Only to be seen on one/two key events of the year – ADHM, SCMM or maybe something equally big. Chances are you will find them at India Gate or Marine Drive starting 3 months before the event.
They run so that they can post. Are always seen at Photo-Op big budget running events. Easily identifiable by “Let’s take a selfie first”.
They are usually nervous and want to do at least one half not realising that they will keep coming back for more. Often heard saying, “I just want to somehow finish it somehow”.
Sub 2 Chasers
This category has a huge number of runners who have done several halfs’ but haven’t yet achieved the magical Sub 2. Often heard saying, “Bas ek sub 2 hojaaye”.
Sounds like a rock band. And they do rock. These are the men and women who you look at in wonder as they zip past you in any race. They target – sub 1:30! Often heard saying, “Clocked 1:31 for 21km, damn I’m slow”.
They run on their good days and on their bad days, irrespective of injuries or how tough the previous event was. They simply don’t give up. Often heard saying “It’s just a sprain. I will rest after the run.”
The Running Monks
They have been there and done that and events don’t mean much to them anymore. They go into a trance with the very first stride and stay in a meditative state through the run. Usually lured by distances of 50kms plus.
They are usually strong (because of silly brevets that keep doing) and participate in one or two running events in a year and at times leave runners feeling like wimps.
While running is important so is the eye-catching running gear. Usually seen in the trendiest running tees, tights and shorts. They usually possess a good knowledge of where to get bright headbands, comfy armbands and best ear phones from.