Saturday, December 25, 2010

Goa River Half Marathon

If the first edition of the Goa River Half Marathon will be long remembered by all the participants, it will be for the fact that EVERY SINGLE RUNNER FROM MUMBAI SMASHED THEIR PERSONAL BEST TIMINGS IN THE DISTANCE, despite a tough course. Not only that MOHANA came FOURTH in female veteran category, BHASKER – FIFTH in the male veteran category and TANAJI – FIFTH in the men’s open category.

As 2010 draws to a close with anxiety writ large on everybody’s minds on the forthcoming and “looming as large” Mumbai Marathon in mid-January, then they can draw tremendous satisfaction from their performances at Goa River Marathon – it was a smashing performance by the runners – as would be evident from the happy and smiling faces of the runners post the race.

Goa was planning its first ever half marathon this year under the auspices of Vasco Sports Club who roped in RFL as the consultant – a coup of sorts because then at least we, having known the credibility of RFL as a top class organizer were sure of the arrangements. True to form, the organization was excellent, with 8 water & medical stops along the route, traffic stoppages for 3 hours from the start, timely start, sufficient volunteers making this first event a well oiled one.

Vasco da Gama is a sleepy little town experiencing its first burst of developments with few skyscrapers, good roads, well stocked stores, cafes, a railway station, public library and a bustling as ever bus depot.

Giles, Milton, Bhasker, Genieve, Dr. Sharma, Ritesh Patel, Krishna, Ajit Singh, Kavin, Kaushik & gang and myself left on 17th evening by Mangalore Express – we were lucky to reach Madgaon at 7.30 a.m. next morning because Ganesh & Mohana and Ashish and his friends travelling by Konkankanya later that night were delayed by more than 5 hours reaching Madgaon only by 3.00 p.m. Bhasker, myself & Genieve started our journey from Goregaon while Krishna, Milton, Ajit & Giles came from Bandra and the others reached V.T. station by 9 p.m. V.T. station was as usual jampacked with travelers galore – each jostling for that 1 square inch of space allotted to Indians in railway stations. Much before that Bhasker came into his sparkling form as usual and gave ample evidence of his upper body strength by doing gymnastics inside the local train compartment – he continued his repartee and wit when he befriended the local taxi driver from Churchgate to VT station and queried from him about Amitabh Bachchan’s rich hair – whether it was wig or real hair and what oil should he be using – the driver had to defend Bachchan, being from his same town – Allahabad.

Indian Railways known for dividing families better than divorce courts did that to our group as well – everybody was in different compartments and it required some organizational skill and talking to get Genieve sitting near us, deprived as she was of her friends Hari & Gary. The train journey went off well again thanks to Bhasker who kept us in splits and peals of laughter throughout.

Madgaon early morning was as chilly as Mumbai in December and Vasco was just stirring to life when we descended on the Vasco Residency at around 8.30 a.m. When told that we would be given the rooms only at noon, we decided to get the other business of collecting bibs done with by then. Luckily for us, Vivek Prasad had already checked into one of the rooms previous night itself, so we could keep our luggage in his room and descend into the hotel cafeteria for a well deserved breakfast.

The cafeteria was laboriously slow in delivering the breakfast of omellete and puri bhajis and pulled their trousers and started working only when Bhasker threatened to take over the kitchen. Breakfast done, we walked down to the Vasco Sports Club which was about 10 minutes away from the restaurant. Vasco Sports Club was bustling with nervous activity, being a first time experience for them, anxiety was writ large on their faces. Bibs & chips collected, t-shirts purchased, inquiries made of the pasta party, Giles & Milton started working over the route in minute detail with the RFL guys who were there– where are the hills & bridges, how will we navigate the 5km walkers who will be encountered on the return leg etc. At the bib venue we ran into a few Haryana runners – all confident of 1.08/ 1.09 timings – confident of winning the race, provided no African runners were there.

The route started from near Baina beach and after about 20 metres there was a right turn 10 metres a left turn 500 metres first climb – a flyover over the railway tracks which sort of curved like an inverted U, came down – second hill after 4 kms which was almost like the Lonavla climbs – turning and climbing for about 1 kms, then downhill, after 6 kms it was skirting the river front all the way to 10.5 kms turnaround, third gentle slope at about 7 kms. It was an out and back route so the runners had to touch 10.5 kms and come back the same way. There were water stops every 2 kms or so and volunteers were placed all along the route directing the traffic away from the runners and also holding few water bottles in their hand. There were few volunteers with relispray moving about in motorbikes offering to runners who required them. Music was blaring at few stops and three cheer girls enthusiastically waving the runners on.

The afternoon of 18th was spent earning a few hours of well deserved siesta, while the younger lot comprising of Bijay, Ajit, Krishna, Ashok Naidu, Kavin & Genieve went to the beach & few other places to experience the town.

The organizers had arranged a pasta party at HQ a hotel adjacent to the Vasco residency so all descended on that place at about 7.30 p.m. for a fantastic pasta treat – there we met runners from Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and few foreign runners – all enthusiastic about the event. By then we came to know that two Kenyans had entered the race, so Haryana runners – there is your competition.

The organizers had arranged a bus pick up from our hotel for 5.45 a.m. so Giles had issued a dicta to every runner to be down at the hall by 5.35 a.m. Despite that there were few late comers, but we reached the start venue well before time. The start venue was abuzz with activity – there were announcements, music, people warming up – typical of any marathon – though on a much smaller scale.

We met with Bhasker’s friends Ken & Corina, Canadians who were competing in the veteran category. The male veteran category was 45 and above while the female category was 40 & above. Ken, 57 was a 1.30 half marathoner. We also met with the two Kenyans – one a tall lanky strappling lad called Robertson and the second shorter one, both fit and raring to go. We later learned that the Kenyans were robbed of all their personal belongings so they walked all the way from Verna to the race venue - a distance of 23 kms. Luckily there were no bhasans, so the race started on time at 6.45 a.m.

