This is a difficult question to answer, and I have never been able to reply to this question.
Well at the outset let me clarify, I do not run a marathon (distance 42.1km) but run half the distance (21.04). The word Marathon is so abused that 3km runs are called Marathon. It is almost used as a synonym for running. Running is very different from sprinting – which is what small runs like up to 10 km are run.
Coming to why I run? The most honest answer is ‘I do not know’. I guess when a person reaches about 40 years of age he/she realises that life is now not going to change much. You have by and large done your bit. Those who wanted to reach the corner office have reached or by now they know that they cannot reach. Now is the time when they need to do something to keep their MIND occupied. The body remaining healthy, etc. follows from the MIND wanting some activity. This is a nice activity to keep busy.
So our 40 year old goes to the gym and finds out that doing a 450 lb leg press or a 400 lb lift are not exactly what he can do or wishes to do. He realises THAT HE CANNOT DO THIS without the risk of a slip disc. Now no good trainer wants to be blamed for a slipped disc of an old man, does he?
So having ruled out these heavy weights, he turns to badminton / tennis. Here he realises that not too many people want to play with him. Sad but true.
That leaves him open to single sport like running, cycling, and swimming.
Ha! he has the money to buy equipment so he goes and collects cycles, helmets, shoes, visors, tee shirts, blazers, shots, shades, sun glasses, water bottles, water containers, …etc. and gets head on into swimming and running.
In my case I did none of these things. In fact I am too lazy to collect my medals at the runs that I participate…so even in case of Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, I did not collect the ‘Finisher’s Medal’ – and I am sure SCMM has about a few dozen medals – of people too lazy to collect it!
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