Interview with Andrea Reinsmoen Stadler
(interview taken by Rupal Shah)
1. How did your initiation into running happen? And when?
Andrea: For so long I swore I would avoid running because of all the sports I thought it was as boring as playing golf. I started running to complete triathlons. It wasn’t my favorite sport. In Dubai I met a running group and tried to do a marathon, while I did the first 21km in 1:40, I didn’t finish until 4:30 because I was so unprepared. I suffered for a week not being able to go up and down stairs… I decided never to do a marathon again…When I went to the US, after completing a half ironman, my trainer encouraged me to do a marathon the next month. I did 3:48 and felt great. It was all about being well prepared. When I came to Mumbai, cycling was not an option, and so I started running. Little did I know that it would grow on me and that eventually I’d do 100km… in the Himalayas!
2. What was your initial experience when you started running in Mumbai in terms of weather, people’s response the roads, traffic and crowds?
Andrea: I only usually train early mornings, so when I came to Mumbai, that’s what I did. That’s where I met Giles. He introduced me to the running community, but at that time, seven year ago, it was me, him, Anil, and people walking dogs. That has changed SO much. It’s amazing and great to see.
3. How is it different from running your home country or other countries where you have run?
Andrea: The places I have lived in, have more greener, tracks, clear air, clean floors. It is very different. All the people I work with try the first month they are here to come out with me, but none continue because of the conditions. I really wish they’d get to meet the running community as I think it would motivate them to get out, just like it motivated me. To know that others are out there regardless was one thing that got me up.
4. How did you hear about Bandra NCPA monthly run? Any memorable or funny moments?
Andrea: I was running Bandra NCPA with a group of expat friends way back…5-6 years ago. Most of them have left, but our last run together was last weekend. I think Giles then mentioned that others were doing it. So I joined once when my friends couldn’t go. It was great to see the same faces again and again and then on different dates. The big change was after I did the 100km and a lot of people knew who I was. I was very flattered.
5. What was the structure of your training for long-distance running while you were in Mumbai?
Andrea: I run/workout 5 days a week, sometimes twice a day. I keep 2 days off to recover. I do strength workout as well as running, swimming, biking, and
6. A word on Mumbai’s running culture
Andrea: Inspirational. Look at how many turned up today!!! The growth has been amazing. The fact that they are all out running early mornings, has got me out of bed on difficult days. Your “Hi Andrea” along the way have kept me going and made me smile and happy. You have been very rewarding to be around. The fact that volunteers are willing to give up their Sunday sleeping in to give water to runners at different locations leaves me speechless. Such selfless people. There are so many with spirit like Pervin. So many who organize for others like Ram, and those that are there for others so they can accomplish their goals like Puru. And so many other names that it makes me sad to say goodbye to them all.
7. A word on your association with Mumbai Road Runners and Bandra-NCPA run
Andrea: I’ve always hoped that there would be something that would bring the clubs together, so that runners can share their knowledge and experiences with others. I would love to see clubs working together to become better athletes. This run gives this opportunity and I hope people don’t stop, but rather more come and use it as an opportunity to share good tips from each other such as how to recover, nutrition, strength, and good form. The volunteers again, are amazing…..