Running footloose & fancy free

This morning started early.

Up at 3.45 to caffeineate, and then drive to Gurgaon, the satellite city to Delhi (where I live) for a 5.30am race start.

This race, officially called Footloose, comprised a 5k, 10k, 15k and a half marathon, and the rules of the race were quite simple.

No watch.

No GPS.

No mobile.

No music.

No pacers.

And the winner is the person who predicts his/her finish time as accurately as possible.

Now HOW fun is that?

This is, in all seriousness, the first time I have ever run without a watch.

I mean, we all wear watches, right?

Even that very first running session with my now (sadly defunct) running group, when I could barely manage 100m without gasping for breath – even then, I was wearing a watch. Because that’s what we all do.

Now, of course, I always wear my Garmin & track my runs and download them and analyse them.

I realised just how instinctive that action of starting my Garmin at the beginning of a race/run/training session has become, when I stopped at the timing mat that marked the starting point today, so I could switch on my watch…oh, yes, right, no watch 😛 so off I trotted.

It was a nice route in a part of Gurgaon that I have never been to.  There were stretches of grassy land on either side of the road, and cows and water buffaloes, and at one point a cow scrambled up the bank and crossed in front of me & I “reached” for my phone to take a photo and…oh, yes, no phone 😛 so on I trotted.

All very relaxing, I have to say, and since I’d put in an easy predicted time for my 10k (70 minutes) I took the whole race nice and easy, and funnily enough, didn’t even miss my music.

There’s clearly something to be said for running gadget less.

The whole vibe, actually, was relaxed.

Everyone had breakfast and yogurt and drinks after the race, and then we all went and planted a sapling.

As one does after a race.

Love the idea of all of us giving back, in some little way.

We all have to run in the poor air of Delhi & Gurgaon, so it’s in all our interests to “green” as much as we can.

We will be the beneficiaries, after all.

So.

Verdict of my first gadget-less race?

Loved it.  Quite liberating.

And all of us from our ASICS Running Club came in under our self-predicted times, so that was nice.

One of my running friends, Nilay Arun, had this to say on Facebook about his experience today:

“If it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen. But today was an exception. The no Garmin, no mobile phones Footloose run by Coach Ravinder. This is the first run in the past 6 years which I didn’t track. Happy to know that I’m not as addicted as I thought I was  “

Nilay – you took the words right out of my mouth!

Let me end with backing all this up with a lovely quotation from the late Ed Whitlock, a British-Canadian runner who died very recently.  At the end of last year, he ran the Toronto marathon in under 4 hours, at age 85, by the way.

“I don’t follow what typical coaches say about serious runners. No physios, ice baths, massages, tempo runs, heart-rate monitors,” he explained in an interview with the magazine Runner’s World. “I have no strong objections to any of that, but I’m not sufficiently organised or ambitious to do all the things you’re supposed to do if you’re serious. The more time you spend fiddle-diddling with this and that, the less time there is to run or waste time in other ways.”

Fiddle-diddling: has there ever been a better term of dismissal for the diversionary nonsense which clogs up the modern jogger’s preparations before they even reach the start line? Whitlock insists that at his age he has no time to squander on peripherals (nor does he always have a grandchild handy to show him how to program his fit-bit). He prefers instead simply to get out there and run and run, not stopping even when he reaches 85. And for that he serves as a role model for us all.

Thanks to the Daily Telegraph for the above.

So, let’s hear it for being footloose & not fiddle-diddling 🙂

My quote of the day – “I love being a beginner”

STATUTORY WARNING.

This blog post is pure self-indulgence.

So go ahead & indulge me, please 😛

A (non running) friend just sent me a link to a BBC article & I simply have to share it with you all.

Now I don’t know if this makes any sense at all, but as a less than 4 year old, yet older runner (I’m nearly 64) I feel simultaneously brand new & also very old.

I feel like a total running newbie inside, learning every day, and then when I look around me, everyone in my running group – bar one or two people – could be my child or my grandchild.

And then I feel as old as Methusaleh.

When I look at photos of me running, I wince.

Can that really be how I look, all wrinkles and saggy arms, when I feel about 20 inside my head, excited to be taking part in a race or a training session, excited to learn new techniques…

Then I read this article and whooped for joy!

Yaay!

There are still athletes out there in their 70s and 80s and 90s, representing their countries.  And how.

