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(DAY 149) Unforeseen Outcome - Running in 2023

· 3 min read
Gaurav Parashar

As 2023 unfolds, I find myself reflecting on the unexpected turn my life took this year. Little did I know that a seemingly simple frustration of not finding a swimming pool in Jaipur would lead me to an incredible running journey. Today, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for stumbling upon this newfound passion and share my running summary for the year so far.

Discovering Running: A Stroke of Luck

Having been an avid swimmer for around an year, moving to Jaipur felt like a breath of fresh air, except for one thing – the unavailability of a nearby swimming pool. As I searched high and low, my desire to stay active and healthy was at odds with the limitations I faced. However, life often has a way of guiding us towards unexplored territories.

One fine morning, a close friend suggested I give running a try, and little did I know that this single piece of advice would alter the course of my fitness journey. I started running out of the blue, unaware that it would soon become a source of joy, accomplishment, and self-discovery.

120km running in 2023

I started running from February 2023, and I took me 98 sessions to complete 150km.

Number of Sessions22
Total Run Distance (km)121.16
Total Run Time (hours)14:08:22
Avg Run Distance per session5.51
Avg Run Time per session0:38:34
Run Time per km0:07:00

The Aftermath: Embracing Flexibility and Mobility

As a runner, I have learned that the journey doesn't end with the last step of a run. The key to sustained progress lies in maintaining flexibility and mobility. Stretching has become an integral part of my post-run routine, and its impact on my overall well-being has been remarkable. Not only has it prevented injuries, but it has also kept my body agile, ready to tackle new challenges each day.

Gratitude: A Journey of Unexpected Blessings

Looking back, I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. What started as a simple quest to find a swimming pool in Jaipur turned into an extraordinary journey of self-discovery through running. Along the way, I have found camaraderie, joy, and an unyielding spirit to keep pushing my boundaries.

I am grateful for the opportunity to explore this new path, for the friendships forged, and for the chance to witness the beauty of Jaipur from a different perspective. The joy of running has seeped into every aspect of my life, infusing it with newfound energy and positivity.

As the year continues, I am excited to see where my running journey takes me. Each day, I look forward to lacing up my running shoes, hitting the pavement, and embracing the thrill of the unknown. For anyone hesitant about trying something new, take it from me – life has a way of presenting us with opportunities beyond our wildest dreams. Embrace them with open arms, and you might just discover a world of untapped potential and happiness.

From non-runner to 120km in 2023! From non-runner to 120km in 2023!