The weather was pleasant at the start time and stayed that way throughout except the last 5 kms when the sun started beating down harsh on the 2.30 half marathoners. The first kms itself had the railway flyover, which was quite steep and then for about 3 kms we were still inside the Vasco town navigating past surprised and sleepy eyed Vascoans or Vascoites as it may. After 4 kms we were hit by a sudden blast of chilly winds, pleasant to the runners but at the same started the second climb, which was winding and steep, much like part of the Lonavla climbs. The going was steady pace with Genieve at my side. At around 6 kms, we were skirting the Zuari river side with river barges of the Mormugoa Port Trust lying along the coast. Also around this time we met the winner Kenyan Robertson, and soon followed by two Indians and then the second Kenyan. When the second Kenyan came by, I hollered, “come on Kenya” and he had time to give a wide toothful smile. Tanaji was lying 6th at this stage, followed by other returnees, Bhasker, Milton, Rajesh Poojari, Giles Drego, Dr. Sharma & others. Gul Panang and her trainer had gone slightly ahead but on the return loop, she had slowed down. I was with Genieve upto 10.5 kms turnabout testing my ITBS left knee whether it could hold on. With weather showing good signs and knee holding up, I decided to up my pace on the return leg, and hollered Gen to stay with me. The weather was holding good and I slowly started ticking of one runner after another I had passed by, (final count about 22 runners whom I passed on the return leg), the killer climb came by at after 16 kms – but shorter on this side – going steady met up with Mohana – shouted one kms to go, last hill over the railway tracks – which started a small tinge of cramps on the calf muscles, but pace steady, last few metres decided to sprint but cramps put paid to that effort – nevertheless finished in a PERSONAL BEST time of 2.23.32 seconds, Mohana came just behind and Genieve followed few minutes later.

Medal hung on the shoulder – met with all the Mumbai runners – came to know that everybody had smashed their personal best timings – evident from the smiles on their faces – Milton & Gen started an impromptu jig on a Konkani number which was emulated by others. Waited for a while to know the final results of our key runners – Bhasker & Tanaji – pleasantly surprised to know Mohana came in fourth in the women’s veteran category – she missed the third place by a whisker. Trudged back to the hotel, refreshed went out with the gang for a welcome and sumptuous lunch. Came back into Mumbai early morning 20th, tired, but definitely happy.

Goa is definitely the place to be next year – so guys, tick this on your running calendar – awesome route, best facilities, scenic beauty, beautiful weather – next year’s plans include a few days after the run just lazing around Goa.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Runners Knee

Makau wins Berlin marathon

Patrick Makau wins the Berlin Marathon in a time of 2.05.08 winning over Geoffrey Mutai, both of Kenya by 2 seconds. Ethiopia's Bizu Worku, finished 3rd in a PB. Ethiopia's Eberu Kebede won the women's race in a time of 2.23.58, a PB, Bezunesh Bekele of Ethiopia came 2nd and Tomo Morimoto third. Details here

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Kaveri Trail Marathon is a tough, demanding, grueling marathon held on the banks of a flowing canal, with paddy fields, sugarcane fields, bullock carts, hay stacks & farmers intently working, along the route. There is very little tree cover and the surface is dirt track more used for village life than city roads. The track is interspersed with stones embedded into the ground and it is narrow with capacity to hold only two runners at a time. Moreover, running right through the centre of the track are green tufts of either grass or other some small plants with the result that each runner has only a small place to land his feet. The runners have to constantly keep shifting from left to right and be alert all the time or they could stumble and fall. There is only one small slope at after the 9.5 kms mark, otherwise it is a flat track. The route for half-marathon is a straight one to 10.55 kms and return to the starting point, whereas the full marathoners have to do this loop twice.

Saturday, 18th September 2010 saw nine of us (Raj, Zico, Kavin, Bhaskar, Ashok, Gautam, Mahesh, Amit, Rahul) at the Santacruz airport at 9.15 a.m. all looking fit like going into war. Bhaskar had already started the first of his many witty remarks and repartees, when Kavin commenced the first of his Sardar jokes. Both of these gentlemen kept us in splits throughout the two day marathon safari.

Bangalore was pleasant at 11.00 a.m. when we started on our long road trip to Mysore, which took about 5.5 hours, with a halt for lunch at Kamats hotel enroute. The lunch was a feast in a traditional Mysore style with rice, sambhar, rasam, etc. in a plaintain leaf.

Okay, carbo loading done, now to the Ginger hotel which we reached at 4.30 p.m. Mysore weather was even more pleasant than that of Bangalore and by then it had started raining. I am sure many runners would have eyed that PB, and of course quite a few achieved it as well.

We came down at around 5.15 p.m. and decided to go for a short walk which ended with a loss of few thousand rupees from our wallets – all this happened in a blink of an eye – a friendly neighbourhood autorickshaw wallah eyed us undecided what to do, where to go, when he offered to ferry us to the market to have a look at the traditional Mysore items and bring us back, all for a princely sum of Rs.50/- only. Decision made, 6 of us clambered into the auto, got the red eye from a couple of traffic police guys and reached the venue still undecided what to buy and what we came there for. Raj made the decision to buy some sarees for his wife and everybody followed him in a frenzy and polished off about 20K in less than an hour. We runners have affinity for doing everything with clockwork precision.

Dinner at Ginger was a runners’ special with pasta, curd rice, fried potatoes, fruit jelly, ice cream et al. We had an early dinner and retired to bed around 10 p.m. Sunday morning dawned in an almost chilly cold weather and all of us said “Wow” this must be great – little did we know what was in store for us as the day progressed.

