Born in the beautiful town of Amritsar on August 11, 1983, I was introduced to sports, very early in life, thanks to my father Dr Vishav. It helped me overcome my physical and emotional problems associated with my asthmatic condition. While I was passionate about tennis, my mother, Dr Kamlesh ensured that I had enough time for studies, debate, music and other co-curricular activities as well. I was blessed being the second born with an older and younger sibling who made for a perfect support system and tennis partners while I studied at D.A.V Public School & Sacred Hearts girls school in Amritsar.
Miles to Run Before I Sleep is the true story of Sumedha Mahajan, a married, working woman who undertook an extraordinary journey. At an age when most women worry about household finances and the responsibilities starting a family, she wanted to break the mould and follow her dreams. Sumedha was born with asthma and the hospital was her second home throughout her childhood. She started running to keep herself fit and to prevent asthma attacks, but it developed into a way of life. Then, in April 2012, she took up the challenge of running 1,500 kilometers from Delhi to Mumbai in thirty days. When the run began, it was purely a physical challenge which she had set for herself but, as it progressed, it became a mental struggle that took Sumedha to her very limits and as she made her triumphant way to the finish line, she overcame not just her physical shortcomings, but also the extreme prejudice of lookers-on who were convinced that she would fail miserably.
An account of a gruelling adventure and a rousing story about finding oneself, Miles to Run Before I Sleep both inspires and delights.