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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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United V Run

United v stand Divided we fall, Is a famous line that I recall. Assembling in blue and white We gathered with all our might Ready to run as one, Defying the scorching summer sun. Darkness loomed the park, With a faint sound of a dog’s bark. At the stroke of six, It was an eclectic mix. Some from far some from near Yet our vision was clear. Age, caste, creed, gender or group We firmly held together as a Troup…

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Truly Special: The awetism run experience

April being a month dedicated to autism, there were naturally a few videos with thought provoking messages floating around. I happened to watch one forwarded by my friend Mallika which stated about how each of us were different and unique in our own way. For instance a certain image is perceived differently by different people but it doesn’t necessarily mean that those who were different from us were ‘strange’, ‘peculiar’ or ‘weird’. I had read somewhere that it takes all…

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An uphill task- The Kundalika River Marathon experience

I had run the Kundalika River marathon last year without any practise on the hills or any kind of core and strength training. I merely went as a naive child not realising how daunting the hills could be especially in the evening when the sun was at its peak. I still managed to finish 3rd by the grace of the almighty. This year I decided to train really hard and attempt this gruelling terrain again. Long runs were done on…

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Jungle Hooked-The Auroville Marathon experience

The Auroville marathon had been on our bucket list for a while after hearing rave reviews about the beauty of its route. After an elusive 2 years, we finally made it to the 10th edition which was on February 12th 2017. It was a 3-4 hour drive from Chennai city which made it convenient for us to park ourselves with our respective families in our home town for a couple of days before we headed to our race destination. My…

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Gripped by the fitness mania- The Navrun 2016 experience

9 days, 9 km , 9 colours, What’s life without a bit of fervour? It was runners way of celebrating Navaratri, While the others fast, dance , dine or sway in awry. First day portrayed shades of grey, Dull and gloomy unlikely the Suns ray. However adorning orange the next day, Made us feel happy and gay. Day 3 saw us all in white, A peaceful shade warding  off any demons or a fight. Red followed suit in confidence and…

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On Cloud 9-9 km 9 days 9 colours- My Navrun Experience

Navrun-A unique concept by the Mumbai road runners which introduced a novel way of celebrating Navratri. 9 days, 9 colours and running 9 km every one of those 9 days was our runners way of basking in the festivities. 2015 was my first tryst with this novel concept and it was lots of fun, adorning those resplendent colours and sharing your updates on social media. Befriended quite a number of people in the process. Reminiscing the entire journey as I…

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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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On Cloud 9-9 km 9 days 9 colours- My Navran Experience

Its been 28 days since I completed Navran-where we runners ran 9 km for those 9 days during navratri wearing 9 different colours. Reminiscing the journey of running 81 km in 9 days while gearing up for the upcoming marathon season the commences from Nov 22nd. 81 km in 9 days?? That sounded like running an ultra-marathon only difference being that this distance was spread over a generous 9 days. What was I thinking when I accepted this challenge by…

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Mumbai Runners (monthly) Ritual by Shyam Sunder

Shyam Sunder shares his MRR – Bandra to NCPA experience……… Three years ago, when Swami of IRIS introduced me to MRR and Bandra-NCPA run, I didn’t realise that it was going to be an integral part of my training schedule. Initially, I did only a couple of these runs every year, but over the period I have found that there is some kind of magic that attracts runners like me from Navi Mumbai to come all the way to Bandra…

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