The Ranipet Marathon ULTRA Run 2022, organized by the Jollyboys team, is an event that promotes the integration of running into one’s lifestyle and encourages individuals to explore the world on foot. Not only is running a great form of exercise, it also serves as a platform for socialization and stress relief. The ease and enjoyment of running make it accessible to all, regardless of prior experience.
Personally, I have always had a passion for running, starting from my childhood where I would participate in short runs and outdoor sports. As I grew older, my love for running only intensified and I challenged myself to run longer distances. I trained for and successfully completed 10km runs at various events for over five years. This year, I set my sights on a new goal and trained for a half marathon, which I completed at the Bangalore Marathon. This experience instilled in me the confidence to push myself further and participate in the 25km Ultra Run at the Ranipet Marathon.
On the day of the event, I set off with determination and confidence. At the halfway point, I found myself struggling to find a pacing partner but pushed on. I encountered another runner who was having a difficult time and I slowed my pace to assist him. Unfortunately, he had to drop out due to cramping, but I continued on. As I approached the 22km mark, I began to feel the strain in my heels and thighs but the thought of quitting never crossed my mind. I took a short break, replenished myself with glucose water and pushed through the last 2km. The finish line was in sight and I sprinted to cross it.
The Ranipet Marathon ULTRA Run 2022 was a challenging yet rewarding experience that taught me the importance of perseverance and the camaraderie of fellow runners. The most important thing is to aim to finish and not to quit.