In one of my previous posts, I spoke about the fact that I have not been running for too long. My first run was in March 2014. It was a simple 5k, but it meant the world to me. I completed a half marathon recently and now a 5k doesn’t seem like too much anymore. Its been quite a journey and I still have a long long way to go.
People have a set of standard questions and remarks once they learn that I run… and I’m sure I was one of them as well before I discovered running for myself. ‘How can you run so much??’ ‘So.. you just keep running for 21kms!’ ‘What do you get at the end of all this??’ ‘Whooaaa!!! 21k!!! I don’t think I can do 21 meters!’
I’m still a newbie in this community. There are a few things I have discovered about running which no one really told me about. I hope I can inspire people to join this every growing community of runners. It is tough, yes… But there are so many other aspects to running that make it so much more fun.
Here are a few of my top reasons why I love to run. Please feel free to add your reasons too 🙂
1. To Get Fit! Duh!
I don’t think I really need to elaborate much on this. It’s a simple story really. I’m inching closer to 30 and I need to get fit before all the genetic and lifestyle disorders kick in. Period.
2. To Hang With my Peeps
I would get together with my family and friends around food and alcohol – all the time! I always thought running was a solitary sport, but getting together for a run with your friends is so much fun! We hang together, train for runs we’ve register for. We have a healthy competition going on and that really motivates me. I know that I’m not alone.
We also have our own running group pose that we usually do after getting our medals. (Totally copying Nadal, of course!)
3. For the Sweet Treats
It’s a simple equation here : The more you run, the more calories you burn, the more calories you can consume! All nutritionists endorse having sweets early in the morning so that the calories get burnt through the day.
Bring on the sweets people! (Check out this link if you like Banoffee Pie! )
4. For the Free T-shirts.. And the New Workout Clothes.
I have reduced buying work out t-shirts considerably. The T-shirts you get are light, bright and perfect for running. Why would you want to go out any buy more? Plus they are a lot cheaper. It feels great when you’re on a practice run and you see someone wearing the same t-shirt. Its like a sense of comradery! Plus, I cannot wear the medals all the time… but I will have the t-shirts as my souvenirs.
5. For the Medals
It is truly an amazing feeling swinging that medal around your neck when you finish a timed run. The sense of achievement is something that no one can take from you. There is a story behind each medal you collect and I promise you that you will never forget a run.
All the bling makes you feel just so damn invincible! Bwahahaha!!!
6. For the Breakfast
My friends and I have this post run tradition. We go for a nice brunch which has unlimited alcohol and food. Even the people who do not run join us and it is a great motivation to run faster and further.
7. For the Silence
I discovered this very recently. During one of my practice runs, I was feeling a little uncomfortable with music playing and I decided to take my earphones off. Its true that I wouldn’t know how much distance I’ve covered or how I’m doing with time, but for some reason. I felt calm. It was a quiet morning and I could concentrate on my breathing and was not getting distracted with the music in my ears. That was the first time I thought I could possibly run without music.
The next time was during my half marathon. I had forgotten to put my app on and my music stopped playing after the fourth kilometre. I didn’t have it in me to turn either the app or the music. I stuffed the earphones in the armband and kept running. The sound of people running and cheering was just magnificent! It was a very different type of silence that you will never find on the main roads of a city. The runs make you enjoy the city that you never thought was possible. I suggest you try it sometime.
8. For my Dad
Since I was a little girl, my father has always encouraged me to play sports and maintain an active lifestyle, and I truly did have a very active childhood. I played a lot of sports. Unfortunately, as I grew up, the opportunities to play sports that I used to were no longer there. Slowly I became extremely unfit. My father always encouraged my brother and me to go for a run when nothing else was available. Being a military man, fitness, to him, is of utmost importance.
Every time I would run even a bit, I would tell him and he would always encourage me to do more. I may not have made my father proud of my career and generally other things, but the day I completed the half marathon, I knew I had made him so proud. It’s so wonderful to see him tell his friends that his daughter has run the Bangalore Half Marathon. ‘She is a runner’ he says and I love hearing him say that. Every run that I do is dedicated to him. I love you Daddy!
9. For Myself
This is the most important aspect for me. I don’t want to go to the gym to get fit. It should be an ally for something greater that you’re trying to achieve. I know that this is perhaps the only sport that i can train to be good at. All I need is a pair of shoes, a road and determination. I am my competition and there is nothing more exciting and daunting than that.
During my evening runs there have been times when I’ve considered taking a short cut through my usual route hoping that the run gets over soon and no one will know. Then I think, that’s right, no one will know, but I will. I’m not doing this for anyone else but myself. It’s not going to hurt anyone but me… And that’s what keeps me going. I think that’s when I started blogging… Because I started talking to myself during my runs! Hahahaha!!!!
This was just a little something about me. Let me know what gets you moving, whether it be running or any other sport. Happy Running People!