Hi, I’m Dr.Sneha Venugopal, currently pursuing my post-graduation as a periodontist in the field of dentistry.
I was introduced into running by my friend Keerthana Swaminathan, who got me in touch with the running group called UNIS, mentored by Viji Swaminathan. My journey started only a few months back, but it has become a habit in just these few months. From holding a mindset that running is a difficult and intense thing to do, to running 5 km and 10 km in a few months with the help of the team and the mentors, running not only changed the physical aspects but also the mindset, that with enough patience and the right kind of encouragement nothing is difficult to achieve.
UNIS Running to me is:
The TEAM UNIS consists of members who treat each other like family, giving unconditional encouragement that keeps you going and pushes you to perform better and to give your personal best. From boot camps to participating in relay runs, to the much-relished post-run coffee and group talks, which kicks starts the day on a perfect note, TEAM UNIS is a perfect example of how a team is not just a group of people who run together,but group of people who move forward in their own personal journeys while also making sure the other members are given enough encouragement to move forward in their individual journeys too. One other thought process that I changed after I joined TEAM UNIS is that your main competition is just the previous of yourself and bettering yourself takes time and patience and that nothing is impossible if given the right amount of time and dedication.
Running and Fitness to me is:
From being an overweight individual all her life, going from a staggering weight of 100 kilos to the current weight of 66 kilos, after a health scare a few years back, fitness has become quite an integral part of my life. Running is something which is not good just for the body, but also for the mind, it acts as a stress reliever and gives us an intense feeling of satisfaction post the run and also helps us in living a better and more organised life.