Just some random thoughts came into my mind which I felt like penning down 😊
If one can recollect an old story of the legendary race between “The Hare and The Tortoise” where the Tortoise had won the race in-spite of Tortoise been a slow runner. But if one compares this scenario with any recent Marathon event then imagine the thoughts that would have popped up in the mind of today’s Tortoise ….
- Getting lost – I know you must be laughing but this is serious. For long races with loops and having lots of twists & turns then the runner tends to forget the way. If the runner has no sense of direction and if there are no sign boards then this is bound to happen.
- Running out of water – Chances are high that the water stations might have finished their storage of water and if you are among the last runners than possibly they might have closed their water station too.
- Reaching last – What if I reach last ?? … I mean the last person to reach where there is no one to overtake me.
- Not making it before the cut-off – there are certain Marathon events when there is a cut-off time to cross the final mat and what-if-i-don’t-make-it-on-time ??.
- Not getting a medal – If I did not finish the run before the cut-off time then I will lose my medal and hence all my efforts will be wasted 😦
- Click-click – This is the most important part of running a Marathon. All the official photographers are busy capturing the main runners and forget to click pics of the slow or rather last of the lot runners. Not a single official pic of yours running in the Marathon = #youhavenottakenpartintheMarathon 😊
Distance running is about personal goals, improving your health and finding positive energy.
These are some real issues to think about for slower runners but there’s also many positive things that come with the back of the pack. I’ll talk about some of the wonderful things about being a slower runner in another blog post.