The “marathon man”

Madhur Tankha
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Octogenarian Ashis Roy shares his experience on the ‘wonderful joys of running’

Ashis Roy
Ashis Roy

During his days in the Air Force, he was notorious for being short tempered. However, post-retirement, he keeps his cool even under the gravest of provocations by putting all his energy into running long distances.

Popularly known as the “marathon man”, Ashis Roy (82), who ran his first marathon in his 50s, has since run 115 marathons. Dr. Roy has now penned his second book Wonderful Joys of Running, which was released at the Press Club of India here on Monday.

The physician-cum-cardiologist said: “For 21 years, I served the armed forces. My colleagues were unhappy with my behaviour as I was short tempered. However, during the later part of my life, I discovered the joys of running marathon. It gave me a feel-good factor and my behaviour has undergone a change.”

Recommending regular participation in marathons, the retired Wing Commander said marathon runners neither suffer from high blood pressure nor high cholesterol.

“Before running marathons, I used to weigh 72 kg, but later it came down to 66 kg. I also used to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Now, I do not have any of these problems and have a healthy heart. Regular exercise keeps type 2 diabetes and heart diseases at bay. I also want to clear the misconception in our country that people who are thin are unhealthy.”



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