Posts for SCMM

Types of Runners

Fitness, Fitness related, Marathons - Ankit Chatterjee - November 20, 2015

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Running ke side effects!

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - September 21, 2015

Every weekend as I lace up my Boston Boost for long runs, I get so much more out of it than just the satisfaction of being able to push my body. We are all equals when pounding the pavement and in our sweatiest best its easy to shed the inhibitions and connect.  I tried to make a list of some of the things I could think of, please feel free to add more.

Friends for life – It’s tough to make good friends as you get older. It’s tougher to break ice and even tougher to show your vulnerabilities. But it gets easier when you are already meeting on a common ground. I have made some very good friends since the time I started running in groups.

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Partying with the running buddies is a whole lot of fun. For one, I like looking at how different we can all look!! And it’s like we understand each other. The conversations usually start with “How’s your foot/ankle?” to “What event are you doing next ?” to  “Let’s drink a lot tonight ok, we can’t for the next few months as ADHM/SCMM is coming”.

Soft networking – They say running is the new golf! When I was baking commercially, I got the first set of cake orders from my running buddies. And now a few clients for my content writing bit.1524042_1457624537801707_872612907_o 1014012_1462801253950702_167645169_n

The best breakfast places – I would have never discovered (or just the inertia would have made it impossible) the best tapri chaiwaalas (with mathi of course), Andhra Bhavan, Karnataka Bhavan, Throttle Shrottle, Roots, Sarvana Bhavan, A2B and Sagar, had it not been for running.10646950_10152808204236948_7677933782971634553_n

Constant source of inspiration – I no longer browse through books to get inspired. I see it every time, in each and every runner. The happy selfies do not reveal what they have been through or are going through, it takes courage and perseverance to be there despite all odds and that is enough for me to keep going.

Explore the city – Had it not been for running I doubt I would have ever explored the beautiful trails and parks in Gurgaon and Delhi. Manger trail, Bhati trail, Sanjay van etc are the only few places where I get to soak in nature.1779291_10151862868445388_708465251_n

 

The details – Life moves at an easy pace and I tend to observe much more while running, like the beautiful lamps hanging in someone’s balcony, an elderly woman enjoying a hearty laugh on the swing or the children playing pithu on the streets.

 

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Why Mumbai?

Marathons - Anupriya kapur - February 6, 2015

I have always looked forward to running Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. I used to think its energy and vibe is one the best that such events can offer – until I ran SCMM for the first this year. In Mumbai, a city where I was told people are indifferent and “no-nonsense”, I was pleasantly met with folks in huge numbers, who had no reason for being there, come out and enthusiastically cheer for total strangers. It was heart-warming to say the least. In fact the overall experience of the event was so good that I didn’t feel the need to put on my head phones even once. Here is why I think every Delhi runner actually all runners should run SCMM atleast once –

1)    You get to run 5.6 km on the scenic Bandra-Worli sea link.

image from Google

image from Google

2)    Only in Mumbai would crowds at the 5th km mark shout out “only 37Km to go”. Only 37? Yeah, right! But love them for saying it.

3)    For the two cool zones in the last 5 km stretch at 30 degrees with harsh sun shining down on you.

4)    People of all ages offering food – dates, oranges, watermelon, biscuits, chocolates – and even ice; and cheering you during the entire stretch of 42km!

5)   You get to distract yourself at the Peddar road incline by talking about the ugliness of Antilia with a fellow runner. And once again on your way back if you are running the full!

One of  the uglier pic I got from google!

One of the uglier pic I got from google!

6)    You will find kids most enthusiastic about giving high fives as you cross Mahim. And if you miss one of them and they shout – “Arre! Miss kar diya Aunty!!”

7)    You get a glimpse of Siddhivinayak Temple, Haji Ali, Chowpati, Queen’s Necklace – all in one run. (And twice if you running the full!)

8)    People hold up funny placards to keep you going…my favourite being – “Run fast! I just farted!”

I tried!

And I tried!

9)    Post the run, you get a chance to bring the roof down at excellent hangouts like Café Leopold and Café Mondegar.

Hulla

Hulla

with some awesome runners

with some awesome runners

10) Women runners get a free volini massage and stretching by Reebok instructors.

The after-glow of running :)

The after-glow of running 🙂

 

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