Posts Tagged ‘marathon’

it is more than just 26.2 miles

April 19, 2010

Finally, I conquered the legendary ‘heartbreak hill’ at Boston Marathon!

The day arrived and I was in Boston on 17th April …  you can feel the enthusiasm in the air … the hotel was buzzing with Boston Marathon contestants from all over the globe.

When I heard several participants are stuck in Europe (because of the ‘global gridlock’ caused as a result of the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland), I realized how important is the grace of the almighty from all aspects.

Seeing the video of the whole course of the marathon (at the expo on 18th April) did bring up some fears in small little corner of my heart – will I be able to make it? (after it was my first ever marathon run – and i did not get chance to prepare as much as i would have loved to) … the visualization of the FINISH line (through the video) did bring some tears as well.

Woke up the next morning and the weather was just right for the run … I was feeling I was in the best possible shape for this … Walked about a mile to reach the point of pickup from where the school buses ‘transported’ about 25k+ participants to the START line … Many were finding the weather little chilly … Had to wait for some considerable time (out in the open & early in the morning) before we could get on the buses (but imagine the organization that goes behind the mammoth task) … Enjoyed the bus ride (of about 30-40 minutes) and relaxed as much as possible

On reaching the starting point (athlete’s village), I had enough time to freshen up, get in the running attire and store the things in the baggage area before the Wave 2 (in which I was supposed to start) officially begin to RUN at 10:30 am.

While waiting, borrowed a marker from someone at the last minute and wrote my name on my t-shirt and INDIA on my right shoulder — this really turned out to be a wonderful thing to do. This thing got thousands of spectators to cheer me saying ‘Go HARSH Go’ or ‘Go INDIA Go’ all throughout the course … I was really ‘touched’ (Even literally, oh so many people touched me and i touched so many people on the whole route)

How can I not mention the ‘scream tunnel’ formed by the Wellesley college girls with ‘Kiss me’ placards in their hands – did I kiss anyone? Yes and No – with FINISH line (and my wife) in my mind – I settled with flying kisses … (and later looking at the ‘timing’ that I achieved, I was glad I did not ‘indulge’ – otherwise I might have missed my personal deadline of 6 hours)

27539 Thakkar, Harsh H.   M     CANADA INDIA  
Checkpoints 5k 10k 15k 20k Half 25k 30k 35k 40k
0:27:32 0:56:54 1:28:59 2:12:06 2:20:48 2:58:41 3:57:02 4:46:31 5:35:53
Finish Pace Projected Time Official Time Overall Gender Division
0:13:32   5:54:22 22434 13022 4636

Boston people were really amazing – I was exhausted at couple of places and I do feel i might not have reached the FINISH line without there never ending support. Thank YOU – Boston, Everyone & ALMIGHTY 🙂

[If you are interested, keep watching – I plan to share more here]

20 weeks to a Marathon!

July 9, 2009
1 Rest 5 km 5 6 R 4 8
2 R 5 5 6 R 4 10
3 R 5 5 Cross Train (40 min) R 5 11
4 R 5 6 Cross Train (40 min) R 6 10
5 R 5 7 Cross Train (40 min) R 6 13
6 R 5 8 Cross Train (60 min) R 6 15
7 R 5 8 Cross Train (60 min) R 6 16
8 R 8 8 Cross Train (60 min) R 6 19
9 R 8 5 Cross Train (60 min) R 6 21 (1/2 Marathon)
10 R 8 5 10 R 6 15
11 R 8 10 5 R 6 24
12 R 8 R 13 R 8 26
13 R 8 14 5 R 6 22
14 R 8 14 8 R 8 28
15 R 8 R 8 R 8 30
16 R 8 16 8 R 8 22
17 R 8 R 8 R 8 32
18 R 8 13 8 R 8 22
19 R 6 10 8 R 8 13
20 R 5 6 R R 3 42.2 (Marathon)

Above is a 20 week training schedule for full marathon (Source:

If you intend to follow this for the Mumbai marathon on 17th Jan 2010, then you should start from 1st Sep 2009.

did i make it?

May 28, 2009


If you are eager to know – let me tell you – the answer is — Yes 🙂 & No 😦

Some 7-8 weeks back, I embarked on a journey to raise ‘social’ investment (not charity) for the NGO that is working to eradicate poverty through MicroCredit –

I took up the challenge to raise Rs. 1,00,000/- from 200 new ‘investors’ and also wanted Aamir Khan to get on board 🙂

Together as RangDe team, we have raised about 3 lac … we have not yet got 200 new investors but a figure of 50-60 is good enough … and, yes – Aamir Khan is not yet back from his vacation 😦

Thanks a lot to all those who supported in every possible way. I heartily appreciate all the encouragement as well as help that I have received from all over.

The cause is worth and hence I request you all to keep supporting the rural microentrepreneurs irrespective of the deadline and target that was set for a ‘Care Champion’!

Here I come, Bengaluru 🙂

PS: Happy 37th anniversary – Mom & Dad!

TiA … still need to raise 95k

April 20, 2009

Thanking in Anticipation … assuming you have reached this blog with an intention to help me for a cause in raising Rs. 1,00,000/- of social investment for NGO RangDe by running in Bangalore Marathon! 🙂

There have been requests from all over – asking me how they can chip in … so let me list down the ways you can do so

1) You can directly go to RangDe’s website and instantly become a social investor by providing credit card details … [if you do so, just let me know the amount you invest – so that I can update my pledge target accordingly … just leave a comment for that]

2) You can send a check/draft drawn in favor of “RangDe Org” to my home address …

3) You can also give me cash (or maybe transfer it to my bank a/c) …

Again, just post a comment for options 2 & 3 above (so that I get your email address) and I will send more details by reply (within 24 days on a working day)

I am eagerly awaiting the 4th and most easy option … the Bangalore Marathon event organizers are going to enable ‘pledge online’ feature … I will soon share that as soon as it is working.