We had to travel about 20kms to a place called Young Island Resort from where we had to collect our bibs, timing chips & food coupons. That done, we had to travel back about 2 kms to the starting point, which was a little inside the main road and where the RFL stall was in full attendance with all supplies already in place. We came across some venerated runners like Honda, Sabine, Kothandapani et al There were some other firangi runners as well and the atmosphere was charged with excitement though it was lacking in the tension usually associated with a big city marathon like Mumbai.

The full marathon race started exactly at 6.30 a.m. after the usual instructions to the runners. Out went Zico, Raj, Mahesh, Amit, Veera, Sundaresan, Krishna. The full marathon route was two loops of the distance from starting point to 10.55 kms and back to the starting point. Water and aid stations were laid at 2.5, 4, 5, 6, 7.5, 9, 10.55 kms and were well stocked with water, lucozade, bananas, oranges, parle-g, peanut butter jelly sandwiches and first aid. Few volunteers were roaming the distance in motorbikes to look out for people who were feeling discomfort and they were a couple of them who kept the volunteers busy. An ambulance with medical doctor was stationed outside the start line which was also bought into use a couple of times.

Next was the half-marathon which also started with clockwork precision exactly at 6.45 a.m. Out went Ashok, Giles, Mani, Mahesh Gune, Sridhar and myself. Giles was in close pursuit of Bhasker and the dream fight had begun. The rain clouds which was witnessed on Saturday had decided to take a day off on Sunday and therefore it was a clear sunny morning which saw the half marathon participants take the road. The route was very scenic and a sight for greenery starved city denizens. The RFL organisation was razor perfect with kms markings in chalk on the ground & cross markings to ensure people do not wander where cows & buffaloes are allowed to.

Few kms gone into, terrain gauged, pace adjusted, steady and determined strides, full concentration on the road ahead, 6 kms – need for replenishing lucozade, 8 kms - runners returning after doing U-turn at 10.5 kms, exclamations, motivations, determined faces, 9 kms - our runners coming, Bhasker galloping back, (where is Giles??), Ashok, Zico, Raj and others, 10.5 kms need for a break. Sun out in full fury now, chugging along slow and steady pace, stumbled about 3 to 4 times, which triggered the cramps, first in the right calf, then in the left calf, then in both calves, taking all the water stops, walking for a few steps after the cramp attacks, then again re-starting till last kms reached, volunteers out – shouting encouragement and the distance to the finish line - 800, 200, 100 to go and then sprint to the finish.

Pleasantly surprised to receive a finishers’ medal and kept it proudly around my neck until the strap broke – no problem, medal a first one. Ran into Giles about to plunge into a local Jacuzzi and Bhasker and Ashok looking fresh as ever, even without the jacuzzi. Again a cramp attack after we started walking towards the Resort, which Ashok kindly helped reduce with massage.

We collected the bib money, had our lunch, which was again quite fantastic with rice, sambhar, rasam, papad & payasam – quite a feast after the early morning work. By the time we came back to the venue, Krishna had finished his race and Mahesh had gone to fetch the others.

The sun was at its beastly best and we were only waiting with trepidation because the usual stalwarts were yet to come. But come they did: one by one Zico, Amit and then a long wait for Raj. By this time we were really worried for Raj and we (Ashok, Bhaskar & myself) decided to venture out into the route with a worried look on our faces. A few minutes later Raj emerged regally escorted by Krishna on one side and Mahesh on other side. We decided to join the party behind the royals and all of us sprinted across to the finish line. Of course, none of us were given a second finisher medals. Kavin was left to finish his first full marathon in the capable hands of Rahul, Amit’s brother. We had to perforce leave the venue because of check out restrictions, damn.

Quite a few achieved their personal best - Amit (whopping 30 mins), Mani (sub 2 hour half & also PB), Sridhar (whopping 23 mins), quite others achieved good timings - Ashok, Krishna, Mahesh, but the real hero was Bhasker Desai with a fourth place in Veteran Category. Kavin, Veera & Sundar achieved their first full marathon.

Endurance building on those monster hills at Aarey and BNP definitely helped in sustaining the pace under the unrelenting and merciless sun. All Mumbai runners finished creditably in this trail marathon.

Food taken by the full marathoners, bibs refunds obtained it was time to leave Mysore, which we did around 2.00 p.m. Enroute we again descended on Kamats, this time justifiably proud of our early morning achievements. All of us ordered Idli & Wada, which was probably the “in” thing to have in Karnataka, along with the dosas. The idli was shaped in a cylindrical shape, enveloped in a patta This was the first time, we were seeing idli in a shape other than like that of an UFO. The dosas mercifully survived the revolution and were round in shape.

Reached Bangalore airport at 8.15 p.m., the plane took off before time and landed in Mumbai after circling overhead for about 30 minutes, enough time for us to have a nights eye view of the Ganpati pandals in Mumbai. Reached home at 12.15 p.m. and had probably the best and soundest sleep in yearssssssssss.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Stage 3 2010 GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run

The distance of more than 46 kilometer from Kitzbühel to Neukirchen am Großvenediger turn the 3. stage into one of the two king’s stages of the Transalpine-Run 2010. The start of this famously infamous “Streif” to Hahnenkamm alone would be a challenging mountain run. It goes on across Mount Pengelstein continuously uphill/downhill through the Kitzbüheler Alps, when after Mount Stangenjoch there comes the last climb up Mount Wildkogel. The only recompense for the subsequent, extremely steep, downhill run toward Neukirchen is the great view at the 3000-meter high Venetia glaciers of nature reserve Hohe Tauern

Stage 3 2010 GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

1st BNP Half Marathon

The 1st BNP half marathon was successfully held today, Sunday, 22nd August 2010 inside the Borivli National Park in Borivli, suburbs of Mumbai. More than 260 people had registered for this event, registrations for which were open in June 2010 itself on the basis of an online web based form. The event generated much excitement because after the highly rated Mumbai Marathon being held in January every year, this was the first ever half marathon being held in Mumbai. Morever, since the Mumbai Marathon 2011 registrations opened in mid-July, registrations for this event surged tremendously in the last few days. The event was organized by a runners group called RUN RUN RUN… RUN MUMBAI RUN which was on Runners For Life web platform. It was part of its 1st anniversary celebrations event.

The high number of registrations meant the organizers had to work doubly hard to ensure no glitches in the event and therefore hectic work was going on for the last three-four weeks on various matters involved in the organization.

Bibs were printed, km markers designed and printed, medical ambulances arranged, water, biscuits, bananas fetched and hectic confabulations were ongoing between the organizers of the event. Accommodation was arranged inside the BNP for people coming from out of Mumbai for this event. There were runners coming all the way from Chennai, Bangalore, Bina (MP) and Pune specifically for taking part in this event.

Finally D-day dawned on a rainy Sunday morning, the buzz at the BNP was evident at 5.00 a.m. itself, when runners started coming from various places in and around Mumbai. Registration counter was opened at around 5.15 a.m., volunteers assembled and people started collecting their bibs, inquiring about the route, toilets, baggage handling etc. Since the run was held inside the sylvan surroundings of a forest, a pledge was taken by all the runners to protect the environment and to keep the place clean. Instructions were given regarding the route, water stations, medical stations etc. and the race was flagged off sharp at 6.40 a.m. when skies opened up and it started pouring as a sort of divine intervention by the gods.

The route was tough with rolling hills, amidst verdant green wooded forest, with streams in between adding to the allure of the course. The course was a loop of 10.5 kms done twice. There were runners from Kolhapur, Virar, Ahmedabad ,Bangalore, Chennai and M.P. who had come to Mumbai only to take part in this event.

Some amazing statistics:
Out of 79 starters of the race at 6.40 a.m., there were 75 finishers which is an amazing 95% success ratio.

Out of 14 starters in Male Veteran and 9 in Women’s Open, all finished successfully.

We had kept a cutoff time of 3.5 hours from start time to close the marathon. All the runners came home within that time.

There were many runners who had never attempted a 21 kms before today and yet finished successfully.

I am sure there are many runners who have recorded their PERSONAL BEST today despite the BNP route being a tough course with rolling hills, double loop and humidity.

We had Ankush Padawale from Virar first in MEN’S OPEN in a scorching time of 1.25.21 hours RUNNING BAREFOOT

We had Tanaji Nalavade from Kolhapur who started 7.28 mins late due to a miscommunication, was third after the first loop and yet finished a strong SECOND in a time of 1.27.34 hours.

We had B.L.I. Bosco from Chennai (winner of the Auroville full marathon in 2010) who had come down to Mumbai specifically for this event, THIRD in a 1.31.10 hours.

Darshana Khandekar of Virar finished FIRST in the Women’s Open in a strong time of 1.49.07 hours

Mithika D’Cruz of Ahmedabad (who had also specifically come down to Mumbai only for this race) finished SECOND in a time of 2.06.06 hours, HER FIRST ATTEMPT AT 21K EVENT.

Roshni Rai, finished THIRD in a strong time of 2.06.06, her PERSONAL BEST EVER for this distance, truly the FLYING RA(N)I of Mumbai.

In the Men’s Veteran Category, APURBA DAS, the marathon monk from Mumbai finished FIRST in a time of 1.50.06 hours, a strong second loop.

BHASKER DESAI, the evergreen runner finished SECOND in a time of 1.52.01 hours- what to say about Bhasker, words fail this amazing runner.

ALLAN D’SOUZA, finished a close THIRD in a time of 1.53.03 hours, a brilliant effort on his first ever run at the BNP.

The runners were provided with water, glucose biscuits, electral, during the race and after it as well. All the runners were vociferously supported including the one who finished last. We had a person going up and down on cycle ensuring that no runner loses his route and also picking up the used empty bottles and caps from the road. Water stations and medical stations were kept at every 2.5 kms thereby ensuring that no runner goes without water for a long time.

Overall it was a tremendous effort in organizing a running event by the running community in Mumbai for the RUNNERS.

Some pictures of the event are posted here

Monday, July 26, 2010

week ending 25th july

interesting week with two speed workouts - tempo run of 35 minutes on wednesday and fartlek of 10 rounds of 100 metres each on saturday, interspersed with easy run on thursday and long run on sunday. total mileage including the speed workout days - 39 kms. Disapppointed at not doing more on sunday, now for next sunday's i-race at IIT Powai, Bombay.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bandra-Churchgate Run 18th July 2010

Fantastic run today, we started at 5.45 a.m., while it was humid in Bandra, the moment we crossed Mahim the humidity ceased, sun did not peep out today, except for a few moments when we were reaching mahalakshmi race course, probably to see whether runners were still on the road. Pedder road climb and Kemps Corner flyover were a breeze probably due to the intense workouts we do in Aarey and BNP, crossing into Marine Drive we were into a pleasant surprise. Rain gods showered its blessings on the runners in plenty – running in marine drive in the rains was a dream come true. The entire stretch from Wilsons College to NCPA was the best part of today’s run.

MANY THANKS to Jayati for organizing water & bananas at poddar hospital with her friend Amit who also run with us, to Krishna for arranging tempo with water all throughout the route and for tirelessly going up and down with water for the runners and to Sundaresan for arranging water, bananas & glucose biscuits at the finish point. MANY THANKS to Genieve for arranging a video shoot of the runners – that was awesome Gen, you friend was stupendous. YOU GUYS ARE THE REAL HEROES OF TODAY.

We had 36 runners in all, with a four member team (Zico, Amit Joshi, Raj & Sohanlal starting from Goregaon and doing 32 kms in all – super effort), Apurba joining us from Dadar, Sameer from Worli, Ganesh & Mohana running all the way from Sion (magnificient effort that!), Jayati & Amit joining from Poddar Hospital, Khushro Patel from Worli & Sundaresan starting from NCPA and meeting the runners at Poddar Hospital (Grand effort that!).

