Did you run?

At the Mumbai Marathon? Were you out there, wearing your best running gear, rubbing shoulders with the celebrities, enjoying the entire spirit of the event? Did I run? Do you even need to ask?

Of course not. I never run in a public situation. Unless I have a bus or a train to catch. Of which I have had neither to catch in a long while. I walk. In stately fashion. Hoping I dont trip myself up. Like any person who has zero athletic abilities, my interest in the marathon is a bit voyeuristic. For one I admire all the buff folks out there in their sports wear running for a cause.

Among the non so buff people (read the aam junta) 

More than 22,000 people were running the 6 kilometre of the dream run this year. A total of 38,000 people participated in the Marathon this year.

There was a lot of celebrity around, from the ones who were running to support a deserving charity. To the ones who were there to be photographed.

Women in the crowd had enough cause to faint with Akshay Kumar and John Abraham as eye candy. For the men, Vidya Balan and Genelia and Gul Panag and Amrita Rao provided a sight for sore eyes. I am told by the ones who ran, that the marathon gets better and better every year, and that I should seriously participate to be part of the spirit of Mumbai.

I am a girl who needs her sleep. I will egg the runners on by positive thinking and high frequency thoughtwaves transmitted via the television set.

This is what really scares me in a crowd situation of over 38,000 folk running.

Guess who would have needed that saline drip had she landed there?


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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3 Responses to Did you run?

  1. kenny says:

    My calves started cramping after my run. I almost went to the medical tent to get some pain spray. But decided to fight it out the usual way instead (i.e. by ignoring it).
    It was fun. I only saw Milind Soman. None of the other celebs..:(

    You brave girl you…bet Milind Soman was enough eye candy for a day 😉


  2. Doli says:

    You’ve been tagged at my blog magicofpages.blogspot.com 🙂

    Thank you. Have done said tag.


  3. Gigi says:

    Kudos to the people who complete it. I can’t even run half marathon.


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