Read Roshni Rai’s inspiring and invigorating tale of how she became one of the country’s handful of ultra marathon runners despite not having been an athlete in school
|Roshni Rai is an advocate, ultra marathon runner, author and the founder of ‘Run with Roshni Foundation’. She is the Goodwill Ambassador of Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon from India.|
And then I fell in love. He was from an another community. My mother had warned me right from the start that his family would not accept me, and that I was not to come crying to her when he broke it up. When my boyfriend’s family announced his marriage to someone else, life as I knew it came to an end. I was broken-hearted. Externally, I pretended that it had not affected me, and put on a brave face, but every day I found myself sinking deeper and deeper into depression.
One cold winter morning, I woke up at 4 am, grief stricken. On an impulse, I went out into the freezing cold and began to run. I was crying and running, crying and running, until after a while, the crying stopped. I went back home and noticed that for the first time in days, I felt hungry. That night I went to bed tired and had a good night’s sleep. The next morning, I woke up early, put on my running shoes and sped through the silent sleeping streets. I literally ran my way to healing.
In the meanwhile, I was also working in the Kalimpong court as a lawyer. Like most people, I had no clue as to what my calling was. But in school, I had been a keen debater and was good at elocution too. People told me I would be a good lawyer, and I took them at their word. But my work was going nowhere, and it was still hard to face people after
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