So what’s YOUR excuse for not running, then?!

We’ll have no more of the usual wimpish excuses like “I’m feeling tired…I have no energy…I have no time…”

No more excuses, people!

Just watch this video (below) from last weekend’s Pune marathon, and then tell me that you’re tired or demotivated or lacking in energy.

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24 year old Javed Choudhari only has one leg, and he ran a half marathon and then he danced.

How utterly amazingly inspirational is this young man?

Read his story and then go on, head out to exercise 🙂

Are you a running nerd?

Confession time.

According to a Buzzfeed quiz I took, I am a total running nerd.

Like so:

So, in the spirit of true nerdiness, I’m going to share with you my latest discovery, from this morning’s session with my Delhi running group…

My discovery is that I really, really, REALLY enjoy unstructured fartlek.

Doubt it gets weirder than that 😛

As I’m sure you all know, fartlek training is “defined as periods of fast running intermixed with periods of slower running.”

In structured fartlek, you do (for example) 1 minute fast followed by 1 minute slow, or whatever combo you decide.

In the unstructured version that Coach Vijay made us do this morning, it was random.

We all started out fast – but our own version of fast – and when he blew the whistle, we changed to slow, and so on and so forth, in a pattern of uneven times.  Coach didn’t set a pace, nor a fixed time frame.  We ran on our own, according to the whistle.

What I liked about this morning’s session is that it was me fixing my fast and my slow, so I was totally running for and against myself.

No feelings of dismay at the superior speeds of my fellow runners, as happens in tempo runs, for example.

Today, I decided my level of fast, and ran my own drill.  Since I am naturally a slow runner, and habitually the last to finish drills, often I admit to feeling disappointed by my own lack of speed, compared to the others in my group.

But not in this training method.

I finished the fartlek session shattered, but not at all discouraged.

No one comes first or last in such a drill.

So you end the session totally elated 🙂

Hey!

One last thing before I go.

Won’t you please share your level of nerdiness?

Post a comment (directly here in the blog, please and not via Facebook) and we can see just how nerdy we all are!!

All hail the new marathoner!

Disclaimer.

    1.  This post is almost a week late.  My bad.
    2. This post is 99.99% written by the shiny new marathoner in question, so my input is minimal.

Having said that, it is now with HUGE affection that I hand over the reins of this blog post to my Delhi girlfriend and BRAND NEW MARATHONER, Reeti Sahai.

Reeti is a well-known & much-loved member of the Delhi-NCR running community.  Tall, willowy, with an infectious booming laugh and a personality to match, Reeti just run a sub 4 in her first ever marathon in Berlin – where running records were broken.

Fabulous achievement, girlfriend 🙂  And having seen you out running all through the summer, you totally deserve this outstanding result 🙂

Let’s here it for Reeti:

Marathoner – this word gives me immense JOY !

