Despite it being a very muggy Sunday morning, the Talkatora stadium was full of energy, excitement and of course a whole lot of pink. My guess is that around 2000 women showed up to participate in different categories. I had registered for a 10 km run. I had gone along with a lot of members of Runbugs and all of them were very warm to me. In their company, I enjoyed the pre-run ambience to the hilt. The organizers (RunWithMe Foundation) made us do stretching exercises, with Milind Soman and Gul Panag at the helm of affairs on stage.
The run started on time and a huge number of amateur runners like me started their 10km journey. It was a scenic route through Lutyen’s Delhi, taking us all the way to India Gate and back. However, the weather was just something else. The energy sapping humidity and the scorching sun nearly killed the whole experience.
I was running alright and even having fun along the way as I stopped to pose for many photographers. When I reach the 8 km mark, I was told by one of the volunteers that I only had 5 runners ahead of me. They egged me on to run faster, but I couldn’t do much to improve my pace. I was tired and sweating heavily. When I finished the run, I was pleasantly surprised to know that I finished my run in 55 mins and 52 secs – my personal best in 10 km.
I ranked 6th. I could have done, maybe, a shade better had I not stopped to pose. But I love the pics from the event. In any case, for me running has never been about competing with others. It’s a personal space which helps me with my physical and mental fitness.
My son and husband were at the finish line and their sense of pride in what I do is as good a reward as any.