Airtel Hyderabad Marathon

Somewhere I had to get back to running. This was long pending. Postponing due to lot of reasons, all valid though I had decided to run. The best way to do it is to register. And so I got myself registered for Hyderabad Marathon in the category of 21.1kms. Am normally against running half unless necessary and here it was.

I have in recent times recovered from the broken parts I suffered due to accidents. This had kept me away from running for quite long long time, atleast 1.5yrs almost. I did run earlier but had stopped after my ankle started giving trouble again.

Feeling that this is the right time, I headed to Hyderabad after 2weeks of practise in which I would have done 10+kms only twice. It was not the right amount of practise I would have desired but some things couldnt be helped.

25th August, collection of bib is over, number 4292. 26th August, early in the morning before the full marathoners start their run am there trying some warm-up (have to agree am not very good in this, I have never done warm-up before). 6:00am under dark skies the run is flagged off.I start at my usual pace for first 1-2kms. Then later I started picking up momentum only to find myself facing flyover’s & flyovers and roads which are up slope. This was definitely one of the toughest runs with lot of up-slopes, I felt even maybe more than Bangalore.

I don’t know whether Bangalore is at an altitude or Hyderabad. The roads just kept going and I wasn’t seeing down slopes to help. At around 6kms mark, I faced the first mind block. Loads of thots running thru the mind. I was planning a drop-out. One way felt a Did Not Finish would be a proud moment it would give me more to put in efforts for the next big run. I also thot 10kms would be a good enough, maybe my body is suited only for that. Its too early I started running without practise & half marathon was like not a suicide but breaking myself. The other side felt it would be bad to not finish which would leave a bad image on my well-wishers.

Thinking positive negative never neutral, I still kept pushing myself crossing 8th & 9th km mark. I could feel my stomach cramping up. For the first time I tried Gatorade at that time. It did give a much needed relief. Felt little better tho the mind block never ceased. Mind always tries to push in negative thots.

By then I reached the 10kms mark and I was running at a rhythm of running + walking. Then it started raining. I gave a sigh and then started thinking let me push myself till 13-14kms then let me re-evaluate my position. My mind block was also moving out and mind was getting free and thinking positive with shorter target. I took one more glass of gatorade.

When I finished 15kms I think I had taken 1hr45mins. At this point of time I finalised if this much then going back. Even if I walk the rest 6.1kms I would do it in max of 1hr – 1hr15mins. So, I wouldn’t be at miserable state nor with a guilt of not finishing the run. By then I had taken few more cups of gatorade & glucose biscuits.

Finally I crossed the finish line. Should be around 2.5hrs. All that didn’t matter. I had battled lot of thots in my mind, I had done what looked like impossible few weeks back.

Thanks to the rain Gods and the water stations for rescuing me out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
For now I can put those thots behind and focus on next event.

 

Mahindra Thar – Review

One week of using brand new Mahindra Thar 4×4 CRDe and am waiting for it to come out of service center. Why service within first week, just a small fault that had occurred impacted the front suspension.

Total number of kms covered in 1st week = 3000kms.

Average speed maintained = 70km/hr – 90km/hr.

Route = Bangalore – Mysore – Chennai – Pune – Bangalore

Conditions of road = Smooth at stretches. Otherwise bumpy at most terrains due to road expansion.

Off-roading done = No.

Some positives:

1. Comfortable for driving long distances. The vehicle just keeps moving and going on and on. Like at some times i drove 300kms almost without a stop.

2. After some time one falls in love with the vehicle. The vehicle looks to be talking with you and co-operating with what you want to do.

3. Gear shifting was initially difficult then once you get aligned on how to put into the slot, it becomes easier and smoother.

4. Gear shifting is still little tougher than Bolero or Scorpio.

5. Bad roads no problem just shift gears and drive right across everybody. The vehicle makes way for you.

6. Seating position for driver is comfortable with adequate distance between the pedals and the seat.

7. A/C does work, which was kind of surprise. Atleast the a/c and heater is effective in the front. Couldnt test for behind. But there was an impact on the sheet so should be fine.

8. The steering wheel is not too much in the right unlike in scorpio. The right hand doesnt start to pain after few hundreds of kms.

9. The soft top makes it a pleasure to ride through especially when it is just cloudy and without rains.

10. The braking is not hard. A soft push is all that is needed.

On the whole its a roller coaster. I need to grow more with the vehicle to push it as i want to.

 

Some negatives:

1. For the front passenger its not very easy to push the seat back and sit in reclining position.

2. Without stereo system as standard it becomes boring in long drives.

3. For the cost a better work on the interiors would have been great. The body looks all plastic.

4. The headlights power is not sufficient for highways, though manageable.

 

Go for it.