I had been running half marathons for 6 years now and I somehow always said, “ Nah not a full marathon. It’s too much.” And while I said so, I respected every person who ran a full. I turned 40 this January and one fine day (just about four months before I ran the Berlin marathon on 16th Sept 2018) I just sprung out of bed and said, “I’ve got to run a full marathon in my 40th year”. And that was IT. There was no looking back once the mind had conceived it. Thankfully, like most decisions in my life, this came from my gut too and I was convinced that this had to be done.
I called up my running coach Ian Dexter Ladbrook and broke the news. I was apprehensive he’d say, “you’re not ready. You’re too old to start running one. “ etc etc However, to my surprise and delight, he said, “that’s amazing and you can do a sub 4 hour marathon Reeti”. While I loved his confidence in me, I wasn’t sure what that meant in terms of training and hard work. And yes, it certainly didn’t mean that cause I can run a half in sub 2 hours (my PR being 1.44.03) I could run a full in sub 4. Those of you, marathoners, who’re reading this know exactly what I mean. To cut a long story short, I started receiving my weekly training plans and I started off with running four days a week and strength-training once a week. Gradually the mileage, intensity and days of training increased. And so did the heat and humidity in Delhi. I trained in the brutal summer of Delhi. There were mornings I’d question my decision. There were days I didn’t feel like running. I had hell training days. I went through emotions I hadn’t experienced. Training in the Summer wasn’t easy. I chafed and HOW. Discovered aches and pains in new parts of my body. I slept for 10hours a couple of days a week. I tried to eat as healthy. I had a bare-minimum social life (my friends almost dis-owned me and will vouch for this). They thought I’d hit mid life crises. I visited my sports physician for every minor niggle I had. I didn’t want to jeopardize my training. I got regular massages done. I almost slept at 9pm if not earlier for these four months. I barely drank alcohol.
I had the most amazing set of running friends who are family now. I couldn’t have done this without them. They say sport has the power to change lives – I can vouch for this.
Subhash, Jyoti, Hritik, Vipul, Vinay, Harveen, Amit, Nivi. Subhash ChauhanNivi Samanta Hrithik Prakash Vipul Manocha Vinay Bhardwaj Harveen Singh Johar DrAmit Ballani
I don’t know what to say, except GRATITUDE from the bottom of my heart. You guys have been beyond amazing ! To run with me every Sunday morning. Crazy hours. Crazy distance. And the runs only got longer and tougher but you ran with me throughout. I’m blessed. I owe you !
Preet Singh Thankyou for being there. Thankyou for constantly pushing me, encouraging me and telling me I could do this. For bearing with my rants and for also being selfish at times to achieve my goal.

Amna Ahmed Divya Vaish Aggarwal Hamid Ahmed Bharat Sharma Nitin Bhardwaj Deepak Bhardwaj Arvind Kumar TheKhati Amit Bhavya Sharma
Amna Divya Hamid Amit Bharat Nitin to name a few – who saw me train every morning and always encouraged me. This gave me so much strength guys. Wouldn’t have been possible without you guys rooting for me.
I know I’m missing a lot of names. Each one of you know who YOU are. And I can’t thank YOU enough. This has been one hellva journey and it has changed my life!
My entire family who always supported and encouraged me. They love to see me follow my heart. I’m blessed to have the family I have. I know I may have compromised on family time, trips. I promise to make up for it now. Love you all.
Arjun and Ruushil Arjun Saraswat Ruushill Bhaskar – Thankyou for believing in my abilities and giving me this opportunity. A shout out to the adidas Runners Delhi – for all the training and running mornings with all you fabulous aR people.
Thankyou Ian Dexter Ladbrooke for everything. Yes, let’s discuss marathon No 2. I’m hooked.
I landed in Berlin on the 13th of Sept and settled in. We went to the marathon expo on the same day and it was an overwhelming experience. I loved it. But I also wanted to move out of there as quickly as possible. It was HUGE – the word also doesn’t do justice to how BIG a world major marathon expo is ! Picked my bib number and it all seemed REAL. I was almost there. Nervous and excited. I kept trying to stay positive. Visualize the finish line. How elated I would be once I’ve crossed the finish line etc. it wasn’t easy but I was doing all this. Walked around the city a little for the next two days and these two days seemed never ending. I couldn’t even do much on my feet. You need a pair of fresh legs to run strong kept echoing in my mind. Saturday morning and I went for the shake-out run with adidas Runners Berlin. As always, it was a brilliant morning and we ran from the Berlin City palace to the Olympic stadium – where Usain Bolt created history. It was a beautiful 6km shake-out run chatting away with aR runners from across the globe – this running community is incredible ! I’ve met and made some friends for life. Soon I was back in my hotel room and it was a few hours to the start of my maiden marathon. Butterflies in my stomach as I started pulling out my race gear. Everything was out and ready to be worn the next morning. I couldn’t believe it. I tried to calm.
Ate some pasta for dinner and went to bed early and before I knew it my alarm rang. And it was RACE day.
Off I went to the Start point and almost got lost. It was so huge. 45000 runners from across the world. We kept trying to find the adidas Runners enclosure but couldn’t. It was one hour fifteen minutes to start time. I panicked a little since I had to drop off my bag that had my phone, post race change, some snacks etc. We decided to drop-off at the official baggage counter instead of the aR counter. And then we stood in a 30 minute line to pee. It was crazy. While you could see portapotties all over, the queues were never ending too. I heard the gun and the elites took off.
This was going to be a super special maiden for me. It is a world major marathon. A very saught after marathon. And It was rumored that Kipchoge will break the world record too. And as luck would have it, Yes, he did and I ran on the same track as him. History was created. This will stay for a while now. It was an incredible morning.

