I have been running for over a decade now but started running marathons since a few years back. Though my first marathon was a disaster and very painful but I was reborn the moment I crossed the finish line. Now I have run a 100km race recently and am a new ultra runner. Read more about me here.
I am a prolific reader and an eager learner of the sport. A decade plus of running with friends and now participating in races has helped me gain tremendous insight to the sport of endurance running.
Through this blog I will share with you my knowledge of long distance running and related issues backed by research from reliable sources to motivate runners and non – runners equally to lead a injury free, healthy, active and happy life. Also, I will be compiling soon my training logs for the preparation of my first ultra alongwith the race report in form of an e-book.
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Shit happens. I believe in this “Forrest Gump” movie statement a lot. I am not running La Ultra – The High 2016, a race I have been dreaming to run for past couple of years. This race is on invitation basis wherein one has to fill an application, which is then scrutinized by the race organisers and accordingly one is selected to run this “cruelest race”on earth. They have a tough list of criteria to fill in. Well, I got invited and I paid the registration money of Rs 19,500. Running ultra are costly. I was...read more
Running and relationship have few things in common : Requirement of constant work to improve from the present day, which means consistency here. Need to mix it up a bit to avoid staleness. Continuously keep working on the problem areas to avoid or rehabilitate injuries/fights. The moment the above mentioned things get disrupted, running/relationship suffers. I kind of stopped working towards improving on my relationship with my wife for a while. I am ashamed about this fact. And I am bringing this online to give myself a hard kick on my...read more
Well, I am not not blogging nowadays. I am lazy but not that kind of lazy, who is just lying around and doing nothing. I am vlogging nowadays! My blog here is mainly for written content but I have found a new love in documenting things on a camera. Read GoPro Hero 4 Silver for camera here. I have to find my mojo back for writing. Anyways, my training for La Ultra – 111km is going on fine as per my training plan, with some minor variations here and there. Now, La Ultra is a high altitude race with some strict cut off times. The...read more
Image – Stocksnap Running and blogging is taking me to new places almost on daily basis, literally and otherwise. So, I have plunged myself into training for a new race this year i.e La Ultra – The High, in Leh(click on this for the training plan). It’s one hell of an ultra in the mighty Himalayas. I am running the 111 km category. Now, the main objective of this post. I am nowadays trying my hand on Vlogging. Vlogging is similar to blogging, just that it is in video format. I am learning the tricks of the trade and realized...read more
So, I have signed up for a new race this year. THE ADVENTURE BEGINS. I, being a soldier by profession, have lived in the mountains a lot, more often than not in high altitude parts of the country. I have always admired the pristine beauty of the mountains, the flora and fauna, the sunrises and the sunsets, the ever lurking dangers round the road bend or in the valley, the simple souls living in the nature, their culture and customs, their warmth and affection for the guests and much more. But moving in the mountains, whether hiking or...read more
I ran my first ultra marathon of 100km this October. Here is the race report. I did this race just to experience whether The Fruitarian – Mike Arnstien, was right or not! He said in one of his talk in Woodstock Festival that you experience a spiritual awakening; that you can see God! I am an atheist and not that I wanted to see God but I wanted to have an experience of one of it’s kind. Well, there were others like Anton, Scott Jurek, Dean Karnazes to name a few, who motivated me to step in the foray of ultras. I had run one marathon...read more
17 August – 12 September 15 I admit that I have been too lazy to write. But it doesn’t mean that I have not been training. Though it was a bit less than I wanted because “life happened”. I have been travelling, been sick for a while etc etc. But those are just plain excuses. I have got bored of writing about my weekly adventures on running and preparing for my first ultra, Bhatti Lakes 100k. I guess it is the excitement and nervousness which is keeping me away from writing. Is it normal? Has it ever happened to you...read more
03 Aug – 15 Aug 2015 Week 23 was great till Saturday i.e 07 Aug but on 08 Aug everything went downhill till 15 Aug. I was crushed and beaten. From 03 Aug to 07 Aug 15, I was running well and putting in decent mileage. I also did my share of speed work, which now I think maybe the reason for my poor health lately. Week 23 I am not writing a detailed day wise account for these two weeks because I don’t feel like it. But as a gist of the events which unfolded by Saturday of week 23 is here. I was putting some miles consistently with...read more
I am training for my first ultra distance race of 100k i.e Bhatti Lakes Ultra, this October. And I am training quite hard. I am recovering well too, as per my understanding. But you should see me when I get these sneezing bouts with runny nose and eyes. It’s just awful. These attacks have now become regular since the time I started my training plan for Bhatti Lakes 100k. The attacks don’t just seem to stop for hours together. I have taken anti allergic tablets to no avail. Then I started reading about it and came to know of its...read more
27 July – 01 August 2015 This week was another great week of training. Lots of mileage i.e 84k with a 5k walk. Or should I count the walk too? After all it is time on feet. Anyways, the most interesting part of the week was the long run on Saturday when I encountered a wild elephant. MONDAY A tough day as usual. I don’t believe in Monday Blues. I ran a 8k in the morning and a 11k in the evening with my colleague. The evening run was broken down in 3k of slow jog and 8k of a steady pace, on which I was bit uncomfortable. Actually...read more