Here’s the link to a super feel-good article.

Please do read it.  It is inspirational, regardless of one’s age.

And just listen to the photographer, Alex Rotas, a sprightly 68 year old herself:

“I started when I was 60, which is when I realised there weren’t any images of older sporty people and being an older sporty person I knew they were out there. I did an internet search and once you put the word ‘old’ in you just get those pictures of older people slumped in chairs.”

“I was watching these people aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s just achieve the most incredible athletic feats that I never imagined were possible.

I found it very moving and it made me recalibrate my own sense of what the ageing body can do.

It’s not only their athleticism that comes through, it’s their joy. These people are so full of life that it’s inspiration on every single level.”

AND, just in case you hadn’t noticed: did you see the time of the British runner, Angela Copson?

10km in 44’25” 🙂

Now that’s a pace I am going to have to work so, so, so hard to achieve.  But talk about feeling inspired.  And encouraged.

A wonderful trip down memory lane. Running in the 1980s

One of the stalwarts of our ASICS Running Club is a charming, very self-effacing man by the name of O.P.Pandey.

A week or so ago, he casually shared a photo on our Whatsapp group & we all cyber-erupted with cheering and questions and “Well done’s” & “Shabash’s.”

THIS was the photo that O.P. shared, from 1986:

And just look at that timing!

An easy-peasy sub 2.

O.P. initially demurred at writing about his experience, but we all insisted, and the resulting story, below, is an absolute gem!

I won’t spoil your enjoyment of his trip down memory lane – 30 years ago – by telling you too much in advance, but I love, love, love his story about joining the NCC in order to get running shoes!

Fab stuff 🙂

Let’s hear it for O.P. the sub-2 half marathoner!

“I was never an athlete, and in my young days I aspired to join the Army as an officer so I used to run in small open races at schools and college level. The biggest challenge was to get running shoes.

I remember I joined National Cadet Corps to get canvas shoes for a camp. I was so happy to get the shoes that I ran so much in these shoes that after the camp of 10 days was over, and I went to deposit the shoes to NCC Unit, I was scolded and asked to stand outside for damaging the shoes.

In the 1980s the scenario of amateur runners in India was not bright.

People generally run for recruitment in armed forces and police. Rarely, people from upper strata of society ran at that time. The professional runners also largely came from Defence (called Services) and Railways. Perhaps the motivation level was not big enough. For Rath Marathon, the entry forms were published in newspapers. Runners had to fill up the form and deliver them at the office of the sponsoring company at Barakhamba Road, Connaught Place.

No timing chip was available in 1980s. The route of the race started from Jawaharlal Nehru stadium to Chirag Delhi to IIT Gate. The half marathon runners took a detour from IIT gate and only the full marathon runners went up to Mahipalpur and came back to Nehru Stadium. During the race the officials noted down runners’ bib numbers and one official was sitting at IIT Gate at the half way point for the half marathon, noting down the bib numbers of runners and guiding them to go back towards Nehru Stadium.

At the finish line too, the runner had to go to the official desk to report his bib number and it added many minutes on to the net timing depending upon the rush at the counter. If I am not mistaken the colour of bib was different for half marathon and full marathon. Many good runners from gurukuls in Haryana also participated. They were too young but very strong and won the applause of runners. For water and hydration, the runner had to go to the MI camp at the finish line. The runners were provided their glucose water and biscuits.

I am not aware of any prize money for winning the race. If you look at the certificate the race was organised by the Amateur Athletics Federation of India and any athlete who ran for prize money were termed as professional and they could not represent their country at  an international level according to the rules prevalent at that time. How much money was paid to the winner of that race is not known to me.

Later on, the word “amateur” was removed from the name of federation.

I think a few hundred people participated in that run, mainly from the Army, police, railways and college students. The number of women runners was very small – maybe not more than 50.

Distance running in India was made popular by Procam International. Hutch was the earliest company to sponsor half marathons, organised by Procam International in early 2000. Then the sponsors changed to Vodaphone and currently Airtel for Delhi Half Marathon.

The earliest timing chip was worn on the ankle, with the help of Velcro, and the company took security money of Rs.1000 which was refunded after returning the timing chip after the marathon. Later on disposable chip tagged on shoe laces was introduced and present timing chip is in bib number only.

