You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Well, there are many definitions & connotations for the word “runner. Even my story as a runner is no different than others. My journey started in my elementary school and continued till my high school grade. However, I had no idea what I was doing then. Well, during those days, the only thought was to run and win a 400-meter race. So, technically I was never a runner but had some credentials.
Well, we all can be runners. It is more like a self-declaration that “you are a runner” and then you intrinsically agree with the statement, “yes! I am one of them”. It does not matter if you are a recreational runner, a casual jogger, or an elite athlete. It’s your decision on how you identify yourself.
But now, at least, I can say that I am a long-distance runner who has finished fifteen half-marathons (13.1 Miles) in 3 years. I joke around with my mates, saying I’m an average runner who is Half (13.1). Crazy, indeed!
Well, Running is more of a lifestyle rather than a mere sport or any physical activity. I schedule my days and weekends around my training routines. Every year I plan which new marathon I will run, then plan my training regimen, and get to work. People ask me, why do I love being in pain? Why do I like my tan lines more than my freshly manicured nails?
I smile and tell,
Just run! And know the difference.”
Running has given me a lot of time to focus on myself and made me a creative individual. It challenges me every single day. I love setting new goals and keep training harder. I believe, inside us, we are all hidden runners.I certainly understand that Running may not be for everyone. It is rigid and indeed a prolonged process. But with the enormous list of physical and psychological benefits, it outweighs everything else.
It is tremendously gratifying. But trust me, running a marathon is an emotional experience that makes me realize that our limitations don’t decide our journey but our perseverance. So, hustle and bustle! And I am sure, you will get the results.
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.