Not everyone is a born marathoner. Like the butterfly they metamorphose into one. This die hard Bruce Lee and Jean-Claude Van Damme fan was one of those. Today, Mangesh has emerged from his cocoon of weight issues and hypertension, conquering his fear of running and is now a regular Half Marathon runner.
Mangesh Ranade started Tae Kwon Do martial arts training in 1991 and completed his 1st Dan Black Belt to emulate his on screen heroes. However, after shifting to Pune, Mangesh settled into a familiar routine and a sedentary lifestyle with career and marital responsibilities for the next 17 years. As is the bane of a sedentary lifestyle, Mangesh became overweight, developed thyroid problems and hypertension.
There is a proverb “ghar ki murgi dal barabar”. Mangesh’s brother Umesh was training with Pune Running since 2014 and tried to motivate Mangesh to exercise. But Mangesh chose to nurture his hypertension rather than overcome it.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves” —— Viktor E. Frankl
Out of curiosity and with a lot of goading from Umesh, Mangesh attended his first strength training session at SP Mukherji Garden, one of the Pune Running’s 17 training centres in February 2017. He was in awe of the enthusiastic KDR group and was drawn to it like a moth to a flame.
Mangesh has now lost almost 13 kilos and is about 2.75 inches slimmer at the waist. Says Mangesh, “results don’t happen overnight. Work hard, stay consistent and be patient “. He has now graduated to become a trainer. He says “if you have some goal ahead of you, you can do all the possible things to achieve it.” Someone once said “be somebody no one thought you could be”. Mangesh is a living example of this. He signs off saying “the love of a family is life’s greatest blessing”.
Join Mangesh as he adds another feather in his running cap at PRBM 2018 presents Poonawalla Clean City Marathon (PCCM) on 18th November 2018 at Balewadi stadium.