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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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Happy Father’s Day

She stood on the podium. Her million dollar smile sparkled more than her medal garlanded on her neck. It had been a long and arduous journey. All those vigorous sessions had paid off. She recollected those days when she was woken up in the wee hours in the morning to go cross country running. The rest of the world would be wrapped up cozily in their blankets, catching their forty winks. While she would be trudging up those trails and…

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Miles with smiles : A poem on global running day

Penned down something on the occasion of global running day. When you run You feel alive Every breath of air Makes you want to jive. When you run You battle the blues Demons and inner voices Soaking in joy and the morning dew. When you run You have a different view The lens has changed Of the world around you. Trees seem to cheer Birds chirp and sing Flowers bloom in their glory Nature treats you like a king. When…

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Warrior on the run-the armed forces half marathon experience

They might call me crazy. I don’t blame them. Who else would travel 92 km in the wee hours of the morning in a foreign land, with just 5 hours of sleep? A runner of course. Yet this was no ordinary run. It was the armed forces half marathon, organized by the US armed forces inside the naval weapons station which was otherwise off-limits for civilians. Who would pass up such a golden opportunity to run inside an area that…

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