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Yeours’ truly an uphill task-The Yeour Hill run challenge experience

Hills have always intimidated me and it’s been an arduous battle trying to conquer them.  Despite doing the famous Satara Hill Marathon last year, I still could not get over my inhibition for inclines which prompted me to train harder under the guidance of my coach in the last couple of months.  When Vivek Soni- the organiser of Yeour Hill run challenge asked me if I would be interested in participating in the same, I immediately agreed. It was either…

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Where there is a Hill, there is a way-The Satara Hill marathon 2015 experience

Hills are a nightmare for most runners and I was no exception. Despite this fact, I still signed up for the 4th edition of the Satara hill half marathon in April 2015,with great zest, after hearing rave reviews about the beautiful course that runners were treated to. It was just 4 months away. Training for it was literally an uphill task especially when summer was at its peak and the humidity levels were enough to deter ones spirit to run…

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Being a ‘High’ Point Someone-The IIT Bombay monsoon run experience

Not all races are meant to be run with a competitive spirit. Some need to be enjoyed for its scenic route and the views that you would normally not be treated to, especially in a crowd jostling city like Mumbai.  Being a nature lover, I often found solace in running amidst the shrubs and trees-a sort of gratification which the traffic laden roads failed to offer. So when Ram Venkatraman- a seasoned runner cum the MRR (Mumbai Road runners) admin…

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Run on Home turf- the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Mumbai half marathon experience

Being residents of Colaba/Cuffe parade for the last ten years, the iconic landmarks such as the Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Hotel, Oval Maidan and Marine drive always caught our fancy whenever we would go cycling or do our long runs. It made us wonder why a marathon could not be organised in this part of town. Of course the famous Standard Chartered Mumbai marathon did take us through the route of Marine Drive. However besides that there wasn’t any…

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The Green carpet welcome- the Durshet Forest marathon experience

    Beauty always comes at a price. Little did we realise that this exorbitant price would involve steep slopes and slushy mud paths where every step had to be watched with a hawk’s eye. This was our second time at the Durshet Forest marathon. Situated at Khopoli, about 8.6 km from Adlabs imagica, it was just an hour and a half hour drive from Mumbai in the wee hours of the morning. Accompanied by our two runner buddies Rodman and…

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The old man and the dog

I recently started running on the hills of this little jungle which is tucked away in a remote corner of the big bustling city. It is a bountiful spread of lush greenery with steep inclines. Residing in the vicinity, the access to this retreat for my morning runs became relatively easy. It was a pleasure running amidst the hills, trees and the shrubs as I could bask in the fresh clean air and the beauty of its surroundings.  During my…

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BNP Endurathon ….. My fight against My Inner Demon.

BNP 2015 :- I am leaving the race ; I made a desperate last attempt at requesting Babu and Krunal at around 7kms …… chup kar said babu and you can do it buddy said krunal . Murali was like no you will not leave the race. This was the race where I was wasted totally , I hit the wall at around 3kms , can you believe this ,I have a decent experience in running , have been running…

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Run, endurance and the record!

Of course, the organisers had given a fair degree of warning as to what’s in store for me by sending those route maps and the related information. This was apart from giving the nomenclature, ‘BNP Endurance 25’ to the run on last Saturday (July 16, 2016) at Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Being a ‘veteran’ of more than two years’ of long-distance running experience in my bibs, I had dismissed all such warning signs with the cockiness of any right thinking…

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The unexpected birthday gift- KOR 10 K Race event

I first heard about the KOR 10 k race from my runner friend Mihir who was organising this one along with his partner Rajendra Tembe. When I enquired about the date of the event, he categorically told me that it was going to be held on June 26th 2016. On hearing this, I smiled as it was on the eve of my birthday which was on June 27th.  ‘What better way to bring in my birthday than run a race…

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Back to school with those strides

It’s been more than year since I got acquainted with this family of runners. Nevertheless it feels like returning back to school, considering the amount of learning that has happened in that one year, changing my perspective towards not only running but life as well. Every runner certainly has a story behind them-be it battling post pregnancy weight issues, recuperating from several illnesses of varying degrees, coping up with a loss of a loved one or just being inspired by…

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