Hello, I’m Narayan, an Industrialist managing a family plastics processing business.
I was a tennis player during my school and college days, and had conveniently put health and fitness in the back burner after I came out of college. My first taste of running happened when I came across the illustrious Swaminathan family of runners on one of my regular walks in 2014 to fetch milk across Adyar bridge. Swaminathan (Swami) called out to me and said, “Narayana why are you walking when you can easily run??” I did not believe I could run and following which my batchmate from engineering days VC Venkatesh goaded/cajoled me to apply for a 10KM slot in the Wipro Chennai Marathon. I never even had the faintest idea what preparation/equipment was required. It was then as a god sent that dear Viji Swaminathan started a training session for Dream Runners Half Marathon 10K for freshers like me; and I did not believe I could run till that time as the maximum I had covered which I would proudly call a run was a whopping 50m! Then in 2015 end, the group UNIS coined aptly for Unleash Your Inner Strength was formed by Viji Swaminathan and I still remember the day I joined when she welcomed me and to this day where she undoubtedly remains my mentor, coach, guide and inspiration in long distance running, in addition to the role model she plays in all the various different facets of her life. All my exploits in the running arena, I place humbly before her feet.
UNIS Running to me is:
I would like to elaborate the same as follows
United in our striving as a heterogeneous group
Never ever comparing but complimenting/collaborating with each other
Step by Step achievement of our health and fitness goals
through Running. Blessed to belong to such a group with each member being so special.
Running and Fitness to me is:
A way of life. My guru says, “Attitudes do not care where you shape them” and I have experienced the same be it first conquering the waking up bug, persistence, tenacity, pushing myself a little more day by day. It has become an integral part of my daily routine that on a day when I miss the same due to travel etc., the day seems so very dull. I strongly urge all the couch potatoes out there, in any sex, shape or size, to come out and experience the sheer magic of a short run. UNIS running is the perfect medium by which this can be reached seamlessly and smoothly.