16 December 2012

The Sunday trio…

Sunday morning Bengali run. We switched to our traditional winter starting spot. It is a mile and half of straight going down and unfortunately, back ๐Ÿ˜‰ The three traditional members – Amitesh, Samaresh and myself showed up together after almost two months….


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15 December 2012

Hill runs..

The effect of the hills were very evident. 5 miles took almost 5 more minutes to finish. They were pretty steep hills. The downward slope were very punishing on the knees. I think I still need to master the barefoot running foot falls….

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12 December 2012

After twenty years!!!

It might be a lot of fun to ride in a one horse open sleigh but let me tell you what is more fun: Meeting up with somebody I worked with twenty years back!! And we met by running together for a few miles early in the dark morning in Central Park, New York!! The Starbucks after that was extra special as I caught up with the fascinating twenty year journey of Sourabh Banerji. Always feel special to count such successful professionals and genuine human beings as my friends.


11 December 2012

Oh! My kingdom for a pair of gloves!!

Winter is a wonderful instrument to sharpen your memory. Today, it drilled into my memory cells that I should not forget my gloves when running in the thirties. Boy oh! Boy. The light wind did not help either. After 5 miles of brisk running, I had to run inside the Starbucks bathroom and run warm water in my hands for about five minutes to get senses back in my fingers. The thumbnails hurt real bad. Just to be safe, I am going to keep an extra set of gloves in my car now. Other than that, a nice enjoyable run. Good chance I might put in a run in Central Park tomorrow.

7 December 2012

And she is jealous of what????

This morning Nikita grudgingly got up from bed to go to school. The first thing she mumbled after getting up was “I want to sleep some more. I am so jealous of the blacks”. My jaw nearly fell. I was like – What on God’s green earth are you talking about? Eventually, it did dawn upon me that she is doing a project on Rosa Parks in school when, half way to the bathroom, she mentioned that during the segregation period in this country, blacks could go to school only for five months!!

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4 December 2012

I don’t look pretty while stretching :-)

After my 5 mile run this morning, I was stretching – one of those touch your toes kind of thingys – before my Starbucks when a gentleman walked up to me asking if I needed help. I am sure the bones must have been creaking and my face must have been all grimaces ๐Ÿ™‚ He said I looked like I was in pain!! Just when I was feeling good about a 5 mile run ๐Ÿ™‚
It was good that the gentleman turned out to be an old buddy of mine – Larry Doering that I had not met up for some time. We caught up on each other over the next twenty minutes.
Hey – had I not looked so painful while stretching, he probably would have just walked past and I would have lost a chance to reconnect! That is the way I am thinking about it anyways ๐Ÿ™‚

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2 December 2012

Sunday morning. The usual. And btw, I am 35!!

Samaresh showed up with his daughter Paroma. Amitesh was too busy playing tennis. So, the three of us out 5K. Paroma was clearly very tired (uncharacteristically) from the late night parties ๐Ÿ™‚ We did enjoy the Starbucks though.

My left knee is giving trouble again. I think I need to keep a faster pace with the barefoot shoes. Will try some new Merrel shoes with wee bit more support and see if they work out better.

BTW, my friend Matt Semrad sent me a WSJ note that talks about not going faster than 8 min/mile and run for more than 10-15 miles after hitting 50. I figured I have nothing to worry for another 15 years ๐Ÿ™‚ That is my story and I am sticking to it.

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1 December 2012

10K run after a break…

It was nice weather – 64 degrees. Went out for a run after quite a long break. Ran a mile on the running turf and then got bored with the “one good turn deserves another” thingy ๐Ÿ™‚ Got out and went for a run on the trails for another 5 miles. I just can’t run in circles… or a treadmill for that matter….

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