Half Marathon in less than 2 weeks? Yeah, you hear it right!

Motivation is the key to success!

How many of you make resolutions on the new year to become fit & healthy? How many of you are healthy today? Do you know the reason?

Let me tell you how I decided to make a resolution a week after 1st Jan 2019. I am a cyclist and never run more than 5km. In the race of making resolutions, I thought about running a half marathon before March 31st, 2019. Guess what, I managed to run half marathon on the 13th day of practice.

Running is not difficult unless you make it so!

I set a goal of 21 km. My first run was 2.2km. I started feeling tired after 2–3 km so I consulted my cycling buddy Shekhar Damle who had run a few full marathons 5 years ago and now have registered for another half marathon. He shared a few tips to run longer. The very next day, I run 5.1 km.

I was very happy and told Shekhar that I did 5 km today then he asked me to join him for 8 km. Since I was confident so joined him on Sunday in BKC and instead of 8 km, we both did 10 km followed by a celebration at McDonald’s.

Milestone 2 - 10 km run

A refreshing day started after the run. Later in the afternoon, I have received a WhatsApp text from Vineeta who congratulated me for first 10k run and motivated me to register for the upcoming half marathon on 3rd Feb at Bandra Fort. Only 22 days left to practice for the half marathon.

Here becomes our team of three I Vineeta and Shekhar. 🥂

We three decided to run for 15km on the Carter Road — our next milestone. I got to meet a beautiful lady, Miss Vineeta. She had finished her first half marathon and preparing for the second.

Looking at my potential she pushed me to run my first half marathon.

Now 21 km was the next milestone. We all again planned to do this on the TATA Marathon scheduled day. Yippee, I finished my first self planner half marathon in just 13 days.

Half marathon stats

And Vineeta decided to give us a party for my first 21k and we had an awesome breakfast with free coffee at Le Pain Quotidien Powai.

And another 21km run on 3rd Feb at Bandra Fort, I was able to finish 1 minute faster than practice run.

After run picture

Few learnings from the practice:
1. To begin with: run slower, run longer
2. Eat and drink properly during practice days
3. Enough sleep is necessary to run fresher and faster
4. Have Muesli with dry fruits soaked overnight

Thanks, Shekhar Damle and Vineeta Sharma for motivating and guiding me throughout the practice.

AkBansal

Cyclist | Athlete | Product Manager | Explorer | Maths Lover | Blood Devta

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