• Indranil Mitra

3 Down, Many More to Go

That's not just the pace chart, but an accurate representation of my mood while running this year's TCS NYC Marathon. It was miserable. Forget that it was my slowest marathon ever - I actually don't care about that and I will explain why shortly - but it was a painful day. I legitimately don't remember most of the race. I just tuned everything out and forced myself to finish.

For whatever reason, I started cramping around 4 miles in. Wasn't the fueling, or water intake. That was all normal. Might have been a touch colder and a later start than normal, but not drastically so. Regardless, my legs felt heavy right from the start and I knew something was wrong. But once the cramps started (felt like my calves were changing location on my body), I for the first time ever was unsure if I would be able to finish. I had to push for another 22.2 miles using a ridiculous run-walk cadence of 3 minutes of running, and 2 minutes of walking. For nearly 4 hours. I did NOT want to do it.

But I did. I finished. I got the shiny 50th anniversary finisher's medal. I proved to myself that no matter what, I will not give up and I will finish. Prior to the race, I 'knew' I would finish no matter what. Now I really know that it's true. Unless my leg falls off, I'm going to do whatever it takes to make it to the end. So that's why I don't care about the time or how it felt. That's why I'm actually happy now.

I am able to take a disaster of a race, and immediately reframed it into:

  1. I will never not finish.

  2. I am excited to do this again.

  3. I am ready to start training hard in 2 weeks.

The hardest part is actually that I'm immediately antsy. Rather than discouraged, I'm excited to get back out there and start again. Take the training seriously. Become a better runner. Push to cut my times down year after year until I'm sub-3 at every major. I know how hard that's going to be for me - but I'm willing to put in the work.

See you next year, NYC Marathon. And the year after that, and the one after that, and so on.

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