A few years ago, Ankur used to run the half marathon – been there, done that… he has no desire to join the runners’ clan again. I have never been able to do it till date, but it is on my bucketlist. I am confused whether the maiden attempt should be in Mumbai, making me feel at home, or maybe a city that excites me! Here are five cities that I have shortlisted for the task:
Ankur has spent a few months in Amsterdam in the past. The first time I walked the streets of this city was in March 2015. I was mesmerised by the architecture and the canals. But what caught my fancy was the number of cycles on the road. Everyone seems to be riding a bicycle…to work, to a restaurant, to the library… to almost anywhere and everywhere! Understandably, it is as flat as a pancake… Seems ideal for a newbie to run, doesn’t it?
I have met animal lovers who are runners and it surprises me that no one has ever heard of the Limpopo Big Five marathon. The run is held through the Entabeni Game Reserve between Johannesburg and Kruger National Park. The run let’s the participants be one with the wild… running through a terrain with zebras, giraffes and antelopes around. A stretch passes through the lion territory as well, which sure does give me jitters. While I would love to run this marathon, I am not sure if Ankur will let me venture into the wild on foot!
Home sweet home! I can crib to eternity about the weather… the heat and the humidity. I can detest the pack of cleanliness in pockets. I can find a million things wrong with the city. Yet, it will still be the city I have been living in for the past decade. It is home! There is a comfort associated with being at home, which is unmatched. There is a solace experienced when little kids cheer you in your very own language. It’s the encouragement that pushes a lot of runners across the finish line, regardless of physical strength. Maybe I should just start running in Mumbai… the destination for my maiden marathon.
Are you a marathon runner? Would you want to want add any cities to this list?