THE ROAD NOT TAKEN!

Every single one of us possess the strength to do something he/she can accomplish. It can be running a mile or a 10k race or 100 miles. It can be changing a career

– Scott Jurek

Jesse Owens once said that All of us have dreams but it takes a awful lot of determination, self- discipline dedication ,effort to make it a reality. For a long time in my life, I have been this below par individual , easily settling down for mediocrity. Long distance running has transformed my life and everyday, I strive hard to be the best person that I can be!

From a 22 year old epileptic undernourished person to becoming one of India’s first holistic running coaches & launching my fitness startup at 32, this is my #10yearchallenge

For a long time now, in the running fraternity, many people refer to me as talented. Although I do not express myself in public, I definitely take a lot offence when someone says that I AM TALENTED. I have no talent or any background to fitness. I dont remember , even seeing the sunrise on sundays until I was 24. To reach my goals, I have worked my butt of every single day & I also believe that talent is probably one of the most useless virtues to possess, at some point in life. Echoing one of my all time favourite quotes from Harry Potter, it is our choices in life that show who we are ,more than our abilities.

I have always been emotionally connected to all aspects in life & I take decisions based on how much it appeals to my heart & Although I have run quite a lot of events & made a name for myself, there is one event that was a breaking point in my life & that is the COMRADES MARATHON. When I first started running in 2011, I dreamt of running the 89km greuling Comrades marathon, even before running a full marathon. I spent the next 18 months, possessed with one goal & I finished Comrades in 2014 & that incident changed my life. Having a larger than life goal can always propel you in life. Running has given so much to me & I wanted to give back to the running society & I always longed to start a running academy of my own. I started chasing another dream & started working towards that from 2015. I have spent countless hours now on research, learning in order to mould myself , to do what I always wanted to. For a long time, I always wondered as to where do I get the motivation to stay on course as I consider myself very lazy without any ambition in life. It took me a while to realise that I inherited the genes from my MOM who is an iron-willed lady. She has always taught me that you never give up , even if life is always unfair to you

COMRADES FINISH LINE

Life is all about priorities. When I decided to work on my goal, I couldn’t spend time for all facets of life.Managing 2 jobs at one time was definitely not easy. For the last 2.5 years, I worked all 7 days a week, 15 -16 hours everyday without a break. I worked on vacations too. Sometimes I felt like I am the boss & I could do anything in life & sometimes, I felt like a piece of crap, incapable of doing anything. There were so many occasions , where I wanted to cry my heart aloud & say ” I dont want to do this anymore” but still I kept showing up every single day. I kept pushing my limits, abusing my body , eagerly waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel but the light never came. My training & family took a hit & 2018 was a roller coaster with so much of sacrifices in personal & professional life & I am so glad that 2018 finally ended. As I complete 32 years today, I have decided to follow my dreams of becoming a full time athlete & re-launch my fitness startup officially – METAMORPHOSIS ~ v.2.0 after 2 years of relentless hardwork

This has definitely not been an easy decision. It is definitely scary to know that there will be no steady inflow of money to manage my financial commitments. It is also extremely exciting to know that I will have 4-5 hours everyday to spend for my personal training goals & family. As I embark on a new journey, I promise myself to follow/stick to the below personal core values of mine, in no particular oder

My COMMANDMENTS

  1. MONEY was/is & will NEVER be a priority or a motivation factor in life . Being Passionate about my sport will always be the 1st priority
  2. Measure my SUCCESS in terms of how HAPPY, HEALTHY & CONTENDED I am.CONTINUE to believe that SUCCESS depends on the quality of one’s conviction & not by the count of Instagram followers
  3. ACCEPT the fact that I am a tiny drop in an ocean. ACCEPT that I do NOT know everything & there is ALWAYS someone better than me
  4. FAMILY ALWAYS COMES FIRST
  5. STAY HUMBLE, HONEST & TRUTHFUL TO EVERYONE
  6. No matter how UNFAIR life is, NEVER COMPLAIN. Be THANKFUL for the kindness & goodwill that I receive everyday
  7. NEVER JUDGE anyone for what they have done

AS AN ACCOMPLISHED RUNNER, I COULD TELL OTHERS HOW REWARDING IT WAS TO LIVE HEALTHILY, EAT WITH CONSCIOUSNESS & GET THROUGH DIFFICULTIES. WHAT MATTERED WASNT HOW MUCH MONEY YOU MADE OR WHERE YOU LIVED. IT WAS HOW YOU LIVED.

I RUN BECAUSE OVERCOMING THE DIFFICULTIES OF AN ULTRAMARATHON REMINDED ME THAT I COULD OVERCOME THE DIFFICULTIES IN LIFE & OVERCOMING DIFFICULTIES IS LIFE

– Scott Jurek

SarveJana SukinoBavanthu

Coach A


Comments (6)

  1. Abha

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    Aravind you’re surely inspiring for a lot of people and count me as one of them ! Hats off to your determination , persistence and strength . You are onto becoming a great success ! May the force be with you 😊

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