Running - My First Love : By Santoshi Shetty

| Thursday, March 12, 2015 | |
Running !!!! I never realized when it became my first love…….. I always hated running since my school days but, it is rightly said sometimes what you hate the most turns to be something you love the most!!

And this is how the journey began... Suddenly I see a mail 100km Trailwalk and that’s when I question myself can I do this?

What is wrong in giving it a try…. One question changed the way I wanna be. Fitness was something I always loved while I was never ready to compromise on food. But 100km trailwalk seriously…. Yes!!! You can do it was the answer I found.

I started searching for a team and I finally found one. None was keen about running in the team of 4 members all of us decided that we will walk and we practiced it the same way. We used to have early morning practice walk of 10km on weekdays and on weekends walk of 20km. In between came the Ajmera half marathon for 21km my third time of running after two TCS 10k runs in 2011 and 2012.This is the time I decided I can run more than 10K as WALK I was confident. As rightly said Ask yourself: 'Can I give more?'. The answer is usually: 'Yes'." I started to practice running instead of walking …. Although tiring it was fun!!!

Running is not a joke and becoming serious about Marathons was no joke at all. I needed practice and a person who can guide me through it and Patrick sir told me about PaceMakers group who practice on Tuesday and Thursday in Kanteerva Stadium. And then the journey begins. It is just been a month I have been part of PaceMakers group and I am enjoying it.

My first run after joining PaceMakers was “Pinkathon 10 K”. It was an amazing run. I kept to my own pace of running which made my run quiet comfortable. I was just aiming to finish the race. Running is just not about the Physical toughness but even the mental toughness for just not giving up. If it wasn’t the training under Pani Sir I doubt of I would have been able to do it this better. I am just loving running and enjoying it.

Read it somewhere and it just inspired me…

"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."


-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder



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