Soon, I was at the start line for my maiden marathon to begin and before I could stress more about it, we were flagged off. We were tonnes and tonnes of us who started together from my line up. It was hard to navigate through the crowds but that’s how it was going to be. It took me 15kms to kind of find a little space of my own to run. My pictures will be a witness to what I’m saying. While it was hard to navigate, the crowd also gave me energy. It was contagious. The streets of Berlin will never be the same. It was amazing to see the sheer numbers running and supporting and cheering throughout the 42.195kms. It was one BIG party on the streets of Berlin.
I kept an eye on my watch and tried not to go faster (which is what I usually do and then crash towards the end) than my race pace. I was on track at the 5km mark. I felt great. Soon I had reached the 8th km. I popped a gel and took a couple of sips of water and by the time I settled it was 10km. I felt good. I felt strong. And I said to myself, “let’s do this Reeti. 3 more 10kms to go with the same pace”. I kept talking to myself to run strong and not drop pace. I went into a zone and before I realised it was 16kms done. I had finished the water I was carrying. Thankfully, I was holding on to the bottle. Picking up a glass and drinking while running wasn’t the easiest thing to do. You could neither drink the entire glass nor run with it. And I didn’t want to stop at all cause I would loose momentum then. This was painful. And the water stations had traffic jams – if you know what I mean. It was the hardest to navigate through a sea of people to pick that glass of water while running. I popped my second gel at the 16km mark. Downed a couple of sips of water and threw the glass away. To my delight, I saw a water re-filling station. Atleast, I wouldn’t need to stop as often. I quickly stopped for a few seconds to fill my bottle and continued. And as I looked I had reached the half way mark. The first half-marathon was done. And it was done on point. Pace and time – even splits. I was smiling and said, “let’s crush the second half too”. I was focused. I saw a couple of cameras clicking, I was smiling. Visualising the finish line. Bands playing. People offering energy drinks. Rooting. Encouraging. Shouting along the way. The energy was incomparable. I looked at my Garmin and I had reached the 25km mark. I said, “15 more to go” Come on Reeti. I popped another gel and felt as good as the start. Had a few sips of water. Sprinkled some on myself as well and I was good to push for another few kms. I zoned out again. Was just enjoying the energy around me. Smiling and grateful thinking that I’m actually living my dream of running a world major as my maiden marathon. I notice around and the crowd got slightly lesser. I’m at the 34th kilometer. I do feel a little tired. I was almost on track even now (fingers crossed). I had heard of THE wall from most of my marathon friends. I was well versed with the term NOT the feeling yet. Was hoping I don’t hit the wall. I quickly popped my fourth gel. I realise I’m out of water and just then I see another water re-filling station. I stopped for a few seconds and filled my bottle hoping it will last me till the finish now. By now I was thirsty, I wanted to drink a couple of litres of water. I had almost half the bottle and my fourth gel and felt better and continued running. And YaY, I did NOT hit the so called wall.
Before I could realise I was crossing the adidas Runners cheering station at the 37th km and I see familiar faces and hear louder cheers ! I got a bout of fresh energy. And it was a matter of the last 5kms now. I knew I had no choice but to push. Giving up is easy. I was a bit tired now. My legs were screaming. Pain is temporary. Glory will be permanent – is what I told myself. 37done Reeti. The last 5km to go.What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This is an absolute favourite of mine and it actually works. I was smiling too thinking I’ll soon be a marathoner.
As I got closer to the finish line, the cheering got louder. I could see the Brandenburg gate and I knew I had done this. I crossed the timing mat on the Brandenburg gate and realised I have another 400 meters to run. The finish line was finally in sight and I crossed it with a huge sense of pride and couldn’t stop but tear up. Yes, tears of joy ! I had done it. Done it strong. I was smiling. I was at peace. It seemed like a dream. It’s still sinking in. I’m still basking in the glory of a sub 4 marathoner ! Yes, I’m flaunting my time. I’ve earned it.
This will always be special – so close to my heart.
My maiden marathon
At 40
A world major
Berlin marathon 2018
Where Kipchoge broke his own world record
And a sub 4 marathon for me.
3.57.32
Does it get any better ?

