Running Marathons is now becoming the most trending sport in India. Every Sunday one can find a Marathon event happening somewhere or the other. A nice organized event will normally have around 4k-5k participants and the numbers are increasing day by day.
Well, I got into running marathons almost 2 years back and running each day is helping me getting stronger and stronger. Few weeks back in one such running event I was lucky enough to get myself positioned at the very beginning of the startup line. Till now I always use to start my runs either in mid of the crowd or at the end once most of the crowd has crossed the starting line. But during one of my last run event (Indian Navy Run) I tried the other way of starting the run before rest of the crowd. Surprisingly it was a delight to be among the first few runners to cross the starting line leaving all the crowd chasing you (minus the elite runners 😊).
Upon completion of my run I analyzed below few points of starting it among the first few runners :-
- All your co-runners standing next to you are of the elite category making you feel proud that you are among them and you will have tough competitors 😊
- You can run at your own pace since you are the among the first few to cross the starting line and do not have to bother dodging rest of the runners by asking them to excuse and give way to you incase you are a fast runner.
- You can easily pick up a bottle or glass of water from any hydration points as later on it gets fully crowded and you have to wait for your chance and hence wasting your precious minutes.
- More chances of yourself getting clicked by the official photographers before rest of the crowd pulls in.
- You can achieve your PB (Personal Best) as the road ahead is clear and no blockage of others (I missed this by few seconds ☹).
- You don’t have to worry for tripping over on any slow runner who is ahead of you.
- No waiting in long queues for getting medals and refreshments.
I thoroughly enjoyed my run and was happy to experience a very different startup as compare to my previous races.