written by Soha Sheth Moitra, BootCamp YELLOW Athlete on Sep 29, 2018 in RUNNING
Notion of fitness as I was growing up and later as I started becoming many roles in life, remained largely a rigid one. It was always about losing weight. Though I was a very active child, always brimming with energy and engaged in some sport or the other. To an extent that I became an oddball when I chose to play basketball with a height of 5.1 and gymnastics too in which I also excelled. Back then I was just doing what I loved, but today many many years later as I write this note, a part of me quips that unknowingly may be but sports gave me a chance to be courageous.
And then as everyone says, life happened J. In the juggle between home to office and the manifold choices that I started making, sports and fitness both became a passé. But our human body is a big indicator and it gives us signs when things start going awry. I too started feeling uneasy looking at my low energy levels and weight gain.
As I entered my 40s, I decided to do few things which I have never done and have always thought that I won’t be able to. I wanted to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone. So my bucket list was a mixed bag and a long one. To the surprise of my 14 year old son, the list ranged from draping a saree, to swimming, trying my hands at driving and also running.
So I started with strength training at BCY and somehow I noticed a culture of running in BCY’s environment. I still remember asking Jatin ( our coach) you think I can run? I have a bunion toe. He told me to take a round of the field and said I am good to go and should join something called couch to 5k, the terms just didn’t make sense to me. I thought 5k stands for 5 thousand! And now they sound music to my ears J
I still remember how I started in winters and that too at 5.00 am! We could hardly see each other during the pre-run stretching sessions and my coach (Sree) asked each one of us whether we have ever run before and I said that I can’t run for my life… And now, I run to live a fulfilling life. And then there was no looking back.
I am discovering the true meaning of words like persistence, consistency, discipline and determination. This journey so far has been amazing. My co –runners have become like a family. Where you come from, what do you do in life turned immaterial. The conversations are about how we are managing our breathing, gait, prepare diet routines. Nobody judges anybody. We just keep encouraging each other since we all are in the same boat and value immensely the way we are all putting our best foot forward to conquer our own benchmarks for running.
This journey in more than many ways has shown me how running is a metaphor for life…how one overcomes setbacks, how one masters with perseverance; how one cannot master it to perfection but can always improve…my competitor is inside me and nowhere else. I also realized that the human body is capable of almost anything. And the most precious thing is that you begin to see potential in everyone around you.
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