From the first long run to the long run!

So started in Sep 1st week, all would have been fine if I had run with the marathon trainers on a regular basis. But committments on saturdays to many other things….this wasnt easy. Sep 24th – was anti-war protest/peace march in DC, in the evening was Amjad Ali Khan concert….so well no running the capitol 20miler on 25th Sep. Oct 8th was Shobana’s concert …. and the next two weeks were spent on that….apart from regular work. And bam – we go back home from Shobana’s concert – to yet another sad news – an earthquake in Kashmir. Sadness again.

Of course, the very next weekend of my first long run in early sep, I knew I wont be able to run Baltimore Half-Marathon. Marine corp marathon doesnt have a half-marathon. Nevertheless I went to practise for a long run, the runners planned and successfully finished 14.1 miles. A week later, I went to run again….this was a taper down run….8miles. I quit after a mile, because I didnt know why to run. I could do a lot many things than run…

And it turned out, instead of running, I found a spot for the marathon….a week later. I might get a confirmed slot on monday or tuesday. And there you … I jumped on it and took it up. All along, I had been working with groups trying to reach to survivors in Kashmir earthquake. The response from people at large, who are really passionate about Kashmir but didnt do much for the survivors hurt me – I took up the challenge. I had made promises to keep, long before I go to sleep…. It was unbelievable. Some were shocked, some were mad and many thought I was crazy. But I ran…not for me, I hope I got a couple of smiles back to faces in Kashmir… I hope I achieved what I started out for…till then the medal I got is useless.

And the best part …. friday before the marathon … all the runners and friends in our sweet time, decided to go for dinner …. well Brunda found a job in NJ and was moving out….so, we went for dinner….came back at midnight and then watched sholay …. at 4am we slept….any of our coaches knew this before the marathon….they would have been mad! With less than 32hrs from the marathon – we are watching sholay instead of sleep!!!

But who cares….we did it

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