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MRR Race Rating as on 29th Feb 2020

MRR Race Rating as on 29th February, 2020. These are the races in 2020. In the Ultra category, Tata Ultra Marathon has gone to the top of the charts with its impressive performance. In the full marathon, IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi marathon has debuted at no. 2 on the list followed by Manipal Marathon at no. 3 and Maharashtra Police International Marathon at no. 4 In the half marathon category, Madras Inner Strength Half Marathon has climbed to…

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Run in the time of Corona: Napa Valley half marathon experience.

It’s the time when the entire world is plunged with the deadly Corona Virus. People are quarantined, schools and offices are shut, flights are reduced and events are getting cancelled. So it felt like a breath of fresh air when the organizers of the Napa Valley marathon did not cancel the run scheduled on March 1st. There was no need to panic at the moment at least according to President Trump. So off we set on Friday afternoon to this…

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An ode to women runners

On the occasion of Women’s day tomorrow, penned down a poem as an ode to all women runners. From the day we are born, Between different roles we are torn Catering as a mother, sister or a daughter, Our lives are stressful, giving no room for laughter. All we need is some me-time To ensure that we are always at our prime To break free from the stress of routine And in turn fight our gene. Taking the first step…

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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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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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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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The golden gate pal

  As I drove on the Golden Gate Bridge few days ago, I was reminded of an instance that occurred during the Golden Gate half marathon in November 2017. The start line is a great place to get into a conversation with fellow runners. I started talking to a couple of ladies and in a few minutes we were chatting like long lost pals. It was unexpectedly a hot day quite the opposite of what one would expect in a…

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Lessons from Trail Running

Running imparts some interesting  lessons that holds forte in the long run. (Pun intended) Looking back at the events that I have done, there has been an interesting mix of trail and road running. While both courses have been challenging, I realize how trail running tends to enhance your mental strength a lot more. Runs organized in a city have an enormous crowd support and volunteers stationed at every nook and corner.  Those placards with witty lines and loud cheers…

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The birthday medal –my 3rd Olympic triathlon experience

Swimming 1.5 km in open water, cycling 40 km and running 10 km to celebrate your b’day may sound crazy to a lot of people. Not to a triathlete. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my 37thyear. It is peak summer in California where temperatures soar up to 37 degrees Celsius. While it’s an ideal weather to swim and maybe bike, running can be a nightmare. Probably this was the reason why I tossed and turned the…

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What it means to be MRR

It was on a hot sultry April morning in 2015 that I stumbled upon this vibrant group of runners, thanks to a runner friend Ajit Singh who invited me for the run.  “It is from Bandra to NCPA which happens every first Sunday of the month”, he told me. I remember stepping out of the car at Otters club like a nervous teenager setting foot in college for the first time. Everyone seemed to know each other while my husband and…

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