Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Why workout with a partner and races costly much?

Mornings don't start at 7 anymore. They start at 5AM. Although exercising always give you a high, sometimes you just wish you could snooze and sleep more for one day. But that's how working out with a partner helps out! When one knows someone is also getting up at 5 and is figuring out how to get into a sports bra when the mind is still snoozing, one cannot call/msg and say sorry but I am too lazy to get out of my bed. Its a responsibility to one another and this accountability is what motivates you on the lame days. Well,  it was one such for me, but Pallo waiting up for me, had me out of the bed in 5 seconds. As she rightly pointed out later, the toughest distance for any runner is the one from your bed to the door. Couldn't agree more!

On my drive to meet Pallo for our run. Zero traffic roads, awesome! Be rest assured I was fully awake here!


Reached Chandani Chowk CCD. Did 8 kms. As usual the first km felt painful. But remaining 3kms downhill were too easy. Uphill back again for a change felt bearable. The hill training and circuit training have begun to show their effects. Chatted with Abhijit and Krishna on our return. They start late, around 6:20.

Rest of the day was a normal office routine. Took the office bus today. Just made it in time to catch it. My workout ends at 7:05. I make to my house back by 7:15. Bath and breakfast in the next 15 mins, and 7:40 at the bus stop to catch the bus. This is only possible due to my super woman mom. I have no clue how I am going to make it once she leaves for Bangalore!

Once back home, I see a parcel waiting for me. Yoga bars have arrived! These babies are super delicious and super healthy. I had shared the link on the nutrition bar from sat. Would let you know how well it works out in days to come. I am too excited. Don't all the flavors look ultra tempting!


And now for the 10 minute arm workout. If you are like me, and are not fond of lifting weights, this 10 mins arm workout is awesome. Yes, this includes weights, but the trainer Holly Perkins makes it very interesting. and guess what, it only for 10 mins. Just 10 mins!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9r8vDDDtsM

Looked up a couple of races to run before Hyderabad in and around Pune. Found two, both cost 900, both don't give timing chips or t shirts. So really not sure what the 900 is for! May sound crude, but due to the growing popularity of running and marathons in general, entering into races are becoming costly. Surely not the right way to go if we want to promote running. So not sure about the high costs, unless I am really missing something here!

Bright point -> Tomorrow our training at BMCC. Excited to see whats in store for us!


What time is a human waking hour for you guys? 
Used to be 6:30 - 7, but now get up by 5

Do you guys use the office bus too?
Yes for me. I sleep the entire time!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Matters

But before Monday matters rewind to Saturday evening. 1.5 hours of dance. I died by the end of it! Came home and rushed to the theater. Watched Killa (national award winning Marathi movie) with mum. Its slow but beautiful picture. I will watch it again if you guys take me :-).

Sunday was supposed to be a long run day, but I felt tired, so took an off day. No shame in that. Always listen to your body. The day went off in doing a lot of pending activities like fixing my laptop, cleaning up my gmail (deleted a lot of emails and unsubscribed from loads of links, deleted emails from people not a part of my life as well) and then took mom for shopping and some doughnut eating.

I first stared for 10 flat minutes at all the below deliciousness at Mad Over Doughnuts at JM road.


And then settled for the Milk one.

Ok Now back to Monday morning. Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays we train with our coach (will disclose the name after I have taken his permission) at BMCC ground. We do some kickass crossfit from 5:45 to 7, and by the end of it, we almost die, reach hell and come back to earth. The one in purple is Pallo and the one in pink is me.


Crossfit is helping us loads, and I would slowly include what do we actually do when I say cross fit. But meanwhile, do savor this amazing morning view of BMCC grounds. This is at 5:45 am. Yeps lots of light at that hour nowadays.

 


Came back home, had nariyal pani for the recovery drink. 2 Dosas, eggs and tea for breakfast.

Then decided I will not use by brains, and wore white. This is what my chudidaar looked like after reaching office, courtesy Pune rains and traffic!



Ended the day with 7 kms evening run in 44 minutes, and a quick visit to the Mritunjay temple near karve statue since its Monday.

How was your Monday?

Do you avoid wearing whites during rains?

How do you like your eggs, boiled, omelette or scrambled?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Running the Hyderabad Half Marathon 2015

Well, I have officially started training for Hyderabad half marathon. Actually I am into the second week right now. For people who don't know I have completed 2 half marathons last year, so I am officially a long distance runner now (yayyy). This training is getting very interesting because I am training with a partner right now. Last Aug I had joined the Pune running group and met some wonderful people who were (if that's possible) more crazy about running that I am :-D :-P I met Pallo there, and since then we have grown really close. 

Training for any distance is fun, and if you have someone who is equally mad about fitness and running, then its Diwali everyday :-) 


Today we did the Oxford Golf Course route, and its an all and all hill route. One thing we are doing different for this marathon is running up those mad hills every once a week, and we have done that twice already. Its a mind boggingly (yeps that's a word :-P) beautiful route though. 


Started at 5:45 AM, did a 1 km warm up at Vaishnavi till Trikaya and back, because that's a out and out flat route. Jumped back into the car and drove till Oxford (which is about 5 mins, by car) before we got cooled down again and then attacked the hills. We did this because, the last time, with very less warmup the hills were very painful, atleast the first 2 kms. This time, ofcourse its always painful, but we felt way way better after the initial warm up. And yeah slow running for one km, is the best kind of warm up as per me :-P


Unfortunately don't have any photos of the route, but next time (which is hopefully tues) I will have pics put up here. Did the hills, with million of breaks, and ran with a pace wherein we could talk. Of course when its Pallo and me, we can yacckk away till dusk. While returning, the cool hotel receptionist from the hifi OGC gave us two cute bisleri bottles. We forgot to carry ones and we were totally dehydrated. And yes have to mention, both of us walked down the hill, because downhills are very easy and tempting, but they are horrible for my leg knee and shin. Ditto for Pallo. No injuries please.


We had a very interesting discussion about our nutrition. We have decided to try glutamine into our daily runs. It aids muscle recovery and delays fatigue. Since we don't want to try something on the race day, we would be trying it shortly in the next few weeks hopefully and see how it works. Will update the blog accordingly. We also discussed nutrition bars for before and after runs.


I have two links for you

http://www.runnersworld.com/nutrition-for-runners/how-to-pick-the-best-energy-bars-for-runners

And if you want some really good energy bars (not the ones which include sugar, corn syrup)

http://www.wizbiker.com/

Came home, ate methi parathas and one boiled egg and a cup of tea(courtesy mum, with her here, life is super duper easy and blessed), and slept for three hours straight. 


Rest of the day: Hydrating like crazy, reading a suspense novel, eating hot chips, then dance class in the evening, and then maybe a movie :-P Majaani LIFE!


A post without pics is boring :

So my muncher cruncher for now. Water and hot chips, deadly combo! and of course this is one hour after my lunch. Yeps, I told you, I can't diet :-P



Priya has also enrolled for the Hyd Half, its her first and she is going to rock it!!! Here's her pic from HYD. Wow, the sheer turnout of the people for a weekend run makes me sooo happy!! Sooo looking forward to running with these hard core champs. You can spot Priya in the last row, in her fluorescent green t shirt :-)





Pallo sent this, and ITS SO DAMN TRUE!





I didn't seem to find any good running blogs in India (tons from the west to read though). so if you have not noticed, this is turning out into a running blog, with loads of other crap as well. You are welcome :-P


Do any of you guys run?

What plans for you Saturday?
Anyone tried nutrition bars?