I do not remember any sports brand that was popular at that time. Only Bata made shoes by the name of North Star and they were popular at that time. Many athletes ran barefoot. The most popular shoe was called PT shoes, a kind of canvas shoe. The army drill shoes made of canvas were a luxury for people like me.”

Isn’t that just great?

O.P., my friend, your story makes for wonderful reading, and thank you SO much for sharing it with us all.

#keeprunning #keepinspiring

“When you feel like you’re done…”

“…that’s the time to do another lap.”

And with those words from Coach, Megha and I wearily set off for another round of fartlek training.

Our ASICS Running Club Coach is quietly implacable in the face of our moaning and groaning.

Patiently, he lets us grumble away, and then sends us off for another lap of the park, or one more workout, or another set of planks.

Today, the humidity in Delhi was killer.

I didn’t check the humidity level at 5 o’clock this morning when I got up, but one of my running group said he’d had and that it was 95%.

Sure felt like it.

Crazy humidity.  Just crazy.

And yet we drilled and ran and did a fartlek work out and despite the weather, I think we all worked damn hard.

Despite its giggle-inducing name, “fartlek” – which is Swedish for “speed play” – is actually nothing more than periods of fast running interspersed with periods of slower running.

My group, for example, was told to do 6 rounds of the park, running fast(-ish) for 3/4 of the distance and then very slowly for the remaining quarter.  BUT, and Coach was at pains to point this out, the idea was not to stop at all, however tired we felt.  People asked whether they could walk the slow, recovery part and we were told it’s better to run, however slowly.

And so that’s what we did.

I did 6 rounds without stopping once, and though I paused for a few moments before the extra lap Coach encouraged us to do, essentially the pattern of fast-slow-fast-slow-fast-slow remained unbroken.

And when I checked my pace on my Garmin afterwards, I actually ran the last 2 rounds faster, so goodness knows what was going on there.  Admittedly I ran the whole drill slowly, but all the same, I do feel pretty chuffed.

According to good ol’ Wikipedia, fartlek training – and I quote – can be effective in improving your speed and endurance.  Great.

The rains have turned our Tuesday venue into a bit of a jungle – all lovely and green – so we drilled and stretched on the track today.  #needsmust

On a personal note, the humidity was so high that my glasses kept steaming up, so I took them off, and ran “blind” as it were.  I could see, of course, enough not to fall over, but not enough to check my watch – so I simply didn’t fuss about time or pace, even though perhaps I should’ve.

All quite liberating and in keeping with something Coach said last week, about learning to free ourselves from constantly checking watches and Garmins and GPS’s.

A fun workout, and a very slight feeling of improvement.

Nothing dramatic, but the s-m-a-l-l-e-s-t feeling of perhaps making some progress.

And looks like some of my running girlfriends felt happy, too 🙂

Stretching was also all about team work today:

Our threesome (below) became a bit wobbly, if the truth be known!  And if ever there was proof that my middle name is Stiff & Inflexible, this is it… 🙁

And, as ever, our team photo.

Why do you run? “I can’t live without running”

This morning, during our ASICS Running Club fartlek session, I ran for a while with one of the most accomplished and probably THE most low-key member of our group, the quiet, self-effacing Ram Singh Bhujel.
It’s always a pleasure to run with Ram, because though he is super fast (scarily so!) he always, always, always slows down to my pace and runs gently alongside.
I saw this a few weeks ago when he ran alongside me for 14km in the rain, when we were all running in the forest at Sanjay Van.  He must’ve been chomping at the bit to run faster, but he stuck with me, bless him.
A considerate runner, in other words.  And a great team mate.
And now, here is, Q&A-ing with us, in his trademark low-key style 🙂
Q Why do you run? 
A Running is a feel good factor for me. I can’t live without running.
Q When did you start running? 
A I started running at the age of 7 years. Running ADHM since 2009  
Q  Morning/evening runner? 
A Morning only
Q  With or without music? 
A Without music. My music is chatting with my fellow runners. 
(Editor – awww.  What a sweet response)
Q  Next running goal ?
A My goal is 80 minutes for ADHM and sub 3 for Marathon.
At this point your editor faints in shock.
80 minute half marathon.
Sub 3 full.
Ye gods!  Those timings!
And here is the super-speedy-gonzales himself in action.
Thanks my friend, and #keeprunning #keepinspiring
And, who knows, if I keep trotting alongside yRam, perhaps some of his speed will rub off on me 😛

Celebrating #100daysofrunning in Super Sikh Style (cue the music & dancing!)

