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Skechers 10K – Santacruz

Yesterday, i.e. 22nd April, 2018, MRR organised its first Skechers 10K run. The event was hosted by Skechers at their newly opened showroom at Linking road in Santacruz. The event page was hosted by MRR in its FB group, page & twitter.

Before the run Skechers offered their GoRun6 sports shoes to few runners to test it out during the run and give their feedback. About 4 male runners and 2 female runners opted for that. Their feedback was posted on the MRR FB group.

Sandeep Gupta took the pre run warm ups and Manohar gave instructions on the route. There was one water stop at Carter Road near CCD.

The run started at 6.04 a.m. from their showroom and went down Linking Road towards Bandra, turned right at the H.P. petrol pump, onto Turner Road, all the way down to Carter Road, facing the Arabian Sea, towards the CCD where we took a right turn to go into the Pali Hill Road. This was an incline for about a mile or so at the inner roads of Pali. There was a lot of tree cover and shade in this particular part of the route. We descended from Pali hill towards the Police Commissioner’s office again onto Carter Road, this time we took a right to keep going towards Khar Danda, where our nostrils were assailed by the smell of fish and dry fish.  Thankfully it passed and we kept going towards Linking Road and then a left to the store again.

 The post run stretches were again taken by Sandeep Gupta and then there were some goody prizes to be won on a quiz questions, which was enthusiastically done. Breakfast was offered to the runners.  About 80 runners took part.

This run will be held once a month.

MRR Aarey 10K Run

The Aarey Training run took place on Sunday 18th of March 2018 and was an awesome training run.

The neither the humid weather nor sweat could dampen the enthusiasm of 100 plus odd runners who joined for the training run.

Runners began to assemble at the designated start point by 6 am but the event started around 6:15 am as it was dark and the roads are not in good condition. The training started with warm ups by Muffadal followed by the explanation of the route to the runners present who had to do two loops of New Zealand hostel route by going a little ahead till the junction. The route would be helpful for runners who wanted to do training. The weather was humid outside but it was cooler inside the forest which made it easier for runners.

The runners covered distances from 5-10 kms, some even covering 16 kms too.

Pictures of today’s run have been uploaded. Thanks to Rodman and Kartik Iyer for being the photographers for the day .

Ms. Seema Bhavani from the #SaveAarey Group joined us for the run and was a pleasure to have her with us on the training run. She distributed the green ribbons to runners for wearing it and running to support Aarey forest. Also a pledge was taken in the end to save Aarey Forest.

Last but not the least, thank you to all the runners who came for the training run. Hope you guys enjoyed running the in the green lunges of the city, Aarey forest.

See you in the next month 5-10 k training run.

Here are a few comments by runners on running inside Aarey and what it meant to them and why the forest should be preserved for posterity.

Shilpa Shyamsunder Bharadwaj

Our first time in Aarey today Amar & I.
This place was absolutely surreal with cattle huts, pond with birds, green fields on either side where the sun was slowly peeping out which have been common to us as kids maybe.
We loved the experience & want it to stay that way. We also felt horrible when we saw on one side far away full of concrete buildings and realized how Stark!!! 😔
So, we breathed good, quality air and thank you MRR for this lovely opportunity.
#SaveAarey #LoveAarey #SupportAarey

Rajeev Bharadwaj

Fresh air.. dense forest.. diverse variety of trees n plants.. amazing chirping birds..oxygen levels highest in the city.. picturesque meandering roads.. peaceful surroundings..!!
Infrastructure is needed fr d city.. so is THIS FOREST COVER. Shud b preserved..!!🌲🌱🌴🌳
Lets raise our voice..! Every voice counts
#SaveAarey #savetreessavelife

Pulkit Singh

It was a real good experience, running in the lungs of Mumbai and the site where I saw construction activities made me feel bad.

Arshad Patel

I explored many routes in Aarey today. Such a calm and quite place with fresh air, mesmerising sounds of birds, abundance of oxygen, variety of trees. No doubt development is required but not at the cost of this beautiful aarey.
#SaveAarey

Harshad Nerurkar

Thank you for arranging today’s training run. I run in Aarey few times because it gives runner all kinds of running exposure; trail run, hill run, roller coaster roads, bad roads etc etc and yet you are still in Mumbai. You dont need to go out. Though today humidity was high with experiencing profuse sweating, still you dont feel tired as you run through lush green nature. Its little more safer to run here rather than roads in Mumbai.
And you are not running alone.
I guess it is ideal location for Yoga and training runs.

Mufaddal Hararwala

Running in Aarey firest is heavenly bliss, it puts you in a trance and you feel like gliding on and on. The mesmerizing dense jungle on either side and the cool brezze and birds flying in distance as the sun breaks out slowly and early morning mist with the rays of sun filtering through the canopy of trees fills heart with deep pleasure.

Deepak Soni

Always such a bliss running in Aarey… Addicted to Aarey…
#AareySpring

Sujeet Sanzgiri
I usually run in Aarey & have taken part in the couple of runs organised by Aarey tigers…This was my first run with MRR and first time that I tried the NZ hostel incline and did it twice…Thank you so much to MRR & Aarey tigers to organise such runs…Aarey is the best place to run in Mumbai…the forest…the trees… they help you so much…thanks to them it’s so pleasant there…that you don’t even feel like you are in midst of the Mumbai city…We are just lucky to have Aarey here…hope this luck never runs out…#Save Aarey

MRR Race Rating for January 2018

The Skechers Performance MRR Race Rating for January 2018 is out. It is the first rating for this year. Valsad City Half Marathon takes pole position followed by Tata Mumbai Marathon and Vadodara International Marathon in that order.

Where TMM dipped severely this year is in the post race (quality of refreshments on offer). Vadodara also suffered on that same count. Perhaps if they can improve upon that factor, then people would rate it higher.

