Her entry into running was by chance when in 2013 a friend enrolled her for a half marathon. There has been no looking back since then she ran her full marathon the very next year in 2014 but didn’t find it challenging enough. Even before she knew it she had set out to challenge herself in the 50km terrain of the Bhatti mines in Delhi, 2014 and had a podium finish. She has been running ever since. Today Meenal has done the ‘Great India Run’, all the way from Delhi to Jaipur along with elite runners like Milind Soman, Arun Bhardwaj to name a few. Last year she ran the Antartica marathon and more such tough ultra runs. Meenal Sukhija is truly an inspiration and we are so proud to bring her story this International women’s week.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a chartered accountant by profession, a runner by choice and a wife by God’s design.
What made you take up running?
Has pursuing running every conflicted with your work or has it helped you in your work life?
What has been the craziest thing you have ever done?
With a heart filled with a desire to imbibe the vibrant colours, and festivities of a Rajasthani wedding and unfortunately none in sight during my recent solo trip to outskirts of Jodhpur, I decided to gate crash at the first opportunity of a social gathering. The gathering turned out to be a premature retirement party of a BSNL employee! Photo-op transformed into a warm welcome by the locals and soon was served with many helpings of Dal, Baati, and the sinful Choorma. Crazy and heart warming experience for a lifetime it was.
A run that you are proud of?
Is there anyone who inspires you?
What are top 3 things on your bucket list ?
Do you have any tips for women who want to pursue running or make that shift from 10kms, half marathons to ultra runs?