“I have been running long distance for many years. I do at least 100 km a week. On most mornings, I run alone before dawn, when the rest of Bombay is still sleeping. I don’t need an alarm to get up. No wake-up call, either. My body clock goes off at 3.30 or 4 a.m. and I get up and get out. I am in a kind of meditative trance when I run. And I run with my thoughts. Some of my brightest business ideas come to me when I’m running by myself.
I have heard about the loneliness of the long-distance runner, but I don’t know about it. When I am running, I am focused on my speed, my timing, and the distance I intend to cover. I don’t really care at that moment what is happening elsewhere. Sometimes I have people running with me for company. They are either faster or slower than I am. Or I run with friends at a pace that makes it easy for conversation. Sometimes I listen to music. It really depends on my mood at the time. Read more of this post