Chandigarh Marathon

Participated in my first marathon on the 31st of Jan, although did only the 5km run. This was Chandigarh’s first marathon ever and there was a huge turn out. About 3000 odd people ran the 5km section and the spirit was huge. The run was great… I managed to run continuously, which was a big high. I was always worried about not managing to run at a steady pace without getting out of breath. The couple of times I tried slowing down, my legs felt kind of wobbly, so it seemed more comfortable to keep running at a slow pace.

It was a bright sunny day, with a lot of people standing on the roadside taking pictures and cheering us on. Some schools had their kids out in uniforms to cheer the runners. A roundabout had a school band playing. All in all, very motivating to run alongside a whole bunch of enthusiastic people. Yasho was right in saying “when you run with others, it gives you wings”.

As per my Nike sportband, the distance was 5.8 km, time taken – 35:44 minutes, and a mere 312 calories burnt. So sad… that just about takes care of the banana I ate before starting the run.

My legs are kind of cramped today, but a workout at the gym this evening helped. Luckily my knees don’t hurt, so I should be good to go for the next run scheduled on the coming Wednesday!

So far, so good! There’s a huge sense of freedom in running. I love it!

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  • Anuja
  • February 3, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Thanks Kulwant, you were part of the motivation to attempt the run, not that 5km was a big deal really... the challenge is yet to happen and I'm training for it as well.

  • Kulwant uk
  • February 3, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Well done girl! I'm impressed, hope you go all the way to 26.2 miles, if you do I'll come to support you!!

  • Atul Gupta
  • February 3, 2010 at 9:31 AM

I know how much you wanted to do this. I also know that you were a little unsure about being able to manage it so well. I'm really happy for you for finally doing it.

All the best for your training for the 21 KM half-marathon in Delhi in Nov 2010.

Proud of you.

  • Anuja
  • February 18, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Thanks Gayatri... that meant a lot !

  • Gayatri Rajwade
  • February 11, 2010 at 11:24 AM

My dearest Anuja..How very very proud I am of you, in fact of all of you who ran the marathon. How I wish I could have been there. What I so admire about you is your goal-driven grit. Wish I could emulate this :).
I also got a chance to see your blog today. This has me feeling prouder still--so here I am, goosebumps and all and feeling how lucky I am to have a friend quite as talented as you. I have read all the pieces and your write incredibly well. They are so fiercely you that I can almost see you standing in front of me telling me these things..Is that not what a blog is supposed to do, speak individually to each one of us who reads it?!
Kudos Anuja..

  • Yasho
  • February 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM

hey. good to read this. 21k coming up soon at a HM near you....

  • Divya Vashisht
  • February 3, 2010 at 11:30 AM

I also participated and some how managed to complete 5km run.
Its quite tough to run continuously 5kms.
So i mixed running and walking but managed to complete in 33 mins approx.

  • Gurinder Kaur
  • February 3, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Missed it :(

  • Manoj Kandwal
  • February 3, 2010 at 10:07 AM

35:44 minutes for 5.8 kms not a bad timing... :-)

  • Priyanka
  • February 2, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Congratulations...We are very proud of you and am sure that you will be all ready for the Delhi marathon. Rest assured, we will all be there to cheer you..

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