I am Shanti Thirumalai. Being a Californian, I love outdoors. Other than running, I play soccer.

Running is fun and challenging. I like to run because it gives me good ‘me time’ while helping me to stay physically fit. I love to run the trails and almost never run on treadmills anymore. After my 3rd half marathons, I learnt that it is all a mind game. Your body can sense what your mind is telling you quickly during the races, and reacts very fast to that. So, it is important to keep the mind positive to support your body. Running a race requires planning, effort and energy. Plan well, work hard, energize well and have fun training!!

Next to running, teaching is close to my heart. I have been volunteering my time for teaching kids my language at International Tamil Academy for the past 10 years and enjoy it very much.