Counting my blessings.
Grateful.

Now, isn’t that THE most fabulous sharing of a super moment in time?  This young woman has described every emotion so perfectly, and reading it brought back so many memories and feelings of my own maiden marathon…though I trained alone and trotted over the finish line w-a-y slower than my rockstar friend :P.

Reeti, fabulous achievement.  Fully deserved.  And here’s to many more wonderful achievements.

What did you see on your run today? #381 comes from Cape Town

One of Delhi-NCR’s most talented runners, Juby George (who was also part of our #sheditrun) flew to Cape Town yesterday.

As if that isn’t envy-inducing enough, Juby posted THIS photo of her run this morning by the beach in CT.

“One of the most beautiful sunrises I have seen in my life… Good run along Beach road, saw a rainbow and made few friends en route… “

TOTAL envy!

TOTAL love for South Africa (where I used to live).

Juby, I am going to enjoy your trip vicariously, through your running photos 🙂

#keeprunning #keepinspiring  & #keepsharing your photos!

Guest post #5: how was YOUR experience of the Ladakh Marathon?

Today the blog is being hosted by a remarkable young lady called Gayatri Mathur who was part of our group in Leh, who trained quietly and seriously with no fuss, and then – quick drumroll – coolly placed first in the open category.

First, people!

How fantastic is that?

Without any further ado, let’s hear Gayatri’s account of running the half marathon in Leh, 2 weeks ago.  It is very modest and completely downplays her rock-star performance!

“I started my running journey in 2015, but somehow I hadn’t heard of any high altitude runs until last year, when I saw some of my running buddies posting pictures of their run from the very picturesque Leh. Seeing so many of them run and talking to them obviously motivated me to push my limit and sign up for this new challenge this year.

Now in terms of my past preparations for all my half marathons or even the full marathon that I have attempted, I had typically practiced in Delhi and I reached my run destination a few days earlier – say a Friday or a Saturday for a Sunday run. However, Leh with its high altitude & low oxygen levels had to be tackled differently.

After consulting a few of my running buddies who had done this marathon I realized that it’s best to reach a week in advance. Therefore, both my partner and I took time off our work and decided to make this a vacation/running trip. For the training part, I consulted Coach Gagan who gave me a week long workout plan to prepare for the race. As for the travel part, I consulted the event organizers, Rimo Expeditions to help me with a great travel itinerary that allowed me to follow my training plan and travel around Leh.  

We finally reached Leh on September 1st (Day 1) and as per the plan we just rested in our hotel for most part of the day and ventured out in the market for dinner.

Day 2 had a unique workout in store wherein all we had to do was climb 650 steps of Shanti Stupa. Though this workout wasn’t difficult to complete, it definitely left both of us breathless at numerous points. In the latter half of the day we visited places around Leh – Magnetic hill, Pathar sahib, Zanskar and Indus sangam, Alchi and Hall of Fame.