We had few first timers – Sameer, Manav, Ashok Naidu, Sukesh, Abishai, Jayati, Amit, Arun Prasad – many thanks for joining us – hope you keep coming for group runs and races to be organized in future.

Great leadership from Milton and great support from Giles.

Missed Roshni, Kavin, Mike, Veera, Qureshi, Bharatbhai and his team, among others today.
A few photos are uploaded here

Saturday, July 10, 2010

week ending 11th july 2010

finished week ending 11th july 2010 with only two runs during the week - a 7.3 km run on tuesday in slight to moderate drizzle, which completed my 100 hours of running for the year 2010 and a 13 km run on saturday at aarey forest in a hill climb, which resulted in a groin strain, due to which i had to terminate my run sooner than expected.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

week ending 27th june

Finished the week ending 27th june with only two runs over the weekend - a 9.4 kms effort at Aarey - this time going over the hill slowly and taking it through and a 11.5 kms run in Marine Drive on sunday - this was a super effort because the humidity levels were killing and coupled with that - absence of breeze and presence of sun made it difficult to run. However, running in marine drive is an experience in itself to be savoured.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Week ending 6th June 2010 - 30kms

Finished the week ending 6th June 2010 with 30 kms overall during the week. 9 kms on tuesday, behind inorbit, 5 kms same route on friday, 9 kms at aarey forest on saturday and 7 kms at BNP on sunday, overall satisfactory effort during the last days of summer. The heat and humidity continues to be unbearable. Hoping for rains during next week.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Long run - saturday, 29th may 2010

Did a long run of 9.5 kms today in a time of 64.54 minutes at Aarey Forest, conditions were extremely hot and humid and muggy. Unable to take few of the hills.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

easy run - tuesday, 25th may 2010

Did an easy run of 38.30 minutes today, about 5.7 kms, in easy pace more as a recovery effort after sunday's bangalore 10K event. The humidity levels in Bombay continues as usual, next two-three weeks would be gruelling for runners.

Bangalore Sunfeast 10K - 23rd May 2010

The sunfeast 10K could have been better organized was the overriding thought as we boarded our evening flights (all delayed as usual) to Mumbai.

All of us Mumbai runners met at the Expo on Saturday afternoon as pre-planned i.e. myself, Ashok, Hemant, Krishna, Milan. Surprised to see Apurba as we did not expect him at the event, more surprises was to follow. Also met Arvind Bharati of RFL at their stall. That evening it rained heavily in Bangalore. I am sure all of us thought – great, now for a PB here.

The next morning i.e. Sunday a.m. we again ran into each other at the indoor stadium, which was filling up soon. Here we ran into another surprise in the form of Mahadev Samjiskar who was there in full readiness for the event. We did not know Samjiskar was running that day. Also ran into Arvind Krishnan of the RFL.

The elite men’s event started at 7.10 a.m. followed by women’s event at 8.04 a.m. It was magnificient watching these elite athletes in full flow because they did two laps of 400 metres at the start of the race, which itself was awesome.

At 8.10 a.m. precisely, the open event started with chaos as the opening gate was very narrow and people were bounding up the fencing and jumping down the tracks to join the race. At the start there was much chaos with runners forced to do zig-zag due to the number of runners and walkers also. The roads were bit narrow and by this time the sun was up beating down hard on the runners. The running crowd deterred any attempt at ramping up the pace upto 3.5 kms after which it started offering some leeway to the runners. The route was changed this year and therefore did not pass through the Ulsoor lake, which would have been pleasant.

I saw Veera thrice on the opposite direction and sub-consciously decided I needed to catch up with him. Ashok left me at about 3.5 kms mark and I saw Samjiskar buzzing past at around 3 kms mark. Hemant and Apurba of course flew away much before that, I did not encounter them at all.

I reached 5 kms mark at 33 minutes which was not a good pace and thought I needed much catching up to do and therefore, I picked up pace from 7 kms onwards to ensure a decent timings, now that a 10K PB was out of the window. By the time we reached the Raj Bhavan I was into a decent pace and crossing one runner after another. I passed Veera inside the Cubbon park with about 1.5 kms to go and went for sprinting in the last 0.5 kms to register a decent time of 1.03.57 hours (PB in Bangalore), not much of an effort, but considering the summer run, was satisfied overall. The dream of running a sub-1 hour 10k remains.

Few negative points about the run – there were too many loops, narrow roads, not much cheering crowd. Positives – sufficient water stations on the route.

Now for the August i-Race 10K at IIT Powai

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

easy run - tuesday, 18th may 2010

Did an easy run of 41.26 minutes today, week before bangalore sunfeast 10k, so going easy this week.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

easy run - sunday, 16th may

Did an easy run of 10kms today at BNP in a time of 1.07.12 hours, not a good time, but overall good effort today with one week to go for the sunfeast 10K at Bangalore.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

easy run - saturday, 15th may 2010

Did an easy run of 36.51 minutes today i.e. about 5.5 kms today easy pace, but found the going tough, maybe due to lack of much running this week. Shows the importance of keeping the running momentum going all the way through summer.

Friday, May 14, 2010

easy run - friday, 14th may 2010

did an easy run of 42.42 mins today, about 6.5 kms, after a brief gap of about 3 days. last run was the race pace on sunday. I guess after race pace, the next week should be an easy run week.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

gain speed and reduce your PB

Few tips for gaining speed and reducing your PB from runners world link below

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

10k race pace - sunday BNP, 9th may 2010

Did a 10K race pace today at the BNP. Started off with an easy 1 km run and then picked up pace and sustained the pace throughout the 8 kms, and then followed up with an easy last kms to round off the workout. Finished in 1.06.48 hours.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

easy run - saturday, 8th may 2010

Did an easy run of 20.02 minutes today with Niki at the evening hours, which is becoming very difficult to run because of the extreme heat and humidity. Niki increased upon her last run, showing good signs. Making her do gradual increase only.

