This is a guest post from the charming, talented & newly-wed Kathakoli Dasgupta.
Katha has just finished 200 days of daily running which, as she shares below, included running through international travel, hectic work schedules and family medical issues.
What she sweetly omits is that she also found time to run on her wedding day.
Here she is, the glowing bride-to-be, out for a pre-wedding run:
Anyway, let’s now hand the blog over to Katha.
In her own words.
This Blog was to happen yesterday.
I had thought it all out in my mind–the celebratory tone, the pictures to go with it–everything.
I knew it wasn’t a coincidence that my last day at Prevention magazine – the one that gave me running and all things beautiful it has brought in my life- was also the landmark 200th day, when I intended to stop the streak runner in me. (I had challenged myself with an-at least 2-miles-a-day run daily, no matter what.)
But cross checking the ticks on my calendar revealed a big goof up. I was one day short.
It was day 199! Bummer!
A little disappointed, the mind raked here and drilled there to find some big picture meaning in it as a consolation.
What it found instead was motivation to keep going.
When I woke up this morning and didn’t have an office to get ready for, the thought of running made me look forward to the day, honestly.
Would I have been as excited if it weren’t a milestone running day? Yes, I would.
Will I run again tomorrow? I will.
Will I continue to run every day–come rain, shine, frost, work deadlines, flu, diarrhoea, travel, late nights, family responsibilities, social commitments, bizarre hurdles? I am not sure.
But one thing I know, I will take out time for some form of physical activity daily.
That’s what these 200 days of dedication has taught me.
If you make up your mind, you can steal time out of the most crammed schedule.
I have run carrying shopping bags on days I was having guests over. I have run while waiting for the tailor to give finishing touches to my wedding outfit. I have woken up at 4 am to run before catching a flight. I have run at midnight after a 13 hour work shift. I have run while my dad was in the OT having his cataract removed…
I can’t, I won’t give up running. I owe it to myself. I owe it to every happiness running has brought in my life. And I owe it to every person who inspires me to get out there and run, run, run…
Thank you SO much Katha, and good luck with your new life in England. We look forward to all your running photos from your new home.
And, yes, of course – well done on your #200daysofrunning.