Till then, I request you to kindly support me in above mentioned ways … (some checks are supposed to be in the snail mail but still I am very far from my target … so act fast and also share this with your friends)

Vital Stats (only counting things that are in my hand as confirmed)
Days remaining – 35
Investment to raise – 95,000/- (INR)
Investors to be reached – 199 (and Aamir is still to be contacted) 🙂

I am back … to RUN for

March 25, 2009

After my 2nd half-marathon in Mumbai on 18 Jan, I have not been running that frequently.

I was not anticipating to get back to a formal training schedule for a RUN this soon …

Yes, I am glad that I am in for 10 km RUN in Bangalore on 31 May … and this time I am actively raising pledges for the NGO –

Bengaluru ... here, I come!

Bengaluru ... here, I come!

I intend to follow the HalHigdon’s 10k Intermediate schedule

He also has a Novice or Walker programs … so, do not find excuses and get, set, RUN!

PS: If you are wondering – I haven’t been able to trace Aamir Khan yet … can you please help (so that I get him onboard this RUN?) 🙂

Stay tuned for further updates … This time, I seek your active co-operation and will soon share the ways you can help me!

from a commoner to a RUNner :-)

November 22, 2008

The wonderful journey ended on 9 Nov.

From being a commoner 4 months back, I can say I am now a RUNner (though novice) with the completion of my first half-marathon last Sunday! I realized that I have RUN more than 300 KMs in the process!

If you think this is great, let me tell you – It is nonthing! … Do not believe me? Then go ahead and read about Santhosh, who went on running for a whole day (yes, 24 hours!) at Bangalore Ultra Marathon (just a week after ADHM) and ran for 156 KM … here on his blog ->

I hope you now agree with me that I am just a ‘drop in the vast ocean’!

After a break of few days, I am back on track (for my 2nd half-marathon on 18 Jan 2009 in Mumbai)

20 Nov – Thu – 3.25 KM in 20 mins.

21 Nov – Fri – 5 KM in 31 mins.

Well, as they say – it is not the end but the beginning 🙂

Final countdown – 5 more days!

November 3, 2008
Can You Spot Me?

Can You Spot Me?

Thu – 30 Oct ~ 5 KM in around 30 minutes [in nearby Park]

Sun – 2 Nov – 15 KM in around 85 mins [in real-like conditions] ~ sub 2 hour half-marathon seems to be within reach 🙂 … Truly inspiring highlight of the Festive RUN in Gurgaon was Dr. Ashis Roy (born 1932) … All those who think RUNning is tough, go and read about this ‘young man‘. Y’day, he had an unfortunate slip at the 9KM mark and he started bleeding but he went on to finish his 10KM RUN after applying ice. Hats off to his indomitable spirit!

Just 20 days to my 1st half-marathon!

October 20, 2008

Mon – 13 Oct – Rest
Tue – 14 Oct – Rest
Wed – 15 Oct – A good cross training in the form of ‘Outbound Training’ – Enjoyed Rock climbing, River crossing, and many more physical activities [I guess it was equivalent, if not more than planned 8 KM RUN]
Thu – 16 Oct – 5 KM ~ 30 min on treadmill
Fri – 17 Oct – 7.1 KM ~ 45 min on treadmill
Sat – 18 Oct – Rest
Sun – 19 Oct – Rest

Highlight of the week: RUN on a highway!

October 14, 2008

Mon – 6 Oct : Rest
Tue – 7 Oct : 7 KM ~ 40 min
Wed – 8 Oct : Rest
Thur – 9 Oct : Rest (going out of town – but will keep up with my RUN schedule)
Fri – 10 Oct : Rest
Sat – 11 Oct : ~12 KM RUN on NH 8 (It was real fun running on the National Highway! I started from TATA’s Navsari towards Aamchi Mumbai. I was tempted to scare already amused onlookers by asking them ‘How far is Mumbai’ – being some 250+ KM away from it! I was out in the bright sun – from around 7:45 AM till 9:15 AM – for almost 100 minutes)
Sun – 12 Oct – Rest

This week’s RUN deficit : around 12 KM 😦

Have you tuned in just recently and wondering what this is all about? Read my 1st half-marathon plans here! Please comment and register your moral support!

more RUN updates …

October 6, 2008

Mon – 29 Sep : Rest
Tue – 30 Sep : 5 KM ~ 30 min
Wed – 1 Oct : ~ 7 KM ~ 40 min
Thur – 2 Oct : 139th Happy Birthday, dear Mahatma Gandhi ‘bapu’ … happy International Non-violence Day! [No RUN, only garba 🙂 – was it equivalent to 5 KM? not sure …]
Fri – 3 Oct : One more day of cross training (read ‘garba’) – I guess I did lot more than 7 KM … the knees are paining 😦
Sat – 4 Oct : Rest
Sun – 5 Oct – 10 KM ~ 62 min in a local event!

Have you tuned in just recently and wondering what this is all about? Read my 1st half-marathon plans here! Please comment and register your moral support!