Why do you run, Lucky Vijayaraghavan?

About Lucky

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I met Lucky through Morrisville Run Club. He was good friends with another one of our runners. Lucky is a big Orange Theory fan, so I don’t get the chance to run with him much recently, but we did bump into each a lot during local races.

Why did you start running?

I started exercising primarily to lose weight. I started off as a treadmill runner. The first big race I ran was the Tar Heel 10 Miler in April 2015. I loved the race atmosphere and the feeling of accomplishment it brought. Running has also helped me meet new people and gives me a sense of community.

What keeps you motivated?

I think running with another person or a group of people motivates me the most. My best runs have been, ones where others were pacing me or I was pacing them. I also enjoy every part of race day, be it the pre-race nerves, the adrenaline pumping starts, the messy middles or the finish line sprints. I like to set myself goals and challenges before every run. The challenges help me stay in touch with running while the goals keep my runs interesting.

What is the most important thing you’ve learnt as a runner?

Every run can be a different challenge. But, as long as you show up and get started, things will always work out.

If you couldn’t run, what would you do instead?

I would row. I feel like rowing is a great full body workout. It also involves all the competitive elements of running, which I love.

What’s your biggest running goal?

At the moment, to run a sub 1:50 13.1.

You can follow Lucky on Instagram at @lakshmikanthanv

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