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12 KM Run

20 Apr 2012 12:40:43

Before you start reading the blog let me first share, I completed 12 Km run today morning. It was a moment which will be remembered by me for long time. Wow. What a feeling.

It was always back in my mind to touch 10 Km atleast. There can be an argument floating around. What is so big deal in running 12km. By considering my personal fitness level and body mass, it was a huge ask from me.

Coming to the 12km run, I had planned it 24 hours before. I knew I had to feed myself properly the whole day. Else I would faint on the way. I had good food like chapatis, cabbage, apple, mango, lemon juice, rava dosa(south indian delight). I didnt eat rice, it would be a heavy diet and it would come in the way for my long run.

Before the run I made sure I get good sleep in night. I went to sleep early by 2230hrs so that I can wake up early by 0500hrs to get ready for the run.

By 0545hrs I reached Shivaji Park(SP). As soon as I reached SP I realized will Mumbai ever sleep.

I started the iPod to listen music while running, then started the pedometer which is inbuilt in the iPod. Then I started to move, I started to run. I was not very slow, not very fast either. But I managed to keep a pace which will keep me going far. Because I knew I need not win any race, I just had to compete against myself initially.

External Circumference of SP is 1.2 Km exact. So it was easier for the calculation. First 4 rounds were not much troublesome, as I am used to the 4 rounds. The real race started when I started the 5th round. During the whole journey of 12 Km, the only thing which was running in my mind was to somehow complete the 10 rounds of SP by running. You cannot run just by thinking. For my case atleast it required a lot of inspiration. I took inspiration from the fellow joggers who are atleast more fitter than me. In every round I used to see one guy or girl and run even harder. I started to sweat like a Pig. My tshirt and track pant was full of sweat, no one would believe it was because of the sweat or because of pouring water.

The more nearer I reached the target of 10 rounds, the more pain I felt in my legs. After all it has to carry a huge mass of unhealthy body. But giving up after coming so far was not an option.

Inch by inch, meter by meter I completed the 12 Km.

It was a moment which made me very happy in recent times.

Next target would be to touch the 15 Km run and then the 20 Km. It would not be easy, but not difficult either.

To all the running folks of SP, thanks for motivating eventhough you were all strangers.

Moral : Running teaches you many practical lessons in life.


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kalyani Says:
20 Apr 2012 at 20:25:56
keep up the spirit... hope u achieve ur target soon ....
Hitesh Says:
21 Apr 2012 at 01:56:25
Keep it up dude.....working for 8 packs or wht? ....:)
Ketan Says:
21 Apr 2012 at 13:28:32
@Kalyani : Thank you.
@Hitesh : lol. Thanks.
tiru Says:
22 Apr 2012 at 07:06:00
I once touched 8 kms and I felt over the moon.
I can only imagine what you must have felt after doing 12 kms.
Am feeling a little jealous since I have hurt my left knee and cannot think of breaking your record.
You can go ahead make me feel worse by doing 15 and 20 kms:)
Anup Says:
23 Apr 2012 at 10:53:50
Run Ketan Run !!!
Kavitha Bosco Says:
23 Apr 2012 at 13:24:41
Inch by inch u completed d target thats really inspiring. Well done dear bro.Good luck for d next time.
Ketan Says:
04 May 2012 at 05:19:15
@Tiru : Thanks. Hopefully to run 15 km soon.
@Anup : Thanks
@Kavitha : Yes I did it.
p.m. Says:
14 May 2012 at 10:42:27
Keep it up ketan. Really you are a wonderful son.
Ketan Says:
16 May 2012 at 04:36:48
@mom Thank you.
hina parikh Says:
02 Jan 2015 at 05:30:04
I started my journey towards running by last year enjoyed my run aftrt I joinef pinkathon which made me realise fun with run realky enjoyed running so much tht it help me to complete my satara hill run of 21km in 3/34 m and keep on doing such runs doing powai run last year with tht I got entry in scmm this year so excited to do that.
Ketan Says:
01 Apr 2015 at 05:20:26
@Hina... Keep it up..