In 2004, I’d read an article in the Times of India newspaper on Anil Ambani titled “Marathon Man“. I was amazed to learn that such a rich and busy person spends two hours every day on the treadmill and participates in many marathons. The title of the article has always stuck with me. I’m not sure but I think this prompted me to think about running marathons.
I know how difficult running a marathon can be. It’s painful, an extreme endurance test. My knees start aching whenever I run, so I gave up the idea of running a marathon a long time ago. But earlier this year, I came across an article in Time Health that said that research studies show that running may not be bad for the knees unless the knees are not already in bad shape. “Good to know”, I said and ran a lot on the treadmill and improved my endurance. Now I can easily run more than five miles – on a treadmill. I’m now planning to run the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati in May 2012, but only a half marathon. Plenty of time to prepare, but will it be easy? Would I be able to do it? I don’t know.
Why do people run marathons knowing well how painful it can be? My theory is that the challenge is exhilarating. It develops character – to keep persevering in the face of adversity. It develops personal strength. And yes, it helps get rid of that paunch too.
I’m aiming to be a Half-Marathon Man.