By: Aaditya Saharan
In 2019, if you were to ask me if I wanted to do another half marathon next year, my answer would 100% be a yes. With all the excitement, anxiety, and a big audience, completing the Princeton half marathon was one of the most rewarding things that I’ve ever done in my life. Now, amid an unexpected pandemic, my thoughts have changed.
Before doing the marathon, there was a small part of me that didn’t feel confident in myself finishing it. And this was understandable, as I speak for a lot of people when I say that you lose a lot of motivation to do any type of competitive sport without a team or audience being by your side. And as a result of this, when I was training, I found myself almost quitting due to a lack of interest.
On the morning of December 12th, I set out to run my 2nd half marathon. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, and I was all rested and amped up to run this race all by myself. At 9 A.M., I started the race, my heart racing as I confidently finished the 1st half of the marathon. Unfortunately, the 2nd half of the marathon was completely different. I started to lose interest in running in the same environment. My legs started to become sorer and sorer, and I experienced a bad cramp. By the 10th mile, I was absolutely gassed and was on the verge of giving up. Luckily for me, my parents and siblings outside motivating me to keep going. And with this much needed motivation, I was able to finish the half marathon with ease.
Despite all the injuries I had to bear throughout this difficult run, I think that it was a great experience that was rewarding. Doing this helped me to boost my morale during some dark times, and I would do another half marathon in the future.