On August 29 and 30, the city of Hyderabad saw thousands of people – young and old – participating in various long-distance races as part of Airtel Hyderabad Marathon. Professionals, amateurs, veterans, and first-timers raced against time to break records and win accolades.
Many from Team Mapmygenome participated in the 10-Km run with zeal and verve. All our team members successfully finished the run, well before time. For all team members, it was a fabulous experience. Our team members are eagerly awaiting the next long-distance run for the reasons given below.
The Thrill of Challenge
All of us love the thrill of a challenge – be it to achieve a goal, to better our records, or to win against someone. We had team members competing against each other, regular runners trying to improve their timing, and first timers who were worried about completing the run in the stipulated time. At the finish line, we had all happy faces.
Guts & Glory
Considering today’s lifestyle, a 10-Km run is not easy for many people. It takes guts to participate, some amount of consistent training, persistence when the going gets tough, strength, energy, and more. As for the glory – why do people post about their successful completion of a 10-Km run?
Typically, people start adding fitness training and diet regulations to their lifestyle 30-60 days prior to a long-distance run. There are many who switch to a healthier lifestyle after a run. Arun Kiran says, “My timing was good, but I want to see an improvement. Fitness has always been part of my schedule, but now I’ll focus on running.”
A long-distance run also gives you plenty of information regarding your health and what needs attention. One team member says, “I was an athlete in school, but now I can’t run for a few 100 meters without losing my breath. I need to find out what’s wrong.”
Weight-loss & Other Health Benefits
Running and walking everyday can help in weight-loss or inch-loss. Many of our team members are thrilled about inch-loss achieved in the month since they have started training. They are motivated to continue their workouts.
Rasika Raman, our in-house fitness guru, said, “I am not a runner, never was (more of a mat/floor person). Women who are much older than I am did brilliantly at this event. When I look at such mothers/wives, I feel that I have a long way to go. I want to tell everyone that the earlier they start a regime, the better. Five years after turning a fitness freak, the number on the weighing scale is, in fact, the least exciting part. Mentally, physically, there is this amazing freedom that comes with regularly working out. Less stressed out, more in control. You feel wonderfully at ease with your physiology, happiness and all that.”
For many of us, it was a time to bond with our team members outside the office. For once, competition became healthy and everyone was motivating each other. Some of the best moments of the race were when strangers were encouraging each other to keep going.
Whether the lessons learnt from a long-distance race last long enough to make an impact remains to be seen. However, we are sure that the medal, the sense of achievement, happy memories, and accolades will motivate people to start their journey towards fitness.
Training for a Long-Distance Run?
Mapmygenome can help you find what kind of a runner you are. A genetic variant at a specific location in your DNA can give you great muscle power, or endurance, or a combination of both. SMART SPORT is a genetic test that gives you knowledge about your best-fit sports/fitness/running activity. Use this knowledge to build on your strengths during marathon, fitness, or sports training.