Monday, April 22, 2013
A hill workout
A long time wish of mine came true this weekend when I ran the Kharghar hills as part of a group run.I had heard about this hill a long time ago and also was tempted to run it. It however helps to approach this run with humility. The initial elevation is enough to dampen the spirit. However if you persist, the rest of the run is "smooth"considering the initial ascent. The hill goes upto 4.5K and then almost flattens. If you go all the way to the top and return you would cover 10.5K in one loop.
On the way back you feel as if your legs are charged up with some new found energy. This is a bit risky if you are not careful. There are cases where runners have fallen due to the uneven surface. I also saw 2 runners lose their balance but luckily did not fall. Going back for a second round takes a lot of mental strength than physical.
I ran up the hill slowly,gradually increasing my speed. After about 3k I was at my usual speed. I complete d about 7 K and decided to walk and accompany my wife who is new to running. I ran along side her for about 3K and then she picked up speed from there. I would not be exaggerating if I say I was very impressed with her when she complete the 10K. I returned for a second round and complete it comfortably.
You would be surprised about the amount of open space we have in this area. Luckily it is untouched so far. check out some pics to see for yourself. I will write about another green space I discovered through a running group some time soon.
All photos are courtesy of Ashok Someshwar