8th MRR Awards Nite

Mumbai Road Runners organised its 8th Awards Nite in a glittering function held on Saturday, 3rd February, 2018 at Kamal Amrohi Studio, Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road, Mumbai. More than 400 runners took part in this function. The event was co hosted by Bijay Nair and Neelam Vaswani. There were performances from Kamakshi Soni which was a dance performance and guitar performance by Yogesh Namjoshi & co.

The winners at various categories were

Best Debutant – Female

1) Ishita Advani;
2) Reena Chauhan;
3) Megha Shetty;

Best Debutant – Male

1) Sandeep Gupta;
2) Abhimanyu Sharma;
3) Abhishek Dubey;

Most Improved Runner – Female

1) Meghna Chhugera;
2) Kimberly Pereira;
3) Rachanna K Puri;

Most Improved Runner – Male

1) Hiral Thanawala;
2) Jay Mali;
3) Sourav Maiti;

Best Running Family

1) Chetan Pujary & Prajna Pujary;
2) Hitesh MehtaDaksha Mehta & Dev Mehta;
3) Vaijayanti Ingawale & Deepak Ingawale;

Most Valued Pacer

1) Bijender Vats;
2) Gaurav Bhardwaj;
3) Prerna Parwani;

Best Runner (Pune)

1) Muthukrishnan Jayaraman;
2) Kavitha Reddy;
3) Taru Mateti;

Best UltraMarathoner

1) Kumar Ajwani;
2) Ishan Dutta;
3) Pinto Mandal;

Best Runner – Female (Veteran)

1) Kranti Salvi;
2) Lata Alimchandani;
3) Pervin Batliwala;

Best Runner – Male (Veteran)

1) Sunil Handa;
2) Ravi Kalsi;
3) Rajat Malhotra;

Best Runner – Female (Open)

1) Simta Sharma;
2) Sayuri Dalvi;
3) Payal Khanna;

Best Runner – Male (Open)

1) Dnyaneshwar Tidke;
2) Dnyaneshwar Morgha;
3) Deepak Bandbe;

Most Inspirational Runner of the Year

Sundaresan Renganathan;

Best Rated Marathon of the Year

Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.

 

MRR Race Ranking 1st December, 2017

The MRR Race Ranking as on 1st December, 2017 is out, which means the races in November are included in the list. And we have a new race leader i.e.

Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is the new Race Leader.

IDBI Federal Life Insurance Spice Coast Marathon, Kochi enters the list at a super creditable no. 7 ranking while Aurangabad Heritage Half Marathon debuts at no. 9 in the list. Both Kochi and Aurangabad have performed admirably to come in the top 10. It helps that both have Runners as main organisers.

WNC Navy Half Marathon, Mumbai comes in at no. 15, IL&FS I Run for Fun, Mumbai at no. 22, Adidas Uprising 10K, Mumbai at no. 24, IIT Bombay Half Marathon at no. 36, Pune Running Beyond Myself Marathon at no. 39. WNC Navy Half scored well on all parameters but lost out on the timeliness aspect i.e. starting the race on time. They probably need to work on that aspect next time around. The ranking list is given here.

Lots of races lose points in the “During the Race” element. That is the absolute core for any race, the most key element in organising a good race vs an average race. Organisers need to pay attention to this factor the most – frequency of water/ energy drinks/ refreshments, medical facilities en route, km markers, traffic arrangements etc.

We have created another list this time, that of races which did not garner adequate responses, but we have done the rating for them, but not included in the ranking list. For races to enter into the ranking list, we need at least 10 responses, which itself is inadequate but since this is a first year, we thought of keeping a low threshold. This list is given here.

Here also from the limited responses, if you see, Jalna has done well and so has Surat and Gurgaon. The situation will obviously change if there are more responses. We hope that more and more runners take part in this rating exercise so that a good database could be built which will be helpful to the runners in future. This is the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

A total of 68 races have been rated so far this year, which exercise started in February, 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.

 

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.

MRR Race Ranking as on 1st October, 2017

MRR commenced the race rankings from February 2017 and initially we are doing only all the races in Mumbai/ Thane/ Navi Mumbai area (including 10K ones) and all half marathons and upwards in other cities. Currently there are 32 races ranked in the list. The rankings as on 1st October, 2017.  This is first of its kind race billboard anywhere in the world.

DRHM Chennai grabbed the top spot a couple of months ago and is still holding on to it. Last month Airtel Hyderabad Marathon climbed to the 2nd spot. For September races, PNB Metlife Satara Hill Half Marathon jumped to a joint 3rd position whereas AFMC Half Marathon in Pune went upto a joint 6th spot.

Other new entrants in the list in September are MRR Aarey Race in 8th, Ladakh Marathon at 12th, Chennai Trail Marathon at 13th and Inner Strength Half Marathon, Chennai at 26th place.

Among the pure 10K ers, following are the top 5

  1. Bengaluru 10K challenge
  2. MRR Aarey Forest Race
  3. TCS World 10K
  4. Tridhaatu Monsoon 10K
  5. ICT Green 10K

Among the trail races, following are the top 4

  1. Jawadhu Hill Ultra
  2. Chennai Trail Marathon
  3. Alfa Trail Challenge
  4. Ruggedian Shivaji Raje Monsoon Trail Race

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 ka gyaan;
Deepa ki vasooli.

Jab chumti hai woh pehla kadam;
Pathjar ki woh ladi bhi sulaj jaati;
Woh oss ki tarah kadamo ka padna;
Maano dharti ; phool bichaye khadi ho aagman ko.

Woh pariyo ka mela;
Woh chailo ka jhamela;
Woh khushi ki lehar;
Woh swayamsevako ki kahar.
Yeh naa hai farishto se kam;
Pilaate hain Jaise paimaana;
Maano keh rahe ho phir laut Aana.

