Archive for November, 2005

November 27, 2005

Headaches…!

Yeah yeah, they have been there. Havent complained for a while, probably:) Or guess not.
Well one thing I feel is, discomfort in any other part of the body probably is OK. But probably I am wrong. Now how do I run about keeping track of my headache? It is always there, no matter what I do and what I dont do. Has been tough to track it all along, anyway. What was there to track it? Should I change the food I eat? My habits? What to change?

November 17, 2005

From the first long run to the long run!

So started in Sep 1st week, all would have been fine if I had run with the marathon trainers on a regular basis. But committments on saturdays to many other things….this wasnt easy. Sep 24th – was anti-war protest/peace march in DC, in the evening was Amjad Ali Khan concert….so well no running the capitol 20miler on 25th Sep. Oct 8th was Shobana’s concert …. and the next two weeks were spent on that….apart from regular work. And bam – we go back home from Shobana’s concert – to yet another sad news – an earthquake in Kashmir. Sadness again.

Of course, the very next weekend of my first long run in early sep, I knew I wont be able to run Baltimore Half-Marathon. Marine corp marathon doesnt have a half-marathon. Nevertheless I went to practise for a long run, the runners planned and successfully finished 14.1 miles. A week later, I went to run again….this was a taper down run….8miles. I quit after a mile, because I didnt know why to run. I could do a lot many things than run…

And it turned out, instead of running, I found a spot for the marathon….a week later. I might get a confirmed slot on monday or tuesday. And there you … I jumped on it and took it up. All along, I had been working with groups trying to reach to survivors in Kashmir earthquake. The response from people at large, who are really passionate about Kashmir but didnt do much for the survivors hurt me – I took up the challenge. I had made promises to keep, long before I go to sleep…. It was unbelievable. Some were shocked, some were mad and many thought I was crazy. But I ran…not for me, I hope I got a couple of smiles back to faces in Kashmir… I hope I achieved what I started out for…till then the medal I got is useless.

And the best part …. friday before the marathon … all the runners and friends in our sweet time, decided to go for dinner …. well Brunda found a job in NJ and was moving out….so, we went for dinner….came back at midnight and then watched sholay …. at 4am we slept….any of our coaches knew this before the marathon….they would have been mad! With less than 32hrs from the marathon – we are watching sholay instead of sleep!!!

But who cares….we did it

November 10, 2005

From the MCRC…to running my first long run

So I started. I could hardly run 0.1 miles, till my room mate told me not to run as hard as I was trying to. He mad me run a mile non-stop. A big achievement. I was running on some ugly running shoes….I hardly ran two miles, I hurt myself badly. By then I had decided I would bike instead of run.

So for the next one month or so, I would bike along with the runners. I biked some 20 miles on weekend runs, shuttling between runners, giving them water and gatorade. Of course discarded my old running shoes as soon as I got hurt. Boy did that hurt – dont know the technical terms but never will I run with those shoes again.

I went to a running shoe store, where I was told that – running shoes should have space so that your foot can expand in the run. And for my foot pattern, I needed some stablity shoes….whatever that meant. Essentially I have high arches and I needed support for them. So there you $80 for the shoes.

At times I tried to run with these folks on tuesdays and thursdays. These were the strength building runs and the speed runs. Sort of builds up stamina. I was planning to run at least 4miles with one of the folks on the marathon day.

Come september long weekend, I planned to go on a long run with the folks. For heaven’s sake these people ran on the long weekend – talk about committment! And so did I – for a little over 2hrs. Totally tired and totally elated! In hindsight, probably this was the most tiring run!

November 4, 2005

The training program and the MCRC

My friends started the marathon training in May sometime. Every tuesday, thursday and saturday. So the funda was – you run the long runs on saturday and you should be running what you ran on tuesday + what you ran on thursday.
Tuesday and Thursday were special workout sessions – hill training, speed training, etc – all designed to build up stamina for longer runs. Since I was never a big fan of running, I never joined them.

In July end, there is a race called the ‘Railey’s rumble’ organized by Mont. County Running Club (MCRC). It is a half-marathon. I volunteered to drive my friends there and cheered them all the way from the start to the end. I had positioned myself at 4 mile marker which also doubled itself as a 9 mile marker. It was fun! I was amazed to see so many runners – running for fun, literally. And they were all running 13.1miles!

The following week, I went again as one of our partners had requested help for water support. I didnt mind, so I went. But what impressed me was the committment these folks had to come every saturday morning and run for so many miles! Effectively the weekend is gone – since they are running for the first time, and anything longer than 10 miles …. you get tired, that is the first time you are doing such a mileage. No doubt the committment of these runners inspired me to run….

November 1, 2005

And so I ran…

The 30th Marine Corp Marathon on Oct 30th 2005!
Yup, I ran 26.2 miles. So when I ran the 14.1miles, the last two miles I had walked – because I was left wondering why was I running?

Probably that was the mental block….but this time it was not the case. The cause was good enough for me to run the whole length. In the next few days, I will detail as much as I can …. about the whole marathon – the training, the friends I made and finally the run.

I didnt do extraordinarily well – I did 6hrs 8min and 59sec for 26.2 miles. That was a lot of running in the sun!

But of course there are some otherwise illegal but legal for the marathon which are fun to note!
1. Running on the wrong side of the road
2. Disregard the signals, including the stop signs!!!
3. Run on an interstate

What more? Marines handing out water, powerade and food while you are on the run!
Marathon trainnig is fun. Probably marathons are all fun. But surely the Marine Corp Marathon is different and more fun. Where do you have a para-jump of marines before the start or choppers overhead and well yeah – not the news choppers flying over in a marathon?