Monthly Archives: November 2017

Diabetes Runners’ Thoughts

On World Diabetes Day on 14th November, 2017 we had asked our runners who were diabetes, to share their experience of how running has helped them in their fight against diabetes and what tips they would like to give to others. Here are a few runners who have shared their experiences and given their inputs.

Krish Captain I am a diabetic and also have BP. Have gone thru angioplasty also in my left leg. My diabetes was detected in 1998 when i was suffering from asthio arthrites. It was detected when i did not respond to medicines. Since then i have taken up running and cycling. I have run more than 35 marathons and i am still running. RUNNING has not only helped me control my sugar and salt levels in my body, but also helped me reduce my medicine quantum. Apart from this, having control on my sugar has also brought down my weight by 10-12 kgs. Now the whole process has become a routine and lifestyle. So giving up my running is totally ruled out.

Nikunj P Desai When detected, I lived with insulin to control my sugars and switched to pills later. I have a passion for sports and I initially started playing football and added cycling followed by running. With zero activities earlier, I was unable to run and found myself in the goal post.I decided to pick up running and would run 10 mins every day. I would run into my parking space to avoid the vehicles/rains/crowd. Which helped me get better and go the distance.


I am determined & focused to achieve my goal.If I started my day at 5 a.m. for work & returned back at 11:30 p.m., I would still make my 10 mins/ 2K run
Since then I have been running regularly, even on my work trips. This helped me finish some popular events – MumbaiUltra, JnMThane Marathon, NavRun, CustomsRun and much more.

When I met my Doc after all this, my weight had dropped 4+ Kgs, sugars & cholesterol much in control, HbA1c showed a great score. Running not only helped me achieve better sugar, cholesterol count but helped me get more fit, stronger and healthy.

Now running is part of my life & I am one of those maniacs who wakes up early for this madness call running & motivating young runners 🙂

Tips for Runners:
Pay attention to body signals;
Do not get too competitive or stretch beyond your limits;
Keep a sugar substance that is quickly absorbed;
A card with your name, contact details, phone number of family or friend.

Kavita Jhingan My dad Dr Ashok Jhingan is a Diabetologist in Delhi and he has a group of 50 plus cyclists and runners who have been juvenile diabetics taking insulin and run and cycle together and they have over years have reduced their HbAIc levels to 6 and leading happy healthy complication free lives !! 

They carry a identity tag with the emergency numbers and name and phone of their doctor and the fact they are diabetics and if found unconscious to give them sweets !!

Harish Pandit Just saying that, before started running, my blood sugar level was 350 (daily 12 tablets + 30ml bitter guard juice). After 1 year of running, it is fasting 90 and pp 105 (daily 2.5 tablets only). Till date I finished 10 events of 10kms and 4 events of half marathon including Satara hill half marathon. Till Feb 18, i am planning to do Navy, Vasai-Virar, TMM, Mahamarathon-Nashik, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Nagpur,  all half marathons. Running gives me confidence, stamina, discipline, dedication, determination. Running made my focus towards life positive. Keep watch on your health, do regular checkups, eat healthy, green. Avoid junk food. Do exercise regularly, These instructions applicable for runner as well as diabetes.
My doctor awarded me a certificate with a gift. After watching my running and trekking activities my friends & colleagues offer me fruits & juices instead of some vadapav or biryani.

Parvesh Verma My diabetes medicine power of 4 has come down to 0.5. Running surely is one of the lifestyle change one can undertake to control diabetes. Along with running comes discipline of food habits automatically, which further help cause. At start level of running, one must go to coach/ senior runner to understand do and don’ts for running. It is a serious cardio exercise and need respect.

 

