Monday, December 01, 2008

Here I am, Ready!!!


Today I committed two crimes, crimes never to be committed by a “techie”!!. The first, I got up at 5.30AM on a Sunday, and the other, I went for a marathon run early in the morning.


I had always dreamed of running full marathons, but was never sure I could do it…I used to jog for a few kilometers every morning, but that stopped more than a year back. Now I mostly jog on a treadmill at the gym. Everyday I constantly try to increase the distance covered, for the same time spent. Now I run more than 4 kilometers in less than 23 minutes (that’s almost 11Kmph!!).


But still running a marathon is completely different or should I say more difficult than running on a treadmill, or so I thought!!! Because when I actually ran this mini-marathon of mine I realized that it’s much simpler and more interesting, as compared to running on your treadmill (which I promise, is the most boring thing that one can do)…


The thoughts of running got germinated yesterday. It was Saturday night and I went out to have my dinner. The weather was beautiful and I suddenly felt this urge for jogging. I had just finished my dinner and it was close to 10.30PM, but I wanted to run. I went for a long walk and reached home late. But the drive to run hadn’t subsided. I slept pretty late at around 2.00AM but kept an alarm at 6.00, so that I could go for a long run the next morning…


I guess I was pretty excited at the thought of running, coz the next day I was up by 5.30. I changed to my track suit. Made sure to carry my mobile and wallet (coz, I was not too sure I could come back walking. In the worst case I thought I should carry enough money for the auto fare!!). I wore my shoe and there I was ready to go. My mobile displayed the time as 5.45…


I started from my home. There was no specific plan with respect to the route or the distance to be covered. The plan was to cover as much distance as possible in the least time…


My onward route was something like this..

My home à Basaweshwanagar Circle à Shankar Matt à Navarang à (Was running towards Malleshwaram. Suddenly thought of going towards Iskon, so took a U turn and came back to Chord road) à Iskon Temple à Yeshwanthpur Circle

A distance of approximately 9 Kilometers and I had covered this in 46 minutes!!!!


The return Journey was..

Yeshwanthpur Circle à Iskon Temple à Chord road till NPS à Basaweshwanagar Circle à Home sweet home..

A distance of approximately 8 Kilometers and I had covered this in 40 minutes!!!!


I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the time!!! When I stepped into my home the time read 7.11…I had covered a total distance of 17 kilometers in 1 Hr 26 minutes flat!!!!!


It was not a walk in the park. It was not simple and was not easy…More than a few occasions I had stopped and almost gone back. But this was something that I really wanted to do, wanted to prove myself. There were numerous voices in my head telling me to quit and return. Telling me I was not up to the mark...Telling me that I was not fit enough...But there were few which edged me on…Making me imagine my destination and making me imagine how happy I would feel at the end of it and so I listened to it…

Its more than 16 hours since I returned home and I do not feel any pain nor do I have any cramps. I feel I could have gone on and on...It feels really good and I am proud of it..


Here I am, Ready!!!

Ready for the next Bangalore Marathon and my target would be to complete the half marathon (generally 21 Kilometers) within 2 hours…And I know I can do it…



6 comments:

Sagar said...

I know how you feel. And if you make it a habit, you will find yourself getting really restless the day you don't do it.

I had a target of 10 miles I set for myself. You inspired me to revisit and revive it soon.

All the best. :-) Pain usually comes a day later when the muscles realize what stuck them. If you want to sustain the habit, ideal to look for a long weekend for starting it.

dilip said...

@Sagar:
Thanks..
I know the pain comes almost the day later..But even after a day i am feeling no pains..:) It really feels good..:)

ATB for your 10 mile target..:)

Nikhil said...

Awesome buddy! I know how it feels to have achieved something that you yourself thought was not possible! Proving yourself wrong gives you the ultimate kick! (OK, Ok, I know your smart-alec reply would be - Hey, who said that I thought it was not possible!)

dilip said...

haha...I like this...
You reply too on my behalf..;)

Pratibha said...

This is awesome! great going, I had always waited for marathons to get organised for me to get inspired, sometime soon should try this and enjoy the kick! :)

dilip said...

@Pratibha:
Thanks..There is a midnight marathon being arranged by TOI soon..Keep your eyes open..:)
I am sure i will be there..:)