12 Half Marathons & 1 Full Marathon later, the quest goes on.
"What you seek is seeking you." - Rumi
"What you seek is seeking you." - Rumi
I was running one day - trying to stay alive and scrambling to get my body into a good running rhythm, while contemplating how viciously hard it was to keep running - when it struck me that running is the perfect metaphor for life. Here's how:
You can run with someone, but nobody can run for you. You have to do your own running.
You can’t start big. You can only start small, and with persistent effort and training, you achieve big goals.
No sweat, no achievement.
You decide how fast or slow - you can or you want to run.
Running is a science. Running is an art. Running is a philosophy. Running is a mystery. You decide what you think running is.
Different people run for different reasons. Some are looking to lose weight and stay fit, some do it because someone else is doing it, some are looking for a sense of achievement, and some are looking to fulfill themselves. Only you know why you signed up to be a runner.
You keep running - day in, day out for long enough, and your body and mind will adapt, and running will become a part of your identity.
If you stop running for a while, you don’t get to pick up where you left off. You have to start ground up, and crawl or sprint your way to your earlier form.
Running can seem overwhelming, challenging and scary, at times. The only way to beat that is to go out there and run.
Sometimes, you just want to lie in bed and be comfortable. You don’t want to go out there and be uncomfortable. Choose this attitude long enough and you will never know your potential to be a runner.
Running is an exercise. Running is an experience. Your psyche and personality decides what running means to you.
Running has different forms. You can choose to sprint or you can run long distance endurance runs.
Sometimes, running is easy, feels like magic and wonderful; sometimes, it’s so hard that you just want to stop, stomp out in fury and scream obscenities.
More often than not, we compare ourselves to other runners, wishing dreamily, gaping wide-eyed and wondering in awe and shock – just what the hell is that super runner made of.
Running will challenge you, will defeat you at times, and will let you win at other times.
Running can be a sweet victory only after it’s thoroughly exhausted, tested and challenged you.
Running can bring out the beast in us; the primordial beast that we inherited from the earliest man and woman on earth, the beast that is prowling for adventure, adrenaline, challenge, and thrill, this beast that is otherwise snoring, deep in slumber.
Running makes you competitive, it makes you want to give your best and expand your frontiers.
You can make running about achieving a goal in the future - running a half marathon/full marathon, losing weight, or you can make it about the present – about the unparalleled experience that it is.
Running is a medium to experience the extraordinary, but running can only be as extraordinary as extraordinary a runner you can be.
The exact equilibrium, dynamics, or relationship between the art of running, the body and the mind is a mysterious, intriguing process.
Nothing is guaranteed, you can only bank on your own effort.
If you run long enough and hard enough, or wrong enough - you will get injured.
Running can be the enemy, running can be a friend, or running can be a lifelong companion.
Running can be about success and failure, strengths and weakness, or it can be about – just running for the experience of running.
Many times, you will feel like you cant run anymore because your legs are throbbing, your body seems to have turned into lead, your ribs and stomach sting a little, and your lungs and heart are dying for oxygen, but if you just slow down for a while, you will realize you can once again run fast.
Running is all about mind over matter.
You can be as good a runner as willing as you are to sweat, bleed and make sacrifices for it.
The story so far
I was born athletic and running called out to me as a young kid. So, being a runner, is my way of staying true to who I am and bringing meaning, love, joy, adventure and peace into my life.