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Marathons: Reborn to Run

Just finished reading “Reborn to Run” by Anand Anantharaman, it narrates his marathon running experience in all the seven continents and also the North Pole all that after suffering a coronary heart disease. Anand has beautifully juxtaposed legends about the places that he has run with his running exploits and he has run on some exotic locales around the world such as Siberia, Great Australian Outback, Galapagos, Athens, Borneo, Great Wall and of course the North Pole and Antartica. The…

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Paths of Glory

As the Everest climbing season begins, I am posting here a review of a book which i had read a couple of years ago. Since running is as much an endurance sport as mountaineering which is the ultimate endurance test of all time, especially climbing the Himalayas, i am taking this liberty of posting the book review of “Paths of Glory”. This book is about the story of George Mallory, who is perhaps the first ever person to climb the…

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Kundalika River Marathon 2015 –Tough terrain, challenging conditions, superb organization, beautiful nature

They say if you want to win something, run 100 meters. But, if you want to experience something, run a marathon. After running several 10k races in good time, it was time I ran a half marathon, a distance of 21 km. So I jumped at the sight of this event, Kundalika river marathon, a run in the lap of nature besides the river is like balm for the soul. It was an evening marathon which started at 4.30 pm…

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Why we Run?

Just finished reading a fascinating book “Why we Run” by Bernd Heimrich. Biologist, award-winning nature writer and ultramarathoner Bernd Heimrich explores the anthropological, biological and psychological side of ultraendurance and dovetails the narrative with his own running efforts including running and winning an ultra-marathon 100 kms event – lots of insights into the sport of long distance running. Must read for all long distance runners.

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Kundalika River Half Marathon – tough course, awesome organisation

Kundalika River Half Marathon (KRHM) is one of the toughest half marathons in the country. It is an unusual half marathon in the sense that it is an evening half marathon, the first of its kind in the country. There are night marathons of course in various places like Surat, Bangalore etc. But this marathon starts even when the sun is still not down. KRHM is held in Kolad village which is about 110 kms from Mumbai off the Mumbai…

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Turbaned Tornado

This book “Turbaned Tornado” is a biography of the famous Indian marathoner who ran a marathon at 100 years, Fauja Singh. The writer Kushwant Singh is not the same famous Indian journalist and writer of the same name. It is a nice narrative of the early life of Fauja Singh, how he travelled to London after the death of his loving wife and started running marathons at the age of 89 when most of us would rather be more comfortable…

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Running on Empty

Just finished reading Marshall Ulrich’s book “Running on Empty” – his story of love, loss and a record setting run across America. This guy is a true ultra marathoner nut in the sense that he has incredible feats under his belt like finishing Badwater Marathon 18 times, winning it four times, and then doing the Badwater route solo i.e. without any team, but only with all his supplies in a cart that weighed 200 pounds, Badwater Quad which is like…

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