Day 3, had an easy 5K jog as per the plan and I was pretty confident that this was an easy task. I stepped out of my hotel at 5:45am, did a bit of warm up stretching and started my run uphill towards Shanti Stupa from the market area where my hotel was located. To my utter shock I realized I was tired and slightly out of breath at the 2Kms mark with a speed of 7:20/km! This is the slowest that I have ever run and this didn’t seem like a very encouraging start to my Leh training. Anyhow I completed the intended route to Shanti Stupa and back and went ahead with the other exciting part of the day, ie the  travel to Khardungla first followed by a night stay in Nubra. Both places were spectacular but the best part of the day was a sighting of a double full rainbow at Nubra.

Day 4 was an interval run day and as Nubra was pretty flat and slightly lower in altitude vs Leh, I had a slightly better run there. After the workout and the hearty breakfast, we moved towards the exceptionally beautiful Pangong lake. We stayed the night at a camp in Pangong and did some pretty decent night sky photography with a basic DSLR.

Day 5 was an easy 10K run which I did along Pangong with spectacular views and a little bit of rain. Running pace was still hovering around the 7/km mark (yikes!). We headed out to Leh via Changla pass and Thiksey monastery. Our driver was kind enough to show us a bit of the marathon route on our way back and also point out that the last 3.5Km of the run are a complete uphill.

Day 6 was a rest day when I did a bit of strength training exercises and we just roamed around Leh, exploring the city and some great new restaurants

Day 7 was meant for the last run before the marathon – easy 7k run and I attempted the Shanti stupa uphill course again, but without any breaks. We were in for a pleasant surprise around lunchtime when we were walking the main city and noticed the finish line for the Khardungla Challenge right in the middle of the market area. We met up some of our mates and cheered the daring runners completing the insane 72km Khardungla challenge!

Day 8 was a rest day and we did a bit of rolling & stretching and during the day we went out to explore beautiful Leh palace.

Day 9, ie the race day we reached the venue an hour before the race and caught up with all our friends from Delhi. To my surprise the race started off pretty well and I was comfortably averaging less than a 5:30/km speed until I reached the 16.5Km mark. Post the 16.5-17km mark I could see the uphill course of the run and despite so many locals and army men encouraging me to keep running I could see my speed falling. At around the 17.1km mark I finally stopped and for the first time ever walked in a marathon. Post this I did a mix of run and walk with small milestones (next set of buddhist flags, next water station etc.) that I saw on the route. Finally at around the 20.5km mark I met a fellow runner from Bangalore and we both decided we will not stop till the finish line from that point. At the finish line my Garmin showed a time of 2hours 8 minutes and some of the photographers told me I should be within the top 10 women finishers. Though I wasn’t disappointed with my timing, I was irritated that I walked some portions of the run and that should have pushed myself continue running even if it would have been at a slower pace. Post the run I met my husband at the finish line who had finished his 7k ages ago and was keen to find out about my performance. We met some of our friends from other running groups got tonnes of pictures clicked and then went rushed to our hotel to have a quick shower and head out for an interesting modern Ladakhi meal.

While at lunch when I got a call from a friend of mine from the presentation ceremony who informed me that my official timing was little under 2:08 and that I was fourth overall among women and had won a gold medal in the non-Ladakhi women category. Honestly I was very surprised but realized the uphill combined with the altitude might have slowed down many.

Overall I think it was a beautiful trip as both me and my husband enjoyed every bit of the trip, but I think some meticulous hill training especially for the last 3 kilometres combined with enough rest and acclimatization should be the formula to tame this beast for next year! “

Well done, Gayatri & congrats on such a fab performance.

Guest post #4: how was YOUR experience of the Ladakh Marathon?

Gotta love a guest post that starts with “Any idiot can run but you need a special kind of idiot to run a marathon” which is what this one did 😛

Today another of my ASICS Running Club mates, R K Bahuguna, takes over as our guest blogger, sharing his thoughts on the Ladakh marathon.
RkB has an interesting, almost philosophical take on his experience, and makes some good, insightful points.
Enjoy!
“Listening to the heroic tales from runners who had conquered the Ladakh marathon last year, I was excited for the challenge.
The stories of acclimatization needed for 4-5 days, low oxygen levels in dry-arid climate, direct sunlight & UV piercing your eyes & body at 11000+ feet around barren picturesque mountains, invite you to conquer this highest marathon in world as certified by AIMS.
A video of the Ladakh run was posted in our ASICS group and huge interest was generated with 30+ people registering for the Ladakh half marathon. My excitement led to booking of air tickets to Leh on 13/03/18, 6 months before the event.
(Editor: Well done, you!)
ASICS running group friends reached Leh for acclimatization from 01/09/18 onwards to 06/09/18 for the race scheduled on 09/09/18. What better way to acclimatize than visiting various places of interest around Leh like Leh Palace, Leh market, Hall of Fame of Indian Army, Patthar Sahib Gurudwara, Sangam of Indus & Zanskar rivers, rafting in chilling Zanskar river, monuments & places of worship, school of Sonam Wangchuk etc.
Daily morning training uphill run of 4-5 kms to Shanti stupa was exposing us to the forthcoming challenge.
(Editor: It sure did 😛 )
A road trip of approx 170 kms on 07/09 through the difficult uphill terrain via Changla Pass (A passage/road connecting two valley ranges) at 17500 feet, took 12 of us to Pangong Tso (14000’). The lake is 160 kms long and 500m to 5000m in width at various points.
A night camping at the lake side in Swiss cottages in chilly, windy weather was another experience. We were better acclimatized but tired after the arduous journey, when we reached Leh on 8th evening.
 After enough of sight-seeing & good acclimatization, now it was time for official running in the festive environment.
(Editor: Aha!  Finally we get down to the serious business of running :P)
We confidently took to the start line at 6.30 am and ran along the Leh-Manali highway with approx. 1500 runners for the half marathon.
My strategy was to pace up on down slopes, as up gradients shall stall.
Hydration was important as we were frequently feeling dryness in mouth and lack of oxygen to match the running pace.
The down slopes were easy to traverse once I got the hydration sorted and I managed the up slopes of Saboo village.The route goes down hill for about 5-6 kms and reaches again Leh-Manali highway & U turn starts at 11.5 kms. I was gasping for oxygen even on down/flat  tracks, a unique experience. We passed through the home of His Highness Dalai Lama at approx 14kms and then the gradual uphill started. The last 4 kms are steep and I had to run-jog-walk in the stretch after gathering oxygen & hydration.
 
Ladakh region is strategically important as it shares sensitive borders with Pakistan on west and Tibet/China in east, and so there is a good presence of Indian Army. I was elated seeing Army personnel lined up on either side of route and cheering we runners. I responded with ‘Salute to Indian army’ & could sail through the uphill sections charged up and reached finish line at 2.25.46 hrs, in a better than expected time of 30 mins over my PB.
Leh marathon attracts people from all parts of country and overseas, & has unique clientele. Every runner wants to prove his/her endurance by conquering the Ladakh Marathon, and experience life in these difficult terrains with remote places.
When I shared my 21 kms run with the local caretaker at my guest house, he explained that it is routine for them to walk continuously for 160-200 kms with their animals for grazing.
With every daily necessity being transported from Srinagar or Delhi & no local produce, the cost of living is very high. They look forward to tourism for any income whatsoever, & that too for 6 months, as there is hardly any activity in winter times & people migrate to habitable places.
 
