Monday Mar 19, 2007

Chicago Marathon 2005 Pics

I had trained for Chicago Marathon 2 years back as part of raising funds for Team Asha. I am not a runner and the intention was to push myself outside my usual comfort zone. 

I was carrying a film camera and clicked a picture at every mile to document the run. As I said, I am not a runner and I needed proof for the bragging rights. Imagine my disappointment when I thought I had lost the camera on the way back home.

Recently I found the camera and got the pictures developed. Time has eaten away most of the pictures and I am left with 5 grainy ones.
The thing that stood out for me on that particular day was

  1. Chicago was freezing in October and we had to line up at the starting line at 6:00 am in shorts and everyone was shivering in the cold.
  2. The enormity of the crowd at the starting line was something I was unprepared for. It reminded of the VT station in Bombay, except everyone here was headed in the same direction. The air was pregnant with anticipation. Have a look at the starting line, the line starts at the buildings 
  3. Mile 2 picture is of a better quality. This is where my tendonitis injury showed up.

By mile 17, I was totally famished; my tendonitis had been hurting badly for 15 miles and everything was doom and gloom. This was the ideal place to see my family (parents and wife) , friends and a muffin. My parents had flown in from Kuala Lumpur to cheer me. Sebonti and Sudeepto who drove from Detroit to cheer me - I met them directly at mile 17 after 3 years - good reunion. My thoughts moved from doom and gloom to "its just 9 more miles lets wrap it up". I actually laughed out loud at that thought - this is what good training does to you. Here I was - somebody who had never run 500 metres before, six months after training I was telling myself to wrap it up - just 9 more miles to go. Thanks to the Asha coaches - Tony Fong and Rajeev Char and Rajeev Patel!

 

Another thing that stands out in memory was that mile 10 - I could hardly run as my tendonitis pain was getting bad to worse. I was feeling sorry for myself. At that moment, a man with no legs, prosthetics starting below the knees overtook me - I was humbled and told myself to shut the f up and keep running. He was inspiring!!! 

That was a good day - the sense of accomplishment was invigorating. I think,  I need to pick up running again.

 


 

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