I never started running for fitness. But I still remember the day about three years back. I was frustrated due to something. It was about 10.30 AM and I had come back after finishing an errand. I was wearing jeans/tee and budget puma shoes. In a burst of absolute desperation as to what I should really do I just started running. I was exhausted in about 2kms. I sat down and enjoyed the rush of chemicals in my head. But then this isn't a movie. Its a slice of my life which I have complicated in my mind. Nothing about my running adventure can be considered as disciplined progression. I have likened it a lot to masochism. Maybe I derive pleasure from the pain. But thats a matter of brain chemicals. I had a few milestones and got them. Finish a marathon and a 50km Ultra. But I am not happy, because its no fun just finishing a race. And begun my reckless plan to run faster. And horrendous DNF at trail ultra 50 km and followed by a trail 21km that was my worst HM I realized how much I have to train to get faster. I know its stupid to chase speed when your body isnt designed for it. At 72KG, I have to lose at least 5kg to spare my knees. But then the difference is that I am not chasing speed because I want a PB. I want to run faster because the 10-15 kms that I ran fast(relatively)in my last two races which exhausted me, were some of my most pleasurable and memorable runs. I am not naive, I know its going to take me 2 yrs to run faster for longer distances. And I am also aware that I need continuous training to keep up my running pace. Especially as compared to cycling, wherein I did a 100kms ride in 4-5 hrs without doing any cycling for the whole week. I know even that isn't blazing fast but it shows that I need to train my body more for running compared to cycling. Well thats all I could pen down today. Keep on running.
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