Monday, May 16, 2005

Run Sriram.... Run....

After all that hype I created about marathon, it did turn out to be a good experience for me. I finished my 7K run well within 40 minutes and now I feel maybe I could have gone for a bigger challenge of Half-marathon. Well there's always next time and there's Bombay Marathon in Jan-Feb. Full Marathon (26 miles or 42 dot KM - depending on whether u go by Metric or British units) was flagged off at 6 AM and Half-Marathon (13 miles or 21dot KM) started at 6:30 AM. The Dream run or Celebrity run for 7 KM started off around 9:15AM. Yours truly! was well prepared and finished quite peacufully. But as I heard from many Marathon runners, there was not much cheering on streets like it was in Bombay and it was very hot during 7KM run. Pretty exhausting. I hope they change this event to Winter or atleast Spring time next year. I think more than 10K people participated in 7K run and it was almost like a marketing event for many sponsors and big corporates, sporting some colorful Tshirts with logos. Some took it seriously and ran the whole course like I did and some just did it for fun and ran and walked the whole way. Either way it was supposed to be for fun.
But the amazing thing was, there was a 65 year old man who finished half-marathon and a middle aged lady too. And there were many old people like these who finished the races. The smile on their face spoke of thier personal acheivement. It was quite inspiring to see that. We also witnessed some physically challenged people finishing the 7KM run in their wheel chairs and crutches. "Hats Off" to these amazing fighters. If theres anything we can learn from them, it is the fighting spirit and how to overcome obstacles. I personally went and congratulated some of them. It was a pleasure and honor to shake hands with them.
And... Thats all I have to say about that !!!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

awesome stuff spider.........i wish i was there to see you run and also be able to cheer the others up. i did here about the brave "fighters" who ran........Kudos to them........ hope to run with u next time....

Vinu

sathya said...

hey sriram ..this is good..atlast you are doing something useful in life rather than laze around and crib....:)

Freedom's my name... said...

Hey,
Great!!! I envy you :)
Have a great time