Running is always considered a boring activity by folks, and it’s not very different at Myntra either! When we started Running Club more than a year back, the challenge was tough: getting people out of their comfort zones and making them run. As the adage goes, “The toughest distance a runner conquers is from the bed to the shoes!”.
We started slow, with just 4 runners in TCS Bangalore 10k in June 2012. After sharing our pics and running timings, some folks got interested, mostly newbies. In Aug 2012, 12 of us wore Myntra colours at Bangalore Urban Stampede. Having realized individuals’ abilities, the group was getting more ambitious now and wanted to run longer distances. In Nov 2012, Bangalore Ultra provided that opportunity when 12 of us sweated it out in the jungle trails on the outskirts of Bangalore; then a lone runner from Myntra finished Mumbai Half Marathon in Jan 2013 by sheer grit.
If the queues for the treadmills in office gym were any indication, running was becoming more popular at Myntra. Runners tribe was growing. We set ourselves a steep target to achieve; 30 runners at Bangalore 10k in May 2013.
The group started training in Feb and met regularly at various trails around the city. We ran at Cubbon Park, Lalbaug lake, JP Nagar forest and a trail around Kaikondrahalli lake on Sarjapur Road. More than training it was a meetup of colleagues from different teams, working at different office locations, staying in different parts of the city and bonding with them over sumptuous breakfast post-run at places like EggFactory and MTR. These meetups were so effective that we managed to convert complete non-runners into taking up running as their favourite weekend activity!
On 19th May, more than 30 folks ran at TCS Bangalore 10k, sporting Myntra colours, cheering each other along the way. Our CEO lead from the front and clocked the best timing among all of us! Finishing the run was as much fun as those meetups leading to the run. Have a look at some of the pics taken after the run:
The club is thriving with more and more people wanting to be a part of the next running event.
Looking back, the Runners’ Club journey so far looks like a half-marathon! Starting slow, sweating it out, inspiring each other, getting into the rhythm and enjoying the run.
We’re saying it’s a half-marathon, because there’s still a long way to run, and we’re raring to go!