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The Joys and The Pains of Long Distance Running

The Marathon is one of those things that tests a man’s stamina to the hilt and to finish one would be absolutely awesome. And I’ve taken my first steps towards running in one and finishing it, by running 8 Km without a stop. Thanks to all the football and basketball that I play, I end up running a lot almost everyday but continuous long distance running is a completely new feeling. It’s a totally different kind of battle and an awesome one at that.

I ran around Soma ( My Home Ground 🙂 ) 15 times and it was brilliant. The flood lights were not turned on that evening and so it was a real nice run, all alone with only my iPod for company and running round and round in the dark night really makes you feel Alone and One with Nature, One heck of an experience. So, one sweaty night, after fifteen laps and some 45 mins my first distance run was complete.

During the run you realise how important Rhythm is and with constant pace you tend to exert minimum energy. The sweat pours down and you concentrate on just running without a pause and you tend to think much more clearly, and it relieves all the stress. It’s brilliant and everyone must try their hand at pushing their body to the limit and run and run …  I know there are other stuff that pushes your mind and body but I guess running is the most natural and easiest to practice.

I never realised before this run how important stretching your muscles before some physical activity is and the brilliance doesn’t end with the running. After you’ve run, you are totally exhausted and your entire body feels so heavy and you can barely lift up your arms and your legs. You are so tired that you can hardly move and your body is sore for a couple of days but believe me it is totally worth all the trouble!

“Out of the silver heat mirage he ran. The sky burned, and under him the paving was a black mirror reflecting sun-fire. Sweat sprayed his skin with each foot strike so that he ran in a hot mist of his own creation. With each slap on the softened asphalt, his soles absorbed heat that rose through his arches and ankles and the stems of his shins. It was a
carnival of pain, but he loved each stride because running distilled him to his essence and the heat hastened this distillation.”
– James Tabor, from “The Runner,” a short story

The best things in life are free..
Lets see how many months it takes for me to go from 8 Km to 42.195 Km!
If I make it then sure treat for everyone :P..

Free..

Space Links

Photos of the Earth and Moon – From Other Worlds – Beautiful set of pictures.

Carl Sagan. Legend. Must Read – Pale Blue Dot

Amazing Software : Universe Sandbox

Universe Sandbox is an educational toy for Windows based computers. It can run scale simulations of our solar system and galaxy while giving you the power to control gravity, time and everything in it.

One of the very few softwares that I would buy once I earn some money :P.

2001: A Space Odyssey Explained – Really Nice Flash Video about one of the best Sci-Fi Movies of all time.

Hubble Rescue

Solar System Mysteries – Brilliant Read.

Astronaut / Cosmonaut Deaths – Respect!

And Finally, International Year Of Astronomy 2009 – Yay! 😀

Space Rocks.. Free..

Felon

Nice movie. Almost as good as American History X but then I guess nobody can beat Ed Norton…

Felon

And when your life is forever defined by a single action it changes time. It feels like a thousand years ago in my body but in my mind it feels like it happened yesterday.
– John Smith

Yes, prison desensitizes you.

But it also forces you to see
what’s most important.

Family. And loyalty.

Because a con like you knows
neither exists in this place.

So don’t run
from who you’ve become, felon.

Embrace it.

Grow from it.

And you’ll never lose sight
of what truly matters.

That’s my final piece of advice,
Wade Porter.

You protect your family at all costs.
Even if you’re forced to kill again.

Because if I had to, I’d wipe out
the whole planet to get mine back.

Genius…