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Interview with Vaijayanti Ingawale

1. How does it feel to win the MRR award? I feel very happy to be the first recipient of this newly introduced award by MRR. Deepak and I have been attending MRR award function since three years. We have enjoyed getting nominated for various categories and have been receiving Best running family award for the last two years. 2. Tell us about your association with MRR? It’s lovely to be associated with MRR. Its a community of runners with…

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Interview with Nilesh Yadav

“Despite what seems like the extraordinary nature of these events, in the end, they make you even more human.” My interview with Yadav Nilesh who won the 1st runners up MRR award for Best Ultramarathoner. 1. How does it feel to win the MRR award? Till now I have never run an ultra race for any award or winning position. I purely ran for the experience. All I wanted was to see what it felt like to run 100 km.…

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Reborn on the Run-book review

    Book Review Title: Reborn on the Run Author : Catra Corbett Genre: Memoir There are times in life when you stumble upon things by accident and that turns out to be a much needed dose of inspiration. I stumbled upon this book at a trail running event last month. It’s a memoir by Catra Corbett- an ultra-runner and the first American woman to run 100 miles or more on more than several occasions. She is also the first…

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Interview with MRR award winner – Pooja Varma

1.     How does it feel to win the MRR award?  I’m elated! It was my most desired award and winning it was a dream come true for me. 2.Tell us about your association with MRR?  I got associated with MRR around a year back after my Tata Mumbai marathon in 2018. I got to know about their monthly runs which are organized on the Mumbai marathon route. They have an amazing volunteer support as well. So, I started…

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I got my PH

As 2019 dawned nice and bright, someone asked me what my running goals were for this year. “To achieve my PH”, I replied promptly. “PH?” asked that person with a quizzical expression. “What’s that?” “Personal happiness”. I grinned and went on to explain. The sheer happiness and enjoyment that I derive by completing an event irrespective of the distance is what I term as PH. At one point I was chasing PBs be it in my running or triathlons. I…

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At the start line

The start line at any race is an interesting place as it gives you an opportunity to strike random conversations with strangers. Sometimes these little chats can end up changing your perspective towards life and be a recipient to several inspiring stories. One such episode occurred couple of months ago at the starting line of the Ironman 70.3. I was standing there observing people around me. Some were grim faced as though they were about to enter an operation theatre…

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A colorful Navaratri: My Navrun experience

9 km 9 days 9 colors! Sounds daunting and exciting at the same time. While a lot of folks were honing their dandiya sticks or swaying to Garba, runners found a novel way to celebrate these 9 days. What better way to run a few miles every day wearing the appropriate color pertinent to that day? If it was too monotonous, one could opt to add variation to their workouts for these 9 continuous days. Despite the fact that I…

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Comeback run on home turf

“What was I thinking when I signed up for the 21 km distance? I must have been crazy. I would have been better off doing the 10 km run.” These thoughts kept plaguing my head while humidity was busy sapping the energy levels from my body. Having barely landed in India, hardly gotten over the infamous jet lag and just recovering from my ironman event couple of weeks ago, it must have been sheer madness to run a 21 km…

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Tri tri tri till you are Ironman 70.3

Did I really finish Ironman 70.3? Wow. It still hasn’t sunk in yet. I keep pinching myself time and again to ensure that all this isn’t a dream. A few years back I wouldn’t have imagined myself doing a triathlon. I was skeptical about open water swimming and had never sat on a road bike before. Running was my only claim to fame since I have been into this sport since 2012. However, whenever I would see those athletes in…

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Running as a sport-a great teacher

I watched him cross the finish line, his toothy smile evident from a mile. Clearly he was ecstatic about his run as he plonked himself on one of the volunteers chairs. Sweat trickled down his forehead and his face shone with a joy- a sort of child like glee as he toyed with the medal around his neck like a new found toy. He happily obliged the photographers. I stood there observing this fascinating sight of unadulterated joy.  Something that…

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