Over the last few months I’ve spent a lot of time writing about my own marathon training journey and while it has been a great experience, it has also been really hard. I’ve come to realize it’s a lot more difficult to write about myself than I thought it would be. As a journalist I’ve always found myself much more interested in telling other people’s stories than my own, so I want to make sure I take the time to do that.
With more than 60 current members, the UofC Marathon Training Program is a hugely diverse group of people, each with their own inspiring tales to tell. Some of them have been running marathons longer than I’ve been alive, some picked up running later in life. Some are competitive and are training for big races like the Boston Marathon and some run for the community and for fun.
I plan on telling some of the amazing stories of the group’s more experienced runners over the winter break, but for now, there are several other first-time marathoners with the UofC program whom I am so excited to introduce you to.
I have gotten to know each of these people pretty well after training together over the last few months. We have taken each scary, exciting, painful and triumphant step together since March and I am going to be featuring each of them while finding out what made them want to take on this crazy challenge.
I am proud to introduce you to Nand. Throughout this journey there have been many tough moments but as a quiet leader with seemingly endless optimism, I don’t think I’ve every heard Nand complain once. His consistency in both his pace and his attitude make Nand a delightful person to run with. His hidden talent is only laughing at things he finds REALLY funny. If you’ve made Nand laugh, you’ve made it.
Name: Nand Lal Khatri
Occupation: Petroleum Engineer
Goal race: Victoria Marathon