Although I feel that this Ladakh run is abnormal, is too killing and that logistics are difficult, it is done for once and all, but…the running bug likes challenges, so who knows…you might just land up again for the 2nd time in Leh, like our friend Neeraj…
RkB – what a nice account of your whole experience, and I love the way you have cleverly left yourself an opening, possibly running in Leh another time, just like Neeraj did, running it this year for the second time 🙂
Basically, RkB, as I said to Neeraj, it’s a case of “never say never again”!!

Guest post #3: how was YOUR experience of the Ladakh Marathon?

Today’s Ladakh Marathon story is from a relatively new member of our ASICS Running Club, the irrepressible Anyuta Dhir.

We Q&A-ed with Anyuta a couple of weeks ago, and that blog post was every bit as exuberant as this one is 🙂

Anyuta’s telling of her experience of last Sunday’s race is SO typical of the lady in question – brimming with enthusiasm and happiness.  Such enthusiasm, in fact, that she ran more than she was supposed to, doing a 10k instead of a 7k!!

Love it!

And so, with no further ado, let’s hand the blog over to Ms Dhir:

9th September 2018 was an Extraordinary day for Ordinary Me…

I RAN MY FIRST MARATHON EVER, THAT TOO IN THE WORLD’S HIGHEST and amongst the toughest Terrains, The Ladakh Marathon. It claims to be the highest marathon in the world, held at a height of 11,500 to 17,618 feet.

While my team mates ran for 21Km and 42 KM, I had registered for a meagre 7KM ‘Run for fun’, being a new runner only about 5 months old into my new found passion. Although I had been training for it in my group with the most experienced runners, I had still found myself saying to one of my group mates just a few days before the run..a huff n puff…n tizzy dizzy…and I shall…and I will…walk or run…and I Will. With these words I wasn’t even sure if I would finish the 7 KM race in the first place…
As I started my 7km FUN RUN on the Race day, I felt the ease with which I could easily complete the 7KM, which I did eventually within a respectable 58 mins.

I saw the crowd taking a U TURN 3.5 KMs into the race track. That’s when I was reminded of a conversation which I had with an experienced runner from my group having taken me under his wing, with a promise to make me worthy of a half marathon.

I remembered him telling me, Anyuta if you see yourself run easy to reach your 7KM target…. GO ON to PUSH YOURSELF FURTHER , DO NOT FEAR…and that’s when I decided to run and complete a 10 KM on the 42 KM track as my run extended beyond the turning point of the 7KM track.

I also was energized by the following words, that I’d shared with the group in response to my associates thoughts on having an ill effect due to bad weather conditions if at all on the race day;

And also thought to myself….isn’t this also about LIFE on a day to day basis….

Life will bring obstacles and difficulties;
They do not come to stop you.
They come to strengthen you and help you progress with more experience.
Keep advancing as One day is not the same as another.
Have a wonderful RuN weather in RAIN or SUN…
FOR WE WALK FREE RUN FREE LIVE FREE coz WE ARE BORN FREE.

With these thoughts I knew I had it in me and I PROUDLY COMPLETED a NEWLY SELF STYLED RACE CATEGORY of 10 KM. 🙂

Anyuta, my dear, congrats for such a good performance, at altitude and also for such a happy outlook.

But let me say one thing if I may.

You said earlier, and I quote – “I had registered for a meagre 7KM ‘Run for fun'”.  7km is not meagre, especially at altitude, and for a new runner like yourself.

Do not belittle your achievements.

My first run was a 6km run and I am still super proud of it 🙂

I use that very first 6km as my benchmark for current timings, and whenever I am 6km from the finish line of a race, I KNOW I can do it, because 6km is my lucky distance.

So, no more talk of “meagre”, please!

You ran brilliantly and we are all proud of you!

And there is a new world record!

Just watch Eliud Kipchoge’s spectacular finish, a short while ago, at the Berlin Marathon.
He’s smiling, he’s happy, he looks as though he could run for ever!
What. A. Man
Talk about inspiring 🙂

Eliud Kipchoge Marathon World Record – Finish of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2018

Eliud Kipchoges finish with a new world record, that will be remembered for decades.The greatest marathon runner of all times. #berlin42 #worldrecord

Posted by BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday, 16 September 2018

Guest post #2: How was YOUR experience of the Ladakh Marathon?