Woh mandir ki ghanti;
Woh Girijaghar ki shaanti;
Woh Dargaah ki Azaan;
Woh Aayat ki Baan.

Pairo ki Thapkiya;
Lekar ke zapkiya;
Pahunchte hai samandar kinaare;
Woh Trident ki Minaare.

Woh Dosto ka milna;
Woh pyaaro ka khilna;
Woh stretching ko jhelna;
Woh contest ka khelna.

30 din mein ek baar hai milna;
Phir Aarzoo yeh Rakhna;
Saanse chali toh phir milenge;
Yuh hi phir hansenge aur khilenge.

 

SWETHA AMIT – 1st runner up

We all gather at the break of dawn
Initially trying to stifle our yawns
As we slowly begin to pose with a smile
Our feet gear up for those hefty miles.

We set out in the beginning as a group,
Encouraging one another not to droop
Gradually we drift apart into our zones
Either listening to nature’s sounds or our ear phones.

MRR runs are not timed races
So we runners tend to go at our own paces
Off we go to conquer the lanes
Be it winter, summer or in the rains.

Every 5 km we are provided with a cheer
By the selfless volunteers who are so dear
Despite the sweat, fatigue and sigh
The sweet photographers prompt us to keep our spirits high.

Striding past the significant land marks
We catch the sunrise which erodes the dark
Up we go huffing on the Peddar road flyover
Yet our confidence level fails to lower.

As we run down the slope with a childlike glee
Our eyes are treated to the pristine blue Arabian sea,
Along the marine drive, we run
Ready to gear up for the NCPA fun.

As we reach the finish line,
We get ready to dance and dine
With water, bananas and breakfast
And memories that are bound to last.

Cheers and smiles are followed by chatter,
What timing one clocks certainly doesn’t matter,
As we stretch, relax and pose for the camera happily,
We go back home as one big runner family.

 

ANKIT KHANDELWAL – 2nd runner up

As the days get hot and nights get warm
I lay awake in my bed before my alarm
Excited as a child on his birthday
I get ready as it’s the first Sunday of May
The summers are here and its getting hotter
But I have to be in front of otter’s
So off I rush as I don’t wanna be late
With runner buddies I have a date
I park my car outside otters gate
And find the lively MRR brigade
I meet and greet and hug and kiss
And make sure there’s no lady I miss
A pack of cheetahs all fit and lean
And so many of them sporting the MRR green
So off they go at half past five
So much energy the dead could come alive
They reach the first water station at Shivaji Park
And oh my god.. It’s still dark
Water, enerzal, smiles and cheers
They take a sip and thank the volunteers
They continue on their journey south
So much fun there ain’t no doubt
And soon they take a breather at Mela
Click some pics and eat a kela
By now its dawn and dark no more
They are half way done and half way more
They keep running alongside the sea
With a lovely view of Haji Ali
And when the sea view comes to an end
On Pedder road they start to ascend
Puffing, panting with all the might and will
When the hell are we gonna get a downhill
And so they hit the marine drive
At Wilson greeted with biscuits and high five
They tell you that you are almost there
NCPA ain’t that far from here
Continuing to run along the bend
They will run till the roads end
And when they see the faster ones of the tribe
They will get a triumphant vibe
And so they dash with hands in the air
Welcomed by applause and cheer
They stretch and plan breakfast and beer
And off they go to an Irani place near.

 

RODMAN D’SOUZA – 2nd runner up

The runner in me wants to be free
To run and bound, with at least one feet on the ground
To ace every race, but at my own pace
To scream and cheer, when my fellow runners are near
Though I may feel pain but I’ll continue to run anyway
Podium finishes may be a distant dream for me
But I’ll smile and preen at the post race scene
ITB and PB are important acronyms to me
Though I may complain of a race
But I’ll run it anyway
Post run stretches are torture I don’t mind to endure
People may think I am crazy
To wake up before dawn
To pay for races and travel to distant places
Never winning but always jubilant
They ask me what motivates me to undertake such a futile undertaking
I’ll just smile and say
The runner in me loves to be free
I may not ace a race but I run at my own pace
I have my medals and miles to show
But then that’s a feeling you’ll never know
The runner in me loves to be wild and free.

 

AMALESH KARLE

A few years ago, when running was new,
Some good men began running on Mumbai’s girth,
RamGiles, Milton, Mumtaz and Mani, to name a few,
And that’s when a revolution took birth.

Mumbai Road Runners, as it was aptly named,
Grew from a handful to a burgeoning mammoth,
As newbies and even runners, highly famed,
Joined the MRR runs on first Sunday of every month.

MRR runs begin from Bandra to the NCPA,
A perfect distance set for a half marathon,
Many treat it as a recce for the SCMM day,
Surmounting the killer Peddar road as they trot on.

Post-run stretches and selfies galore,
“Show me some love” hollering by sexy Sam,
Breakfast, lucky draws, prizes and much more,
All these truly make it a ‘La Grande’ program.

With a signature neon tee, a website and FB group,
MRR even gives awards to the deserving athletes,
It also keeps new runners in the information loop
While Bijay‘s witty posts keep everyone in splits.

MRR, I truly consider you as our Mothership,
And look forward to the awesome camaraderie,
Which happens in every Bandra-NCPA running trip,
Truly, you are of, by and for the runners, and now, even free !!

 

AMAR CHAUHAN

SPIRIT OF A RUNNER

Blow blow thou Winter wind;
Spirit of a runner you can’t rescind .
Look ferocious and you roar,
Arduous run is useful more.

Calm breeze of the Spring,
Teaches us how to swing;
It’s the time when we exert,
Day by day becoming expert.

Comes Summer, we are tough,
Hot is air , we more rough.
Body of ours is lean day by day,
We mould it as is of clay.

