I hadn’t planned to post. In fact, I wanted to take a break from the blog for a while.
It’s amazing how close we can come to missing out on moments. I didn’t run in the morning because I wanted to cook instead. It took me 1.5 hours instead of the planned 1 hour and I missed out on my 30 mins of run.
*A note about me… I have a plan for every hour of my day. Keeping me idle is that worst thing you could do to me. Wish my organization understood that*
I was supposed to attend the yoga class at 8.30 pm but I decided to check out Shiv’s interview on fb here.
*Book plug starts*
It is happening right now… interview with the author of ‘Domechild’
*Book plug ends*
The trial cook turned up late and I decided to skip the run but it’s my speed run day… the most important day and missing it is not done. I went downstairs. The pleasant weather… the darkness… dodging the traffic pepped me up and I didn’t even wait for a proper warm up (Ok, ok… aage se nahi hoga. I shall warm up… Ok?)… I ran my heart out… I ran so fast I wanted to puke.
Shilpi told me the other day how she never walks while running. She stops if she is too tired but she does not walk. I have taken inspiration from her and tried it. I don’t walk… I sprint… walk a few steps to catch my breath… sprint again. There is no slow running or jogging or walking… and it works.
Finally… I achieved the target time of 7 mins/km. If you are a runner, you maybe faster than me. Marathon running is not a competition… everyone wins. And you compete with only yourself.
When I saw the time… all I wanted to do was sit down and cry. Because I have been working really hard for this. So hard. I want to run a full marathon this year. I, so badly, want to. That is the goal of my life. I don’t care about anything else. My career be damned… my personal life be damned… I want to run those 42.2 km.
I cannot believe I managed this despite the injury in March. It feels good to have taken 4 steps forward despite taking 2 steps back.
Right now… this is bigger than running the 1st half marathon… or the 2nd… or the 3rd. Long distance running is easy but reducing the timing is a real bitch. It takes everything you have… and is the best feeling in the world.
I want to thank 2 people immensely- Rishabh for his tips. I knew I was on the right track but speaking to him validated it and Shilpi- who I met through instagram and she is a senior half marathon runner. Trust me, she had every reason to give up because of some issues but she didn’t give up. I won’t write more because she has not talked about it even on her blog.
What next? It is never over. One goal met leads to a steeper goal. And that is life.
– Increase distance? 5 km?
– Or further reduce time?
I shall sleep over this… ask people around… and then decide.
And R has cancelled on me AGAIN. Sigh. People are so predictable. Ciao.