During my time in Singapore, I wanted to take part in the marathon there. Unfortunately, I couldn’t because we had an exam scheduled the day after the marathon. I happened to once tell one of our professors, Dr. William Thomson, about my interest in running and how I was thinking of running a marathon. He told me how I should consider running the Sydney marathon since it was scheduled to take place while I was in Sydney and there were no exams scheduled close to the date of the marathon.
Cut to the day of the marathon in Sydney.
You would think that a full marathon could be tiring but it wasn’t so for me at
all. In fact, I even felt a little cold while running since it was September
and the peak of the winter season in Australia. I’d say the weather was perfect
for me to run. It was my first full marathon and what an experience it was –
definitely one of my best experiences in Australia!
Running a marathon is an addictive
experience and as soon as I completed the Sydney marathon, I wanted to take
part in another one. Since my next stop was going to be Dubai, I found out
details about the Standard Chartered Dubai marathon, immediately registered
myself, and began preparing for it. Regular preparation helped me increase my
speed and run faster. I was, therefore, looking forward to improving my completion
time as compared to my last marathon.
D-day arrived and I started off on in great
form. I covered 28 km in the first three hours but then my speed started
decreasing gradually. I started taking a break after every 2 km until the 36 km
mark. I felt a drop in my energy levels and consumed a lot of energy drinks to
keep me going. There came a point where I believed it would be better for me to
stop since I was finding it hard to even move my legs. But, the thought of the
finishing line and the medal kept me moving forward slowly but steadily. Since
I was unable to run any further, I walked the last 2 km and managed to complete
the marathon in 5 hours and 33 minutes.
Running my first two marathons within four
months of each other has been an exhilarating experience. I am now determined
to practice more, practice harder and improve my timing in my next marathon.
I would also like to thank SP Jain School
of Global Management for sponsoring these two marathons I participated in.