The run by the Pacific Ocean: The Monterey bay/Big Surprise half marathon

I usually do not do back to back half marathons. However the course the Monterey Bay half marathon or the Big Sur half as it’s called, received such phenomenal reviews that I could not pass a chance to miss this one especially since I was in the Bay Area for only a year. It was scheduled on November 12th, right after the Golden Gate half marathon on November 5th.
Seeing the video of the course which was along the Pacific grove was too tempting to miss out. I signed up for it and drove to Monterey Bay which was about 1 hour and 49 mins from Stanford, with my husband and 3 year old daughter. Staying at Monterey Bay Marriott which was the host hotel of the event was convenient considering the start line was just 5 minutes away. The bib collection was right across the hotel and after collecting the bib, we headed off to explore the Monterey Bay aquarium which was both child and adult friendly.
There were several aquatic species and it was interesting to observe them in their domain. A large lake was present where kids were allowed to touch some of these salt water wonders.  After grabbing lunch of some grilled salmon at the local cafe, we headed to pebble beach and Carmel by the sea where we got a glimpse of the mighty waves in their splendor. We returned by 5 pm, grabbed an early dinner and hit the bed early as I always believed in a good sleep of 8-9 hours prior to the race morning.
The event was scheduled to begin the next morning at 6:50 am and the holding area was divided into several corals. Each coral was designated with a separate start time. The area was bustling with runners and warm ups. Slowly one by one, the corals started to move and I soon found myself crossing the start line.
I decided to adhere to the race manual where instructions to avoid headphones was stated clearly.  Despite this, I noticed a few people carrying music with them.  I also decided to avoid looking at my Garmin watch, bracing myself for one of the most scenic runs.
I ran through the streets of Monterey which were rather hilly. There were people playing music at different points as we cheered and clapped for them. I saw a couple of folks holding cut out posters of Jelly Fish and some interesting placards with motivational lines. After passing through a tunnel, I soon climbed up a steep incline leading to a street with an array of restaurants and pubs. After a few more climbs, I finally came face to face with the pristine Pacific Ocean.
 
Sparkling in the sunlight, this mass shade of blue made quite a pretty sight. It was delightful  to see the ocean merged with the sky and specks of white puffs floating above. On closer look, one could see these white puffs took the shape of seagulls as they flew above calling to one another in high shrills.
What a mesmerizing sight! I gazed in delight at nature’s wonders staring at the rock formations in the sea and the alluring waves crashing against them.  The sea of runners were no match for this sea of blue that was cascading in greater volumes.
The course was certainly hilly but with such a marvelous sight, any hint of fatigue was bound to evaporate.  The presence of volunteers added to the charm and it was a sheer delight to see drummers on the way, their arms moving in rhythmic action as they motivated the runners to go ahead with great fervour.
It was time to take a u-turn and move closer to the sea to bask in the glorious view once again.  Hearing the sound of the waves was so soothing that I was glad to have left my music behind.  The sun had now come out in full flow, as I continued running along the marine area, the fisherman’s wharf to the finish line where large number of volunteers stood cheering for us.
I was surprised to finish in a decent timing of 2:10, especially since I certainly wasn’t planning on racing this one.  Some runs need to be pure without adulterating it with technicalities of pace and time.  It’s important to run for yourself and in a place so invigorating that your joy knows no bounds.
 
After receiving the medal, I checked out the breakfast which was a fine spread of chocolate milk, peanut butter cookies, bananas, strawberries and bagels!  I just grabbed a chocolate milk and headed back to the hotel to gear up for a drive to a Big Sur.
It took about 39 minutes from the hotel as we took in the scenic course of the Big Sur marathon which was scheduled on the last Sunday of April every year. The route looked daunting with its winding slopes and heady winds. However its magnificent view of the ocean on one side made up for the grueling terrain which was probably the reason why it enticed several runners to run this one.
Beautiful courses are tough ones  yet the challenge seems worth it as one gets to bask in the bewitching and enchanting sights offered!
The Monterey Bay/Big Sur half is certainly one of the most scenic runs and one course which makes every participant proud of the fact that he/she is a runner!

MRR Race Ranking as on 1st November, 2017

MRR Race Ranking as on 1st November, 2017 is given beside here. There were 5 new races added to the billboard in October. Dehradun Half Marathon comes in at joint 2nd, followed by Shriram Properties Bengaluru Marathon at 4th spot, Vodafone Coimbatore Half Marathon at no. 12, Mumbai Customs Half Marathon at no. 16 and Yeour Hill Half Marathon at no. 25.

Coimbatore rankings were going good and they would have made it to the top, but their toilet rankings were not so good, so they slithered down the ladder only for that factor. Mumbai Customs suffered due to the route mismanagement where they did multiple loops inside Ballard Estate which led to a lot of confusion amongst the runners. Shriram Properties Bengaluru Marathon did extremely well in all parameters. This being a big city race, it was a commendable performance.

Of the other events that were considered for rating, HDFC Bank Millenium City Marathon, Gurgaon got only 1 vote, ICICI Bank Starry Night Half Marathon, Gurgaon got 2 votes, Pune FLO Half Marathon – 9 votes, Lokmat Nashik Half Marathon – 4 votes, Surat City Half Marathon – 6 votes, Veterun Half Marathon, Pune – 3 votes, so these events could not be considered due to the very low responses. Hope the responses from these cities go up in the near future, because these kind of ratings are never done before and considering the exponential increase in the number of races being held every year in India, it will in turn help the runners only in choosing which race to take part in.

