When: Oct 7, 2007
Where: Chicago, IL
I am sure many of you would have heard the word Marathon and know what it means. I just had completed my first, last Sunday. I ran 26.2 miles (or 42.195 km) in the heart of Chicago city with 45000 other runners. It was amazing to see so many people running. And it's not because they were running for a prize since many of us would not even be close to the record holders in a lifetime. While people have various reasons, one theme seems common. Running is good for health, be it cancer, diabetes or myriads of other diseases. I ran it because I wanted to be fit and lose those extra pounds of flesh that build up with every passing year. What is good about marathon is that it needs a long practice. You cannot just decided to run the marathon one day and be done with it the next day. You have to slowly build up that distance. It took me more than 6 months and more than 500 miles of practice to just prepare for it. Just completing the marathon is in itself an accomplishment. It is not a competition with others but rather the one with yourself. And the good thing is that once you do one, you would want to do more. I can go on and on, but before that, let me hear from those of you who have run a marathon or planning to run one.