Road to Bhatti Lakes 100k – Week 1

I have taken a big leap from running a marathon to running an ultra. It is a way of suffering or maybe feeling the value of life? I made a training plan to prepare myself for this grueling Bhatti Lakes 100 km race in October this year. I have finished with my first training week which was not satisfactory as I couldn’t run the number of days I had planned for. But I got in the long run, so that’s a relief. And I have been running regularly for past couple of weeks, so no sweat.


No running. I went back to Gangtok after meeting my family for a couple of days.


Next two months are the base running phase with lots of slow running at conversational pace to build up the aerobic system. Got in a 45 minutes run. Felt great with a couple of days rest. The weather also was crisp and cold. I came back feeling that I could have run more. I hit the weights after the run for about 20 minutes. I am basically doing basic exercises with light weights for biceps, triceps, shoulders, legs, chest and back, only a couple of sets though. I will be ramping up the load in a couple of weeks, perhaps.


I was feeling particularly peppy in the morning for no reason, so I decided to do the long run of the week i.e a hour long run. As such I had planned all the long runs in the middle of the week. I had a training partner for this run which made it quite enjoyable, plus the view of the valley of Sikkim was absolutely breathtaking. The weather was nice and sunny.


Excellent view of the valley of Sikkim! Isn’t ?


Okay, I need to lose some serious weight!


My running partner.


I went down home last evening travelling for 4 hours in a jeep with 10 other people on a bone breaking road. That means no running today. I am down to celebrate Holi, festival of colours.


No running again today because it’s Holi day! Had a great time playing with colours and water, drinking beer and cannabis shake and fries or as we call in India, Bhaang. Played Holi till lunch time. It was pretty wild. When I woke up in the evening, the whole body was aching because of playing with cold water and head was still buzzing with excess booze.


The girl with the wig – MY WIFE. I am in blue T overseeing the madness.


Everybody took turns to wear it. Quite a cheeky shot, huh! My son, with a tie, overlooks the craziness.



I went back to Gangtok early morning. Again a four hour ride. I just felt like hell, still being hungover. No running.


As per schedule, supposed to be a rest day but after a prolonged week of drinking and feasting, I went out for a 50 minutes long and slow run in the hills. I plan not to take a break from running for more than 3 days in a row. I felt okay today but not great.

Seeing the week in totality, it was an average effort week with only 3 runs done. But thankfully I did the long run, which I should make an endevour to not to miss it. I again started eating fruits in an effort to be healthy and lose weight. And I had been a bad boy in last couple of weeks. I had started smoking while I was drinking. I left it three years back, but somehow came back to it. So, from next week, it is a big no-no.


To conquer this 100 km race, I have to stay consistent with the runs and keep away from getting injured. And also maintain a healthy run and home balance. Let’s hope all goes well.

Till then stay fit and keep running.

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Author: Neel

I am Neel and the creator of borN. I am an ultra marathoner, scuba diver, adventurer, writer and father of an extremely active child.

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