It might sound bizarre to a lot of people who have observed the amount I run over the recent past. However, yeah, there was once a time when I never thought I could run. I was new to running like anyone else. In fact, my only childhood memory in terms of running is the time I had grown into a heavy kid, and I came last in a 200-meter race. Ever since then I dreaded the sport and resorted to cycling to manage my weight during my childhood.
So how did I begin? Well, I walked a lot during my college, which helped me lose weight in four years (over 12 kgs), and my weight came down to 64kgs. I then started walking and running a bit on the treadmill to lose weight at the gym. The most I would run was for about a minute, but slowly my potential improved. I would always go to the gym for a few months and stop for a few. This went on for about four years, but each time I went back I was a better runner on the treadmill. In 2015, I used various measures (including running and swimming) to bring down my weight by 11 kgs. Few of which I regret since they made me lose out on my health.
In 2016, I slowly regained my health and since then my weight would fluctuate between 2-3 kilograms of my safe range. I got back to fitness when my running plus walking capacity increased to five kilometres on the treadmill. I also explored running at parks in Bangalore whenever I visited my parents. The same place where a few old women would whisper to each other: “Why is she running??” and look at me with question marks on their faces. I would run and walk for about 5 kms excluding the warm up and cool down walk back home, which was about a kilometer away.
Thanks to some motivation from my friend I ran my first 10k race in a marathon. Few months later, we set out for a trail run where I somehow triumphed among women. We then decided that 10kms was too less for us. We hit our next milestone in February 2017 where we attempted our first half marathon. Around that time, I also enjoyed running at my area where I was staying at Pune. Later in October, I took part in the main Bangalore marathon. It was during that marathon, thanks to the same friend, that I realised I could run continuously.
In January this year, I took part in a small-scale half marathon where again I came first among women. I then took part in the Mumbai marathon which was probably my worst performance so far due to a few cramps that I was having. It was also the first time I fell while running, but I picked myself up, dusted off my shoulders and got to the finish line. I later took part in a half marathon where I clocked my personal best of 129 minutes.
I even joined a running group around my area, and I’ve improved my capacity gradually. I am currently running 40kms a week, enjoying it thoroughly, no complaints. I aim at improving my half marathon pace and hoping to run a full marathon someday. To sum it up, if I could get from the heavy and sluggish kid I was, to who I am today, anyone can. So cheers!!