Made men of the mafiosi runner’s body

I have stood here before inside the pouring rain With the world turning circles running ’round my brain I guess I’m always hoping that you’ll end this reign But it’s my destiny to be the king of pain For all you non-Police fans out there, the above lyrics are from King of Pain (Synchronicity album). This post …

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For a few minutes less: a race report from Mumbai Marathon 2012

Writing a post-marathon race report is a bit like [insert-metaphor]. Write it too soon and it runs the risk of coming out shallow and half-baked, wait too long and it might never see the light of day. A fortnight after completing Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (SCMM), I’m right at the dangerous cusp. I often describe …

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Pankaj Advani on learning from failures

At a recent TEDxIIMB event, I listened and watched as the billiards and snooker prodigy Pankaj Advani walked us through his accomplishments. He lingered on a photo that displayed his living room resplendent with glittering trophies. “These are just for the tournaments that I WON outright,” he stated almost nonchalantly. The trophies for second and …

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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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