As soon as I saw the ad for the Kantipur half marathon in the papers one morning, I knew I was going to participate. Quickly, I recalled my unfortunate incident from last year – “The number that never ran”; however, I had already learned from that silly mistake, and I was certain that this time, I would run and finish the race.
At two hours and fourteen minutes, I crossed the finishing line. I had done it. Completed the entire half marathon. Ideally, I would have liked to crossed the finishing line around the 2 hours mark, but anything under 2 hours 30, I was taking it. After crossing the finishing line, and once the initial excitement of crossing the finish line had subsided, my thoughts went back to how far along I had come. A year ago on this day – I was fumbling through the dates, and was realizing what a blunder I had made. I had unfortunately not been able to run the half-marathon as I had planned on February 2016. Since then, I had kept running and had completed a half-marathon on November 2016 – my first ever. I had taken three hours and twenty nine minutes to complete that one. However, that was on a different terrain and was more of a trail run, but the Kantipur marathon had been my first proper street half-marathon.
My mind goes back to the day when I missed what was supposed to be my first race and was livid with myself. Now that that I have completed the race one year later, I realize that this event how different the outcome had been from last time. Now looking prospectively into the future, this accomplishment gives me further encouragement to continue running.
Most definitely – have i been writing? Not much as i would liked to have. But here i am after what seems like forever scribbling my mind.
I have been running in the mean time though i have not been updating it any more on the blogs. Running had been hindered by injuries to my leg and i have been taking it slow since then. I have not been running significant miles but i have been moving and that’s what is important. Hopefully i will be able to rack up more miles going forward but right now i am not really complaining. As cliched as it is – Something is better than nothing.
On the other hand i know for a fact that i have not been scribbling as much as i want to. And i would surely want to make up for that and once be more regular in updating the blog.
It had really been coming- the smartphone (if you can call it that) had been asking for it. It had been constantly distracting me and keeping me uselessly occupied for hours.Those sudden beeping noise that alerted me to various social network,email and text notifications were distracting me from the task in hand. I am not having a go at the notification that i received or the sender- it is just i was getting sucked into the distraction and the smartphone wasn’t helping my cause. And i had to put a end to all of this and try and find a way around concentrating on the stuffs that i really wanted to do.
The smartphone I’ll have to be honest is an wonderful aide to me and it does make things so much simpler at work and in personal life. But occasionally the overuse kinda complicates matters for worse and i think that’s exactly what’s happened to me in this case. So, when i saw this post on Instagram that encouraged shoving the phone inside the drawer for the weekend (Just the Saturday) – i said why not? And i did just that.
At around 9pm on a Friday night – i took my phone and placed it inside my closet. As so often is the case when trying quit doing something habitual – i did have urge the urge to go back check my notification. But i stayed firm and did not fall for this on Friday. But i knew the real test would come the next day as i would have to endure an entire day without looking at my device and not checking my email or social networking sites. I also had had list planned out for the day – stuffs i wanted to get done without getting distracted.
Twenty four hours after i had put my phone inside my closet i took it out – it was Saturday , 9 PM. I had actually gone an entire day without looking at the phone – plus i had gotten a lot of things done. I had almost finished the book i started on Friday night -” The last lecture” and i had worked on a couple of things more. ( Details of which i will write about if i continue to do them).
Here i am on a Sunday afternoon just writing about my experience – to be honest i did not have that strong a urge to check my notification. And i have my phone on me right now and it helps me with a lot of tasks but on Friday and the Saturdays it is going back in my closet.
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