Running is a healthy addiction

Running is a healthy addiction

Geneva 2017 Half Marathon started at 8.30 on a cool and rainy Sunday morning of 7 May. At 7 km rain stopped and every one took off their rain-vests or plastic wraps and the fun increased. I was fit but I had not trained to run this race. Nevertheless, finding it difficult to beat the running addiction I registered at the last moment. I crossed the finish line just 2 minutes slower than last year but without stopping.

Only those who run can truly imagine my contentment.

Never too late to run?

I learnt to run in the Nairobi Teachers Training College (1955-56) under the guidance of our physical training professor, McNiel. It is not because I was born in Eldoret, the centre of famous long-distance runners, that I never completely gave up running. But I never ran longer than one mile. It is well known that competitive running is absent in the Indian culture especially among yoga fans. Against the advice of my learned Indian friends I took up running longer distances when I retired; participating in organized races starting with 7 km and gradually increasing to half marathon, 21.1 km. A month before celebrating my 80th I ran the annual 7.25 km my 20th year. The officially taken photograph arrived today, a good reminder to me not to stop.