So.

Yes.

How was the #100daysofrunning challenge this year?

For those who are unaware of this challenge, well…it finished yesterday :P.

No, seriously, joking aside, it did finish yesterday.  This online, no entry charge, no prize money, fun challenge originated in India & was the brainchild of Tanvir Kazmi, one of the doyens of Indian running.  Tanvir has been running for years, long before it really “took off” in India.  In 2014, to motivate himself to run during the long, hot, humid, and did I mention really hot days of summer here in Delhi, Tanvir decided he’d run for 100 days.

He shared this concept online in 2015 and the first edition saw 48 of us still running on the 100th day, of whom 28 of us had run every day for 100 days.

We all met on the 100th day at India Gate, and other than Pankaj Arora who had suggested I join the challenge, right before it started, I knew no-one that day.  Actually, I hardly knew Pankaj, but that’s the way of running – run one race alongside someone, and they’re a friend for life!

That lovely day at India Gate 2 years ago, saw me meeting so many lovely people who would become firm running buddies:

Fast forward to 2016, when the buzz around the #100daysofrunning challenge would get louder.  August 2016 would see 727 participants, of whom 209 of us would run all 100 days.

So when we all met up at India Gate, exactly a year ago & ran down Raj Path to Rashtrapati Bhawan, it was more like a party:

The numbers are telling in so many ways.  The collective distance, for example:

2015 we collectively ran 47,000 km

2016 we collectively ran 229,150 km

2017 we collectively ran 992,398 km

Which leads me to this year.

This challenge has suddenly become BIG.

People all over the world doing it.

Here in India, a major sports brand got involved – about which I have mixed feelings, but that’s neither here nor there.

And as for the numbers of people running – 4015, but I’m not yet sure how many of those ran for all 100 days.

But whatever the final tally, this challenge has ARRIVED on the running scene.  Big time 🙂

The biggest stand out from this year is the amazing Faith Runner, Samir Singh, who set out to run 100km x100 days.  Here is a link to a story I wrote about this unbelievable man.  To have the physical and mental strength to undertake such a challenge is awe-inspiring and, petty as it might sound, I am thrilled to have been (in a tiny, insignificant way) part of the same challenge.

My own 100 days took a different form this year.

We started on 29 April, the day after I came “down” to 4000 metres after a gruelling climbing course & a climb of Friendship Peak in Himachal.  To say I was exhausted is putting it mildly.

The first 2 years of the challenge, I ran for the distance, and was always high on the women’s leaderboards and, being truthful, like my friend Deepinderr said in his guest post yesterday, I became extremely competitive.

This year was to be different.

Starting out exhausted from mountaineering meant that Day 1 was a v-e-r-y slow 2 km (that’s the minimum to stay in the challenge).

The biggest challenge of this whole 100 days for me has not been running at 4 am before a flight, or anything like that, but it was putting on my running shoes, that first day.

All I wanted to do was sleep, and stay in flip flops, to be honest, but needs must…

Day 2, I was just as exhausted.

And so it continued for about a week, as my climbing exhaustion took its toll.

So this year, for me, it was all about making sure that I ran, regardless of travel, house guests, work, and all the other things that get in the way of a perfect running routine.

And so, freed from the “need” to clock huge mileage, I enjoyed my slow solitary runs, my training runs with my ASICS running group, and suddenly, there we were Day 100.

I decided I’d mark my 100th run with my running buddies from ASICS, since we’d already planned a run together in a park in the north of Delhi, as part of a promotional run for this December Super Sikh Run.  It wasn’t an “official” #100daysofrunning celebration, as such, but enough of us had taken part in the challenge to mean that we had our own buzz.

And boy!  Did ever I make the right decision!

Get any group of Sikhs together, and dancing and music will follow sure as day follows night 🙂

So yesterday we had music and dancing and snacks and loads of laughing friendly faces.

 

I’m not sure the regular Sunday morning walkers of Bonta Park (below) knew what had hit them!

Oh yes – how was the run, do I hear you ask?

A great 10km trail run through a lovely forest.

But oh, the dancing & jollity were such fun!

And, of course, there was the presence of India’s very own Blade Runner, Major D.P.Singh.I wrote a post about this brave man earlier today, so I won’t repeat myself, but if you haven’t yet read that post, here you go – here’s the link to a story of huge, amazing bravery.

