11 November 2023

Old running buddies

Got together with Arup and Sanjib to celebrate Arup’s maiden marathon (New York Marathon, 2023). Incidentally, in our Bengali group, Sanjib is the one who completed a marathon at the youngest age (44 years) and Arup at the oldest age (52 years).

I still consider running a marathon as a victory of mind over body…

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4 November 2023

Admittedly, I was dripping like I was causing my own monsoon season

This, after finishing my run in the rains. Two property buses stopped to enquire if I needed a lift. I declined, of course. Running in the rains in mid eighties temperature… very few feelings can beat that.

As I finally pulled up to the lobby area, everybody stepped aside lest I got them wet too.

At least, I lived up to my T-shirt. “Wine drinker with a running problem”

6 October 2023

Back on the trail

After seven successive runs, gave the legs a little rest for three days and joined back the group again for a run. Not stretching for three days is affecting the left leg muscles. One lesson I am learning is that it is less about the rest between runs (well as long as I am not doing more than 3-4 miles) but more about the twenty minute stretching after run that makes the difference between keeping my legs healthy and getting hurt.

Do you folks have any similar experience?

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1 October 2023

Sixth successive day of running

Running the risk of an admonishment from Michele, put in the sixth successive day of running. Will try to make a full week streak and then take some rest. (Michele is right, after all; the left leg muscles are reminding me that my younger days are way behind me). At least, listened to Arup and matched my T-shirt and shoe colors!!

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29 September 2023

The advantages of joining an interest group

For years I had been slipping in my discipline to run regularly. As a final ditch effort, I joined the running group I used to run with some 15 years back. Well, it is not the whole group per se. A few of the old runner friends who still get together to run.

That has made all the difference. Not only am I running lot more regularly now (today was fourth successive day of run), the peer pressure also has improved my speed. Valerie pushed me to go the extra mile and make it a 4 mile run today and we did it at a sub-10 min mile.

My solo runs are far slower.

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