Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Running long distance is pure joy!

“Running long distance is pure joy” – you will perpetually hear this from enthusiastic runners across the globe. In last four months, I ran three half and one full marathon and therefore truly in accord with the above statement. 

I went to Delhi in November to run Airtel half marathon with friends, which indeed was a fantastic experience. Post run party at Sheraton was the best part where I could see many winners, smiling faces happy from core because of what they did in the morning. Singing, dancing, drinking and mingling with all college and childhood friends brought back memories of our younger days. It was not that hard to unanimously decide that we will run and celebrate the occasion like this every year with more and more friends. Why shouldn’t we all celebrate the moment which makes us all happier and healthier? 

Later in December’16, I ran Trail half marathon in Texas with few of the best runners in the country. Couple of them were from world renowned “Tarahumara” tribe. And throughout the run, three words were echoing into my mind – we are “Born to Run”. If determined, there is nothing we can’t do and undoubtedly humans are the best creation of god. Unfortunately, we ourselves are responsible for destroying the power and abilities to live natural and strong.  We get indulged in short-lived luxuries of life and come up with excuses only to suffer later in life.

The next one was Houston marathon in January’17 where more than 30,000 runners participated in this prestigious Chevron event.  Weather turned out to be the spoilsport, made the run harder but could not dampen the enthusiasm. Although it was my third consecutive Houston marathon, the excitement was nevertheless the same.

The next race was in February’17, Rhythm and Blues half marathon in Houston downtown. Running with people from all ages with bands playing throughout the track was definitely a bliss. That day in Houston was particularly hot but could not curb the spirit of this running extravaganza.

Running gives utmost pleasure and peace. And I hope to continue this endeavor for rest of my life with my family and friends here in US as well as in India.