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“What’s in a time?”

Marathons - Anupriya kapur - November 24, 2014

I ran in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, the much awaited running event of the year, yesterday.

The weather was perfect, the atmosphere electrifying and buzzing with energy and  the event was impeccably organised. High-fiving the runners on the way, looking at the Kenyans and Indian elite runners fly by, pausing to look at Rahul Bose and the Blade Runner, enjoying the beats of the dhol – I felt strong and happy during the 21 kms stretch.

But then the moment I reached the finish line, I kept hearing only one question – “Kitna?”. It was as if the whole stadium had just one conversation going – finish time. Is finish time the only thing that matters?

I understand we all have our target finish times and share them with our close running buddies. But is that all? Wouldn’t it be nicer and warmer to ask “Did you feel strong?”, “Did you enjoy your run?”, “How are you feeling post run?”, “Did you enjoy your first?”. When you meet in person, aren’t these better conversation starters? Bragging aur liking ke liye toh facebook hai hee.

By the time I was asked the same question the 10th time, I got cranky and started giving ridiculous responses. Running to me is sacred. Running is my form of recreation and fitness. Running is solace and meditation.

While we all may have started running for different reasons, those who have stuck to it certainly did because of our love for it. Somehow that love doesn’t come through in the post run/event conversations. It’s overtaken by just one aspect of the sport – time.10310561_10152882653921948_4501012351559824505_n10154371_10152383565750388_848184028553776981_n

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Getting Started

Uncategorized - Ankit Chatterjee - April 2, 2014

As we were moving back to India, it had already been over a year that I had stopped running (the li’l that I did) due to my fractured rib. And yet one of my big worries (other than my 5 year old son adjusting to his new school and friend circle) was, where would I run? Who would I run with? Is it safe for women to run here in Gurgaon? Would it be fun running in the dusty concrete maze after all the greenery and cool that the Philippines had pampered me with?

It took us almost 6 months to settle down and get into a regular routine. Still tentative about running, I started going for brisk walks. While walking on a very warm June evening last year, I came across a runner and wondered how he could run when even the track was generating so much heat. I couldn’t help asking “Isn’t it too hot to run?” and he said “Run with me and figure it out for yourself”. And so I gave it a shot. I managed to keep up with him for 3 km. I was tired and soaked in sweat, but it felt really good. After that there was no looking back. All my doubts just disappeared. They evaporated with the sweat that evening.

Since then, I have become an active member of one of the best running groups in Gurgaon (Runbugs). With them I’m never out of running buddies. With them it feels safe to run in the most remote routes in the NCR – training, exploring and having fun along the way. Since then I’ve done the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, a 50 km Bhatti Trail Ultra Marathon, my fastest 10 km at Pinkathon and several other fun runs.

With this I learnt that however tough things might seem, one can at least try and get started – no matter what the odds are (hot, cold, humid, overcast or dusty/smoke – yup, that too is a weather in India!).

Getting started is what matters the most. C’mon, let’s go!!

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