“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.
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:
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.
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…..
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 🙂