According to me, the most enduring and (I daresay) the greatest physical feat that mankind does is the Marathon !!.. Having read Lance Armstrong’s autobiography, I acknowledge that cycling (in the Alps in cold, windy and rainy conditions) does come close. But still, I have always admired the gritty Marathoners and have wondered as to how anyone can actually run 42km (that is more than the distance between Churchgate and Borivali, between which most of the local trains ply). The maximum I have ever managed to run at a stretch is about 2km !! J. So it has always been my dream to actually experience the marathon and see what drives these athletes to the limits of human endurance !!
For the past 5 years, the Mumbai Marathon has provided the citizens of Mumbai with a platform to take part and experience the Marathon. Since 2005, I have always wanted to be a part of the Mumbai Marathon but something or the other always prevented it. So when the Mumbai Marathon 2007 came along, I decided not to miss it at any cost, even though I was just back from a 3 week post-marriage vacation and it was more than a month since I saw the gym!! Nevertheless, with all this (and without the whole-hearted approval of my wife J), I finally landed at Azad Maidan at 6 am in the morning of 21 January 2007, proud of the fact that I atleast managed to show up for the big event (as an official participant with a bib no. on my back)…
Keeping watching this space for what actually happened….