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21.097 kms, 13.1 miles, 23,056 yards….

by Tanya Agarwal
my first half marathon - Running & Living - WellthyFit

4 years back..this day…I ran my first Half Marathon

It was a Running and Living event. You might find a bit of your own in my very first….

  • It was my first 21.097 and my first timed event
  • On December 13, 2014, I had celebrated my first eve of being anti social. I walked out of a Christmas party within 30 minutes – because ..next morning I was to run my first half marathon
  • I didn’t know a single run quote to fuel myself up with inspiration.

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  • I promised myself I wont walk. I’ll just jog. But not walk.
  • No expectations. So then – I was free of disappointments.
  • I didn’t know what a tempo was? LSD – what???? Love sex and Dhoka but definitely not Long slow distance!
  • Hydration meant water
  • Nutrition meant banana or Parle G Biscuit
  • Run shoes? – I ran in my 2 year old Reebok shoe. I thought they were great! Ankush mendiratta ( The man behind Runbugs)– kept telling me they weren’t meant for running. Thanks Ankush. You were right 🙂
  • No smart watch/ app.
  •  I was fast and slow whenever I wanted – depending upon how my body felt
  • I wanted to finish 13.1 without stopping
  • I didn’t care how I looked
  • I didn’t care if they took a pic of me while running. And they didn’t. I asked for one after the run
  • It was drizzling the first 5 kms. I felt euphoric
  • It was the first and the last time my husband came to cheer me up at a race. After that race he realized I cared about the post-run selfies more. Truth be told.
  • It was the last time my husband posted my achievement on social media. After that he figured I had turned in to a run-narcissist. Truth be written.

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  • I know you are still curious about my timing. I finished  in 2 hours 16 minutes.
  • I earned a medal that day after 18 years. It meant something. Even though I saw it was a mass possession!
  • The one woman who left an indelible mark on me that day – well, at that time I didn’t know her name- Vaishali Kasture – She was dressed impeccably as a runner and was running with tiger focus. She made running look good.
  • I didn’t know exactly when should I start feeling tired. I really knew nothing.
  • Suchi Gupta very graciously drove me to the start point. I didn’t know her at all.
  • My focus was my run. Nothing else.
  • The only limit I tested was of finishing it without stopping. That was my only bar.
  • I remember feeling really happy while running.
  • After the run, I didn’t get a minute of rest that whole day. But I couldn’t stop smiling all day. After running my first 13.1, everything looked easy.

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  • It was an absolutely new experience for me.
  • There were some people running with a flag with certain timings written on them. I didn’t know they were called pacers. In my mind I thought they were really arrogant runners pre-announcing their run timings. yes – you can roll your eyes to your brains and back!
  • I knew I would do this again and I knew I had many things to learn.
  • My son was 11 months old that time. I had regained my stamina. I was now getting physically strong. Mentally stronger.
  • Runners high – what?
  • The best part – I wasn’t feeling tired at all. Standing at the finish line…holding my 4 year old daughter. Showing her my first running medal. In a rush to go back to my 11-month old son. But inside – there was so much happiness, hunger and satisfaction.

3 years back I didn’t know that-

  • the real joy is in training, pushing the limits, sometimes going back to the unfulfilled dream, sometimes setting new targets.
  • I would turn into a self-acclaimed run blogger.
  • I would be sharing my stories to motivate people to get active.
  • the direction in which am going is more important than my goals. the goals keep changing, perhaps. The direction has more character!
  •  today, my ‘almost turning 5 year old’ son would know that – not only would he remember but also would be able to pronounce the names of his mom’s two current fav runners – Kilian n Paula Radcliffe.

But there it is, an incredible and incredibly rich journey. My body becomes restless thinking how far I’ve come and how much more I want to do, am yet to do a full marathon, yet to go on long trail runs…the goals will keep changing, but as long as I have the direction, I have nothing to lose – Do I?

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Tanya Agarwal is Founder and Blogger at WellthyFit - a health and fitness blog on Yoga, Running, Healthy Living, Nutrition, Travel, Joy and everything Life! She reviews fitness products and experiences. WellthyFit is her platform where she invites passionate fitness writers to share their expertise. With her blogs and fun videos she motivates people to stay the course of health and fitness day after Day.

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