Gosh.
This time last week we hadn’t even run the Ladakh Marathon.
We were all carbo-loading like crazy and turning in early, the night before the big race!
Fast forward a week, and we’re all back home – be it Delhi for most of us, or London for my sister and brother-in-law after their first ever 7k!!
Life goes on, with back to work, and running group meetings and yet…and yet…the memories of last week linger on.
Cue this guest post from one of the stalwarts of my ASICS Running Club, Harvinder Singh, aka Harry.
“When I landed in Leh Ladakh-The land of high passes – my eyes were only on that 21.2 kms and what time I could get over, it but after seeing such picturesque sights such as crystal clear skies, Pangong to die for, Magnetic hill, rafting at Zanskar, snow at Changla pass, that 21kms went up to the heavens but when THE DAY arrived, I had no clue where I will end up (without any practice run here).
As I started my run, even before completing my 1st km I thought I would be dead and buried by the end.
My throat was bone dry and I was looking left, right and centre for some hydration.
But somehow I crawled to the first hydration point.
The other thing to watch out for was the U-turn which I kept looking for, which came after 13kms strangely.
I couldn’t speed up from 6.20 to 6.10 with controlled HR
Then at the climax came Mount Everest to climb… tried to have a go but had to settle for a walk
(Ed: Mount Everest is right, my friend.  That final slope was a killer!)
One huge thing I missed out on was my sleep… couldn’t sleep for more than 2hrs on an average for 5 days.
Even though I managed to got over the line with an average timing of 2.27 I had learned the hard fought lesson for the future.
Lessons learned :
#have 2-3 small distance runs prior to the big day
#grab enough sleep as much as you can
#have enough fuel in the tank so as to say
#carry ur own hydration from the beginning
#have some close friends whom you can rely on at ur bad times
#arrive at least a week prior to acclimatise
#But the most important lesson learnt is, as Coach says, ‘MIND OVER BODY’ and finally, a ‘NEVER SAY DIE’ attitude which my idiot friends have in abundance!!
And here is the man himself, looking in super good form!
Shabash, my friend!  Thank you for such a frank post, from the heart 🙂
#keeprunning #keepinspiring

Why do you run? “To be fit with a fun factor”

Today we are Q&A-ing with Rachna Agrawal, one of the talented young women in my ASICS Running Club.

Rachna, you see, is not only a consistently good runner, she is also a fabulous yogini, often leading our post-training stretching sessions.

Like so:

You remember the format of this Q & A by now?

5 simple questions, that’s all

So, let’s hear why Rachna runs, shall we?

Q. Why do you run?

A. Running over a period of time has become a major part of my life.  It started with a desire to be fit with a fun factor.  I’m a social freak and like to make friends.

Though I have been into yoga for quite sometime, the only factor that I didn’t find in it was the fun factor.  Being with friends and chatting with them at 5 o’clock in the morning – that kind of fun!

Q. When did you start running?

A. I started running about 3 years ago, when I ran alone, and just before events.  I really started formally 2 years ago.

Q. Morning/evening runner?

A. I’m strictly a morning runner.  (Actually, I have never run in the evening…)

Q. With/without music?

A. I initially started to run with music, but since I have joined the running group, I love the rhythmic sound of my friends’ feet matching with mine…their illogical but interesting chats…this fills me with energy & I start my days actually happy.

Q. Running goal?

A. I want to grow old with it, and register with my grandchildren for ADHM (Ed: the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon)

Now, how lovely are Rachna’s answers?

“...illogical but interesting chats...” and my absolute fave “ I want to grow old with it, and register with my grandchildren for ADHM.”  Rachna, those are such lovely words!

#keeprunning #keepinspiring 🙂

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