When having a chat with a friend of mine about cycling and running, I got to know about Arun Bharadwaj. He is a marathon runner from New Delhi and has many accolades. His achievements are simply spectacular. Her are few words from him (copied from his blog)
Why do I run
“Some individuals dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.” “You don’t have to be a runner to appreciate it when someone goes beyond the limits. And when someone runs a hundred or a thousand miles one doesn’t have to be a genius to see that the entire human potential has just been expanded. Such examples give people hope and inspiration to change themselves, to be better, and to expect and strive for something higher, something beyond them. Perhaps, they think, if those guys can run a hundred miles then I can do something worthwhile, I can do something good. The world changes more by deeds then by words.” – Tarak Kauff
I chose perform ultramarathons myself to show my fellow Indians, especially to the younger ones, that all is possible to a willing heart.
I want to show my fellow Indians, mainly to youth, how an ordinary man can conquer pain, ignore the intolerable screaming of muscles and nerves from a physical body being pushed to the limits and controlling it through his mind every inch of the way. It will be a teaching to them that anyone can put into practice the art of self understanding, self discipline of body and mind, becoming the master of every thought to shape our destiny, mould character and reach the ultimate pinnacle of success.
I am an ordinary man, a simple clerk, a father of three children, cannot afford good food for my training, have no coaching and no training partner, not have a single person to whom I could even talk about it. But even after that I am making new benchmarks. If I can do it, why not others. I want to make them feel that the only thing needed is discipline & determination. I do think that my achievements will be a great inspiration for many people, be they runners or not. Everybody must have something that they would like to do, just as I want to Run. My achievements will tell them : Don’t make excuses of lack of favourable conditions or someone doesn’t want you to – overcome it, go and do it. I want to show them that it is worth pursuing your interests in life whatever that might be, to pursue it whether you will be best or just ordinary, do your best at what you are doing. Give it all you have got. If it is your studies, study properly, if you are interested in a particular line of work pursue it with all your might. If you feel it is right for you, you must go ahead and do it.
An old proverb: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” So take it. You would not be successful if you make excuses; you are lazy, reluctant, dishonest, dull or indifferent.
I wish I pick up steam after having read Arun’s achievements.