Name : Giles Drego
Age : 61
Current profession : Full time running and fitness coach
Giles Drego was 50 and overweight when he decided to pick up where he left off years ago and pursue his dream of being a professional runner.
He loved running as a child, but with age comes responsibilities and that was his cue to hang up his running shoes. Giles gave up athletics and stopped participating in races. But that changed when he crossed the big ‘Five-Oh’ and decided it was time to get back into shape. He was 80 kilos when he made his decision and that created a few difficulties initially. With time, dedication and tremendous support from his wife, Giles gave it his all and started his training. Pushing through the pain and people who didn’t believe he could, Giles now has over 11 years of running experience 10 of which also includes marathon coaching.
In 2010 Giles finished 5th in the 2010 Goa River Marathon and was a Podium Finisher for 3 consecutive years at the Hyderabad Half Marathon (Veteran's category) from 2011 to 2013. Since then he’s gone on to successfully train runners who have won races in SCMM, Goa, Hyderabad, and other locations. Another feather in his cap was being an official representative for the Indian Half Marathon team (50-55 age categories) and standing 6th at National level at the time.
Giles’s training consists of long runs on Sundays and cross training. Some of the cross training exercises he practices include squats, cycling, lunges, planks and more. His routine includes 2 days of core building and running 4 days a week, ensuring he gets a full day of rest in between.
Closer to a marathon, Giles pays special attention to his nutrition intake. Before a race, he makes sure he loads up on carbs starting a few days before the big day ensuring he has enough fuel in his body before race-time.
As advice for all those who want to start running, Giles says it’s important to be diligent and consistent and have a systematic method of training which will ensure that injuries are less likely to occur. He encourages runners to seek out like-minded people or find a good coach to run with. Giles’ motto is to stay fit and never give up on your dreams, no matter what!