September 22nd, 2021 | Char Binns
This month we meet Nupur Trivedi, an Aussie in Britain who is currently training for her first Half Marathon.
Name: Nupur Trivedi (she/her)
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Current location: Liverpool, UK
Occupation: Freelance journalist mostly covering fitness, nutrition, and travel (all the good stuff).
Running style: Slow and steady.
What’s your favourite book about running?
Haruki Murakami’s ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running’. Murakami’s approach to both running and writing is so disciplined. I love reading about the way the two are so connected for him. I re-read this book whenever I need a dose of inspiration.
My favourite quote: “Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive than in a fog, and I believe running helps you do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life – and for me, for writing as well.”
What’s your most unusual mid-run snack?
I’ve never run a long enough distance to need a mid-run snack 🙁
What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten post-run/race?
I ran the Kew Gardens 10km race in London last year. We got free re-entry into Kew Gardens after the race as well, and I had never been before so I was super excited. That excitement diminished quite quickly though, the longer my boyfriend and I ambled through the sprawling gardens in search of something to eat. As it turns out there aren’t many vegan options at the Kew Gardens cafes and restaurants. We finally found a cafe selling vegan sausage rolls which tasted completely euphoric! I think I’ve learned my lesson to always bring some food with me to a race, just in case!
Tell us about a memorable run you’ve been on and why.
There was a particular run I did around Regent’s Park in London in 2018. It was on the morning of my birthday and I had arrived in the UK for the very first time the day before. I was super jet lagged so woke up really early, and it was the middle of summer so it was already bright outside when I headed out at 6 something. This run felt so monumental to me because it marked the beginning of a four-month solo backpacking trip I was about to embark on. Everything felt ripe with potential and I was so excited for all the new experiences I was going to have, all the countries I was going to visit, and all the new people I would meet. All that emotion was concentrated in the run; it felt like the beginning of a new era.
Recommend a race for other Bookhounds to try.
The Sydney Running Festival half marathon – I haven’t actually run it before but I will this September (my first half marathon!). The race begins in North Sydney and you run over the Harbour Bridge, which I imagine will be totally surreal as they close it off to traffic. The course snakes through the city and ends at the foot of Opera House, which will be nothing short of epic!
What’s on the top of your running playlist?
I’ve stopped listening to music while running; I’ve found I get into the flow of it much easier if it’s just me, my breath, and my footsteps. I also love listening to birdsong and hearing all the different birds along my running routes.
Who is your ultimate running hero?
I know how cringe this answer is but truly any runner who’s overcome an obstacle to be able to participate in this activity, whether it’s physical, emotional, cultural etc. It’s always said that running is the easiest sport to get into because all you need is a pair of trainers, but I think there are still a lot of barriers to entry for many people and it’s not so easy for everyone.
Cat or dog?
Dogs, by far! I can see a golden retriever (or two) joining my family some time in the future.
Shorts or leggings?
Leggings because shorts always bunch up and drive me mad.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee all day, everyday (as long as it’s before 3pm).
Where’s the first place you’d like to run post-lockdown?
I wish I could do a parkrun in the UK but unfortunately I think I’ll be back in Australia before it returns here. Otherwise, I’d love to run in Scotland or Wales so I can add some more entries to my slowly growing list of countries I’ve run in.
Where can other Bookhounds connect with you?
I’m usually scrolling about Twitter where you can find me on @trivedinu.
Nupur is using her first half marathon to fundraise for Sydney Asylum Seekers Centre. Give her your support and donate here.