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Running with rains

Running in rains is fun, even at this old age! So last Sunday (July 3, 2016)when I got ready in the small hours to get off to the long run, the din outside, of rains rushing in and out only added to the excitement. But then, there was also the excitement of wearing the new green monogrammed tee shirt of Mumbai Road Runners and what made it special was that it was the sixth anniversary run of MRR. Reluctance to get…

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MRR hits a sixer

July 3rd 2016 It was a cold rainy morning when we landed at Otters club, Bandra, Not the ideal weather to be celebrating something as gregarious as the 6th anniversary of the Mumbai Road Runners.  Nevertheless the humongous numbers and the contagious spirits more than made up for the morbid weather. After the initial round of customary poses and smiles, we set off on the moisture laden roads, unsure of what to expect in terms of the weather. Just then,…

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Battling the odds: A runners fight to the finish line.

Sometimes during my runs, I am accompanied by a pesky companion whose impudent voice tends to deter my spirits. Today was one such day, when that ‘companion’ emerged. It was a sultry day of June, where the monsoons were playing a fine game of hide and seek, giving a chance for the sun to grin at us in a mocking manner by shining down fiercely. Unfortunately I left my iPod behind and was forced to listen to that annoying voice.…

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The soul behind those running shoes

It isn’t often that we have a British scientist on the run whose heart goes beyond the bumpy Indian roads. When we do, it results in a discovery of archaeological marvels, lighting up remote dark villages and bringing double watt electric smiles on the faces of the villagers and folks of the subcontinent. Meet Philip Earis- a British scientist and a resident of Mumbai for the last 3 years.  Mr. Earis, took it upon himself to give back to the…

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Frisbee in the air

Runners gathered on a Saturday morning as a norm, To take up the beach sands by a storm, Being always in a quest to achieve our PB, It was a pleasant change to run after a frisbee. We assembled in colours of white and green, Our true test of athleticism remaining to be seen. Starting out as teams with members of seven, The excitement levels soared as though we were in heaven. Along with the sprints, jumps, throws and laughter,…

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A Runner’s tryst with spookiness

I was running furiously amidst the darkness with not a single soul on the road Check This Out. For once I wanted the entire city of Mumbai to myself without having to share it with the noisy vehicles or other fellow folks.  I began to hear footsteps behind and  turned around. There was nobody. Was it my imagination? My mind began to pulsate with the eerie images from those horror movies I grew up watching.  I quickened my pace and ran faster,…

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Blessed to Serve

It was in the year 2012 when Amit and I were training relentlessly for the full marathon for SCMM 2013 which meant running for several hours on the road even when the sun would be up shining fiercely. There were times when our throats would be parched longing for a drop of water as our bottles would have emptied after a point. That’s when the water stations posted by strider’s would come to our aid, readily refilling our bottles without…

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MRR Poems Contest – April 2016 Bandra NCPA

Select poems written by runners as part of the April 2016 Bandra NCPA contest. BIJAY NAIR – winner Woh subah ka manjjarr; Woh bhor ki paheli praharr; Woh chaand ki aahat bhari siskiya; Woh raat ki aayat bhari thapkiya. Woh chaar pahiyo ka teheharna; Woh mastt mastanno ka aagman hona. Koi kehte hain inhe bhagoode; Koi inhe baawro ka Milan kehte; Subah ki pehli laalima mein; Woh “muchhad” ka tirkhaana. Woh Ram ki vaani; Woh sam ka pyaar; Woh viv…

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Reliving the ultimate childhood-MRR Frisbee session

It was a random November morning in 2014 when my partner Amit Sridharan and I decided to try out the sport called Ultimate Frisbee. We instantly took to it like fish takes to water. Primarily being runners, we loved the fact that this sport involved a lot of running and sprinting. It was also instrumental in spiking my stamina levels especially since I was coming back from pregnancy that year and had a mammoth task of completing 3 half marathons…

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Our one year journey with MRR

Viv’s update and my fb memory showed that today (April 5th) marks one year since we (Amit and I ) ran our first run with MRR. As I walk down memory lane to see how the journey began, it all started on a random day when we were playing Ultimate Frisbee at Juhu Beach. I saw this really fit chap coming up to me saying “You must be a runner”. I nodded in surprise wondering how he knew and it…

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