Why do you run? “To feel good”

Today our quick Q & A is with Rohit Manaktala, a friend from the ASICS Running Club

It’s always good to run & chat with Rohit, who is super-enthusiastic about running and also clearly researches a lot about fitness and health and exercise.  He is the generous sharer of many a useful article 😛

Let’s Q & A, and then I’ll fill you in on his latest achievement:

Q  Why do you run?

A. To feel good and get fitter

Q  When did you start running?

A. June 2014 (I have been cycling since 1999, long distance endurance and touring since 2011)

Q  Morning/evening runner?

A. Morning usually

Q  With or without music?

A. With music when alone

Q  What is your favourite running track?

A. Queen or Dire Straits medley

(Editor’s note.  Queen.  Yaay!  NOW I know why I like you 😛 )

Q  Next running goal ?

A. Fast 10k as close to 60mins as I can get on 30 July

Now.

Let’s put that last answer of Rohit’s in perspective, shall we?  A 10km as close to 60 mins as possible.

Not even a couple of weeks ago, Rohit ran his fastest ever 5km, and shared this happy photo & very nice message on Facebook:

“Thank you Coach Vijay Shukla for the excellent guidance and training these past few weeks which helped me cross the Finish line in a personal best 5k timing of 30:47 !!”

Then (and this is the measure of the man), he publicly & individually thanked most of us in the ASICS Running Club, by name,  “for motivating me during the training in tough weather conditions which really helped me up my game 😅😎😁”

Now how nice is that?

So, with that fast time under his trademark belt (he always runs with a pouch on a yellow belt!) I await good news from his 10km at the end of July.

Thanks my friend.

#keeprunning #keepinspiring

Run. Sweat. (As in REALLY sweat). Repeat.

The humidity was at 91% this July morning, when I got up at 5 o’clock, to go for my ASICS Running Club training session.

91% folks.

Here you go:

I still have to do a dedicated blog post on running in humidity, but in the meantime let me tell you one thing – I have never, ever had sweat pouring off me like it did this morning, dripping off my face as I exercised.  My shorts and T shirt were wringing wet at the end of our 2 hour session, and I was certainly not alone.  Everyone was drenched in sweat.

And yet we smiled through it all, like the crazy people we are 🙂

See what I mean?

My crazy tribe, smiling through it all. 😛

 

The playing fields at the central Secretariat Sports Ground, where we meet on Tuesdays, are all overgrown after yesterday’s hectic rain, so we drilled on the running track.

It’s a credit to Coach that he organised so many people, in neat rows, in a very limited space.

After stretching, we ran nice easy warm up laps, followed by our running drills, & then we were divided into 3 groups for intervals, as follows:

Group 1:- 600mtr x 6
Group 2:- 600mtr x 5
Group 3:- 600mtr x 4

The splits, below, are Karandeep’s, from Group 1.

One day…perhaps one day, mine will be as “Speedy Gonzales” as this!

But, actually, when all is said & done, we Group 2-walahs were not too shabby, with a fastest lap time of 3:11.

Feel quite proud of us 🙂

Here’s Megha, one of the youngest in our group & a super-fast runner, showing how it’s done in style.

Coach told us to calculate our rest time between intervals, as 1/2 of the lap time.

So, for example, with our 3:11 lap, we rested for a minute and a half.

I trust Coach implicitly, but in the interests of educating myself, I checked online.  I found a very interesting article –  here’s the link – which explains that:

“2:1 is the optimal work-to-rest ratio. That means, if your intervals of effort are 1 minute long, you should recover for 30 seconds before picking up the pace again.”

So we were all pretty much spot on this morning.

I hope I’m not teaching granny how to suck eggs here, but there’s nothing wrong sometimes with going back to basics, & asking ourselves simple questions.

So here goes.

What is the point of interval training?
Interval training is a type of training that involves a series of low- to high-intensity workouts interspersed with rest or relief periods. The high-intensity periods are typically at or close to anaerobic exercise, while the recovery periods involve activity of lower intensity.
What does interval training help with?
It improves aerobic and anaerobic fitness. Interval training involves alternating between periods of hard exercise and rest. It improves speed and muscular endurance.

(Thanks Wikipedia)

So…on this basis, we all improved our aerobic & anaerobic fitness e-n-o-r-m-o-u-s-l-y today, running quite fast in such cruel humidity.

