26th January is celebrated as the Republic Day in India, as this was the day in 1950 when India’s Constitution came into power. Coincidentally it was on the last Sunday of the month this year and a group of runners in Pune (my current city of residence) that goes by the name of “Pune Running” organize a half-marathon every month on it’s last Sunday. I found out about it just a week before the event and decided to take part in it. It was a perfect event for me as I have been practicing for running marathons in the past few months and I even did a 21km run in December on an easy pace.
I wanted to promote FitnessFreak.co during the event as I was really very excited about running my first half marathon, I am so happy that I am actually able to run such a long distance compared to the fact that I could barely run for 2-3 minutes continuously and had to walk to catch my breathe just a few years ago!
I discussed the possibilities with my friends and family, and there were all kinds of ideas like a printed t-shirt to using fabric paint for writing on the ClimaCool 100% polyester t-shirt from Adidas which I had decided to wear as I found it perfect for running.
It was the evening of 25th January, I had to sleep in an hour to get adequate sleep for my run, and there wasn’t still anything ready to promote my website, finally I thought that I could attach something like the way people attach their race bibs, using safety pins! My mother’s idea and work on it helped me a lot, and here are the two piece of cloth we created using permanent marker:
We created two pieces of cloth with the exact same text, one for the front and one for the rear. I wrote my name on it because I had read on a blog that I follow, of Roni (http://ronisweigh.com/2009/10/im-a-marathoner.html) that it’s really important to have your name on your clothing, as people will be able to cheer you up by calling your name and that definitely boosts you up much more than simple cheers!
The next day, I reached just 5 minutes before the race at the venue and thus was rushing to get my bib, hence, there aren’t any pre-race pics, this is the first pic of mine, after I had completed around 10km, captured by my cousin for me who was doing the 5k with her friends after she got inspired to run on seeing my progress!
A selfie that I clicked on my smartphone while running the last few kilometers:
Here’s a picture of me at the photo spot at the finish line:
They also sent me the certificate of completion via email: