“Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s a result of something… hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.” – Roger Staubach
The dedication it takes to consistently show up for fifteen years in a row to compete in the Delaware Marathon is an impressive feat. Tom Govindan has accomplished just that.
Tom grew up never playing competitive or team sports, yet he still has the drive to work like an athlete. His ability to race in fifteen straight Delaware Running Festival events shows his passion for running. Tom has now ran 25-30 half marathons and enjoys every one of them.
In the summer of 2003, Tom’s daughter convinced him to join the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s running group: Team in Training. A few months later Tom signed up for his first half-marathon and his journey along the running road began. In May of 2004, Tom ran in his Delaware race to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and to motivate many younger participants to cross the finish line.
A couple years later, Tom was able to persuade his wife, Lakshima, and a bunch of friends to participate in the Delaware Running Festival. Tom said, “it made me very happy that I was able to get them into a regular exercise routine and have a goal that keeps them motivated to practice. Also, the training provided a nice opportunity for social interaction.”
Tom is consistently supported and pushed by his family to keep moving forward. Having enthusiastic and uplifting kids keep Tom going as well as having his wife along side him during so many of these events.
Being a long time runner, Tom has learned a few lessons and important advice that he would give to other participants just starting out their running journey.
- It is never too early or late to start. Have the courage to start and determination to finish.
- Do not compare yourself to others, there will always be those who are faster and those who are slower. Only focus on “am I doing my best and am I improving my performance.”
- Enjoy the race – Delaware is a great state with many nearby attractions. Enjoy them while you are here and best of luck.