To quote Coach Vijay:

“Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every day…………Thanks a lot runners, for building up…”

Sweet 🙂

After interval-ing away, we had a cool down run.  Funny, I used to feel these runs weren’t terribly productive a few months ago, but now I can really feel the benefit of them.  After a fast workout like today, a slow gentle trot around the sports field, chatting, is great.

Then we planked.  And side-planked.

(Yeah, OK, OK – I admit, it’s a bad arm position, but please don’t forget that this is a woman who had never planked until a couple of months ago…)

And here’s our crazy gang –  you can’t really see how soaked we are, but trust me…

What’s on your running playlist? FOOTLOOSE by Kenny Loggins

I shared with you a little earlier a guest post from Deeksha Gahlaut, a young runner I know, who yesterday ran 30km all on her own, the furthest she has ever run.

Navi Singh, one of our mutual running friends (& also a star guest blogger) sweetly chose 2 songs to dedicate to Deeksha & her achievement.  And, coincidentally, both of them were on her running playlist yesterday!

Here’s the first song – Footloose by Kenny Loggins.

Such a good beat to run to – 174bpm to be precise.  Yes, indeed, I checked.  All part of the service.

And I love, love, love the retro look of the video.  I remember those kind of dresses from my sort-of-youth  🙁

Just in case you don’t have this track already on your running playlist, worry not.  You can download it right here, from iTunes.  All part of the service Mark II 🙂

A TALE OF A LOOONG SLOW DISTANCE

One of the loveliest members of the Delhi ASICS Running Club is young Deeksha Gahlaut, a charming and vey self-effacing young lady.

Who just quietly ran 30km all on her own yesterday, the longest distance she has ever tackled.

Quite.

I bullied her into writing a guest post for us – poor thing, she’d just run 30km and still she gets nagged 😛

This is a huge achievement, Deeksha, and we’re all super proud of you.

I give you our star runner, Deeksha, in her own words :

“Saturday night on an impulse, I decided to try and do a 30kms LSD to make my Sunday more ‘fun’. Let me first warn you that I have NEVER tried that long a distance and while thinking about it, it did not feel that much. I have been running for a little over a year now and I had been trying to break my 150minutes barrier of running but the weather in Delhi and some other factors have always been a hindrance. Now, here in Gandhinagar, the weather is pleasant. It rains the whole night, pleasant wind during the daytime and no sign of harsh sun. So this was my window to break that mental barrier and well who was there to stop me?!

After having a brief chat with our Asics coach, Vijay sir, who suggested that I try to hit the 25kms mark and then see if I can go further, I had made up my mind that Sunday has to be the record breaking day for me.

Fast forward to Sunday morning
 I did NOT want to get up and go run in the rain. But today was THE day. I gathered my solo run essentials (iPod, phone and three bottles of water, ors and energy drink) and set off to glory.

(A quick note here, Gandhinagar has a park in every sector and each of these have filtered drinking water and clean washrooms. So hydration en route was not a problem at all.)

For this particular run I picked up a 3kms loop. Personally, I prefer loops on my solo runs as they are definite, structured and helps me trick my brain in doing them. So this was going to be JUST 10 loops. ‘No big deal’, that’s what I kept telling myself.

I started off around 6am. Light rain and breeze and not a single soul on the route or around. Not bad. This was what I started running for, peace of mind, and armed with 80’s and 90’s playlist; I was having THE TIME OF MY LIFE. The first 5 loops (15kms) went by quite comfortably. I managed to run easy without overly exerting myself.

It was after the 7th loop that I considered giving up, going back and sleeping it off, but the guilt that would follow was just not worth it. Having run through my complete playlist, I was now craving any form of company. I screamed, called myself crazy and had a heated argument with my brain for making me do it. Or was it my heart? I was exhausted, tired, had stopped feeling my legs, my mind was playing all sorts of tricks. The light showers had stopped by now and it was still very pleasant (comparing to the humidity in Delhi).

Just 3 more loops. Just 9kms. Just about an hour more.

By the 8th loop, I tricked myself by playing out the complete HARRY POTTER book series in my head, remembering the lines and trying to echo JK Rowling’s famous words ( interestingly, this is something I do, I rewinds my fav books or bits from the books that I might be reading at the time). Merlin’s beard, I was falling back into an easy pace and was on my last loop when I slowed down to a recovery pace and Lo and Behold, I was done.

30KMS. It was over. I sang my way back to the house.

I had done it, I challenged myself and WON. I definitely felt like a superhuman at that point.

