Posts Tagged ‘half marathon’

Mumbai conquered! next is what?

January 27, 2009

Yes, I was there!

scmm

11.4 Km

Avg Speed

(km/h)

Avg Speed

(min/km)

Finish Time (Net)

Finish Time (Gross)

Overall Rank

Category Rank

01:10:41

7.27

08:15

02:53:55

02:54:01

1409

1054

 As you can see, I took 45 more minutes than my maiden half-marathon in Delhi on 9 Nov! I can blame it to hotter weather of Mumbai but I must confess – I was not well prepared. Now I know the importance of proper training. I also got obsessed with speed and ran for half the course so fast that I could hardly run for the last few KMs 😦

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Until we all win, we all loose!

December 19, 2008
I became a social investor with RangDe sometime back …
Below is my article published in RangDe.org’s Dec 2008 newsletter
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Recently, I came across a quote ‘Until we all win, we all loose!’ (It was in the context of the current global turmoil that has been supposedly triggered by greed)

It made me wonder why people behave out of scarcity mentality. Some may argue that ‘survival of the fittest’ compels one to be selfish and think only about oneself. It might be true deep in the sea that the big fish swallows the small one. ‘Survival of the fittest’ might be the only law applicable in a jungle. But, the world of human interaction is neither a deep sea nor a dense forest that one is compelled to be selfish and think only about oneself!

We humans are gifted with an amazing brain – we need not behave the way animals do!

Let’s assume there are 10 people and 1000 food-grains among them. In such a scenario, there are 3 basic options available to them:

1. They all can fight amongst each other and the lone survivor will eat all of them till he needs or the grains get spoiled. Certainly a barbaric option!

2. A better one but still a short-sighted option would be they all share 100 grains, eat them and then starve to death later!

3. The best & wisest option would be they all get together and keep aside a portion of the grains with which they cultivate more such grains for the future and survive on the remaining portion.

Now, isn’t that what creative human brains should do? This is what truly means ‘increasing the size of the pie’ OR ‘having the pie and eating it too!’

I feel that many of problems faced by today’s world (be it terrorism or be it food riots) have their roots in ignoring the fact that ‘Until we all win, we all loose’. As long as the gap between the richest and the poorest is huge and the people at the bottom of the pyramid are ‘exploited’, there would be ‘incentives’ for a few to resort to ways that are not ‘harmonious and peaceful’. Do not think that I am trying to promote ‘socialism’ here. I strongly feel that it does pay to provide ample opportunities to climb up the ladder and enjoy the comforts of higher order to those who have capability but scarce resources.

When I came across www.RangDe.org, I was delighted to see how it is applying technology to contribute (in its own humble ways) in ensuring each one of us wins!

RangDe

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What’s happening with the Mumbai RUN?

15 Dec – 11 KM ~ 65 min

18 Dec – 5 KM ~ 30 min

just RUN updates

December 1, 2008

26 Nov – Wed – ~ 5 KM

27 Nov – Thu – Stretching for around 20 mins

28 Nov – Fri – ~ 6.5 KM in 39 mins

1 Dec – Mon – ~ 9 KM in 52 mins

Time to be careful!

October 27, 2008

Mon – 20 Oct ~ 10 KM in roughly an hour (on treadmill)

Tue – 21 Oct – Rest

Wed – 22 Oct ~ 7 KM in 40 min

Thu – 23 Oct – Rest

Fri – 24 Oct – Rest

Sat – 25 Oct – Rest

Sun – 26 Oct – Rest

Mon – 27 Oct ~ 10 KM in ~ 60 mins

Tue – 28 Oct – Happy & Prosperous

Diwali!

 

I had heard a story when I was very small … A king sends his ‘yuvraj’ (prince) to a saint’s hermit for education .. As an entrance test, the saint (swami) asks the kid to climb up a high tree … when the kid is about to reach back to the ground, the saint utters ‘Be careful!’ … At this, the king asks ‘Swamiji, why you did not give any instructions at the onset of the adventure but asked my son to be careful when he is about to finish the stunt?’ At this, the saint responds ‘Dear King, it is when the end seems very near that most of us lower are guards and are therefore very vulnerable’ …

Hope this explains the title of my post … It is just 12 days to my first 21+ KM (half-marathon) RUN!

just the RUN updates …

September 29, 2008

Mon – 22 Sep – 9 KM ~ 54 min
Tue – 23 Sep – Rest
Wed – 24 Sep – 6 KM ~ 37 min
Thu – 25 Sep – 3 KM ~ 18 min
Fri – 26 Sep – 6 KM
Sat – 27 Sep – Rest (1st Guest lecture! 🙂
Sun – 28 Sep – Rest

Business (RUN) as usual :-)

September 22, 2008

My RUN practice is back to usual regularity 🙂 … It is just 7 weeks to go before I run my first half-marathon!

I have tweaked my training plans (rewinded it by few weeks) to ensure the 21 KM (half-marathon) falls on 9 Nov 08!

Mon – 15 Sep – Rest
Tue – 16 Sep – 8 KM ~ 50 min (treadmill; this was planned for mon but swapped for now)
Wed – 17 Sep – 6 KM ~ 40 min (treadmill; as opposed to planned 6.5)
Thu – 18 Sep – 3 KM ~ 19 min (treadmill; as opposed to planned 3.25)
Fri – 19 Sep – 6 KM ~ 38 min (treadmill; as opposed to planned 6.5)
Sat – 20 Sep – Rest; as planned [TeachIndia]
Sun – 21 Sep – Rest; as planned

when you hit a rough patch …

September 15, 2008

Today, while driving to work, I literally hit upon a rough patch of road. And this offered me two choices —
the easier one – to curse it (and everyone responsible for it)
OR
the better one – to thank it for reminding me how good the road till then was AND to thank the road (and everyone responsible) for such a good/smooth ride till I hit upon this patch!

