“With self-discipline, all things are possible.” – Theodore Roosevelt
I somehow quite relate to the above quote and this has become my fitness mantra. When I look at my dad, he is now in his sixties but he gets up early every day and does jogging for atleast 5km. Not only does he jog but he maintains quite a healthy lifestyle like having timely meals, doing yoga, and sleeping on time. Since we were kids he had been instilling the same in me but I never cared to listen to him. Until one day when I fell quite sick, had a gastritis attack and the doctor asked me to do zillion of tests (I am right now 28years old). That day I decided to take charge of my health and bring changes in my lifestyle.
In my earlier post I have mentioned how I have been successful in loosing couple of kilos and few inches. I decided to take this to a new level – running a marathon. My colleague mentioned that there is an upcoming marathon (Urban Stampede) in Feb and he was looking for people who are willing to join him. The idea seemed quite exciting, though doing a 5k or a 10k wasn’t my cup of tea. But 9 of us signed up for the marathon, and I chose 5k timed run.
January passed with minimal practice, and every day I used to think that I might just make some or the other excuse to bunk this marathon. Haryana riots had started in Feb and this marathon got moved to March. The day we heard the news I felt slight relief and thought to myself that I now have some more days to practice and now I changed my mind to run this one. Few things I followed before this marathon:
- Practiced atleast 4 days a week to run for at least 30 mins.
- My next step was to test myself whether I could actually do 5kms as I had been running only 2 – 3 kms.
- Build on my stamina by going to the gym regularly
- Trying to eat right, but most of the times I failed miserably.
On the day of the marathon, only 5 of us turned up! The whole energy at the marathon was something different, people were warming up, some were busy claiming their free tshirt while few were having their pre workout meals. We even saw kids at venue who were beaming with high energy.
The coordinators called out the runners for some warming up for 15 mins. After this was over, the entire mob started inching towards the start line. And it started…. There is always a gush in my system when I see so much of energy, and my body just flowed in the moment. I was running, jogging ,walking and running but at my own pace. I had my music on and was living the moment. Where I saw few people being competitive, few passing friendly smiles and few busy clicking selfies.
At the finish line, one could sense the energy of the crowd, people were hooting and praising the runners for finishing their run successfully. Completing my 5k run has been an amazing journey of self-realization and self-evaluation.
When I got my timing of the run, I noticed that in my group of 5 folks, my timing hasn’t been that great – I was actually the last one. To this, my boss, Sumit Mundra replied “You look for others with better timing for inspiration but your competition is only with yourself unless you want a podium finish”. This line of his, means a lot for me. I felt a little happier and a little more proud for having finished what I started!