In the Autumn, when trees shed leaves,
Run now hard, a runner believes .
As in winter, there may be fog or snow,
Add now miles, why be slow.

All the seasons, cheer us thus,
Go and run, never make a fuss.
Blow blow thou Winter wind .
Spirit of a runner you can’t rescind

 

APURVA GANDHI

I don’t know much about the Bandra-NCPA run,
But going thru the above poems, it sure must be hell of a fun……
The smiles, the laughter, the cheer and the Camaraderie,
Running with buddies, without a hint of worry…….
Conquering every mile,
With a lovely smile…….
Some run fast and some run slow,
But everybody finishes with a glow…..
The undying spirit of the Mumbai Road Runners,
Month after month, they all are Winners……
It’s a celebration of Running,
It’s just another way of Living…..
Happy Running to All…..

 

DEEPAK SONI

First Saturday night of every month,
Barely asleep, I dreamt of MRR Run,

Bandra NCPA run has a lot on offer,
For kids, athletes or amateur.

A child’s first sporting Run,
For football, hockey or just for fun.

An Athletes professional Run,
Fame and Bread lets him earn.

An amateurs Running hobby,
keeps them fit and healthy.

Kohli & Dhoni Run between wickets,
Win India many podium places.

Keep Running men and women,
where it takes you is never known.

Mankind’s moon walks are few today,
Lunar marathon is expected any day.

Soon it will be first Monday of the month,
MRR shall be Moon Road Runners.

 

MANASI  SAMUDRA

Every first Sunday Morning the MRR gang outside Otters Club gathers around
Loads of laughter, fun and cheer but precisely at 5:30 its all feet to the ground

All wonderful volunteers move along to their various posts
Ensuring for us Runners they play the Charming Hosts

Hydration, Photographs & all that we runners appeal
Hugs, shouts & high fives are all part of the deal

You just might be lucky to be accompanied by our mascot, Kani
All this & more & now it doesn’t even cost money

Some cruise ahead, some amble along
While some huff and puff focusing on song
All gather around at NCPA at 8
Where our stretching session with Giles does await

We end it all with breakfast, chitchat, prizes & kind
A better HM than this I promise you won’t find smile emoticon

 

MUFADDAL HARARWALA

If you ever wanted to see the “soul of running”,
When Mumbai runs together with the flames of friendship burning,
Where runners unite and run as one,
Gathering together at Carters to start together and see the rising sun,
Yeah, its the first Sunday of the month again, lets have fun on the MRR run

The joy of running knows no bounds,
Run buddies for life, just waiting to be found,
Running with passion from Carters to NCPA is so much fun,
Soon we will be by the sea at NCPA lands end, one more run dusted and done,
Yeah, its the first Sunday of the month again, lets “show some love” on the MRR run

With Sam’s “Show me some love” at the start line, our day is made,
As he captures our smiling faces, this happiness will never ever fade,
Off we set out to rock 21 km, feeling so alive,
Motivating each other on the run, we always get the energy to strive,
Yeah, its the first Sunday of the month again, our MRR run is time to dance and jive

Started by a group of passionate runners who love running so much,
The feet touching the ground and flying, its the “runners high” that packs the punch,
Of runners, by runners, for runners, so lets just enjoy and have fun and frolic,
A balm for the soul, peace for the mind, and for the body its like an energy tonic,
Yeah, its the first Sunday of the month again, our MRR run is simply iconic

So beautifully organized, the Admin team and the ever smiling volunteers, ever so caring,
Its all about the “joy of running” and our running journey, which we together are sharing,
There is no other run with the genuine love of runners at heart,
To all who havent done this before, just come one day and it will be a magical start,
Yeah, its the first Sunday of the month again, our MRR run is not about minting money, it truly has a “heart”

So fabled is the route of this run as it winds its way through the soul of Mumbai,
As we take in the majestic heritage of our city, as runners in waves after waves whizz by,
Mahim Church to Shivaji Park to Siddhivinayak, Worli seaface to Hajiali, Peddar Road to Babulnath to Marine Drive,
So tailor made this route is for long runs, I can do 21k on it any day, it gives me so much energy and drive,
Yeah, its the first Sunday of the month again, our MRR run has made my “running child” come alive and thrive

We celebrate life, we celebrate being just together, and many runs have a theme,
From Holi to Christmas to being dressed in funky gear for Halloween,
The comaraderie post run can not be captured in words, you have to just experience it,
So many lovely souls, so much motivation, that you feel you can “Just do it”
Yeah, its the first Sunday of the month again, our MRR run is the “blockbuster”, simply super hit !!

 

VISHWANATH IYER

Running started as late as August 2015 for me
Being early days did not know what running would be
Joined a group in the suburb called KDR
Came to know we were invited to run with MRR

MRR run was not to be missed by any chance
For it was discussed almost a week in advance
The day dawned in the first week of September
We all started as early as 3.30am, i clearly remember

I being the newest of all decided to run the least distance
Others ran around 12k from Dadar to NCPA fence
Being a newbie, a 5k distance for me was very far
At Wilson, i was greeted by ‘smiling persona of MRR Mr. Samuel Chettiar

Before joining the run, i heard lot of stories about MRR, least to say
To meet FB friends in person post run was happiest moment of the pay
The arrangements made post run was awesome
Made up my mind would join as many runs in time to come

This small stint with MRR has a deep impact in this runners mind
So many runners doubling as volunteers, an act so very kind
Loads of memories I carried that day
Really felt like a proud runner, returning on my way

These are few verses of my experience I had
Imagination and others description, I may add
Hope to join from bandra to ncpa very soon
The day i complete this run, I would surely be over the moon

 

NILESH SAMANT

कविताका शीर्षक ” मेरी दौडनेकी खुजली “प्रेरीत है ऊन ना दौडनेवाले मेरे दोस्तसें जो हमेशा मूझे यही पुछते आए हैं..क्यों है तूम्हे ईतना दौडनेकी खुजली? ?
मेरी दौडनेकी खुजली और MRR

कभी कभी मेरी दौडनेकी खुजली
क्या क्या नही करा लेती मुझसे,
बस ऐसीही एक खुजलीका असर था
मेरा MRR से जुडना….