Our role in this rating exercise is only to collect the results, collate it and present it in a tabular form for easy understanding. The raw data is not tampered with, by us.

The Mad Hatter Run-Dedicated to MRR

Random browsing on Facebook made me stumble upon this interesting event which was called the Zombie Halloween run hosted by Coastal trail runs.  It was apparently an event where one was supposed to wear Halloween costumes and run in the scenic Hellyer part at San Jose, a place which was less than an hour away from Stanford.  Runners are known to be a crazy lot and it was this little eccentric nature that takes us to the finish line even under the most trying circumstances. Wearing a costume only added to the fun element as my mind started racing through the several possibilities of what I could wear.

Fortunately, in the USA where Halloween was a big thing, I was spoilt for choices.  After a lot of deliberation, I decided upon the costume of the mad hatter-the character from Alice in wonderland.  I was somehow fascinated with most of the characters of this classic as they were a little weird and exhibited their tinge of madness that often evoked a smile. So here I was wearing a black and white outfit, matched with white gloves, a stick, a hat with rabbit ears which gave it an interesting tinge of the March hare, a horrendous long blond wig added and a walking stick.  Since the race began only at 9:15 am, my husband and daughter decided to accompany me to the event.

Reaching the venue, I was dismayed to see the other runners dressed in their ‘normal’ attire. Was I the only one to be dressed in this manner? What if I stuck out like a sore thumb? “Let’s go back” I told my hubby. “I am not getting out of the car like this.” “Oh, come on Swe, this is not India but USA. People just won’t care. Just come out and collect your bib. You have worn costumes run with our Mumbai road runners gang. What’s the issue?”  Reluctantly I stepped out and walked towards the start point where the bibs were being given. It was a beautiful park with a pond in the middle and ducks floating on it gaily.  It appeared to be a popular spot for running considering the number of runners doing their rounds and they hadn’t necessarily registered for this particular event.

I was greeted with smiles and comments like “great costume” as I collected my bib. I let out a sigh of relief as my daughter, myself and my husband basked in the beauty of the surroundings. We watched the runners come in and some of them had dressed up as bees and super heroes. It was gratifying to see children dressed up as little princes and princesses as they geared up for the 5k run. There was a full marathon, half marathon and a 10k run as well and I was participating in the latter. Running a half marathon in that fanciful costume seemed too daunting a task to complete.

At 9:15, we set off after the race director gave his go. It was a 1.5 km around the lake before we dashed off into the woods.  The course was a little muddy with a good number of inclines. I passed some shrubs and trees on the way, taking over a group of women dressed as nurses.  The course soon gave way to a trail with blades of grass as we approached the aid station serving energy drinks and water.  We had to go up that one more hill before we took a u-turn at a point.  So up I went and took a u turn and came gliding down the trail.  I passed some morning walkers with their dogs and was half afraid that my costume would agitate their pets. It didn’t thankfully and instead I was met with wide grins and compliments. The sun was up and about and I was more than halfway through the run.

The trail reminded me of the one that Alice runs through in the story while searching for the rabbit. She stumbles upon this tea party hosted by the march hare and the mad hatter which was me in this case. I looked around and chuckled at the thought of having a tea party in the middle of a trail and dismissed this thought away, focusing on reaching the finish line.  The muddy pathway soon gave way to the tufts of green grass towards the big arch where our medals were waiting for us. Crossing the finish line in 60 minutes, I was surprised both at the timing and for having finished 5th in my age category.

Considering that I wasn’t even in a proper running attire, I was quite pleased with the outcome. With my hubby and daughter, who had a ball watching the ducks, I sat down and took in the breakfast spread of bananas, bagels and cookies. We were told that the best costume prize would be announced and soon the race director asked us all to line up in one row. I was thrilled to be one of the prize winners and got to choose a gift which was a purple color water bottle-something that is always handy for runners during their long mileages.

Thanking the race director for the prize and a well-organized run, I went home happy, elated and a little mad -traits that personified the mad hatter.

 

I was a little wistful about having to miss the Halloween run of the Mumbai road runners this year, being in the USA. However this run more than made up for it as I proudly dedicate it to my family of runners back at home in India-the ever’green’ Mumbai Road runners! (pun intended)