In the end, it was worth it.”

Once again, Deeksha –  shabash & well done 🙂

Diary of a Sunday slow run

4.45am.  Alarm goes off.

Absolutely knackered.

2 minutes internal debate. Get up? Sleep? But is it worth sleeping, knowing I’ll feel guilted out all day for not running?

4.47am.  Lose debate. Get up.

4.50am.  Check the weather.  Wonder about sanity.  Already 28C but “feels like 34C”.  And 87% humidity.  Lovely.

Drink water, make a coffee for the car, take a banana along but can’t face eating so early.

5.15am. Drive through surprisingly busy traffic for a Sunday morning.

5.30am. Meet running group.

5.40am. Take pre-run selfie.

So far, so good.

5.41am. Coach Vijay tasks me with leading the slower runners on a shorter run. So much responsibility so early in the day?

5.52am. Warm up lap inside Nehru Park, and then off we head, to run an external loop of the park.

Discover I’ve already lost sight of my charges.

This is NOT looking good.

How on earth can you lose about 10 people in as many minutes?

Oh God…

Tag along with the fast guys, hoping they won’t notice me.

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Huff and puff and puff and huff in 87% humidity.

Discover that running around Chanakyapuri on a Sunday morning is the running equivalent of a huge party.

Loads & loads of friends, every single one of them out running, so lots of waving & high 5s, as I toddle along.  There are at least 4 different running groups doing their stuff, plus a half marathon, so the roads around Nehru Park are crazy busy with runners.

6.30am. Camelbak not working, so slow down at a bus stop, where a pavement dweller is fast asleep on the metal bench (WHY would you have metal benches in Delhi’s harsh climate?  But that’s a question for another day and another blog).

Undo my backpack, on the unoccupied 2″ of bus-stop bench and discover I’ve put the hydration bag in upside down.

So THAT’S why it’s not working.  Typical.

The lovely Chetan Singh Gill stops to check if I’m OK – told ya’, there were friends all over the place this morning – and when I eventually get going, discover am now running alone.

Whoops.

Managed to lose my charges from the outset & now I can’t even follow the others!

It’s all looking a bit hopeless.

NOW comes the interesting part.

6.54am. Running alone, I stop, I walk, I think about giving up, I slow down – and then all of a sudden, I spy some of my ASICS Running Club heading towards me, so a quick crafty U-turn, am back with company, and begone all thoughts of walking/stopping/slowing down 🙂

This whole “team work making the dream work” is truly a Thing.

Trust me.

After 10km, one or two runners peeled off, like young Megha who had announced at the outset she would do only 10.

I toddled on for another 2 or 3 km – stupidly managed to stop my Garmin in the middle of the run, so total distance is a bit vague.  #oneofthosedays

And, then I met up with young Chetan again, who took this photo as I ran towards him.  He’s a professional photographer, so lucky old moi.

So yes, all in all a brilliant start to the day, despite my absent-mindedness – am still super embarrassed about losing my flock, poor things…never saw them again…

Hills. And then some.

Moral of the day, folks:

I know I’ve used the expression “killer” a lot of late, when describing our ASICS Running Club workouts.

But for want of a better word, “killer” is definitely the term I have to use – once again –  to describe today.

For the fact of the matter is, not only are we (without bragging) training hard & exercising a lot, but we’re doing it in searing humidity & heat.  Like so.  As you can see this was at 4.50am:

84% humidity & a temperature that feels like 35C.

At 4.50am.

Lovely.

Undeterred, however, we were a large group (yaay!  Go ASICS!!) to rock up for a killer hill training session.

We ran our warm-up lap around the park.  As usual.

We drilled, as usual.

The photo below makes me smile – we almost look like a group of prisoners surrendering 🙂

The we moved to our “high camp” to do hills – meaning we moved to another bit of the park, to use the slope there.

But wait, Christine, didn’t you JUST do hills on Thursday?

Sure did, and you know what?  I think the work 2 days ago paid off, because although it was e-x-h-a-u-s-t-i-n-g this morning, I did manage to complete 20 repetitions, the most we’ve ever done as a group (I think?)

Just look at Aakash in super relaxed form.

Ditto Mahendra (below)

It would be hypocritical to say the hills work this morning was enjoyable, but let’s just say it wasn’t unenjoyable.  As the smiles would indicate:

Everyone ran amazingly, and the encouragement levels were something else, everyone egging everyone else on.

Great team work.