अच्छा खासा कलवा- थानामे
दौड रहा था,
अचानकसे इस मेरी दौडनेकी खुजलीमे
मुझे MRR का rout अच्छा लगने लगा…

फिर क्या था……..
खुजली थी, वो भी दौडनेकी
सो जुड गये MRR से…

फिर वह हर महीनेका
पहला रविवार कुछ इस
तरह गुजरने लगा….

सुबह सुबह ३ बजे उठो,
भाग भागके थानासे पहली train पकडो,
और पहोच जाओ अपनी मक्का -कार्टर रोड…

वहां जानेपर पता चलता है के
अकेले बस हम ही नही है एसी
खुजली पालनेवाले…

फिर पहले थोडी हाय- बाय
साथ – साथ एक गरम चाय,
बादमे बस भागो…

कार्टर रोडसे, शिवाजी पार्क
मेला रेस्तंरासे , विल्सन कॉलेज
कुछ angles मील जाते है,
जो दौडनेकी मेरी ये खुजली
जींदा रखते है….(thank u to volunteers)

जब NCPA नजदिक आने लगता है,
तो breakfast कि चाहमे या,
वो खतम ना हो जाए इस tension मे
कदम न चाहते हुएभी तेज दौड जाते है…

…फिर NCPA आ जाता है,
और कुछ चिजें जरुरतसे जादा जरुरी हो जाती है
जैसे की… नया Profile Picture, नया Personal Best, Breakfast,
और ये साला Stretching……….
Contest ,Prizes का नाम नही लूंगा
क्योंके ऊनसे मेरा नाता, दुरदूर तक नही आता

सबको गले मील फिर घर भाग जाता हूं
और रविवारकी वह शाम,
Indy, Chetan , Michal
फोटो Facebook पे upload कब करेंगे इस tension मे बिताता हूं…

जबसे जुडा हूं MRR से,
साला तबसे यहि लगता है
दौडनेकी खुजली कुछ लोगोमे ही होती है,
पर जिनमेभी होती है
खुष हैं वो…. के ये लाईलाज होती है………

 

VIRENDRA OJHA

ज़िन्दगी की जद्दोजहद में वह एक सुबह सुकून की तलाश सड़कों पर ,
कुछ परिचित कुछ अनजान चेहरों के साथ ,
कभी मायूसी ख़राब दिन की तो कभी सुकून क़दमों से दिल को छू लेने की ,
सड़क के किनारे खड़ा वह अपरिचितों को भी आस देता ,
अपनी दौड़ को छोड़ दूसरों के लिए
पानी की बोतल के साथ वह भी एक सुकून में ,
सड़क पर दौड़ रही कारें भी देती रास्ता उनको नहीं जानते जिनको वह ,
वक़्त बेकहम है
वक़्त किसी को वक़्त नहीं देता
पर यहाँ हर किसी के लिए वक़्त है हर किसी के पास
जो दौड़ में आगे है उन्हे इन्तज़ार है उनका जो दौड़ मे पीछे हैं
कभी ख़त्म नहीं होती यह दौड़ जब तक अन्तिम को गले से लगाया न हो ,
काश यही जज़्बा ज़िन्दगी में भी होता
तो शायद ज़िन्दगी की मारामारी में मिल जाती कुछ जगह इंसानियत को भी ।।।

MUMTAZ QURESHI

Run se nata,runners se dosti
Yahi hai MRR!!
MRR ki toli mile month ke pahle ravivar,
Bandra se NCPA run kare,saare yaar,
Run se nata,runners se dosti,
Yahi hai MRR!!
Giles Drego, Ram , Milton aur Mani Iyer,
Kiya jo shruyaat,aaj bhi usi saadgi se,chale MRR!!
Na taka na paisa ,na kare run ka vyapaar,
MRR hi toli aisi ,Run se kare bas pyaar!!!
Run se nata,runners se dosti,
Yahi hai MRR!!

 

KAMAL CHAWLA

Marathon

Half or Full or Ultra,
Now coming in varied versions,
10k, 7k, 5k and more,
It’s all mind game. ..

It’s going to be tough,
But I am tougher,
It’s going to sweat a lot,
But the sweat would be sweet. ..

It’s all pain,
But there is no gain without pain,
Success lies in accomplishment,
I am determined to race …

Not in competition,
Competing with self,
Excelling each time,
Moving on and on. ..

Inspiring stories from women runners of MRR – on International Women’s Day!!

This International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2016 we asked the women runners of MRR to pen their thoughts on how running has helped them and what influence running has had on their lives and that of their families. Never expected there would be a wealth of real, inspiring, courageous stories from the women runners. These are some really fantastic stories We have collated and compiled their stories below:

The history of all times and of today especially, teaches that —women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves. Happy Women’s Day.
Debanjana Bakshi

Running for me has been finding myself.. And the few lines that I have penned down below just followed as the good after effects.

By experience I vouch..
You will no longer be a grouch..
Remember, spending time on yourself is no sin..
Run or walk with that lovely grin..
Distances & timings are but numbers mere..
Watch how it brings to your own self a cheer..

