We Are Committed: Sharath’s Story

Mar 02, 2018 | | 390 |

We Are Committed: Sharath’s Story

Arthur Blank said, “I run because it's so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can't. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you're capable of so much more than you thought.”

I previously led a disciplined life with a proper fitness regime during my school days. However, due to professional and personal commitments, I began to completely ignore the importance of being fit. Though I tried multiple exercise regimes like going to the gym, playing badminton and lawn tennis, I was not able to be consistent and committed — until I found running.

Running has made me stronger, more disciplined and has inspired me to push my limits.

I have to thank Hyderabad Runners Club and my community running club, Sarovar Runners, for introducing me to the world of running in September 2016. What a journey it has been since then! I went from walks to runs, from 10 kilometer runs to 21 kilometer runs and many practice runs in between. Each run is a success and achievement for me.

sharath-tejasvi-we-are-cdkWhile training, I work at CDK Global on the Autoline Rev8 Maintenance Engineering team. I started two years ago, with over 15 years of experience in research, testing, and development. Running has made me stronger, more disciplined and has inspired me to push my limits. In turn, it’s helped me to be more consistent and focused professionally. I try to motivate people in my community and my associates at the office to include running as part of their fitness regime.

I still remember the success of my first 10-kilometer practice run on September 15, 2016, which I completed in just over an hour. Following that, I completed the first official 10-kilometer race at the first Indian Police Martyrs Memorial Run in less than one hour. The journey continued with 20 kilometer, 30 kilometer, and 35 kilometer runs. I then was able to complete my first full marathon at the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon in 2017 with the Hyderabad Runners. This is one of the toughest marathons in India, and I ran it in four hours and 38 minutes — a personal record.

sharath-tejasvi-we-are-cdkI ran my first Hyderabad Ultra Marathon 2017, which was a distance of 50 kilometers. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try, and I wasn’t afraid of trying. It takes training and commitment, which is followed by victory. I read somewhere, "If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon. If you want to talk to God, run an Ultra.” I ran in the Ultra and completed the race in five hours and 53 minutes. As I ran, I remembered what Dean Karnazes said: “Puff out your chest, put one foot in front of the other, and don't stop till you cross the finish line.” Someday, I would love to run from one end of the city to the other, which is a distance of more than 200 kilometers.

Since September 2016, I have run in 26 half marathons, two full marathons, one ultra-marathon and many 10 kilometer races — totaling more than 2,200 kilometers. I’m able to do this because I have a very supportive and loving family. My wife, Shweta, takes care of our two daughters during my long runs on the weekends. They both welcome me home after every marathon, ask about the distance I completed and always want to wear the medal.

Sharath Tejasvi
Sharath Tejasvi is a Senior Project Leader for the Rev8 Maintenance team in Hyderabad, India. He has worked at CDK Global for the last two years. Outside of the office, he enjoys running, cycling, and spending time with his two daughters.