Last weekend, I admit it, I took the concept of being footloose to a whole new dimension.
On Sunday, Coach Ravinder, a Gurgaon based runner and coach, organised the 2nd edition of his Footloose Run. It’s a super interesting concept. Runners are not allowed to run with a watch, a GPS, a phone, headphones and they have to predict their own finishing time.
And so the winners are not the fastest over the finish line, but rather those who most accurately predict their own finishing time.
How interesting is that?!
Like last year, this year’s edition had another interesting twist – the entrance fee is higher than usual, BUT instead of the standard T shirt, you get a pair of Mizuno shoes. Like so.
So, very early on Sunday morning, off I went to Gurgaon to run the 2nd edition of Coach Ravinder’s race.
And got beyond lost.
God knows how I managed to mess up – despite using Google maps – but I drove miles and miles in circles. I did one stretch twice, pukka.
My 15km race was due to start at 5.30 so I’d planned to arrive at the venue at 5.10.
OK, make that 5.15.
Oh heck. Might just make it for 5.30…and on it went, and when it was 5.50 and I was still lost I called Coach, only to discover I was still 11km from the venue… 😛
Drive like a bat out of hell.
Finally arrive, to hear the 10k race being flagged off, and then the 5k…and I’m still walking to the venue.
Caught on camera (below) trying to look nonchalant, casually strolling in nearly 3/4 hour late, as the 5k runners set off…& yes, you’re right, that is indeed a lady in a sari running 🙂
But such is the nature of the lovely Footloose people, that the organisers all laughed it off, and just told me to run, and so off I trotted, a mere 42 minutes after the gun start of my 15km run.
You can see my friends Faizi & Tanya (below) clearly finding it all hilarious
Anyway, off I trotted (below), almost certainly the last starter in Footloose 2018 😛
The run itself was good – a 10km loop on a flat, well marked route, and then a 2.5 there & back on the same road. Loads of water stations. Lots of friendly faces.
Plus the inspirational presence of India’s very own Blade Runner, Major D.P.Singh. Sunday marked the 19th year, to the day, since the Major was severely injured during the Kargil war. Part of his right leg had to be amputated, but that hasn’t stopped the galant Major from becoming a living legend, running marathons and giving inspiring motivational talks. He is also a lovely man, which I ascertained when I was lucky enough to run and chat with him, last December.
He ran 19km to mark the 19th anniversary of what he describes as his ‘rebirth”.
What a man!
Closing thoughts on running footloose?
It really is a very different experience running without a watch.
No constant checking, no fretting about your timing, which is my usual race scenario.
I have yet to run a race where I am happy with my time and feel able to relax.
But on Sunday there was no stress.
It was as it was.
Of course, since both the gross (gun) and net times are recorded, I now have a truly disastrous time for my run – because the internet is forever, right?!
Seriously, I was very happy with my net finish time, so let’s just gloss over those extra 42 minutes that are now part of my record, shall we 😛