Once in my bucket list: My first marathon

November 29, 2016
first marathon

There’s nothing in the world like running your first marathon.

Yesterday, I ran the Adidas Uprising Marathon which was once in my Bucket list. It was marathon for fun rather than competitive and It took me 40 minutes to ran approx. 3 miles (5 kms).

My decision to run the marathon was my dream to challenge myself. It was about proving to myself that I could do it. However, along the way, I noticed numerous other things.

  • If you can dream, you can accomplish

I would say “Dream often and dream big”- Its the first thing you need to do before actually doing the thing. First step is always the hardest.

For me, first step was registration which I gifted myself on my 29th birthday. Start now than never.


  • Encouragement is everything

It isn’t all about winning or losing, it’s about the experience and being in it together.  The entire journey was filled with encouragement from other runners and spectators. They were encouraging  with a smile to help us finish strong. Though the track was also shared by 10K marathon runners who were running to compete but they did not seem to let others down or get annoyed at anyone who came their way.

At the beginning of the race when I wanted to pick up speed, I ran by myself passing countless runners in the process. But when I was half done, I got the needed encouragement from others.

Thanks to them for helping me reach the finish line with the same zeal that I started with.


  • World has plenty of good people

As the traffic got halted while the runners were busy reaching the milestone, people on road were happy to let us pass first and didn’t show any resentment. From the ones who volunteered at the event to the countless spectators, the day was filled with good people. They all offered an encouraging smile. I thank them for pushing me through to call my first marathon a success.

They reminded me that the world still have people who are happy to help with no personal motive.


  • Enjoy the journey

There were Kids enjoying the cycle ride to their schools, there were laborers heading out to their work. There were Army and Police personnel doing their morning drills.

The silent Blue skies, lush greenery along the way- there were so many things to enjoy the journey.

While there were some who were listening to music and running with their devices, I enjoyed the surroundings. I preferred listening to my Body and tapping footsteps of co-runners. I think it is more fun that way.


  • Take compassion along with you

Its a marathon, where each runner has their own goals and there is nothing wrong if someone is trying to pass you. You need to be compassionate and get to the side so that they can pass and reach their own goals.

There were many who were younger to me and there were many elders as well who went ahead of me. There is no shame saying this. After all what matters at the end is happiness. I did cheer them too.


It was my first time and no looking back from here.

Woohoo ! Ran 5kms with #adidasuprising #marathon

A photo posted by upasna (@life_through_my_bioscope) on


Have you ever run a marathon or dream to?

Start working for your first marathon today. It may change your life for the better.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Alicia-OneMotherHen November 30, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Well done on your run! x

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