Wednesday, March 16, 2016

About Never Giving Up..

Universe has a funny way of bringing things together. I met a lovely lady (Ky) a couple days back at the gym locker room. We had seen each other around running in the neighborhood. We started talking and she told me about her medical condition and it turned out that we had a lot in common than just running.  She is all set to run Boston this year and I couldn't be more proud..

And today a friend sent this article and it really invoked some strong feelings in my head. 

There are many like Chaoui, Iram Leon ,  Issie Pelc, Ky who have beaten the odds and achieved unimaginable things. Human body is a wonderful piece of machinery and it is capable of miracles. It knows how to beat the odds and achieve the impossible. It is stronger than what we know and think.

I have had my share of medical issues and I running helped me a great deal in battling those. There is something very therapeutic about it.  
I started running way before my issues were diagnosed. It was back in 2006 with the sole intention to lose weight and I have come a long way since then. Every time I think about my journey, I feel amazed. I still remember my appointment with my doctor back in 2014 during which she laid out the game plan and asked for my questions. My only question to her was - "Is it okay if I run 15-20 minutes every day?" and her reply was - "By all means if your body allows you to. I don't think it is sustainable though".  When I started running my only aim was to put one step in front of the other and thats exactly what I did. Every day I ran 1 minute extra. There were days when I couldn't take it and had to stop. There were times when I just had to go on forced breaks. I didn't know at that time what I was signing up for. It made me strong physically, emotionally and mentally. 

Last year was quite a roller coaster and it came with its own set of challenges, disappointments, highs, heartbreaks, excitement and setbacks. I lived through them all and owned my moments. I didn’t stop at anything. I knocked down one workout at a time, posted them online as I went. It was both my way of being thankful and to feel strong day after day. It felt great to accomplish something every other day. The support that I received from my friends and my people was phenomenal. 

When the weather was hostile I resorted to the treadmill. I ran on them. With time, my challenge and my goals changed. I finished my challenge for 2015. I am a better runner now or so I think but I am happy where I am right now and the hunger to achieve more is ever present. 

I am off from running at the moment and I miss it every day. It has been tough without pounding the road. I miss it terribly. I will get back to it and I know it. I don't want to forget what it feels like. Every once in a while I read such inspiring articles and they fill me with hope and optimism. 

And all this reminds me of simple words by Haruki Murakami:

"People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they'll go to any length to live longer. But don't think that's the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you're going to while away the years, it's far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that's the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — and for me, for writing as whole. I believe many runners would agree”
Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running



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