Monday, January 21, 2013

Among other things..

This 20th I reached one of my long time dreams of crossing the finish line at the Mumbai Marathon. Crossing the finish line meant so much to me for many reasons. One of them being scary.  This race has a deadline of six hours. What it means is you need to complete the run by 11:40AM. All support is taken off and traffic starts on these roads. I was scared that I would have to run between the vehicles and also not knowing the roads in Mumbai did not help ease the fear.

Luckily for me, this did not happen. I finished with an healthy hour to spare. I started off the run at 5:40 AM. I had aimed to finish in 5:30Hrs considering I took 6:15Hrs at KTM. My plan was to run 8 Kms every one hour. I clocked about 9.8 Km in the first hour. Every extra kilometer I cover now would come in handy at the end when I would not be able to walk. So I did not slow down and continued at the same pace. By the end of 2 hours I had 18.3km. I did the half marathon in 2:17. a bit slower than my last half marathon, but i was not dis heartened as I knew that I run the last KM faster. At the end of 3Hrs I had 27.1km and 34.6 at the end on 4Hrs. This is when I secretly started hoping to finish in 5Hrs.

Still at a pace of 8.75 to 9 KM per hour I had the luxury to watch around south Bombay where we were running. More than any thing else it was the spirit of the supporters who poured onto the streets of Mumbai which was heart warming. Kids had taken over the water booths from the appointed volunteers. Some residents had bought 5-stars and Cadbury bars for the runners. I was well nourished all through the runs. I distinctly remember a lady handing out almonds, cashew nuts among other things. An old lady was offering bananas. Some people were also handing out GU Gels. These gels are very expensive in India and very scarcely available. All these things reminded me what makes a great city. Having run some city marathons earlier, Mumbai marathon easily tops the list.

Every thing was well organised. Water and energy drink booths at regular intervals, well stocked aid stations, young girls and boys enthusiastically applying ice bags to bruised muscles of runners, those huge fans and air coolers in those 'cool zones' made the run enjoyable. Every thing was in place and I cannot think of any thing that was amiss. Crowd control was at its best. Kudos to the Mumbai Police and Traffic police. There was security to runners as well.

Coming to the show offs. I was awestruck by a lot of things all along the way. The show rooms of Rolls-Royce, BMW, Audi, Porsche, Ducati among others stood out. Houses along Peddar road, the elder Ambani's house, a couple of houses of bussiness families, the sealink, running along Nariman point, race course and Worli sea-face were also high points.

Having said all this, I could not have finished the race on 5:00:41 if not for the people cheering above their voices, volunteers and organizers. All in all a run  you should do atleast once.

Stats pasted below: Photos coming up shortly.
Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2013 - Marathon 5:40 Start            Back
Bib Number2518
Overall Rank1091
Category Rank773
Gender Rank1013
Split@3 Km00:18:24 at an Avg Speed of 9.78 Kmph
Split@15 Km01:36:35 at an Avg Speed of 9.32 Kmph
Split@20 Km02:13:39 at an Avg Speed of 8.98 Kmph
Split@27 Km03:01:56 at an Avg Speed of 8.9 Kmph
Split@28 Km03:10:45 at an Avg Speed of 8.81 Kmph
Split@29.25 Km03:20:10 at an Avg Speed of 8.77 Kmph
Net Time05:00:41 at an Avg Speed of 8.42 Kmph
Gross Time05:06:33
Average performance of the race
 Speed  9.78    9.32    8.98    8.9    8.81    8.77    8.42     
Overall Runners Statistics
33 - 44 - 55 - 6>6Total
 Runners  6    216    858    928    108    2,116  
Overall MALE Runners Statistics
<33 - 44 - 55 - 6>6Total
 Runners  6    207    791    857    99    1,960  
Overall OPEN Runners Statistics
<33 - 44 - 55 - 6>6Total
 Runners  5    164    648    699    86    1,602  

Monday, January 7, 2013

2012 - a look back

Keeping up with the tradition of better late than never "Happy new year, may all your wishes come true. May you follow the righteous path. May your health serve you well in the journey". Now that we got the pleasantries out of the way, I look back at the year gone by.

2012 has been a good year for me with Kareena Kapoor dancing to 4 item numbers. A lot of changes happened in this year. Work wise it continues suck better than ever. Personally, I started this year with a lot of travel. I traveled every weekend from Bangalore to Mumbai. I realized how tiring flight travel can also be. Being short on cash, I started travelling in Mumbai local from the airport. Finally things fell in place and I moved out of Bangalore. I was initially sad but looking at the bigger picture, I am very happy that I moved out.
A couple of dreams came true. I always wanted to run a full marathon. I ran one in Ranganatittu. Though I sucked at it, I completed. I always wanted to drive from Mumbai to Goa. Managed to convince the wife on this and finally drove to Goa and back. It was a memorable trip. I wanted to learn to swim. This year end saw me kick starting that as well. All in all it was a good year.

Looking forward to an eventful 2013 gupl, gulp, gul.....