The Merit In Running Together – Happiness #Barathon

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Running Together

Ok! Amidst the kids and other family commitments over the weekend this Bar-A-Thon is turning out be quite a struggle for me. Almost like my first Marathon! Nevertheless, here I am with the fourth post of the seven post series where I am sharing my experiences from the two Half Marathons that I ran last season, and it’s been an amazing journey so far. This is my attempt to draw some analogies from my experience and see how one can use them to live a happier life. Hope you find these life lessons useful.

To Bring More Happiness Into My Life

So here are the seven relevant lessons that I have been able to derive from my Marathon running experiences, for a happier Me.

  1. Endurance
  2. Plan Your Energy Expenditure
  3. Be Better Than Yourself
  4. Run Together
  5. Cheer For Others
  6. Don’t Give Up
  7. Practice Discipline

How Running Together Made A Difference

I have shared with you how I struggled to the finishing line during my first Marathon. But to my shock, my dear husband was struggling even more. While I was hardly jogging my way through, he was able to catch up with me only half way through. He was on the verge of giving up now. But I held his hand and led him ahead.

Now this may sound extremely romantic, but the panting couple struggling with every step they took ahead wasn’t too pretty a scene then. There was a point when the husband dear was sure that he couldn’t move any further, yet encouraged me to go ahead. That made me more adamant and I literally pushed him ahead of me. It was only when we reached our 8 km, when he assured me that I should run faster to be able to make it in time and be eligible for the finishers’ medal. He promised that he would finish the distance. And finished he did! 7 minutes behind me, yet within the maximum time stipulated to be eligible for the medal.

In the second race, we were a group of cousins running together. I didn’t have to worry about the husband, as his cousins were there to push his butt. So one of the other cousins and I decided to go a little faster. I had trained to some extent in the last 15 days, so was in a better position stamina wise. Both of us, timed our marathon and broke it into segments of one kilometer each. We maintained a timing of 8-9 minutes per kilometer while we walked and jogged out way through. It was a lot more easier this time, with both of us encouraging each other to persevere through the first 8 km. It was only in the last 2 kms I insisted that she run ahead of me to better her last clocked time. We finished the race 2 minutes apart. I had better my timing by 10 minutes.

What Running Together Taught Me

  1. The first time around, I was the one leading my husband, while in the second one I looked upto my cousin to lead me ahead, and help me better myself.
  2. In real life too, sometimes you will be expected to play the role of the motivator and make a positive impact on others
  3. And the other times, there will be someone else to lead you through the challenges. The bottom line is, that you evolve in the process either ways.
  4. And ofcourse, running together is fun. Journey becomes much more endurable.
  5. And then there are those regular yet very important benefits that come accrued with working in a team. The ones that we’ve been learning since eons. But the one that I emphasize most on is making bonds for life and creating memories to live by.

This post is participating in the 15 day Bar-A-Thon Challenge with Blog-A-Rythm

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akshata July 10, 2018 at 10:22 am

Wonderful to have a strong bond and a team which eggs one on and at times when they are in the dumps, you pull them up and get going.. wonderful lessons from your marathons

Rohan Kachalia July 10, 2018 at 3:57 pm

Exercising is one thing that I am planning to take it seriously and this post has pumped me to include running and even take my better half for the fun and lovely memories.

Geethica Mehra July 11, 2018 at 4:44 pm

I totally agree that when you run together with others there’s a lot to learn and the other times to teach.

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