Happy Women’s Day to all the lovely women
Aparna Bhingarkar D’souza

As a working woman…if I can run a gujju house with crazy stuff,…I can run on streets too…Running is balancing my life…..regaining energy…to be a superwoman…fighting all odds that come along….Thank you to the group i am motivated every day.
Kiiran Patel

Running has given me a new life. It’s actually given me wings to let me fly & be myself & live for me. I was pretty happy before I got into running….I was happy doing the usual chores through the day looking after my family and house and trying to help out my husband in business, but once I started running I realised that this is actually what I’m doing for only myself. Running is my ‘my time’. The best part is my family is very supportive and happy that now I’ve got something that makes me happy. I’ve got into a better and healthier lifestyle and live a more satisfied life now! Happy Running.
Poonam Dahiya Bhatia

Running has taken top priority after my daughter in my life now…What started out as a short term goal has pretty much defined my life now…Enjoy this Me Time tremendously. Has given me back my Childhood- those Free Spirited Fun Days all over again…
Manasi Samudra

I started running to gain back my strength after my ulcer attack and ran my first HM at SCMM 2012. The entire experience left me with such euphoria that I felt I wanted to continue this forever. Long distance running became an integral part of my life, even during pregnancy and post that. Running gives me that tranquillity and the space to get away from the mundane routine that we are accustomed to. It has been my magic pill to deal with stress, woes and not to mention given me a new sense of purpose and an entire family of runners. It has humbled me and definitely made me a better person.
Swetha Amit

2 years back my son left for USA to pursue higher studies and life became difficult. The emptiness was killing me and I was on the verge of nervous breakdown.. But whoa I found running…or running found me…the running child in me was born and now I can proudly say that running is my lifeline. Have made so many friends, they keep me busy all the time. So its not only running but reading MRR post, learning from them, commenting…in short my life revolves around running .Today the most happiest is my son.

My family is most supportive and happy that I am actually living for myself now.

And yes I did the times women’s drive this weekend with my new runner friends.
Prerna Parwani

Running opened me up to the universe. It helped me transform not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. It got me in touch with the real me. It helped me give and receive. It helped me shed my inhibitions and accept myself for who I am. I have learnt to push myself beyond. I have found immense calm and peace. It keeps me going. Most importantly it has given me Pinkathon and all of you.
Sonia Kulkarni

I have been running since I was probably 14-15 years old. Though running had been a huge part of my life, but it was never the sole way of staying fit. I tried my hands on long distance running out of sheer boredom while I was working oversees and had nothing better to do on a quiet Christmas morning, and I realized that I could run for 2 hours without breaking much of a sweat (Weather helped). Since then there has been no looking back. Running became my main form of fitness right after I had my kids, because I found that it was the quickest and easiest way to regain my fitness levels. There was a part of me trying to prove it to myself that not only I could go back to where I was before, but I could do better. That belief in me came true when I ran my first HM post delivery and even though I barely managed to slash off 5 mins from the same event pre-pregnancy, it instilled a confidence in me that is not easy to shatter. It’s true what they say – women do become stronger after childbirth!
Today I would probably have an identity crisis if I stopped seeing myself as a runner.
Divya Prabhakar Gupta

Being asthmatic since early childhood, running for me was sprinting few meters to the school bus to get the best seat. It’s astonishing how I have stuck through this gruelling sport and survived initial days of hopelessness when I started 4 1/2 years back. What started as a pure unapologetic, unabashed and selfish ‘me’ time has now transitioned to a ‘together’ time as my man joined this addictive running bandwagon. I would credit running to keep my sanity intact else I would have been clinically a very dangerous woman. swear!!!
Neetul Mohanty

This is the first time ever that I am sharing my story with you all.

Running came to while i was fighting my biggest enemy- Fear.

Fear of returning to normal life post my kidney transplant in March 2010.Running was the response to my fears gift wrapped by the universe in the form of Pinkathon in December 2012.I ran my first 3km.First I didn’t think about my transplant much when I ran, other than how I hoped I was inspiring people with debilitating illnesses to get up and move. I wanted to be an example. Most of what I remember about my time in the hospital is a mish-mash of intense pain, discomfort, and fear, and at first I let those feelings dominate my recovery. I was always afraid that I would get sick again, or my new kidney would fail, so I proceeded cautiously into the world of physical fitness. I used running as a way to distract me from those memories.

This year I ran my second half marathon at the SCMM and preparing for many upcoming events during the year. I use running to help me de-stress and cope with life, but I don’t feel like I’m fighting so hard anymore. I used to feel like everything, even running, was a matter of life and death. Now, if I’m running, I know it’s because I’m alive, at least for the moment. Life doesn’t come with guarantees, so I trust my body and its signals, and I’ve learned that while getting outside my comfort zone is, well, uncomfortable, it is also necessary to move forward.
Every year when this early part of March comes around, I try to spend a bit more time paying attention to the things that I often take for granted. On this day in 2010, I was praying for a successful transplant and fighting alongside my Donor, my younger brother and knew I had months of a gruelling recovery ahead of me. I try to remember that time at Hinduja hospital, instead of forgetting, and I allow myself to accept the experience as a part of my story. It may be behind me, but it is still part of the path I am taking to move forward. Whatever way that path ends up going, I hope to do it running.
Shibani Gulati

Amongst all d FM n HM women runners I want to share my story.. Story of a beginner..I was very active in sports from childhood. Karate n athletics was daily thing.. As I grew up n started working I started gyming.. Lowest weight at 60kgs.. Post 2deliveries (both c section + gestational diabetes + hypothyroidism) I’m struggling to lose weight.. Started re-running since last Nov… I still struggle to complete my 10k.. I am experiencing new energy… Feel so positive and full of life.. Thanks to the amazing motivators who have turned friends.. I am increasing my mileage slowly… Hope to complete a few good races … My goal is to have overall fitness … ! Salute to so many people here who say such kind words… I want to pass my positive energy to them … ! God bless.. In no way particular order.. I want to thank a few good souls…Umedkumar Sinai Bijay Nair Samuel Chettiar Viv Menon Swetha Amit Sayuri Dalvi Deepak Oberoi Sarabjit Singh Jassal Jayraman Rankawat Mufaddal Hararwala Sharmila Munj Inderpal Khalsa Pradeep Yadav Sunil Shetty Giles Drego Yvette Saldanha Amrita Saraf Rai Amalesh KarleChitu Shetty
Kiran John

Running to me has been a very recent encounter… But sometimes u don’t have to do something for too long to fall in love with it.. Sometimes a couple of runs are more than enough. I prefer running at 5.30 am as the roads are empty and it’s still dark and it’s a great feeling to be running when the sun comes up.

