Remind yourself of what you want to be and then go be it.
It will not be easy. It will hurt. It will take time. It will require dedication and willpower. You will need to make healthy choices. It requires sacrifice. You will need to push your body to its max. There will be temptation. You may get distracted.
But, I PROMISE you, when you will reach your goal, IT’LL BE WORTH IT!
P.S. Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. Use it with intention.
I was able to clock a sub 1:50 Half Marathon in 2016 and that was after running 8 Half-Marathons in 12 years since 2004. The difference between sub 1:50 HM attempt vs all those years from 2004-2015 is that I only trained for it in 2015.
I never really ran as much as I run today, and it was a couple of short runs prior to race day. My yearly mileage was less than 30 kms per year back then and it was the Mumbai Half-Marathon where I covered the maximum distance.
Running a Mumbai Marathon was a ritual, but then in mid 2014 after not being able to register for Mumbai Marathon 2015 (I did not have a timing certificate), I realised that I am spending too much time in the gym with all the weight training and stuff, I was Strong and Fit (for sure) but I was not seeing any improvement in my running speed and endurance. I always knew that progression beats perfection, and after doing some speed drills and running tests, I had to have a plan to improve my overall running performance. You can say, that’s when I actually got into running.
I am super thankful to my wife , I got disciplined only after I got married. 🤗😘
It all started with Goal-Setting and I promised to myself that I’ll attempt a Full Marathon only when I can clock a sub 1:50 Half Marathon (my last best being 2:05). I worked on an Annual Running plan in 2015 with a goal of achieving a sub 1:50 HM in Jan, 2016. I was sincere and focused on my goals. I clocked a 1:48:21 in Mumbai Marathon, 2016 and that’s how I crushed my first ever running goal. 😃😃😃
Later that year in June I registered for my first Full Marathon in 2017. Since then I have been consistent, taking small steps each day, striving for progress and celebrating every time I cross a checkpoint. It could be a tiny step, a sub-goal or a Marathon.
Raah has been Running ever since. 🏃🏻♂️
So, just pull your shit together and go for a run.
P.S. Don’t forget to celebrate every tiny victory. 🤗 #RunwithRaah 🏃🏻♂️
“We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
I strongly believe that Consistency is the key to Success. No matter what people say, that change is the only thing that’s constant, but I can agree to disagree.
To me, if you are consistent with what you do; nothing changes really. Even if it did, It can only get better. Now, it all comes down to “what you do”.
If you are consistently following a healthy lifestyle, you will never need a transformation. If you are not there yet, it is never too late to start. (Remember, I am with you) 😃
Don’t just blindly follow a diet that worked for someone else, or workout out of the blue by watching someone else do it. Everyone who inspires you in some or the other way has their own story to tell, they have been doing things consistently for a long time and for that reason it has really worked for them. There is no quick fix or shortcut to a healthy lifestyle.
It took me a while to understand what works for me. Most important is to do what you love to do. You can’t just start running because Run with Raah says running does wonders. You can try it, but, you will do it only if you “like it” – not because it worked for me or anyone else.
Again, the only way you’ll be consistent at something is if you “Do Everything YOU Love”. Understand what you can or want to do, there are tons of ways by which you can lead a healthy lifestyle. It will then become a habit and will stay with you for life. Like it did for me. 🤗