Monday, July 6, 2015

Have Feet, Will Run..!

Warning: This post is going to be all about running..

 My running log says that I have logged 112 miles (180Km) in the month of June. Approximately 6Km/day. This is my highest so far since I have started running. I feel fitter, leaner, healthier and stronger. There is a sense of achievement which just motivates me to train harder. I feel that I have a purpose and I haven't felt like this in a while. To be able to beat the odds is a wonderful feeling and it lasts..

Every time I go out and run I have a chance to beat my record, test my emotional limits, test my physical endurance. You will be amazed to see what your body is capable of. We keep coming up with reasons (excuses) for not putting our body through physical stress. It is always the mind who controls the body. Every time someone asks me about my running or want any tips I simply tell them to learn to control their mind. 

I like the dedication that this sport requires. I am (was) not a disciplined child and I like how running has induced discipline in my life. There are crazy days too when I go out of bounds with my eating or my sleep levels go really low. I think running has balanced that weirdness of my life.

One of the best things about running is that every runner might run the same race, same distance with the same sense of being in that. But in the end we all know that, in different ways, they are in it for their own challenge. 


It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that running has changed my life. I look forward to my runs. Day after day. I bookmark my toughest runs after I finish them. I also add notes against them. I share my runs. I talk about my runs. I think about my runs. I dream about my runs.

The other day a colleague asked me to convince him to start running. I told him my reasons were personal and if he needs convincing then he needs to be out there and experience the first mile. 
He then asked me if I ever dream of winning a marathon? I didn't reply. The fact is that I set my own goals and targets and achieving them makes me a winner. 

There are many reasons to go back to sleep every morning but not one can match the joy that I feel after I finish my run. There is nothing but contentment. It calms me so much. It makes me ready for the day ahead. 

Running is not about crossing the finish line. The moment you cross the first finish line it forces you to run again. I run so that I can become better than what I was yesterday. It is more about self preservation. It is about consistency and maintaining it. The personal best/ PR's are momentarily. They last for a while and then something else takes it place -  A new record or a new medal, perhaps.

My training log is my journey and the destination is unknown. The freedom and the experiences that running offers is simply too irresistible to pass up.  The moments between start and finish are priceless. I will keep coming back to write, brag, think, talk about them. I love repeating things and we all know that..

Ciao..

9 comments:

  1. I LOVED this post. I feel so inspired on reading it. I remember enjoying running so much. Although I never went beyond 4 kms. But like you said, I always looked forward to it, and pined for it when I couldn't go out. I no longer have that feeling because there is no park close to home, and I don't want to run on streets. I do hope though that someday, I'll live closer to a park and running will be a part of my daily routine just like brushing is.

    Congrats on your personal landmark. It's a remarkable thing to have clocked in 180 kms in a month!

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  2. MadeToMisfit: You should start running on the roads and if you are sensible about it you won't get injured.
    It is an amazing feeling to be able to go out there and run.

    Thank you so much :) The target is to reach 200 kms now.. Someday!

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  3. My husband is a runner and the things you said in this post are what he tells me about running day after day. I've never been a runner and when he talks sometimes I find myself lost, like he has a personal parallel world he can step into whenever he wants and I can't join him there. He tells me time and again to give it a try but I haven't figured out why I haven't so far. Perhaps one of these days I'll try. If I do I'll let you know how it goes :)

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  4. @Priyanka: I think you should just go for a run. A kilometer at a time. Baby steps.
    Like you mentioned, it is a different zone altogether and you feel so above everything.

    Waiting to hear on running from ya..!

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  5. I used to kickbox a lot a decade ago. This post reminds me of that though that was not a solitary activity. What you write about running is applicable to accomplishing anything worthwhile. There will be a million knockdowns, but you have to get back up, dust yourself, and get going. One day at a time, one step at a time. I think at the end of the day, what matters is how meaningful something is to you. If it matters at a deeply personal level to the YOU of who you are, then even the pain turns to enjoyment because you know what awaits you at the finish line. It is what makes you do this over and over again. What a high. I don't experience it with running, but I understand your sentiments from having lived this experience in a lot of things that are meaningful to me. That determination and grit to push ahead in spite of challenges - love it. At one point, I used to admire Armstrong a lot. Thankfully the liking faded away pretty quickly so when his downfall came, I could say 'meh' and move on. But I did read all his books and I could see how pushing yourself physically can be a high for so many.

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  6. @GM: I am super impressed about the kickboxing part.. :)
    I quite agree with what all you have to say about finding that one thing and sticking..

    I loved Armstrong like anything. His dedication, his achievements, his cancer story..
    http://www.achapterintime.com/2012/10/for-he-still-smiles-and-hes-still-strong.html

    I was heartbroken when he was convicted. I guess he was just being human and was flawed like any of us..
    I am a big hero worshiper. I look up to people for inspiration all the time:

    http://www.achapterintime.com/2014/05/you-look-at-them-in-such-fond-and.html




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  7. Just the post I needed to read as I start my own running journey. I want to link this post in a blog post of mine. Is that is okay?

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  8. Just the post I needed to read as I start my own running journey. I want to link this post in a blog post of mine. Is that is okay?

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  9. @Det-Res: That would be a pleasure. Please go ahead. I am eager to hear about your progress

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