We ended this – yup – killer session with an absolutely brilliant yoga workout, lead by one of our very own runners, Jasmeet.

Such fun, and I for one hope this becomes a regular feature of our sessions.

Sadly, yoga didn’t replace the dreaded planks, as I’d secretly hoped 😛 but it really was such fun:

I’ll spare you all my self-centred moaning about being inflexible and stiff as a board, but suffice it to say that yoga, despite my reservations, is clearly going to have to become an integral part of my running training…#wordsyouneverthoughtyoudsay

And here we all are at the end of a nearly 2 hour session.  Doing a yoga pose, I promise, and not snoozing !

And, as always, our by-now-traditional group photo:

Thought I’d end with a thought about hill work:

There you go.  “Mounds of opportunity” 🙂

“If I only could, I’d be running up that hill”

Did Kate Bush write those words just for me?  She must have.

Because I was muttering them under my breath as I huffed and puffed my way up “that hill” watching the others disappear into the distance. Seriously, at one point this morning, on the last repetition of our killer hill workout, young Ripu was so far ahead I could not see him.

No exaggeration.

Could. Not. See. Him.

We were 7 hardy souls this morning, tackling a series of longer hill repetitions than the ones we usually do in Nehru Park.

What a morning.

There’s nothing like running in a new venue, even if you do get lost on the way and delay everyone else.  We met at the Talkatora Gardens, which were a revelation, as we did our warm up jog.

Lovely, well-maintained gardens, with an old Mughal-y-looking ruin as well:

The plan today, hatched and very much driven by Navi Singh, was to do longer hills than we do in our ASICS sessions in Nehru Park.  Although the regular hill reps in the park are killer, the distance is short (but we always do w-a-y more of ’em, to compensate) so it was interesting to run up a much longer hill.

“Interesting”.

Who am I kidding?

This was serious stuff, and exhausting to boot.

We ran up and jogged back down the main road adjoining the park.

We had some company at the outset – a tired-looking group of Hindu religious pilgrims called “kanwariyas” who walk from Haridwar to their homes – often in Bihar or UP – carrying a bottle of sacred water.

As you can see, there’s a moment of “matching matching” going on here, on the shorts & T shirt front.

There were also 2 men teaching a horse pulling a “tonga” (or carriage) to turn in a circle, by making him trot repeatedly round a roundabout, the whole operation directed by a bloke on a scooter who drove slowly alongside.

As I’ve said before – there’s no such thing as a dull run in India.

We also met some of our running group out cycling – if that makes sense.

We did 7 x running up and slow jogging back down, with minimal water breaks, though I was guilt of slacking off a few times, but I have to say, the whole peer pressure effect worked.

Running with others definitely makes you push yourself that little bit more.  I know there is no way on God’s earth that I’d have done those hills without company, especially the encouraging Navi who chivvied us all along.  There was a definite sense of achievement at finishing the 7th repetition, rather than giving up at 6, which I was sorely tempted to do.

Here are Navi’s splits:

At one point as we jogged back down to the starting point, the tonga-horse-training group trotted past us, waving away.  My new pals 🙂

Back to the park to stretch and cool down and then, oh reader…oh then…I realized that in addition to everything else that needs fixing, in the quest to become a better runner, I must be THE most inflexible person on the planet.

The other 6 in our little group this morning were all ridiculously fit and supple, doing yoga “asanas” with the greatest of ease.  Like so:

Last, but not least, Ripu Daman, who sweetly took lots of photos this morning, since I didn’t run with my mobile, and let me use his phone – not that he actually needed it at this very minute (below) !!

But boy oh boy – how on earth does one get this supple quickly enough to be able to bend and stretch like this?

Clearly add a routine of stretching to the fitness rĂ©gime.  Otherwise, I’ll be forever condemned to watch from the sidelines…

A great morning all round.  New venue.  Challenging workout.  Chat with a group of pilgrims.  Watching a horse being trained.

All in a morning’s run 🙂

Before I sign off, as well as being the accredited photographer for this blog today, Ripu is also a blogger, and here’s a link to his site.  Enjoy.

“Exercise your muscles, not your mouth!”

Tough-sounding words this hot & humid morning from our Coach, as we met for our regular Tuesday ASICS Running Club session.

But actually it wasn’t half as strict as it sounds 😛

Coach had just demonstrated a new drill – sideways walking lunges – and we all groaned when we saw how difficult it looked.

