The stories Behind the Medals.

    “Today I will run what you will not so that tomorrow I will run what you cannot”

Every object has some value. The Television u watch, the car you drive, or the cellphone you use, etc. But there are few objects which You can’t buy. I’m not talking about emotions here, I am talking about objects. Like the trophy you win after winning a contest, The certificate you get after completing a course.

I would like to talk about medals. But not just any medals. These medals are earned after running killometers of track. After training for more than a year, and after running hundereds of killometers. Yes, I am talking about the marathon finisher’s medal. Running a marathon is a great achievement in itself and finishing is another. It’s not as easy as it sounds. It takes great endurance, strenght and most of all a will to run.

Marathoners don’t run for the sake of running. They run for a cause for which the marathon is held, they run for their health, they run along people who they are trying to make run, and most of all they run to enjoy the run! It’s a beauty to be one of them.

Let me tell you what I’ve experienced. As I like running I joined a running club called , Lokhandwala running club (LRC). On the Very first day I went for a 6km run as I was used to run that distance. But during the run I noticed something very different and learned something new too. As I was running with my group I could see other random people running along the streets. They started cheering the random people. Clapping, cheering and motivating each other up. I learned, “to be a runner you should know to respect other runners as well” and my entire perpective changed about a way of life.

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Recently Mumbai’s biggest marathon was held. The Standard chartered Mumbai Marathon (SCMM).But I couldn’t participate as I was underage to run, But almost every person from the group went for it. Just 2 days before the big event I met everyone as usual for the daily run and boy Oh boy! I wanted to run the marathon so bad. The positivity and the surrounding is so energetic I cannot even explain. After they returned from the marathon. I asked few of them to tell me their experience in brief.

So here I have few words shared by the actual Marathoners who did Half Marathon(21km) and the Full marathon (42km)

1) Nivedita Desai:

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After 10 years of running 11 half marathons and 2 full marathons, I felt I was in prime form. But one seemingly innocous muscle pull completely derailed me in mid training. SCMM 2015, the year was to be my personal best, became a gruelling battle of will, of mind over body, which I wowed to conquer even before the start. My mind was resolute as I started across the start line and felt ready for anything. After cruising along for 15 km, the body started giving up. I carried on in a run-walk style, ignoring the pain, focussing only on crossing each km milestone, until I reached the finish line. I felt elated! I had finished in 6:43, what was my most challenging race!

I had seen another side of SCMM, with glimpses of people’s kindness and encouragement, camaraderie amongst fellow runners, the support to first time runners I felt blessed and thankful to my family and friends for the love and support that got me through a race that almost never happened.

2) Irfan Mohamed

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“I missed my chance in 2009 of running a small distance at scmm, basically the dream run, which was dream for me. Come in 2014, I saw that the stanchart mumbai marathon in 2015 will be on my birthday, hence I promised myself on my 28th birthday tat come what may, on 18th January 2015 I will go the distance of 21kms……
The day arrived with wishes pouring in frm twilight time, friends family all wishing me on my bday. But I was too too tensed, as I have never done a half marathon distance even in training, solely cos I wanted to do it on my bday. The run, cant say much cos it was more of a celebration emotion going on in my mind where in I was remmbering what everyone who has run scmm telling, enjoy the run it brings out the best of the city in terms of support, cheering and mostly runners world…..I started at my usual pace, maintaining itall along till half way mark…..its like a sea of runners, where only u see runners of all age groups of all races running side by side…..timing matters onky for those who are professionals but amongst the participants, more than 60% are those who have running as a passion…..they are doctors vendors businessman actors even dabbawallahs…..
But mostly they are mumbaikars and me myself being a mumbaikar felt proud of running the STANDARD CHARTERED MUMBAI MARATHON HELD ON 18th JANUARY 2015….., on my birthday……I could have started my day in a better manner, my first ever 21.097kms in a good time of 2hrs and 20mins…….with fun along the entire route and a smile on my face…..I cherish the medal that I received for completion and the bib, its gonna be a memorable one for me……truly passionately I will keep running for my life……as I am an LRCian………”

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well..as you saw, those are two of the thousand’s of inspiring stories you got to read. So what are you waiting for? Grab your shoes and get ready already! The more you run the better it is 🙂

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A runners poem.

I am a runner,
who is a marathoner.
I run on my track,
Which is my daily path.
Just like my daily run,
This is an another one.
Whether I’ll finish it or I die,
I won’t fall weak nor I’ll cry.
This time I’ll be running for an another reason,
Which is as deep as a chasm.
I lose my breather as I run,
I try not to lose my vision.
Slow and steadily I,’ll reach my goal,
And  hoist my victory flag on that pole.
Finishing this run is my only dedication,
All the cheers for me are my motivation.
I see the finish line on the end of the track,
I cross it and that’s my payback.
I’ll remember every moment of this run,
Which is as sweet as a cream bun.
I’ll come back next time after training harder,
And cross my previous limits as this is no blabber.
I’m a runner; a marathoner,
And always remember:
You too can run, run for a cause and run for your health!

This poem is written by me. I am a runner and my dream is to complete the 42km Mumbai marathon one day! Hope you all liked the poem. Thanks for visiting 🙂