Running is like meditation, actually better, because it helps you stay fit! A big thank you to all of you for the inspiring posts and messages everyday. A big thank you to Sonia Kulkarni Aparna Bhingarkar D’souza and Sharmila Munj. Pinkathon gave me the motivation I needed :))

My health, happiness and state of mind are totally blissful. Thank you again
Swati Mukund

Like Kiran said I was also an athlete in college as I was actively into NCC and mountaineering. Mountaineering was my passion but after getting law degree and marriage everything changed n I was involved into looking after my household chores plus my practise as a lawyer. But after my second delivery I put on weight due to which I started having health problems like spondylitis, slip disc which is quite major as one of my disc is compressed. Last year my husband started running but it was not possible for me coz my daughter was in 12th .I started running since November 15.My main reason was to overcome my health problems and to build more stamina. Now running has again taken place in my life. At the time of running I am wholly with myself. That is the time when I can have conversation with the person in me and at that time I decide what I want to do and how. I have taken up running to find the person in me and it gives me happiness that now I am living my life as I wanted. Plus my friends in MRR group motivates all of us new comers also by giving positive vibes.
Manjiri Joglekar Joshi

Thank you Ram for tagging. Yes Running has changed my life forever. It has brought lot of calmness, peace and focus in me. Earlier my priorities were only Sunil and Rhea but now it is Sunil, Rhea and Running. My salute to men like Sunil who support and encourage their spouse into running. To me the day I run it’s a happy women’s day and this is possible only with the support of your spouse. Running for me is my “me time” .It’s been now 13 years of Running and it has helped me to gain a confidence to challenge myself every time. Your life is set when your children call you as role models. So hope to continue to inspire many more women runners and make them believe this YOU CAN DO IT.
Sangeeta Shetty

Thanks Manasi for tagging me. Running has started a new chapter in our lives! Feel super young with so many wonderful young new friends like you!
Vaijayanti Ingawale

I started running 7 years back because I had piled on lots of weight leaving me feeling not so good about myself, since I was pretty active in my college days. I was Miss MCC. And then life took such turns. I just forgot who I am, but no looking back since I started running …six years without training… Just rushing out after my kids left for school…doing some practice in the nearby park..but very very happy today that my hubby ran his first half marathon. This year, my son who is 14 also runs with us, so all happy happy.The energy at my home is electric, vibrant, it has touched not only me but my whole family feels WOW… Love you all
Preeti Shah

Running has created wonders in my life. I always had passion for running since my childhood but had a long list of priorities so actually couldn’t take any proper training or go ahead.
Year 2013 was the worst nightmare of my life. I had given up living. Deep depression as I was unwell for one entire year. I was not in position to walk 100 metres alone. I need help support to even walk. I used to tell my husband please don’t waste money over my sickness save these money for kids it will help them in future. That one year gave me lots of time to think and i thought of taking up running.
Year 2014 I did SCMM 6 kms dream run.
Year 2015 I did SCMM 21k
Year 2016 I did my first ever FULL MARATHON.

Since past two years I have taken up gyming twice a week.
RUNNING HAS GIVEN ME NEW LIFE, I HAVE CALMED DOWN AND GAINED GOOD STRENGTH. A big thank you to all who have supported me n helped me n advised me and of course my running partner Pawan Agarwal.

Love to be part of MRR. Special thanks to Punit Chandiwala who trained me for FM.
Falguni Vora

It’s made me more controlled over my emotions. I appreciate and embrace the chance of really becoming mindless and mindful at the same time by putting one foot in front of another. And i feel i write better after I have finished a run, because it gives my ideas and thoughts a chance to churn in my head… Happy Womens Day..!
Alka Kedia

Running has given me back my identity …. It’s now a way of life…gives me a high and clears my unwanted thoughts. Basically am happiest when I run!
Kiran Malani

Hai apna dil toh awara,
na jaane running sai kaab haara!

Honestly I’d just started out to collect money for ‘Run with Roshni’ but ego pushed me into SCMM 2015!

Had participated in Powai Run, 10Km, 2014 just to see ‘if I could, and managed it, with running sandwiched between longish walking bouts. Satisfied! End of running story… At least that’s what I thought.

But later that year, in November, when I was told that it’s dicey for someone my age, i bristled. Then experts cautioned that it was rather late to be even thinking about running a HM since the D day was barely 45 days to go and I’d not even started training.

Now, I have a problem, have had it since teenage- if I’m warned about some place being dangerous, I’ve just gotta go there, Myself, and find out, Myself, how dangerous!

That’s exactly what I did.

And as if that was not enough, went for the, Thane HM next month.

Here I must admit that an article in TOI and a chance meeting with the hero-couple of the write up, Sangeeta Shetty & Sunil Shetty strengthened my belief and off course inputs for moving beyond walking.

So I managed to complete two HM courses, sans injury.
But I wasn’t running, I was labouring, lumbering, and vacillating… To Run or not to Run.

By this time, I’d got to know Running buddy Manasi Samudra and the Mumbai Ultra had become the New ‘Impossible’

And true to self, I plunged again, Headlong!

Where on earth does this fountain of confidence emanate from?
Do you think Running does it to all of us?