Quick as a flash came Coach’s retort to our groans:

“Exercise your muscles, not your mouth!”

Fair enough 🙂

Today’s session was termed Boot Camp, which scared the living daylights out of yours-super-unfit-truly.  I am horrifically bad at all things exercise-y, and so I approached today with huge trepidation.

I can’t do a push up, am hopeless at even Jumping Jacks, can’t do a burpee…is that even the right verb, by the way?  Do you “do” a burpee?  Or do you perform a burpee?  And actually what does this funny word even mean?

…so yes, the idea of a boot camp was downright scary.

But you know what?

Other than making a complete fool of myself, unable to burpee at all, I actually enjoyed the session.

There.

Said it.

I actually enjoyed exercising – though Sunil’s photo, below, makes it appear otherwise!!

Today I was blessed to have Navi Singh by my side for most of the session. He is a mine of running gyan (knowledge) and is happy to share this knowledge.  He corrected my position on several occasions, he encouraged me when I kept flailing around like a beached whale during push ups, and he mentioned Chi Running, which is now going to be my next big voyage of discovery.

More on that anon.

Back to our training.

We did a whole series of exercises – planks, burpee, push ups, leg raises, donkey kicks, to name just a few – and just when we thought it was over, we were ordered back on our feet to run 2 x fast 400m laps of the park.

 

And this is where it was very interesting.

Despite being knackered, we all ran fast.

These are not my splits – I wish – but Abhay’s, and just look at the pace for his first lap.

Cracking.

I’m no sports scientist, but I can’t help wondering if the fact we’d exercised so much, meant we were better primed to run…or of course it could it be that we were so relieved that boot camp was over that we ran in sheer joy!!

(Just kidding, Coach!)

2 cool down laps of the park, and we were done.

Oh, some of the guys did amazing headstands.

Just for fun.  As one does.

I googled “value of boot camp for runners” & a whole slew of articles came up.

The extract, below, pretty much sums up what I feel…correction, felt…about strength training, and nicely summarises the pros & cons of boot camp type work outs.

“Many runners, especially long distance marathon runners, tend to spend most of their time only running. Why? Well, most of them feel that the additional pounds added from strength training will be a decrement to performance. This is a common misunderstanding.

With our busy schedules, most endurance runners feel as though if they have the free time to work out, they should be out running. Running alone will not develop the lower and upper body strength and power needed to perform well as well as avoiding injury. Runners need to strength train for many reasons.”

This is an old post, advertising a boot camp by the way, but the list of suggested exercises gels pretty much with what we did this morning.

“…if they have the free time to work out, they should be out running” – sound familiar?

If this morning’s session is anything to go by, then let’s hear it for more boot camp type training!

Let’s end with a fab slow mo of (some of) us in action, taken by Sunil, who is sidelined with an injury, yet still rocks up for training.

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Slow-mo-ing in the humidity

As I trotted my way slowly down Raj Path this morning, I heard a familiar voice greeting me.

“Hello auntie” came the cheerful greeting from a man I’ve talked about before. He’s clearly some kind of a vagabond, who lives on Raj Path, but he’s always super cheerful and we always chat – usually in English – and have had some amazing conversations over the months.

“Auntie, have you ever been to Australia?’

“Auntie, who is the President of America?”

And, in this story that I shared one day last year, he impatiently took my mobile from me to take a selfie, because I was making such a hash of things 😛

Anyway, always good to see a familiar face.

Though there was no dearth of familiar faces this hot and oh-so-humid morning:

I met Doc Chauhan, the man who set me on this running journey of mine.

I met friends from the DRG, and, of course, there were my ASICS Running Club mates.

We were a small group to meet up at 5.30am – by which time it was already hot and did I mention humid – to join Coach Vijay & some of the ASICS staff, which was fun.

The route was simple – up & down Raj Path from India Gate to the bottom of Raisina Hill, 2 loops of which was +/- 10km.

Here we are before we started, with India Gate nicely in the background.  More runners joined us over the course of the next hour, as we ran up and down Raj Path.

We ran in small groups but one of the joys of Raj path is that you can see people so easily, so even on the stretches where I ended up running alone, because I was so slow, it didn’t matter, since I could see all the others around me.

I always enjoy the scenery and the splendour of the route from India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhavan, but the one thing this route lacks is shade.  It was brutal this morning.

But the brutal humidity didn’t seem to affect the others, who were all in super good form.

I slow-mo-ed myself even more than usual, to take some slow-mo’s.

