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

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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.

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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