My New Passion

How my new passion took me to Pondicherry & it was Runderful

In August 2017, I said that the only time you’d ever find me running was if Godzilla were chasing me. Then, 6 months later, I ran a half marathon on February 2018. Due to work pressures and lifestyle changes, the only form of good workout for me was swimming and that too was seasonal, I definitely couldn’t run a single mile in a row. To my surprise that all changed way sooner than I had expected.

 

On 15th August 2017, I was shocked, frustrated and felt terrified; it all seemed pointless on first day of my run. However, I decided to stick to it & with a few more runs things started looking better, I could track my improvements and was able to do more with each run. All these while I kept reminding myself what JK Rowling Said “ Remember the first rule of self-improvement – Always have achievable goals.” and in next 100 days I was able to do 6k and 10k and it felt great. There was a change in my attitude; I was more open to new challenges, all thanks to my newfound Passion.

I kept hearing about the adventures of a runners group called Let’s Run in my city. A few months back 26 members of this group had successfully accomplished the half marathon at Ladakh, which not only intrigued but also excited me at the same time, as I had never imagined of doing a marathon.  I soon joined “Lets run” and made new friends, while running along side them I learnt a lot about running. One fine day “Sunil Babu” asked me about my interest to join for Auroville Marathon at Pondicherry on Feb 2018, followed which he saw the biggest smile on my face.

 

With so much momentum built up for the Auroville Run, I had no other option but to put all my efforts to train for the “Big Day”. The six of us started our journey from Raipur to Pondicherry (via Hyderabad & Chennai) and before reaching Pondicherry our journey of fun and excitement had already begun. Starting from south Indian delicacies to round of beers, all we did was talk & talk, which then followed with an outburst of laughter; we sure were the nosiest passengers through out the trip. As soon as we reached Pondicherry we wasted no time & straight away head out on our two wheelers to explore the city. The feel of the city was marvelous, we were in Indian but it didn’t felt like it, the beaches were neat, weather was pleasant and people were gentle to talk, no wonder its called “French Polynesia of India”. We spent 3 nights at Pondicherry, and on 3rd day we had our Auroville Marathon.

 

The night before the “Big Day” I was a bit nervous as this being my first 

marathon run and I had traveler too far to attain this bliss. The performance pressure let me to retire early in evening where as the rest of the gang were busy chilling around till late night. On the day of event we all kicked of at 6:30 am and with all the fortune stars on my side I took 2:23 minute(s) to finish my first half marathon. It was my moment of blissful, soulful & Runderful experience, thankfully I didn’t missed on the opportunity to click a selfie to treasure it as a memory.

We have so many stories from the trip to share but I am sure I wont do justice to it writing them down here, one has to be involved in the story telling sessions which we have after our morning runs. Now when looking back to the trip to reflect on the event, it feels nothing less than a new school trip to me where you go on behalf of your school to participate for a tournament along with your new friends. Where the journey itself was so fulfilling the result of the tournament was never a worry, thanks to the Team Lets Run without which this would not have happened to me.

 

Vinay Agrawal

Successful Entrepreneur & Passionate Runner

 

5 day 10/5 K challenge – 2018

We had 5-day 5 k between 31st Jan and 4th Feb 2018 we invited Raipur Round table 169 to join us in the challenge. We started with 35 regulars for both the categories, this time we had 7 participants who were doing alone out of which 2 were from Durg n Pune. We finished strong with some 25 completing the challenge. Many joined us for single days. We asked 2 from 5 k and 2 from 10 k to write us their experience.

5 Day 5K – Runner Amardeep

IT was a very healthy experience throughout. I am

 not a elite runner, not even a born runner but what I realized in these five days is that run

 

ning is a skill which we need to develop minute by minute, hour by hour and day by day.

Let’s run team was very energetic, helpful and kept us motivated throughout five days, daily new location left us excited and explore new location every day. I would like to further participate in the other events conducted by let’s run.

 

Amardeep K.  Gandhi

B.E. (Civil), M.Tech.(Struct)
Sr. Engineer – Sustainability
Arch-Tech Consultants

 

5 Day 5K – Runner Narendra

I’m running since year and a half; and have run two 10K marathons, including last year’s letsrun’s 10K. However, running 5 days continuously without recovery breaks have not been tried by me; your challenge intrigued me to step out of the comfort zone and hit the ground running. And I did it, though the last day was a bit challenging. It tested my resolve and brought out a stronger me.

Thanks to your motivation, I look forward to keep challenging myself regularly and participate in next 21K marathon of Letsrun and many more events of letsrun. Keep running! For running reminds us that we can do difficult things.

Narendra Sharma

Holy Cross, Byron Bazar Alumni (Class 1989) GEC/NIT Raipur Alumni (Class 1993)

 

5 Day 10K- Runner Vinod

helps you to connect with your soul. I feel this is the purest way to connect with nature and makes you fall in love with everything around you. For the last one year I am regularly associated with this habit. I start my day with running and consequently the whole day is full of energy, all the tensions dissipated and more focus towards my goal. Don’t wait that happiness will come tomorrow just wake up go for the run, happiness is there.

It’s really enjoying and fills you with peace and satisfaction and spirit to win, even your family life will become happier. By sweating, the impurity of body is removed and body and mind become pure. So, you stay fit and healthy physically as well as mentally and that’s how it leads towards spirituality also. So, let’s go outside in the morning and start your day by run to make your life cherishful and aimful. Keep Running Keep Inspiring.

 

Vinod Kumar Pandey

EDUCATIONIST, SHIVAM EDUCATIONAL ACADEMY

5 Day 10K- Runner Amarpreet

 

I am feeling elated to share 10k, 5-day challenge which was between 31st January and 4th of February

it was very motivational for me to participate n except 10k 5-day challenge. Which I completed successfully in good pace & timing with enthusiastic runners who all have been running regularly. All 5 days I ran on different locations n tracks which was a great experience in itself and for that the credit goes to team letsrun. Enjoyed early morning weather n sun rise, which was very refreshing.

It was a test of endurance n strength for me and I’ll surely try to participate in event like this in the future.

sincerely thanks all Let’s Run members n Mr Vinay Tiwary for motivation and for making me a part of team letsrun

I Am PROUD TO BE A RUNNER

A Marathon will help you discover the strength you never knew you had.

 

Amarpreet Singh Chandhok