Throws new challenges at us, then sits back and watches us strive…

Watch us burn, melt and mould ourselves into something/someone New…

Well it did so for me, I now fit into a lot of my Old clothes
Anupama Diddi

I started running in June 2013 as I wanted to take part in at least 1 half marathon (part of my bucket list you see). I finished one in October 2013 and I fell for running, hook line and sinker. There was no looking back. Running streamlined my life. I became more disciplined in my personal and professional life. Healthy eating was a habit but now it became more like a religion. Humbleness, camaraderie, vigor which became part of life due to running. Now I see my life much more richer and complete.. all thanks to running and my fellow runner friends.
Shilpa Bhansali

Running to me was an extension of my love for trekking & rock climbing & having been into sprinting & sports throughout school & college, this time around I got into running due to my daughter who was a sprinter & I used to take her 6 days a week every morning for her training.
Collectively trekking, rock climbing & running have given me the kind of fitness I never had earlier, running since 2011 by the end of 2014 & early 2015 I was fitter than ever before & achieved PB’s, when the turning point came…

…a week before SCMM came the blow, a severe almost crippling back pain struck (my lower back has always been my weak point having had earlier surgeries for fibroids), going back to my doc I was handed the news that I need to have a hysterectomy as the fibroid which was present since 3 years cannot be ignored any more as it had calcified & grown too large, I managed to do a slow run walk at SCMM.

I had to wait till April for my surgery & those 3 months I moved around with a constant back pain & a heat pad , every hour at some point I had to stop all movement like someone was holding back in a vice grip while I could feel the pumping in my back.

Come April & I finally went into surgery by which time I was pretty much mentally comfortable with the idea of this surgery & looking forward to being pain free. Unfortunately during the surgery the doc found complications with my large intestine & an additional tissue growth (thankfully benign) which had spread onto my lowest vertebrae, I came out pretty much strong but the next 5-6 days till I could eat & move around comfortably, my doc was on the edge worried that my intestine & backbone should not have been effected, my recovery was amazingly strong & smooth & the doc himself attributed it to my running & other physical activities due to which I could take the impact far better.

By the end of 2015 I had done 3 10km & 2 HM’s by January 2016, of course with very slow timings but who cares, reaching the finish line still brought tears to my eyes, to me it was like re-starting running.

I still have my weak days when my back troubles & I feel drained for no reason… I still can’t do a lot of core exercises, but running keeps me motivated & confident that I can get stronger slowly & surely. It was fantastic to hear my doc say ‘thank god for your running & trekking, I wish more of my female patients were into fitness’.
My 17 year old daughter was my biggest strength & am blessed with a loving family & awesome fantastic friends, thanks to all these people who stood by me & egged me on, on my low days
Happy running to all of you ! Apologies for this long post.
Rupal Shah

Running makes me unleash my inner champion and smash my limits. It makes me a better person. It’s my meditation and my Prayer. It’s my expression of self love. It’s made me a calmer person, more patient and loving and a better listener. It’s also made me Happier and given me so many new friends. Also- I would like to share this that I have been battling PCOD since a couple of years now. Apart from a lot of physical discomfort, it also gives me unwanted weight. But it’s only after I started running that I finally felt in control of my body instead of it being the other way round. I can manage my weight better, even when am not able to work out. And Yes- Running has helped me inspire my Family members and friends as well. I have a lot of friends who took up running or any form of physical activity after I did. Thank you to each one of you. And a bigger thanks to the Women runners, you all inspire me
Amrita Saraf Rai

Running keeps me sane since 6 years now….am told I smile a lot more when I run regularly. And most importantly I can eat what I want, my kids love the medals and I see people at work bowled over when I talk about 21kms. All of the above make me smile even more…even the crying after I ran the SCMM 2015 HM with ankle implants post a triple fracture.. I wake up at 5 am….everyday, even when I don’t run and love it. Guess this relationship with running is for keeps
Seema Wazir

Running has changed my life, and surely for good. I gain so much weight after pregnancy, so started small walks and then easy jogs with my hubby. The child born, I came to know was a special child. It was very difficult to accept that. “Why me?” I used question. All my energy was consumed by her, and desperately needed a space. And running gave me that space. By running, I could be more attentive to the child and could feel calmness.
When I was not a runner, I was just a housewife. But now, I got an identity. Relatives, friends know me as a runner.

The satisfaction, I get by finding my own time is immense. I feel very fortunate that my family always encourage me to run, especially my husband.
Deepa Katrodia

Seven years into running…. and running has helped me in so many ways ! Earlier it was work work work ! Now it’s work run family! I have learned to live for myself…. enjoy the me time I get and have got an extended running family too! Though I’m yet to run with MRR, which will surely happen in few months! Also every time a non- runner asks a question what pleasure do you get when you run? And I say I don’t think I can express in words you feel the experience and probably not question this again! Running has given me a different identity besides being an educator!
Hetal Thakkar

Though I do not have any inspirational story to share but over an year into running and I feel like an upgraded version of myself. Running has made me calmer, healthier, happier….I feel I am better equipped to deal with the challenges life throws at me.

Now it’s a friend for life…a friend for keeps
Pankhuri Warange

No story yet Ram… just a series of incidents which brought me to running out my frustrations……. my story is a masterpiece in the making and i am thankful for the strong friends in my life (most of them runners) who are not allowing me to give up… and masterpieces do take time ..sometimes a lifetime

There are such amazing women around who are strong and totally inspiring…they have beaten all odds and are just not giving up …and i draw inspiration from everybody…happy to have met this group…. and am really happy to be running towards and not away from things now a days
Jenifer Dwivedi

Running is my me time..I am happier, healthier (better haemoglobin counts, better immunity against seasonal asthma), more energetic, look younger( icing on the cake ) etc. etc….. So no complaints. I look forward to my next run. So no stories just a way of life and AM LOVING IT.

Also I realised because I had no expectations from running that I am happy doing it. I have got many small tangible results…It’s like life.
Kalika Batra