Since I did the Shimla Tuffman on 10 June, things have been slow. I could not find the motivation to get out of bed to do the long ones. What kept me going was the GP runners group and squash.

It made me think about my running a bit and I realized that I like running because it gives me time to think and to be alone and to explore. I have neglected these aspects as I am running mostly in groups nowadays.

So on Saturday, I set out alone without knowing where I am going to go. I just knew I wanted to do about 20k. This is what happened:

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Looks like the head of a vulture. What do you think?

The most delightful part was to run through the Japanese garden. I thought I knew Chandigarh quite well, but I have never been there. For those of you in Chandigarh, go and visit it in Sector 31. They also have a huge Indian flag there now. Coming back I followed the green belt through sector 46 and 49. Fun. This was the exploring part.

I passed other runners, but none that I knew except Kamal who always seems to turn up at some point. This time he was on his bicycle. It was just me and the road and my ever present Friend. For an introvert, being alone is part of the fun. (I must qualify that I like running with others as well since I need social interaction, but there must be balance.)

And finally, I had two hours to think. My thoughts go where they want to. But somehow through all the randomness, clarity transpires. Clarity about the priority of my relationships. (Putting God first by giving Him enough of my time and attention, plans for loving my wife and children) Clarity about my running. (It may be time to focus more on speed) And then there is the peace that follows.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (The words of Jesus Christ as quoted in the Bible John. 14:27)

This morning I went for the promo-run of the Punjab half marathon. And somehow this more social aspect of running was more meaningful because of yesterday’s solo run.

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Keep running

Stephan

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