Protein requirements for long distance runners

Protein requirements for long distance runners, click here

LSD at Aarey, saturday, 8th may 2010

Did an easy run of 10 kms today at Aarey Forest in a time of 69.04 minutes. The hills at Aarey are tough, tough and it keeps coming one after another.

Friday, May 7, 2010

easy run - friday, 7th may 2010

Did an easy run of 29.02 minutes today, the best timings for that route so far, previous best being 29.21 minutes. Decided to do only so much in order to conserve energy for the weekend LSD and race pace planned on saturday and sunday respectively.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Leadville 100 mile ultramarathon

Video footage of the Leadville 100 Mile Ultramarathon across the Colorado Rockies to be completed in 30 hours. Watch that old gentleman stagger across the finish line in the last few minutes and collapse into the arms of the voluteers. A superhuman effort.Click here

easy run - thursday, 6th may 2010

Did an easy run of 16.03 minutes today with Niki, her third run this season, little better than her last run.

Transahariana 2010

Video footage of Transahariana 2010, a 260 kms/ 190 kms/ 130 kms race across Algerian desert. Most of the language is in French, but the course is absolutely daunting. The winner in 260 kms, Pasquale Brandi came in 48.40 hours. For video, click here

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

tempo run - tuesday, 4th may 2010

Did a tempo run of 25 minutes today, doing a tempo after a long time, so some difficulty towards the end. Overall a good workout for 60.28 minutes.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Laugavegur 2009 - Icelandic ultra marathon

Video footage of Laugavegur 2009, the most famous ultra marathon of Iceland. Most of the language is in Icelandic but the route is awesome - there are mountains, water, ice, bridges, ropeways etc. View here

easy run - aarey forest - sunday, 2nd may 2010

Did an easy run of 60.44 minutes today at Aarey Forest with start of the route from inside near the tree to the entrance and back so the climb was taken on the reverse. It was pretty tough on the way back. Overall a good workout.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

LSD at BNP - saturday, 1st may 2010

Did a LSD at BNP of 14 kms in 1.40.16 hrs in conditions which were totally unsuited to running. The morning was hot, muggy, steamy, humid, impossible conditions for running. Took gatorade today was of some help in sustaining 14 kms but towards the end it was unbelievably difficult

Friday, April 30, 2010

easy run - friday, 30th april 2010

Did an easy run of 29.44 minutes today, kept it low, due to tomorrow's long slow run of 16 kms planned at BNP. Tremendous heat today and could hear thunder on a couple of occasions, plus the sky was overcast. possible rains today

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The bright side of injury

Interesting analysis of what to expect when you are injured can be found here

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

easy run - tuesday, 27th april 2010

Did an easy run of 29.21 minutes today, have to go to work early today. Had the ORS solution and found it to be too good. The energy levels were very good at the end of the run.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

easy run - saturday, 24th april 2010

Did an easy run of 49.06 minutes today, started getting stomach cramps somewhere towards the middle portion of the run and slowed down deliberately to ease the pain. Overall good effort in this tremendous heat.

Friday, April 23, 2010

easy run - friday, 23rd april 2010

Did an easy run of 64.09 minutes today, quite exhausting in the end, but thoroughly satisfying in terms of endurance in this energy sapping heat. Coming into running after sunday, so little difficult in the middle to end stages, but hang on to the finish of the route.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

boston marathon 2010

Robert Cheruiyot won the Boston Marathon 2010 in a course record of 2.05.52, up 90 seconds over the course record and Teyba Erkesso won the women's event in a time 2.26.11 barely 3 seconds away from the second place finisher Tatyana Pushkarev of Russia. Read on here

easy run - tuesday, 20th april 2010

Did an easy run of 17.45 minutes today with Niki, who is coming into running after several months. Had to adjust to her timings, hopefully she continues with her runs and becomes better day by day.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

10k race at BNP on sunday, 25th april 2010

A 10KM race is being organised by RUN RUN RUN...RUN MUMBAI RUN group inside Borivli National Park, in the western suburbs of Mumbai on Sunday, 25th April 2010. For more details, please visit

For registration for the race, pleas...e add your details in the following link

60 hours of running in 2010

completed 60 hours of running in 2010; target of 125 hours this year.

LSD - Sunday, 18th april - BNP

Did a LSD of 10 kms today, in slow easy pace came home in 66.16 minutes. BNP was good for running at 6.30 a.m. on the way back there is a stretch of about 100-200 metres when you are exposed to the early morning sun, otherwise the route is okay.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

easy run - saturday, 17th april 2010

Did an easy run of 41.30 minutes today, coming to the track after 5 days of inaction. Probably because of that could not carry on for more, but it seemed to hot and muggy as usual today.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

2010 Marathon des Sables Results are out in this link here

Michelle Kakade from Pune, completed all 6 stages finishing 979, 950, 911, 881, 905 & 886 in the respective stages. Way to go Michelle.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Patrick Makau wins Rotterdam Marathon 2010

Patrick Makau wins Rotterdam Marathon 2010 in a time of 2.04.48, which is the fourth fastest marathon of all time behind Haile Gebrasellasie (2.03.59) and Duncan Kibet and James Kwambai (both 2.04.27), for details read here

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tadese Tola wins paris marathon 2010

