11th may 2011- One of my toughest runs ever- running in almost 80 percent humidity at 30 degrees it was like being in a torture chamber, only this is self inflicted.
Thanks to a very determined Nimisha I had originally planned to run 21km today- to celebrate my 2 week vacation. Fortunately Savio shot down the idea and advised us to only do the circuit – a 13. 5 km route which includes the uphill walkeshwar road.
I thought it will be a breeze. 13.5 Instead of 21!
And we were off. After the initial 6k I struggled uphill ……onwards…….The in between 6-10 km were my worst. Thoughts of giving up filled my head- constantly hounding me to head home and not return to nariman point to finish the run.
As I battled my mind- I wondered about the vagaries of nature. Can man stand up to nature in any way?
With great encouragement from Vishal and Nimisha I reached marine drive. Then I completely gave up and walked for 2 minutes, ran for 2. This went on until at churchgate I found my rhythm and cruised along until I sprinted the last 500 m towards the finish.
Upon completion I wondered why I found it so grueling in the middle. The distance wasn’t so much and I have been running. So it wasn’t out of the blue either.
It was a case of mind over matter and today my mind lost.
To blame I have only the weather……
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.
JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost