What have YOU achieved in the last 3 days?
And yes, indeed, what have I achieved in the last 3 days?
My answer to that question goes something like this, “Oh, you know, a bit of this, bit of that. Planned to do x, but ran out of time…thought about doing y but never got around to it…wasted time doing…planned to…never finished…”
Meanwhile, over in Ahmedabad, our very own Marathon man, Piyush-ji, has run 2 more marathons. 2 marathons in 3 days.
I shared his amazing story
with you on Thursday, at which point he had run 48 marathons since April 1st.
Now make that 50 marathons. In 75 days.
I thought a lot about this amazing man as I battle with tiredness and the heat here in Delhi, as I work my way through our friendly online challenge
to run for 100 days. If I’m pathetically tired after running piddly short distances every day, how on earth does Piyush keep going day after day after day, running back-to-back marathons?
So I tackled him again, poor fellow, trying to winkle out some more of his secrets from him. At this rate, he will probably soon block my emails, thinking I’m a creepy online stalker or something.
But here’s the thing with Piyush (whom I have never met, I hasten to add) – he is so totally modest and low key, that he makes the whole business of running marathon after marathon after marathon sound so simple and easy and uncomplicated.
Here, read my latest email Q & A below, and you’ll see what I mean.
Seriously, have you ever met anyone so unassuming and casual about such physical prowess?
Christine: Please tell us how much you eat! Doesn’t it require vast amounts of food to fuel so much intensive running?
Piyush: I only eat our Gujarati food. It is home product.
C: How long before a run do you eat?
P: I eat at night time & in the morning I have cup of tea and 60ml Aloe vera gel drink. Not eating any thing.
C: Do you eat snacks or gels while you are running your marathons? Or do you not get hungry?
P: Never eat snacks or gels.
C: What do you drink while running? Just water or energy drinks? How much?
P: Yes I drink only normal water.
C: Do you listen to music while running?
P: No!!! Running gives me time for great meditation. 6hrs worth.
C: No aches and pains? No stiffness after so much running?
P: No pains & I run every time👍
I am as lost in admiration as ever.
I am gearing my self up, mentally and physically, to run my first ever marathon. In 2016.
So months and months in advance, I bought those specialised running gels in London. I even bought a specially designed belt to carry said special gels on the go. I also bought a backpack-thingy to be able to drink on the go. Gadgets maketh the woman.
And here is this amazingly modest man running 50 marathons in 75 days, eating very little, sleeping very little, no gels, no motivational playlists, none of the hoopla.
Typically, in his laconic Facebook post this morning, that he had just run his 50th marathon, Piyush thanks the runners who had joined him to celebrate this milestone :
“I was feeling really strong today and thanks to all the runners of Ahmedabad coming out in large numbers to support my run.”
Here are some of these supporters (Piyush is in the orange T, to the right in both photos).
And apologies, unknown photographer, for swiping your pictures!
And…yes, yes…Having seen this photo, I am already planning my next blog post about running in a mask against pollution.
More on that anon.
In the meantime it’s “shabash” to an amazing man who needs no sleep and runs on water and simple food.