I think you guessed it already! 🙂

I ‘thank’ the past week to remind me ‘how regular my RUN practice was’ till this rough patch (as far as my RUNing goes) came up 🙂

Here is a picture that captured happy expressions of kids from local NGO after they participated in 7th Sep’s RunningAndLiving.com event!

Mon – 8 sep – Rest (planned)
Tue – 9 sep – Rock On! (unplanned rest)
Wed – 10 sep – ‘The Secret’ (more on this later; unplanned rest)
Thu – 11 sep – 6.5 KM in 42 mins (on treadmill)
Fri – 12 sep – Rest (planned)
Sat – 13 sep – ‘TeachIndia’ (not written anything about this yet!?)
Sun – 14 sep – Just 2 KM in the park (almost rest; unplanned)

Your support for my RUN4GAIA plans will motivate me to ensure that such rough patches do not reoccur 🙂

Last or 4th or FINISHER?

August 25, 2008

I recall practically the ‘first’ race I took part in. I was in the first or second year of graduation (fresh out of the ‘teen’s … maybe 20 then).

When the college sports day was announced, I was not too much into any sports then but still wanted to participate anyhow. I scanned through the list of competitions and felt that Race (running) would be something that does not need much of prior experience or preparation. I thought it would be even easy to stand out (and secure a position without much of effort) if I signed up for the 1600 meter race (the longest one for the sports event) – and I went for it! All with whom I shared the news were probably laughing at me — do you know what it means to run for 1600 meter in a race event? (This made me feel even better thinking that my guess would turn out right and I would easily come in the top 3 – since there may be just 3 such crazy geeks).

The race day arrived and when all participants gathered at the start line I was bit puzzled – there were 4 participants in all – I was unhappy that my hunch of having only 3 (or less) runners did not turn out to be true but was positive thinking I only have to beat just one guy to secure at least the 3rd (second runner-up) position 🙂

However, as the race progressed I realized that even simple looking running needs preparation. After couple of rounds (of 400 meter) all the other 3 participants were ahead of me. I tried my best but by the time I was at 1300 meter mark (or so) all of them had taken considerable lead. Soon, they had crossed the finish line and shattered my wishful thinking of securing a medal (without much of effort 🙂 ). The spectators were so engrossed in cheering their success that it took them a while to notice that I was still on the race track! Despite of all the medal positions being taken up, I continued running till the finish line and felt satisfied with the self-assurance that I could atleast complete the 1600 meter race that I had signed up for.

Being a FINISHER itself is an achievement, especially in a major event like half-marathon (or marathon) where hundreds and thousands RUN for the sake of running (and just few decorate the stage of winners!) … I am not a ‘pro’ runner … but I can certainly speak from the experience of my ‘first’ race event 🙂

Now, how about some running humor (I am not yet there 🙂 ) before you see my updates below –

Mon – 18 Aug – light ‘stretch & strength’ in the office gym

Tue – 19 Aug – 6 KM in 35 minutes (in the nearby park)

Wed – 20 Aug – 3.25 KM in 16:30 minutes (on treadmill)

Thu – 21 Aug – 6.5 KM in 33:40 minutes (on treadmill)

Fri – 22 Aug – Rest

Sat – 23 Aug – Rest [first volunteering session for Teach India]

Sun – 24 Aug – 10 km in 63 minutes (in the park – My 1st 10 KM & 1st 1 hr+ on the track)

Haven’t you read about my latest project yet? Please comment and register your moral support here! (Info. about the related Orkut community & FaceBook group is mentioned on that page)

Half-Marathon Training schedule (that I am following)

July 29, 2008

What’s this?!? Read about my latest project … here

(NOTE: Adapted from the schedule I read here)

TRAINING CHART

 

Half Marathon Training Schedule (12 weeks)

Week

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

1

Rest

5 km run

3.25 km run or cross

5 km run

Rest

30 min cross

6.5 km run

2

Rest

5 km run

3.25 km run or cross

5 km run

Rest

30 min cross

6.5 km run

3

Rest

6 km run

3.25 km run or cross

6 km run

Rest

40 min cross

8 km run

4

Rest

6 km run

3.25 km run or cross

6 km run

Rest

40 min cross

8 km run

5

Rest

6.5 km run

3.25 km run or cross

6.5 km run

Rest

40 min cross

9.5 km run

6

Rest

6.5 km run

3.25 km run or cross

6.5 km run

Rest or easy run

Rest

5 km run

7

Rest

7.25 km run

5 km run or cross

7.25 km run

Rest

50 min cross

11 km run

8

Rest

7.25 km run

5 km run or cross

7.25 km run

Rest

50 min cross

13 km run

9

Rest

8 km run

5 km run or cross

8 km run

Rest or easy run

Rest

10 km run

10

Rest

8 km run

5 km run or cross

8 km run

Rest

60 min cross

14.5 km run

11

Rest

8 km run

5 km run or cross

8 km run

Rest

60 min cross

16 km run

12

Rest

6.5 km run

5 km run or cross

3.25 km run

Rest

Rest

Half Marathon