Tadese Tola wins Paris Marathon 2010 in a time of 2.06.40 a massive improvement of 9.05 over his previous best of 2.15.45. Read here

easy run - sunday, 11th april 2010

Went for an easy run today instead of going to the trail running in BNP as i thought it was not the right time to do trail running what with the kind of hot and humid weather prevailing these days. Took water along with me, which was a wise move. Started slowly and gingerly not knowing the conditions, but comfortably settled into an easy and good rhythm, kept on intaking water regularly, good effort in the end, did little more than last time and arrived at the end in a better time. I think yesterday's strength workout plus skipping and burpees helped immensely. Lot of lessons learnt today.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Pelvic floor exercises

Excellent youtube video on Pelvic floor exercises. Click at the link

easy run - friday, 9th april 2010

Got out today at 5.30 a.m. to a hot, steamy, muggy morning, like in a cauldron, forget about running, even walking was difficult in such extreme conditions. weather bureau might say anything but reality was "it was close to death valley".  started out slow and easy and realised the difficult conditions today, deliberately kept it slow pace, with good rhythm, and relaxed breathing all the time. Went through several emotions of pain, hunger and giving it all up but continued in the same slow pace determined to finish the route. Crossed the pain barrier today. Divine inspiration was there as i finished in exactly 60.00 minutes. Tough run, entirely drenched and completely drained out.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

tempo run - wednesday, 7th april 2010

did a tempo run of 32 minutes today, initially was not upto the tempo mood today, but decided anyway to keep options open at the 20 minutes mark, picked up pace thereafter and maintained a good pace with rhythm. good workout today.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

LSD - Sunday, 4th april 2010

We had a good LSD run today at the BNP. There were 9 of us including Jayesh, who had come first time. We had Hemant, Shashi, Supriya, Genieve, Milan, Yogesh, Jayesh and Dr. Sharma who joined later. We started sharp at 6.15 a.m. with pre-run warm ups. Considering the heat later in the morning, we decided on an early start. However, the morning was very cool and crisp and very beautiful for running. The endless tree cover in BNP is a boon for runners. We pass by so many runners and walkers and others doing yoga and pranayama on the way. All of us reached the 6 kms mark at the top near the Kanheri Caves and took a welcome break of about 3-5 minutes.

On the way back, the sun was filtering through the tree shades though it was still comfortable. Myself and Supriya decided to explore the two diversions, where Ashok, Milan and Saurabh had meticulously done the km markings. We took both the diversions and must say, the second diversion of 1 kms was quite tough because it was up and down all the way.

By the time we entered the main road, the sun was up fully and then the challenge began. With about 1.5 kms to go, we sprinted to the finish and finished strongly in the end.

All others did 12 kms whereas myself and Supriya did 15 kms. All others have promised to go better distance next time.

So, Ashok, Milan & Saurabh, we have done full justice to your back breaking efforts the other Sunday.

We rounded off the morning workout with a bout of post-run stretches.

Thanks to everybody for coming today and welcome to Jayesh for his first run at the BNP.

Next week for a 17 kms attempt

Friday, April 2, 2010

speed intervals - Juhu Beach - friday, 2nd april 2010

Did speed intervals today at Juhu beach, first time that speed work was done at the beach. Did 7 rounds of 400 metres followed by easy jog of 400 metres. Before that did rigorous stretching and followed it up with post run stretching.There were 8 of us in the group.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

easy run - friday, 26th march 2010

did an easy run of 67.13 minutes, good rhythm, easy pace and controlled running, experimented with high style of running for a while, looks good.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tempo - Wednesday, 24th march 2010

Did a tempo  run of 22 minutes today, experimented with better running style, good results. Overall workout for 56.01 minutes, Completed 50 hours of running today for 2010.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

BNP - sunday, 21st march 2010 - hill sprints

Did hill sprints in Borivli National Park today, a hilly slope of about 800 metres. It keeps climbing gradually, not too steep, but manageable for more than 2 rounds that i did today, certainly 4 next time. Before that did an easy 5 km on the alternate route, which had too climbers. overall good workout today.

Aarey Forest - Saturday, 20th march 2010

Went to aarey forest today for my running, after few months, it was good effort, 1 hr 3 mins. Aarey challenges you like nothing else, there are inclines aplenty leading to a good workout.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

easy run - thursday, 18th march 2010

did an easy run of 60.43 minutes today, easy pace with good rhythm, behind inorbit.

Juhu Beach Run - Tuesday, 16th March

Did a juhu beach run on tuesday, 16th march 2010 for one hour 4 minutes. the stretch from end to end is about 3 kms, great to run on a beach, good for the endurance, good for breathing.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

easy run - saturday, 13th march 2010

Did an easy run of 30.49 minutes, basically coming back into running after one week layoff, so took it really easy. With the heat wave going on, decided to restrict my running today also in view of tomorrow's run at the BNP. A bit stiff to start with, but later on it was quite smooth and rhythmic all the way. Felt great running today.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Easy Run - Saturday, 6th March 2010

Completed an easy run of 31.38 minutes today, little stiff after yesterday's gym workout and kept it low because of evening program in greenathon. plan to do about 30 minutes in the evening.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Africa's toughest foot race

Watch Africa's toughest foot race in Cameroon here in this youtube video here

easy run - thursday, 4th march 2010

Did an easy run of 70.23 minutes today, slow and easy pace throughout though in initial stages, the legs were stiff, but still carried on. in later stages, tried to lift legs towards buttocks and was okay in the end, quite successful, to continue the experimentation.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tempo - Tuesday, 2nd March 2010

Did a tempo of 25 minutes today, did not start the tempo very well, but later on, got better and tried variations with the foot landings, overall satisfactory. total running time 63.05 minutes

Monday, March 1, 2010

NYT musical on Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010

An interesting website from NYT that looks at margins between various positions in the Winter Olympics 2010 as an Olympic musical. Click here

Sunday, February 28, 2010

sunday long run - BNP - 28th February 2010

Did 1 hr 30.46 minutes today at BNP - sunday long run - full 12 kms of the route. Started off as cool and crisp weather but found going tough later on, thought about doing only 5 km uproute today, but the momentum carried on and finished full 12 kms. On the return leg, it was quite tough with the weather becoming quite warm as the early morning sun started filtering through the trees. Had to make two walking stops.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Easy Run - Saturday, 27th February 2010

Did an easy run of 60.49 minutes today, when Veena also ran albeit for a very short distance. Decided to go easy today to help her get started in running. Weather continues to be cool and crisp.

