Marathon #4 Race Report – Kaveri Trail Marathon 2010

“I hate this damn course!” “I’m never gonna run this again” “It was a mistake to make this my first ever marathon.” “I cramped at 31k and things only got worse after that.” “Boy! It was really hot today. I ran this last year too but I’m not sure I’ll return next year.” Post-race remarks …

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If Bollywood script writers were rabid runners…

Some movie titles might have turned out slightly different. Perhaps? Aa Daude Zara [Aa Dekhen Zara] Jab We Ran [Jab We Met ] Teesri Ultra Marathon [Teesri Manzil] Dilwale Dulhaniya Daud Ke Lejayenge [DDLJ] Pati Patni Aur Woh Runner [Pati Patni Aur Woh] And the dialogue from Deewar could have been: Amitabh Bachan: Mere pas …

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That one extra non-selfish reason

Seasoned marathon campaigners will tell you that the final 10-12k is orders of magnitude more difficult than the first 30k. This is true for both the newbie (struggling to finish his first or second marathon) and the veteran elite marathoner (summoning all his resources to maintain the target pace on course to hit a new …

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Psychology of the unplanned walk

There are only two primary strategies to running a marathon – running the entire distance at close to your target pace or adopt a run-walk rhythm for the entire distance. The latter (run-walk) strategy, popularized by US Olympian Jeff Galloway, advocates a run-walk rhythm (for example, run a mile followed by a minute of walking) where …

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Long Distance Running – Lessons from Parenting

Surely you’ve heard of the similarities between parenting and management. Take for instance just one article – 5 Ways Management and Parenting Really the Same Thing. You’ll find several successful entrepreneurs/leaders pointing to parenting as the place where they fine tuned their leadership chops. I’m beginning to think parenting is applicable to other walks of …

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You know you are a long distance runner when…

  5k and 10k are ‘short’ runs. Your weekly mileage is 25k and turns out to be a terrible week. You hit your ‘warm-up’ point at the 10km mark and hit your zone after 20km. You keep referring to your watch as ‘Garmin’. You’ve been running for 2 hours and you tell yourself “only 1 …

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An asthmatic’s ignominious (first) running story

I had originally posted this story in my Xaviers Bokaro alumni mailing list back in Sep 2006. If you’ve read the post Running the Course – Mumbai Marathon 2010 and are wondering about the back story to my running fetish, this story might offer some clues. I made a few minor edits to the email, anonymized …

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Running the Course – Mumbai Marathon 2010

If you’ve not read Part 1 of  this 2-part series (My Road to Mumbai Marathon 2010), the short version is this – “a case study in how to train well for a marathon for 4-5 months and then nearly blow it all in the final week before race day”. Anyways, this is part 2 – …

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My Road to Mumbai Marathon 2010

4 hrs 45 min 12 secs. That’s the total time I took to complete the regulation distance (42.195km) of Mumbai Marathon 2010. It was the 3rd full marathon I participated in & successfully completed. The time was 13 min shy from my personal best (Silicon Valley Marathon in 2002). I was 7 years younger, weather …

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