Mr. Kaushik Panchal
Today I can run marathons upto 72 kms, but 12 years ago, even I could not have told it to myself and believed it. Forget 72, even walking two kilometers was a task in 2003. At, 33, I was a walking list of ill health with back pain, acidity problem, obesity, peptic ulcer and an erratic ECG due to RBBB (a condition called Right Bundle Branch Block). As if that was not enough, I suffered an episode of Vasovagal syncope, one of the most common causes of fainting.
Vasovagal syncope occurs when your body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress. The trigger causes a sudden drop in your heart rate and blood pressure. That leads to reduced blood flow to your brain, which results in a brief loss of consciousness. It is usually harmless and requires no treatment. But it is possible you may injure yourself during a vasovagal syncope episode. Also, your doctor may recommend tests to rule out more-serious causes of fainting, such as heart disorders.
Slowly, I began enjoying my long runs with much more ease than my short speed workouts. That was the deciding factor for me to run a full marathon and then 50km ultra and finally the 12 hrs run. Long distance runs proved beneficial for me in the sense that I could spend time with myself, introspect…..which proved to be kind of therapeutic. It also helped as a stress buster.
I can vouch for running which has changed my life for good in these 12 years. Running has managed to keep me fit, healthy. I have become confident of covering a distance of 72kms. This, I found, was much more easier than running a full marathon where we all target a finish time.
There have been ups and downs, but in the end I feel very happy and proud with my journey so far and from the bottom of my heart, I feel like I should share the joy of running with all. Come on run with me, the more the merrier!