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..




  1. for the sake of the treat, i hope u do it… 😀

  2. for the record, i run behind my coll bus everyday… but that doesn’t count, yeah?? free…

  3. @ CK
    Unless you run behind it all the way to your coll it doesn’t count.. free..

  4. lol. i totally get it. tho my max is 5 rounds around in my coll stadium, its so completely worth it, the exercise, the sweat and the sore muscles later..u get this feeling that u can do anything, i dunno. a happy optimism kind of thing..n yea, u can think so clearly while running., resolves all ur probs. good luck with ur marathon.

  5. @ rt

  6. dei, listen to dream theater when you run, that’s the BEST possible running meejik! and next time you plan on doing this (even though its spontaneous) call me too, i wna see how much i can run 😀

  7. @ Van
    Sure man.. will the call.. and dream theatre eh.. will the listen…

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