Tuesday, February 22, 2011


The Status

The week of my public pledge went pretty well with two evenings of 45 minutes running. Last week though was a complete washout with a very stiff neck; visitors at office and erratic schedules. Have tried to be back on track this week with an hour of brisk walking Sunday evening and hope to have at least two sessions during the week.

Will try a long run Saturday

The Inspiration

My friend Sanjay who lives in Mumbai travels 90 minutes by car from work to home and seldom reaches home before 9. However, he hits the road/gym/grabs a cycle every day for about an hour after reaching home.

Jagdish, another friend in Mumbai has been waking up at an unearthly hour everyday for the past 3 months or so to work out over an hour. He has never been fitter before.

Both these gents work in high pressure – intense work organizations and still find time and energy to work out.

Highly inspiring. I need to stop blogging and start running.

{Next blog on the plan – the schedule, the drill, the strategy…. Coming soon}

Monday, February 7, 2011

No Life

The first day after my public pledge. And I woke up an hour after I shut the alarm off. As a result could not train in the morning at all as I hurried to reach work on time.

However, my pledge is now public and I am accountable to all my friends. Could not let the day end without any training.

Returned home at 9 pm and then ran a little over 5.5 kms. Could not have dinner till around 10.15; no wonder the wife was not amused. In the work-life-run balance, life lost out today.

But the silver lining is that I wont have to wake up early tomorrow. :-)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

My gift on turning 42

I will turn 42 this year in September. And what better gift to give myself than running the full marathon at the Mumbai Marathon event in Jan 2012.

42@42. 42 kms at the age of 42. Heard about this very appealing idea from my dear friend Geet whose cousin had done this feat a few years back.

I have never run this distance in my life though I have been doing half marathons for several years now. And then since it is boring to run for 6 hours or 7 hours, I want to target a timing of 5 hours.

This will require a very disciplined training program that I will have to adhere to over the next 11 months or so as I build the strength in my legs and the stamina to keep running for 5 hours. I will have to wake up at odd hours and run long distances come rain or the summer heat. And since I find getting out of bed the most difficult part of the training routine, I am putting myself at the point of no return by making this very pubic declaration of my intentions to train the whole year and then run the marathon next January.

I will be posting regular posts on this site to keep you updated on my progress. And to keep the whole stuff interesting I will try to pepper the blogs with tidbits on running, work-life-running balance and other interesting stuff.

I want you to prod me and push me and encourage me to stay on track so that I reach my goal. Pull me up if you see me slipping. Come, join my journey without leaving your chair...