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5.53 kms

There was a slight break in the incessant rains at around 6.00 a.m. today morning, so decided to go out for a quick run. Not run since Monday so wanted this badly, a shortie 5.53 kms just to get the legs moving. Beautiful weather today morning in Mumbai in the back road behind Inorbit Mall, Malad.

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7.19 kms in mindspace

An early morning 7.19 kms run in mindspace, Bombay. The weather was horrible to start with, extremely humid, dry, airless because of the unseasonal rains here yesterday evening. But at around 2.5 kms or so, got a moderate shower, which lasted for about 15 minutes or so, which cooled the atmosphere quite a bit, otherwise it was a struggle today. Have a great day folks!!

MRR (Mumbai Road Runners) is raising funds for Population First, a NGO involved in communications and advocacy initiative for health and population issues from a gender and social development perspective. Their key objectives are to help reduce gender imbalances in the population and work towards gender sensitive and social development oriented health and population programs. Do contribute to their cause, please visit

https://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/tmm-fundraiser-15408

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7.35 kms in mindspace

7.35 kms in mindspace, Malad, Mumbai. With that i cross 500 kms for the year 2020. Its been a huge effort coming back from virtually no running for 3 and half months to slowly building mileages. Nowadays i see a lot of people out there running, jogging, walking, cycling, skating etc. Its tremendous what is happening post covid people are finally taking their health seriously. I see women running in saris, that is like WOW!! i see a lot of slum dwellers out there walking with their kids, and that is a good sign as well. Weather is still very humid, i guess winter is a few days away.

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Run for your life

Documentary on Fred Lebow and how the New York City marathon started way back in 1976. This Romanian immigrant had a kind of passionate vision about him in the sense that he nurtured the NYC marathon with all kind of crazy ideas with a competitive spirit. NYC marathon is probably one of the largest marathons in the world. New York Road Runners of which he was the founding member is now doing a lot of work with the running scene in New York organising a lot of races for the kids and mentorship programs for people who want to run a marathon.

Don’t know when the marathons will start again after this horrendous covid season is behind us, but yeah NYC marathon is one of the marathon majors in the world having big names participating in it in a tough undulating course through the five burroughs of New York. NYC marathon kicked off the culture of big city marathons the world over.

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Three wins, three styles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0jkdBRM6K4

Mo Farah wins in 10,000 metres at the IAAF World Athletic Championships in Moscow. He remains in the background even running last in his first lap and then surging to the front at least three times once with Galen Rupp in tow. The Kenyans also do a bit of surging to the front for which they are famous. Mo Farah is like taunting the Kenyans by replicating their strategy and with a kind of dare devilry unheard of in long distance running, while the Ethiopians as always are all the time tucked in behind the front runners. Not for them is the surging tactic by the Kenyans and now the Somalian turned Briton.

Contrast this with the win of Tirunesh Dibaba in the women’s 10,000 metres at the same meet. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-mQZLLw_7I 

This video shows here she is tucked behind the Japanese runner all through the distance except in the beginning when Shane Flanagan went up front and disappeared soon behind. Beautiful tactic by Dibaba to sit comfortably behind the leader who was doing a 74 second lap, which was comfortable for the Ethiopians. Her last lap kick was reminiscent of what Miruts Yifter did to his fellow runners at the same distance i.e. 10,000 metres at Moscow Olympics 1980.  Watch Yifter the Shifter in this video with his devastating last lap. 

Edna Kiplagat on the other hand bravely played the waiting game in the women’s marathon tucking behind Valentina Straneo for most of the distance except in the start when she took her time to pick up pace. She timed her kick to perfection by delaying it to the 40th km mark a very impressive move considering the humid and hot conditions in the afternoon at Moscow. One feels sorry for Straneo for bravely leading the race throughout but she still got her silver medal whereas the Japanese runner who was leading in the 10,000 metres throughout did not get any podium finish. 

Three wins by Long Distance Heroes in three contrasting styles. 

 

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Turbaned Tornado

This book “Turbaned Tornado” is a biography of the famous Indian marathoner who ran a marathon at 100 years, Fauja Singh. The writer Kushwant Singh is not the same famous Indian journalist and writer of the same name. It is a nice narrative of the early life of Fauja Singh, how he travelled to London after the death of his loving wife and started running marathons at the age of 89 when most of us would rather be more comfortable walking with a stick!! Fauja is an indomitable spirit and his farmers’ genes help him in becoming a rare sportsman and brand ambassador more famous than some sportspersons three or four generations younger than him. His timing of 5.20 hours at the age of 94 is the stuff made of legends. Fauja Singh is truly a great sportsman of India and reading his biography is very refreshing.

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Marathon Man

Just finished reading “Marathon Man” by Bill Rodgers otherwise known as Boston Billy who won the Boston and New York Marathons 4 times each in the late 70s. Boston Billy has personally autographed this book which was given to my dear friend Bhasker Desai who had ran at this year i.e. 2013 Boston Marathon. Bhasker finished the race and was in the medical tent when the bomb blast took place.

It is a very enchanting and enthralling book with a throbbing narrative in collaboration with Mathew Shepatin. Basically it is an account of his early life and his Boston marathon experience of 1975. The narrative is very interesting in the sense that each chapter starts with his Boston 1975 progress during the race and the later part of the chapter devotes to flashback to his early life as a college student, running with Amby Burfoot who is his original inspiration, his “conscientious objector” status during the Vietnam war, his degree at special education, struggle at getting a job etc. He was a natural born runner with a great capacity for hard work and a body which could take any amount of hard work with very little injuries. The realisation that he could be a top notch marathon runner came to him only during a race with Amby Burfoot in which he raced alongside the great Amby for about 15 miles of a 20 mile race. The seeds of inspiration which Amby sowed in him made him take up competitive racing including marathons. Boston Billy alongwith Frank Shorter, Amby Burfoot and Jeff Galloway were the pioneers of long distance running first in America which then spread to other cities in the world which has since then grown exponentially. His latter attempts at Montreal Olympics of 1976 and thereafter founding a successful running business alongwith his college buddies makes for a good story. It is an excellent book, very inspirational, very nice story of an easygoing hardworking American who loves running dearly. 

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