My Reasons to Run

reasons to run

I started running when I was small(I don’t know how small) with my parents running behind to protect me from getting hurt. They, then, used to catch me soon. It became my reason to run i.e to play catch. As I grew older I started running faster. It became difficult to catch up with me because they grew older. I also ran from my elder brother who always managed to find chores for me to do.

I ran a lot in school. I was the star player of school Hockey team. I was the ‘left half’. I played in this position because firstly, there was nobody in the entire school who could play that position and secondly, a half is a player in the whole team who runs the most. I also played a lot of football.

After school, I joined National Defence Academy aka NDA. For joining NDA, I ran to reduce my weight to their acceptable range. I was off running and sports for a couple of ears before that, hence the weight gain. I ran with my best friend tagging along on a motor bike shouting profanities whenever I slowed down.

On reaching this premier military institution, there was no end to running. We ran throughout the day and night. We ran –

–  Before morning muster.

–  During Physical Training(PT) classes.

–  During Drill classes

–  Before breakfast to reach Mess.

–  After breakfast to reach classes.

–  During the break of classes to reach the next class or getting caught by a punishment junkie senior.

–  Before lunch to reach Mess.

–  After lunch if caught by a senior outside Mess. They helped us digesting the food.

–  Before cross country practice and during it, of course.

–  Before dinner to reach Mess.

–  After dinner to change into running gear for a night running practice.

NDA gave ample reasons to run apart from the above options. There used to be numerous punishments run of varying distances from 2.4 km to 5 km to 8 km to 25 km. And all of it in battle load.


In NDA, I ran a lot. I loved running and hardly got injured. I was fit with a 28 inch waist. I, then, graduated to Indian Military Academy aka IMA. There also I ran a lot but not as much as in NDA. However, the situations and conditions were same as that of NDA.

When I became an officer, I kept running but also was getting injured. I got a number of injuries like achilles tendonitis, groin strain, broke ankle while playing basketball, bruised ribs while playing football and some more taht I can’t remember.

My lifestyle took a drastic turn. I took up smoking and drinking, slept poorly, ate unhealthily, though my love for running kept intact. I ran inspite of being a heavy smoker.

In 2012, I decided to clean up my act after I was diagnosed with Sensoneural Hearing Loss(Bilateral). That means I am almost deaf wfrom one ear and severe high frequency loss in the other. I looked back on my life and thought enough of this bullshit. I stopped smoking, cut down my drinking and started running marathons.

I keep wondering sometimes as to why do I run but do not seem to get an answer. Now I am happily married for last 5 years and have a 3 year old son. But I am still running to be content, I guess, getting injured now and then and started blogging about it and am enjoying it.

What’s your story? How and when did you start running or exercising? What motivated you? Do you want to share your experiences with the world? If yes, then send your story to me.

Till then stay fit and keep running.

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Author: Neel

I am Neel and the creator of borN. I am an ultra marathoner, scuba diver, adventurer, writer and father of an extremely active child.

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