Last time I did a full marathon, I thought never again, today I finished another, same feeling, never again.
Yesterday at the 25km mark to 32 km mark, I saw runners giving up and taking an auto, ending the fight, yesterday I also saw people on artificial legs finishing a 5km run.Ed Whitlock finished a sub 4:00 marathon yesterday at the age of 85.It speaks a lot about running a marathon, for after a time it is all about breaking that mental barrier. There is a lot of literature on Marathons, on the right shoes, the right diet, the right posture, the right regimen etc. But when it comes to running a long one only you come at your rescue.
We live in such times, while everything comes to our doorstep at the touch of a screen, some people do step out of their doors, not to work but to run. I share and empathize with all such people who i met in the morning runs,the running groups who always kept me motivated, wife who at difficult times was always by my side,people who gave me a slice of banana during the run, all those who put on their shoes and were outdoors, God Bless!!
Yesterday was a marathon of blunders, I ended up with blisters and bruised arms, still I am happy I did it again for at the 34km mark I was at walking distance from home and could have ended my tryst with pain then and there.I didn’t and so did plenty others.Running is a self motivation exercise with the only difference that it is you who does the talking. I talked myself into it. However few mistakes that i should have avoided : 1) Trying new clothing directly on the day of run 2) worn out shoes 3) Forgetting to eat. Anyways mistakes happen and I knew i could rectify them by finishing the run, so i ran and then ran a little more.
It was beautiful morning yesterday when i woke up at 3:15 am to make it to the run which was supposed to start at 4:45. I felt great and had practiced a bit so mentally was all prepared. Carrying a full time job which entails a lot of travel, this time round my aim was just to finish. But I ended the run with a promise to practice more and go for a better timing next time. None the less it was a gratifying experience to reach the finish line.
Would end this post by quoting my favorite lines from Murakami
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you start to think, “Man this hurts, I can’t take it anymore”. The hurt part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand any more is up to the runner himself. This pretty much sums up the most important aspect of marathon running”