Street Athlete: Nai Vasha
I was lucky enough to meet Nai Vasha in New York last year when I was over to watch the marathon. She is a shining light of endless, bounding energy and awesome. It only stands to reason then, that I’d feature her as a Street Athlete. Enjoy.
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What’s your sport?
Running and dancing … Sometimes I do them at the same time.
How did you get into it?
I went outside and challenged myself then started sharing my movement with friends and on social media. Running got into me.
What’s been your best moment in your sport so far?
The ultra-marathon I finished this past November in Philly. I ran it alongside my Undo-Ordinary co-founder, Robin Arzon, and she helped reveal things inside of me that I was blind to prior. I pushed my limits and it felt incredible.
What motivates you?
Everything. The smallest things can boost my spirits from the sun peaking through my window in the morning or seeing kids running rampant in the school yard in my neighborhood. I’m a highly sensitive and spiritual person. I love to live out-loud, seeing every single day as an opportunity to write history.
How do you push yourself when you don’t want to train?
I pinch my fat until it hurts.
What’s your favourite motivational quote?
Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.
What events do you have lined up for this year?
Lots of yoga, I’m really trying to get great at it. Also, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC and another marathon in San Diego. That’s it for now, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing way more.
What role does fitness play in your life?
Fitness is my freedom. It brings me back to a point in childhood when challenges were exciting and doubt was nonexistent. Running the streets of New York is liberating, it makes all the hard work and cold winter madness worth it. You really digest the fact that your progress is limitless.
Do you draw inspiration from any other types of sport?
I love basketball, it was my sport growing up as a kid, even though I was never really good at it. The endurance, drive, and skill that it takes to be successful really inspires me.
What’s your top training tip?
Sleep. I’m a big sleep advocate. I get at least 8 hours a night. It’s the only way to reboot in order to do better the next day. You’re never your best when you’re body (and mind) are exhausted.
What do you do in your down time?
If I’m not sleeping, I’m working. Thankful to be able to do what I love so there’s never really down time. I’m building an empire, while building my body. I’ll invest in downtime when I’m old and grey.
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