Easy Run - Thursday, 25th February 2010

Did an easy run of 71 mins today, easy rhythm,

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

easy run - Tuesday, 23rd February 2010

Did an easy run of 65.50 minutes today. Intended was a tempo started a tempo as well, but stiffness in my right calf muscle put paid to the hopes of a tempo today. Instead concentrated on endurance and ran with the pain. Tempo for another day.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

BNP Run - Sunday, 21st February 2010

Did a long easy run at BNP today, only it was at quite a pace at I managed to reach the top in 42 mins as against 49 minutes i normally take. Return was even faster at 37 mins with the last 200 metres in sprinting pace. It was a beautiful, cool, crisp weather today, perfect for running. In the RRR... RMR group, we had 9 runners today. Rounded off morning routine with post run stretches.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Easy Run - Saturday, 20th February 2010

Did an easy run of 45.38 minutes today. had some apprehensions after yesterday's strenous track interval workout and also was a bit stuff going into yesterday night, but once i started running, it was all smooth. Finished with a bout of stretching.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Speed intervals - Friday, 19th February 2010

Completed my track intervals today - did 5 rounds of 900 metres speed with 500 metres of easy jog in between. Started with 1.5 km of easy jog followed by some stretching. Also ended with stretching. Also ended with stretching post run. Good workout today. Was able to maintain good speed throughout the 5 rounds and in fact accelerated in the end.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tempo - Tuesday, 16th February 2010

Did a tempo run of 20 minutes today, thereby kicking off preparations for the goa half marathon in april. Little difficulty today, i think little bit of stiffness was there.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sunday Run - 14th February 2010

Had a good run at Marine Drive today with the NRC. Had to go to collect my photographs from the post SCMM lounge event, which fortunately was kept for me. Running in Marine Drive has its own attraction, a beautiful venue, an electric atmosphere with so many runners going up and down, a scenic view of the Arabian sea and also the sun beating down gently on the open road.  Had a good workout for 61 minutes.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Easy Run - Friday, 12th February 2010

Did an easy and comfortable run of 53.47 minutes today. It was quite cold today.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Easy Run - Thursday, 11th February 2010

Did an easy run of 65.30 minutes today. Have decided to do the Goa half marathon on 11th April as my next event.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Easy Run - Tuesday, 9th February 2010

Did an easy run of 1 hour 31 seconds today, completed 25 hours of running this year, pretty good. Another 100 hours to go.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

sunday long run - 7th february 2010 - BNP

Did a long run of 105.31 minutes today, an exhilarating run in the Borivli National Park, the weather was cool, crisp and perfect for running. Took all the slopes comfortably and on the return leg, took a new route, which was good and daunting as well.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Easy Run - Saturday, 6th February 2010

Did an easy run of 30.03 minutes, just limbering up after a whole week of non-activity.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

SCMM - Personal Best time

Successfully completed my 6th Mumbai Half Marathon in a PERSONAL BEST time of 2.25.56 hours today. The race started with a melee today at the starting point, and I started with a good pace and kept at it till about 9 kms mark after which i started sagging a bit. from Mahalakshmi race course onwards, the sun was directly affecting the runners and the pedder road climb took a heavy toll on the legs. Passed the magificient african athletes at about that time. The marine drive stretch also took a heavy toll and i started walking to the count of 30 steps each time to recover my energy. From just before the turn into V.N. Road, i started again strongly, and kept at it without stopping, slowly increasing my pace all the time. At the flora fountain turn, i was determined to run strongly to the finish and i started accelerating my pace all the time and from about 200 metres to the finish, i started sprinting strongly to finish strongly in a good time of 2.25.56 hours. If i had not taken those walking steps, i could well have finished under 2.15 hours, which was the target.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday Run at Borivli National Park - 31st December 2009

had a good run at Borivli National Park today for about 14 kms at 93.50 minutes. Met a lot of guys today from RRR RMR group.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Easy Run - Saturday, 30th January 2010

Did an easy run of 31.22 minutes today, perforce had to cut down my run due to an impending cold/cough. Just to keep the momentum going.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Easy Run - Thursday, 28th January 2010

did an easy run of 62.20 minutes today, easy pace, had to run extra to complete one hour.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Goals for 2010

to complete 125 hours of running
to participate in at least 6 events during the year; already completed two
to reduce weight to 65 kgs
to explore migrating to full marathon

easy Run - Tuesday, 26th January 2010

Did an easy run of 57.29 minutes today, the full loop in an easy pace, to get back to proper running form after the Mumbai marathon.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Easy Run - Wednesday, 6th December 2009

Did a long easy run of 102.40 minutes, tapering was on, but ended up doing more than before

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Easy Run - Tuesday, 5th January 2010

Did an easy run of 100.02 minutes today, started with tapering off from today.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

i-race at IIT Powai - Sunday, 3rd January 2010

Ran the 10K i-race at the beautiful IIT powai campus, came home in a time of 1.01.05 hrs. Was the personal best so it is okay. Was able to sustain higher pace almost throughout the race except for some time towards the end. Felt could have done better in the end stages, maybe picked up more pace. Overall satisfactory, but not entirely okay, could have improved on the timings.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Easy run - Friday, 1st January 2010

Started the new year 2010 and the new decade with a bang, ran for 2 hours today determined to notch that much time today. Finished the route in 1 hr 36 minutes and did 2 rounds plus little inside the inorbit park. overall satisfactory.