They will take a few seconds to buffer, I suspect, but stick with it, my friends!

Keep the faith 😛

I think slow-motion running is super fun to watch.

First up, we have Coach Vijay, Rajat Khurana, the boss of ASICS, & Anjanjot from our ASICS Running Club, at the bottom of Raisina Hill:

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And just look at my lovely tribe members, smiling their way down Raj Path:

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Here we are at the finish, after a stretching session & a general consensus that we would all stop at 10km, and not fight the humidity any more.

I saw from social media that the theme running through everyone’s posts this morning was the humidity, so I’m planning on doing a follow-up article about the effects of humidity on running performance.

Watch this space.

 

Where to eat after your run in Delhi

Usually we all head home after our runs, to get ready for work/for the school run, & so I guess we all eat at home or on the go.

Today though, since we were celebrating Mohinder’s birthday, a group of us went to have breakfast together at Mysore cafe in Delhi.

It was fun morning, the simple south Indian food was delicious, but all the same, I thought – in the interests of educating myself- that I’d check how nutritionally good the food was for a bunch of hungry runners, who’d just been exercising in 85% humidity.

So I Googled “what to eat post a run” & got gazillions of suggestions, a few of which I read.

I found an article that made me feel almost queasy just reading it.  Beef, salmon, chicken, turkey…jeez Louise, for a vegetarian like me, what am I supposed to eat?

Also, the idea of eating veggie suggestions such quinoa, avocado or hummus first thing in the morning…no siree.

I guess if you are a mid-day runner, than all that stuff would work, but for those of us here in Delhi, battling the heat & humidity & perforce running very early in the morning, the options look pretty bleak.

So I decided to check the BBC.

A mackerel sandwich at 7.15 in the morning?

Er, thanks but no thanks.

Good Lord, is this really what the rest of the world eats after running?

And I have been knocking back the yoghurt & bananas, thinking I was eating properly… 😛

So, with all this in mind, let’s see how well we all did this morning.

Right, there’s another thing I should mention.  Delhi is not exactly bursting with food options at 7 in the morning, so the tiny Mysore CafĂ© was a definite find.

It opens at 6.30 in the morning for breakfast, which is brilliant.

It is very small, and uber-simple, with just 6 tables, but they have quick, efficient service, the place is clean, and this morning you couldn’t move for runners and cyclists, all of us hungry.  The vibe was nice, and no-one looked askance at a group of sweaty people in shorts.

We ordered food to share amongst our group, and since the place is “pure vegetarian” (as many south Indian joints are) there was no dietary worries at all for anyone.

As you can see from the prices, it is cheap & cheerful.  Perfect.

We ordered dosa, upama, idli and vada.

And filter coffee, of course, which is a south Indian speciality.  It came in small metal cups and was super sweet & milky, but I guess we needed the sugar after all our work.

 

So let’s see about our food, shall we?

I am so far from being a nutritionist it’s not funny, so this is all said under reserve, but I think this morning’s food was, by and large, pretty healthy.  We had rice and lentils and semolina and coconut (in the chutney).

I think the only vaguely unhealthy thing was the vada which is, as far as I know, pretty much fried dough.  I’m not a fan, so didn’t taste it.

The “sambar” or sauce with the food was too salty for my normal taste, but as Coach said, we all need salt after exercise, so that made sense.

 

Dosa

Dosa is a type of pancake from the Indian subcontinent, made from a fermented batter. It is somewhat similar to a crepe but its main ingredients are rice and black gram.

 

 

 

Idli

The cakes are made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice. The fermentation process breaks down the starches so that they are more readily metabolizes by the body.

 

 

Upma

Upma is a common South Indian, Maharashtrian, and Sri Lankan Tamil breakfast dish, cooked as a thick porridge from dry roasted semolina or coarse rice flour. Various seasonings and/or vegetables are often added during the cooking, depending on individual preferences.

 

 

 

 

Vada

Savoury fried snack.

 

 

 

 

 

I think, by and large, our Mysore Café brekkers was nutritionally sound.

It was also good fun 🙂

The girls enjoying the coffee (below) –  see what I mean about the little metal cups?

The birthday boy looking rather pensive…

Mysore Cafe is off South Avenue, a stone’s throw from Rashtrapati Bhawan – the residence of the President of India – but there is a laid-back, village-y feel to the place which I loved.  Simple, clean, cheap, good food.

Ticks all the right boxes.

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