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I change for a Change and I dont change for that change


20 Aug 2014 23:12:00

844 is a number which will be remembered by me till I breathe my last. This is the number of days which I have run everyday without taking a break.
I deeply regret that my Running Streak which started on 24 April 2012 ended on 15 August 2014.

It is a very painful moment to even think that I couldn't continue till 1000 days. But it is a pleasing thought that I was able to pull along for 844 days in all weather, at different times, different places, different people. I  was even able to vary my distance from a slow 2K to a Full Marathon.

How it Ended
I was very happy to run a 9 mile = 14.49 KM on Independence day 15 August 2014. It is always good to run long on occasions and holidays. I never knew the next day I would not be able to run. The next day when I got up I had weakness in my legs. I didn't bother much, because I knew it would have been because of the long run the previous day. And I was confident I can pull off a minimum of 2K the evening before 12 midnight. But when I went to the garden to run I was not able to run for even 50 meters continuously. My legs were weak.  Surprisingly I was able to walk. I thought at least I can walk. Next day the same thing happened. On 16 and 17 August I just walked for 2Kms.

On 18th August I was not even able to walk. Now that is very serious. Then I realized I am having heavy fever. The thought of having heavy fever never made my sad but the thought of not able to run even for 2KM made me cry. I cried in front of my wife. She said I need not worry. I said how can I not worry when I am not able to run. I knew in the back of my mind it would be because of weakness. I am not a guy who gives up early. This time Fever of 104 overtook me and I lost my running streak to it.

When I am so near to the goal of 1000 days of running, many negative things came to my mind. One was to fake to the world that my running streak is still on. Because no one would come to know that I didnt run for a couple of days. But the runner in me was a follower of truth. So I am here expressing myself.

What running Taught Me
The same thing every parent teaches their children, the same thing MK Gandhi taught. The most simple thing Being Truthful.And many more

Thank you
I would like to thank everyone who were supportive in my journey of running. When ever someone asks you if you know someone who can run for 844 days on a stretch without a break. You can surely and proudly tell that a friend of yours did it.

What next
I will start another running streak sooner.

With hope in my heart and deep desire to start running again after the fever.

I would like to wish everyone a happy life and happy running.

Moral:  Nothing can be most pleasing and rewarding than running.

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Pravin Says:
20 Aug 2014 at 20:56:43
Am sorry for your health and your disappointment but dude what you have achieved till date is nothing less commendable.. It needs strong will and determination which is not easy and YOU have it in you..884 days that's like more than 2 years of contionus running have earned it pal ..Be really proud for this feel and strive ahead to break the limits ..good luck and get well soon
Vivek Bhat Says:
21 Aug 2014 at 13:13:58
You may not realize. but you are an inspiration to many of your friends and close ones. I know this is not a break for you, this is a start of another beginning.
Sameer Rane Says:
21 Aug 2014 at 16:16:44
Dear Ketan,

It's not everyday in life that you get to celebrate your success..a success that has literally taken blood and sweat...844 days is truly UNBELIEVABLE... We all have had those conversations where this one friend was SO FREAKING AWESOME that he did something mind-blowing!! For me and many of your friends- you would be that guy...Freak, crazy yet AWESOME! :)

Don't mistake your success for a failure..Don't mistake this milestone for just a mile...Get better and Keep running...keep up the living streak alive!
Ketan Says:
22 Aug 2014 at 04:10:46
@Pravin: Thanks a lot buddy ...

@Vivek : Yes man this should be a start of another beginning.

@Sameer : Thanks for the kind and supportive words...

All your words means a lot
Hemlata Kukreja Says:
22 Aug 2014 at 17:46:53
Kudos to u for coming that far. I admire ur dedication towards ur goal. I am sorry that u have to leave ur this goal's journey after coming that close. But health is wealth, "Jaan hain to jahan hain". Right now pat ur back for all the hard work u did and concentrate on ur health. Once u feel ready jump back into running again with new self and high spirit. Hope u feel better soon.
hitesh mahajan Says:
25 Aug 2014 at 05:26:40
You are an inspiration for many!!! Kudos to you and your efforts!!!
Raghujetli Says:
29 Aug 2014 at 14:41:07
Proud of being your friend. Nothing more to say.
Ketan Says:
07 Oct 2014 at 13:22:16
@Hemlata : Thank you for nice words. I will surely come back stronger...

@Hitesh Mahajan : Thank you

@Raghujetli : Thanks buddy