TCS Open 10K Run

5 June, 2011
Finally, it is done. The race is over. I clocked about 2 minutes less than last year. Not as good as I had hoped, because the weather today was fantastic. But at least the timing wasn’t worse than last year. That would have sucked. Running with Dipika again saved me from a worse timing. She has loads more energy than me, so it was a real struggle trying to keep up with her in the last few kilometers. But if I had run alone, I would have walked half of the last few kilometers.
TCS 10k 2011

Me and Dipika, at the Cubbon road stretch.

Photo credit: Tom Cole

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D-Day Tomorrow

Three months of training, mostly irregular towards the end. We are ready for our second 10k, actually the second annual Bangalore 10k. Last year I was about 8 kgs lighter. But we had an eight month sabbatical in between so we basically started again from scratch. So I am hoping that I at least match last year’s timing. The calf-pain in the first few kilometers still annoy me. And there is a good chance that we will be running in the rain this year. Also, my parents and brother would be there to watch us this year. 🙂

Overall, looks to be an interesting run!

May 1st 2011: Long Run Missed

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[Photo credit: Jamie Carter]

Due to some unexpected changes to our schedule this weekend, we just weren’t in shape in the morning for the Sunday run. This week Runners High scheduled a 10k on the regular World 10k race route on Cubbon road, and I am pretty bummed about missing this. 😦

We have a 12k run scheduled for next weekend in our neighborhood itself. Have never run this distance before. I really really hope things fall in place for us to make it.

24th April 2011: 8K at IIM Bangalore

This Sunday, Runner’s High arranged for the long run at the IIM Bangalore campus. Seems students are off at this time of the year, and so that gave a crowd-free running track. The weather was cloudy, and the tree covered roads looked really inviting. We managed to reach the spot 45 mins before the run because of over-estimating the travel time. I have always felt that reaching a running spot before time always helps. It lets you relax and get comfortable with the surroundings.

Sunfeast World 10k is now TCS World 10k

Just now got a mail from Procam about the new name for their annual World 10k run in Bangalore. What used to be called the Sunfeast World 10k till now, will be called the TCS World 10k in 2011 at least. Also, Santhosh’s rant not withstanding, the website still insists that June 5th 2011 is the day of the run, and has got actually a counter running on the website.

No details on the course of the run, as usual. However, this would be more keenly awaited this year because of the massive metro related work happening all over the traditional World 10k routes.

A Runner's Worst Nightmare – "Runners Trots"

I found this wonderful blog on running – Vanessa Runs, which has really detailed info on various running issues.

This post struck me as especially relevant as it covered an embarrassing aspect of running that most runners avoid talking about, and I am particularly affected by a variation of it – runner’s trots. Or, the need for “taking a dump” in the middle of a run.

Vanessa has some real detailed data on what runners should be aware of. I actually haven’t seen such data anywhere, and therefore feel really lucky to have spotted this info.

A sample info:

Keep in mind that food has a travel time:

  • From the moment you swallow to your stomach = 15-20 minutes
  • From the moment you feel full to elimination = 4-6 hrs
  • From the moment you swallow to elimination = 12-24 hrs

Link: Runner's Diet Mistakes

10 ways runners cheat themselves nutritionally.

Now I am quite sure I fall into at least one or more of these categories:

The Nighttime Feeder

You eat very few calories all day long, then you gorge at dinner and late into the night.

“Eating little throughout the day and loading up at night is similar to filling up your gas tank after you’ve arrived at your destination,” says Dolins. Yet it’s a common pattern for a good number of runners. For many, it’s an oversight; the absence of an eating plan throughout the day leaves them starving by late afternoon, resulting in an evening binge.

That is me alright.

The Junk-Food Fiend

You eat whatever you want because you believe running will keep you fit and trim.

Sure, there are runners who live blissfully ignorant of their nutritional blunders, but then there is the Junk-Food Fiend. Painfully aware of his poor food choices, but unable or unwilling to change, he has convinced himself that he can get away with eating anything and everything.

Hmm. That also seems to be me alright. 🙂