Fitness, India, Marathon, Me

For the love of Running


This was a forward I’d received some time back and is slowly but surely becoming the motto of my life. I’d liked it instantly and try and read it once, everyday, for the positivity it gives me.

Before you think of beating a hasty retreat, wait. I’m not going to bore my readers with some tedious lecture on inspiration or motivation. We’re all grown-ups and more or less know what we need to know. Only, sometimes there is a dire need to ignite the somewhat dying fire within us. That’s when a line as simple as the one above works wonders!

I’m a determined person (although a bit sluggish in determining what’s important) and once I make up my mind there’s precious little anyone can do to make me change it. There’s always a hoarde of different things that I’m thinking about which confuse me more and don’t help in achieving anything worthwhile. However, there’s one thing I’ve set my mind and heart on, and want to stick to it till the end.

When I was a school girl we received the Pune edition of TOI at our native. Although it wasn’t an eveninger we received our copies only past 4o’clock and led to many a fights between us siblings for laying our hands on it first. TOI with it’s coverage and editorials, understandably, needed no reason for being read or liked.

Out of the many things I learned through it was one about the Marathon that took place in Mumbai every year! Alongside pictures of many celebrities (which interested a teenager like me) were numerous fitness enthusiasts who took the whole route to the finish line. Age no bar. Many ran for or in support of some social cause like Green Earth or Avoid Female Foeticide. It was amazing!

For a home-bound overweight teenager like me it was an unthinkable and unachievable task. I only watched in awe and a little jealousy that I wasn’t part of such an adventure. It was very far fetched but deep inside I was hankering to be out there and experience this mega event for real and feel the contagious energy of it all.

Which, in all probability, can happen this year. Last two years went with the wish of wanting to do it but without enough motivation and the fear that I might not be able to pull this off. Isn’t it easy to simply give something up assuming it isn’t your cup of tea? Also, when you plan to do something that isn’t your nature, people around you try and dissuade you, a lot.

Not this time! I’ve pulled up my sleeves and am ready to do everything in my capacity to prepare myself for it. Along with my fitness trainer and constant motivation (for weight loss and general well-being) R, I’ve started jogging and other forms of strenous exercise, regularly. On days when I’m not upto it, I give myself a break but try to make up for it soon.

The D-day is far away and seems like a distant but achievable dream as of now. Please keep your wishes and blessings with me. Will need them.

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  1. All the best Varsh! I am sure you will be do amazingly well.

    1. Thanks Comfy! Wow…your confidence is giving me strength now.

  2. Wow! now, that’s cool! all the best and do keep us updated about the event.

    1. Thanks Deb. This is just the beginning…hope I can last till the end and complete my dream. Will keep updating.

  3. Archana Kapoor says:

    i’ve done the half marathon several times… and its no big deal… once you make up your mind, there’s no stopping you, neither there’s looking back!
    Good luck and do let us know what happened… and the exciting story too… 🙂
    Cheers, Archana –
    ps – I love the Mumbai Marathon… it’s a pity I can’t do it anymore 🙁

    1. Hey Archana…you’ve run the half marathon several times!? Wow…you made my resolve a bit stronger. It is indeed easy if our mind is set on it, right?
      Thanks…I will keep you updated. Just curious, why can’t you do it anymore?

      1. Archana Kapoor says:

        curiosity kills the cat!!! :p I live in the US now… so no more Mumbai marathons for me dearie…
        will try to get plugged in out here soon though… but, the joy of running over there with friends was something else… 🙂 you sure are going to have some amazing fun and will make memories for life…
        btw – I still have my medals hung in my wardrobe 😉

        1. You got medals! Wow!!
          My goal right now is to give it a start. Preparing for it slowly but steadily.
          Any pointers you can give that can help?

  4. You too.. me too.. I’ve wanted to run a marathon for the last so many years.. not the 42 or 21, at least begin at modest 10. Well let’s see..

    1. Plz plz…let us decide to do it this year… Pinky swear? 😛

      1. can give it a shot, at least the training..

        1. I have begun the training…regularly…will slowly improve the distance and speed..

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