WHAT a lovely man he is.

Chatting, endlessly smiling & posing for photos.

Such an inspiration, making me feel quite silly with my post-climbing exhaustion excuses…

So, yes, a fab way to mark the end of a challenge, and to remember that as well as running, there’s also all that fun singing and dancing.

(Cue silly photo of me trying to dance with these gorgeous girls 😛 )

Well, gorgeous girls and a bloke 😛

Running with a legend

For a few minutes yesterday, during my 100th run of the #100daysofrunning challenge, I got to run alongside a legend, and chat with him, and to feel – for the time spent in his company – truly inspired.

The man in question is Major D.P.Singh, more commonly known as India’s first blade runner.

In 1999, Major D.P.Singh was severely injured during the Kargil War and had half of his right leg amputated.

Here, FYI, is part of his entry in Wikepedia, giving an almost sanitised account of what were horrific injuries:

“Major D.P. Singh was injured on 15 July 1999 at LOC in Akhnoor sector while fighting for India during the Kargil War (Operation Vijay).

He was 80 meters from a Pakistani Army post when a mortar fell within 1.5 metre of where he was; the shrapnel injured multiple parts of his body. A part of his right leg was amputated as it had developed gangrene.

It is hard to believe that this charming, smiling man with whom I ran and chatted yesterday was virtually left for dead, his intestines ripped out by the force of the mortar.  Declared dead, then later found to be still alive by another doctor, gangrene, amputation – and yet, smilingly, this lovely man celebrates the day of his terrible accident as his rebirth day.

His courage is simply amazing.

It was only after his amputation that he started running, and as well as being an accomplished marathoner, he is now a motivational speaker, inspiring amputees in India.

Any wonder that it was both humbling and uplifting to run and talk with him.

Our run yesterday was a trail run, through a forest with enough ups & downs, & steps & slippery bits to make me slow down, on the grounds that I might slip, and there was the gallant Major…

(Both these photos are Chetan’s)

 

 

Major Singh was, deservedly, the centre of attention yesterday and was super low-key about everyone wanting a photo with him.

I was fortunate enough to be running with the Major and the lovely Chetan Singh Gill, a professional photographer, who has taken some smashingly flattering photos of me before.

Chetan sportingly sprinted ahead of us and took some lovely photos:

Then we met the equally talented Atul Bounty Narula, another professional photographer who is often at major running events.

Truly my lucky day 🙂

I could not have asked for a more wonderful end to my own little 100 day challenge.

How does it feel to run every day for 100 days?

Today our #100daysofrunning challenge comes to a close, and to every single person who ran during these hot, humid, monsoon-y months from 29 April to today, 6 August, you/we are all pretty darn fantastic, though I say so myself.

I have my own thoughts and emotions at the conclusion of my 3rd time of running the #100daysofrunning challenge, and I’ll blog about that later.

For now, though, the blog is in the very capable hands of a very happy, ebullient guest blogger – Deepinderr Singh Bindra whom you all met here a few days ago.  Here you go, this is the link to a short promotional video about Deepinderr, & another to a recent Q&A with him.

With no further ado – let’s hear the thoughts and emotions of one very happy man!  This is one very special post, I warn you 🙂

#100daysofrunning #day100 #run from Gurgaon to India Gate, New Delhi.

What a journey it has been! Thanks to my Coach Shshank Pundir & fellow teammates for pushing me to run a distance I have done today.

I am today a mixed bag of emotions.

Happy to have completed this challenge which till just last year I used to only see only other people do it & discuss it on social media, & also sad that I finally bid adieu to a routine which I had very painstakingly & meticulously followed for the last 100days.

Time to introspect.

What have I gained out of this challenge ?

Firstly that I could actually push myself towards a dare & also conquer it, fear of being unsuccessful be dammed ! Running two kms is not a big deal, any runner would tell you. But to do it daily & consistently over almost three & a half months is a commitment one needs to adhere to. Never thought I had it in me to go this far.

Secondly once I was on this challenge, I did not just want to survive it, but actually be on the top of this game. So I would consistently run more than the required 2 kms everyday & keep following the leaderboard chart of my city Gurgaon. Yes, I profess I am guilty of being extremely competitive sometimes & occasionally be even somewhat jealous of my fellow runners who superseded me & took a lead over me in the daily rankings.

