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.
Last week, I got a surprise gift from my very nearest and dearest running buddy. It’s a medal hanger with wordings “I CROSSED THE LINE”.
Only a Runner can understand and feel the joy of crossing the finishing line. I recollect that I, myself had tears in my eyes when I completed my maiden 10km run and the same feeling I had when I completed my first HM (Half Marathon 21.097 kms) and even while crossing the finishing line of the 25km marathon too (one of the toughest for me until now since it had 4 times inclines included in the route and the last few kms I was all by myself with all my known buddies either ahead or trying to catch up with me to reach the finish line).
This is a perfect gift for a runner who has thrived hard to earn a medal for himself/herself. The medal is the proof of the sweat burned, proof of waking up early (even before the milkman or the newspaper guy comes at your doorstep 😊), proof of calories burned, proof of determination to run every day, proof of not giving up no matter whatsoever the weather; be it a hot & humid day in summer, be it a heavily rainy day in the monsoons or a chilly winter morning; which never stopped me from running.
The impatient me could not wait any longer and I immediately got it fitted in my room with all my medals hanging. I also added few medals earned by my daughter and wife. Looking at the hanging medals I already am getting charged up to earn more. Frankly neither during my school or college days have I earned any medals and hence achieving such success at this stage of my life makes all these medals very precious and dear to me.
Running is not only about earning medals. I have been actively running since over 2 years now and running has taught me many things. Running helped me to know how to stay fit & healthy, it has helped me to get disciplined at late night outings as most of the weekends I have my long runs scheduled and for this I need to get up early so this means I have to sleep early 😊. Running also has got me connected to lots of other athletes and helped me make new friends who now have become an integral part of my life. It was because of Running I now have a very near and dear friend who is my mentor as well as my running buddy.