A week to go for the Chennai Marathon and I’m in the final rung of practice. I haven’t had as much practice as I had last year and this makes it even more challenging to defend the corporate marathon title I won last year. Strangely enough, I’ beginning to feel the pressure of winning the title again, which isn’t the right thing. Last year, I went in just for the joy of running and the thrill of participating in a marathon. Infact, I didn’t even know what the prizes were until I won the race. This year, I feel I’m running in to win and somehow the sheen is lost. I’m trying to convince myself that my training is just a way to keep fit but can’t help regularly looking at my watch and clocking my running time. Sigh!