But I guess we all are guilty of this sometime or the other, not to mention the fact that all my competitors were exceptionally good runners in this competition & almost half my age too. But have I ever acted my age ? …lol …no …if I did, I wouldn’t be doing all these challenges I am doing now, would I ?

Yes another good thing about this challenge is that I finally managed to come to waist 32 from the almost 34 inches which I had since the last few months & now I weigh 70kgs (& once in a day typically after the weekend long run, I actually weighed 69kgs on my bathroom scale)

So I am eventually a happy contented runner today….for how long …don’t know myself! Ok but today is the time to clink a few glasses & raise a toast !!

Cheers !!!! 

SUCH a lovely post my friend, but you need to explain to me how you lost weight – sadly, I did the exact opposite 🙁

AND, by the way, when you mention, with some regret, the coming to a close of the routine you established for daily running…well…have you met Harminder Singh?  He started running every day for out first challenge AND STILL HASN’T STOPPED!!

So, Deepinderr, there is nothing that says that tomorrow can’t be Day 101 !!

But for now, my friend, shabash and enjoy that drink tonight!  Cheers to you and to everyone who ran for 100 days,

Why do you run? “I run to be healthy and happy”

Today we are Q&A-ing with Dilawer Khan, a Jammu-based runner whom I first met at the finish line of ADHM last year.

We chatted, we took a selfie I seem to remember, and then we each got taken up by the lovely, happy post-race crowds, the euphoria, the hugs & congrats – and that was that.

Thanks to Facebook, we chatted and Dilawer has contributed photos to the blog, and then we met up at registration for the Mumbai marathon in January this year, but we’ve never actually had time to stop and talk about motivation & goals & other lofty subjects.

So I decided to Q him, and he very kindly accepted to A 😛

Let’s listen to Dilawer:

Q Why do you run?

A I started with no specific purpose but only after some time I felt like as if it was running which was missing from my life…now I can say I run to be healthy and happy (there’s no run you regret) it’s turning out to be my passion now 😛

Q When did you start running?

A It was the summer of 2015, inspired by a friend who wasn’t much into sports and finished a HM.  With a few weeks of practice I finished my first official race  -the ADHM’15 (2:08)

(Editor – wow!)

Q Morning/evening runner?

A I prefer mornings though I run in the evenings and some times late nights (thanks to 100 days of running)

Q With or without music?

A I run without music (won’t mind trying it in future )

Q Next running goal ?

A Long term : to run injury free and be an ultra runner.
Short term : finish ADHM’17 in 105 minutes (wish me luck)

Whew.

So much in such succinct replies…“there’s no run you regret”…true true true.  That’s one of the joys of running, isn’t it?

Er – excuse me, my friend –  you did your first half marathon in 2:08 after just a few weeks of training?  Seriously? Jeepers, man! 🙂

And as for those running goals – to become an ultra runner and, in the short term, a super-fast half this November.  Feel quite breathless just thinking about it all!

And here’s the man himself, looking super-composed at the finish line.

#keeprunning #keepinspiring my friend, and see you in November!

Counting down to the next marathon

And so, with an ever-so-slightly racing heart and just-a-little-sweaty palms, I clicked on the link to register for the Mumbai Marathon in January 2018 this morning, an hour after registration opened.

Pre-race nerves, 171 days early?

You betcha.

Really, Christine?!

‘fraid so.

Whatever it is, the flutter of anticipation and the sense of excitement is well and truly in place.

I think part of the nervousness comes from the fact that I never, ever took part in any sporting competition or event in my childhood…teenage years…young adulthood…middle age…nothing at all, until I hit 60, started running as a bucket list tick, and am now well and truly addicted.

So all those years of never-experienced pent-up nerves and jitters are now having a field day 😛

Anyway, the deed is done.

Rs2000 committed.

Now to book flights and accommodation.

Oh yes, and to train, train, train.

Even though I have run 4 marathons thus far, all of ’em nice and s-l-o-w, I do not underestimate the stamina required to run 42.195km in the heat and humidity.

There is time – 171 days – to get myself marathon-fit, and so I shall head out for my run today with a little more mental fortitude than usual.

I even did some planks, alone, without being forced to, so that shows how serious I am, right?!

 

 

And, let’s not deny it, I am super-encouraged by the message Haile Gebrselassie sent me 🙂

So, there we are.

Wonderful Mumbai & me.

For the next 171 days…

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