The high cost of the rut

Life has its own ways of reminding you when your priorities have gone awry

Man running inside the clock / concept of being stuck in a rut

8th June 2013. A day I look back as a milestone that was not meant to be. The outcomes could have varied, and in ways that are wildly contrasting. Indulge me as I take you on a flashback to bring out the significance of the day.

On the morning of 8th June, I was out for a jog. 40 minutes into my run, I experienced a sudden exhaustion that compelled me to pull up and stop where I was. This was followed by a bout of electrical twitching in the left side of my body—mainly around the hip and downwards. This made me so weak that I had to sit down on the side of the road and ask my wife Urvi to come over and pick me up—something I had never done before. The weakness and twitching subsided after a few minutes and I was able to get up and walk a few steps. After Urvi picked me up, we went to a garden centre where I had an energy drink to hydrate my system and also get some essential salts.

Feeling better, I decided to run home for the remaining two miles of the distance, completely oblivious of what had actually happened to me.

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A version of this was first published in the August 2013 issue of Complete Wellbeing.

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