last one being my first live race, the Chicago Marathon). In the process, I have also realized I enjoy mentoring other runners in this journey. To this end, I joined Coach Bala as an Assistant Coach in S6.
Looking forward to an exciting S7 as a runner and Assistant Coach.