How to keep Running

Capitalism made my running so fun.

Sruthi Korlakunta
9 min readMar 29, 2024

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Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash

I started running recently. That was 150 kilometers ago, roughly a month and a half. One rainy evening, I wore my year-old gym trainers and took off. I ran exactly 2.4 km with multiple breaks and dragged myself back home on my knees. It was SO HARD.

As a chronic insomniac, the night after the run was an awakening. I slept 9 hours instead of my usual 4. My body twitched in sleep and my muscles were begging to relax. Perhaps that was my greatest motivation to start running.

Some of my deep-rooted issues about self-worth and a sparing indian-middle class mind have always kept me choosing low-maintenance and low budget hobbies — I try not to buy too much stuff for anything. This isn’t a terrible thing per say, those pennies do add up over time. But as opposed to all other hobbies, when I started to run, I didn’t think about anything, and certainly not all the things I needed for it. Turns out, running isn’t low maintenance at all.

How to keep running

As I ran in about 10 cities in Germany in the past 90+ days, my body remembered that this was not actually my first time…

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Sruthi Korlakunta

I write on tech, books, and lifestyle. | Data analyst | Made human by all the people who love me.