10 things you should about the Tata Ultra Marathon, held annually in February, in the hills surrounding Lonavala: 1) This is probably the most scenic race route I have seen! Beautiful views everywhere. Since the run starts at 2:30 AM, you will experience the sunrise over the hills and sleepy villages, just waking up, during … Continue reading TATA Ultra Marathon 2019, Lonavala – 50 kms of joy! A race review
2018 is the first year when I started formal coaching with Road Burners (under coach Dan and coach Melwyn) for running, and the first full year of taking running seriously. Running has been a cornerstone of my fitness journey for several years now, and it is only right to look back, reflect and raise a … Continue reading 2018 – my year of running. A retrospective.
Alright, so, honestly, I am always torn in the decision making of registering for the Vasai Virar Marathon. There have been issues in the last years' races where water support in the last few kms for the full marathon, with sun shining down brightly overhead, and the hot asphalt of the road radiating heat, was … Continue reading Vasai Virar Marathon 2018 – a quick race recap!
A beautiful, honest and superbly inspiring book by Amit Sheth for any runner, especially in Mumbai, owing to its relatability. This book chronicles the journey of Amit from a non-runner to an accomplished long-distance runner and multiple times Conrades finished - that holy grail of endurance running, covering a distance of 87+ km over 5 … Continue reading Dare to Run – a running book with a soul – by Amit Sheth
Year 2019 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and the Dandi Salt Challenge has been put up to recreate the footwork Gandhiji and his supporters did, in walking from Sabarmati, his ashram, all the way to Dandi, 401 kms away! This simple act of lifting a handful of salt, in defiance of the … Continue reading Dandi Salt Challenge – why should you run it?
Dil toh ziddi hai, dil toh ziddi hai… To the loud thumping of this peppy song, we started our run just at the dawn of 18th Nov 2018. While there were some discussions in social media around the late start time for half marathon for this event, which was at 6:15 AM (vs. the IDBI … Continue reading WNC Navy Marathon – 18 Nov 2018 – a quick race recap
I have been meaning to write a note on the best running places in Mumbai, where runners, especially the longer distance ones, can train. Having a variety of terrain, and, ideally, micro-climate (sun exposure, humidity) to train in is a key to endurance. Sanjay Gandhi National Park (aka Borivali National Park, or just BNP) The … Continue reading Best places in Mumbai for long runs
I recently upgraded my Garmin watch from the earlier FR 220 to FR 235, and the vendor of choice was Dinesh Laungani of Vishal Trading (Thane). Barring the competitive pricing he offers on Garmin watches, shipping to anywhere you want it shipped, his personal advise on watch selection (being a runner himself, his advice on … Continue reading The screw of the Garmin watch strap – the weak link!
I turned 40 a few months back and my daughter had a great idea of getting this cake for me!!! #RunningModeOn 🙂 Can't not love such daughters, can you?
Standing on the start line, we are all cowards. - Alberto Salazar, 3 times NYC Marathon winner Race Report The Mumbai Half Marathon, is sponsored by IDBI Federal Life Insurance, and is almost always referred to as the ‘IDBI Half Marathon’ in the Mumbai running circles. Very high humidity, but superb arrangements by organizers, and … Continue reading Mumbai Half Marathon – 30 Sep 2018 – Race Report