Back to Running

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I am back…. slower… but back. And it feels fucking good. I wanted to write this post once I had a few tempo runs and long runs under my belt.

I woke up at 5.30 am today but the sun wasn’t up… couldn’t sleep so got out of bed at 6.05 anyway. I stood in the balcony looking at GFR- Gurgaon Faridabad Road… I wanted to run there but wasn’t sure how safe it is. The last time I ran here, a year back, I got eve teased. A minor incident but enough to deter me from running there again. Recently, I had seen a lot of people running there so maybe it wasn’t an issue now. The thought of running a loop around Galleria just made me feel… ‘ugh’… I decided to run to the Badminton court and then decide where to go next. But as soon as I reached the gate, my feet took me towards GFR. The heart wants what it wants and the body has no option but to obey. GFR is fabulous…. I generally take this route to the gym… it’s a toll road, with less traffic, no buildings and always makes me feel like am going on a road trip instead of the gym 5 km away. Really… really… need to take a road trip soon. Everytime I take the wheel I never want to stop driving. Another great thing about the road is that it has many, many slopes. The only road I know in Gurgaon (or rather Haryana) with slopes. Slopes are necessary for half marathon training. I came across quite a few bikers, cyclists and runners making it safe. And there are volunteers from Run with Me providing water support for runners like me on weekends. How cool is that!!!

The run was tough. Everytime I ran fast, I had to end up walking. That’s when I told myself- this is about the distance, not the time. You just need to finish, the speed will come. Today’s objective is to finish 10 km. And I did by running slower. Nope, no pain in my feet or anything… so I guess, am back. For me 10 km is an important distance. If I can manage 10 km without aches and injury, the rest will come naturally and half marathon won’t be an issue.

And so starts the training for the next half marathon in May. It’s a trail run which is so much harder than running on the road. And it’ll be hot. But since it starts at 5.30 am, hopefully I’ll be done before it gets too sunny.

Target – Half Marathon in May and continue training for full marathon after that

Weekday runs – Speed work. Current target is to run 4 km at average pace of 7 min/km. Once I reach this target, I will increase the distance to 5 km. Route will be around the building or on GFR

Weekend runs – Long distances… route will be Gurgaon to Delhi. Any other route recommendations welcome.

This feels good.

Now, am off. Lots to do- visit the tailor, laundry, clear out the mess in the house, wash clothes, make b’fast, go to the gym for stretching, take a bath (yes, I need to put it on the to do list else it won’t happen), plan a hectic gym schedule for this week- all in preparation for MIL’s (Mom-in-Law) visit this week starting today.

Since KC booked the flight ticket only yesterday, am hoping MIL hasn’t had any time to buy sabjis to bring along to Gurgaon… because… we, obviously, don’t get any ‘good’ vegetables here.

Oops… I forgot KC reads this blog.

*scoots off to twitter for the MIL jokes. Remembers to block KC so he cannot read them*

4 thoughts on “Back to Running

  1. Hi Bulbul,
    Kuddos for getting back on your running. I read ur blog and i like it very much your open honest frank views to everything…sometimes they are funny as well but that is how they r presented. I love running too …bt struggling to get back in to running…i get breathless very soon. So i get scared that i am not abe to run longer. but hopefully keeping it up. I am trying to loose fat and so wanted to started my gym schedule again. But i get confused as to no matter hw much i workout, i don’t get to loose stubborn fat. What eating patter do u follow? can u guide me on this? Also, i get so motivated reading about ur early morning runs..Girl how do u get so motivated and active enough to wake up? u have to tell me this…:) i think my body is at the stage that i can’t wake up in morning. i don’t know may be its food or something else. You feed back and suggestions will be very helpful 🙂

    BTW i saw ur IG pics of recent AHM visit…LDCE. r u from LD? i am as well…:)

    • Hi Hini… Thanks for all the sweet comments. They make my day.

      1) Yep… am from LD… What a coincidence

      2) Running takes time. When I started, I didn’t even imagine I would run 21 km someday. For me each km was a milestone. Run and walk… run and walk… and push yourself everyday. I haven’t seen anyone say ‘I didn’t improve’. Our body is capable of so much. We just need to push ourselves a little everyday

      3) I am a big fan of strength training if you have access to the gym. Nothing else is as effective when it comes to fat loss. What should you do in the gym? Here is the link to the post

      4) Fat loss is 70% food and 30% workout. Even if you cannot do the latter, you need to take care of the former. Unfortunately, I cannot give you advice on this front because am struggling with it. The good news is, I may be able to write a post on this in a week or two…. once I see substantial results. *Fingers crossed*

      5) I have trained myself to wake up early mornings. I sleep by 10 or 11 pm. Even late night movies are planned on Friday nights keeping in mind my early morning running schedule on Sunday mornings. If you wake up at 8 am, don’t try to wake up at 6 am. Try and wake up half an hour earlier every 2 weeks. It’s easier in the summer though. I have a difficult time in the winters.

      Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other queries. Happy running.

  2. Thank you Bulbul…yes i graduated mechanical from LD in 2002 🙂 U r a darling and a very honest in replying as well. 🙂 First thing is i want to try to find ways and help needed to wake up early in morning. my body has become lazy i know and i can’t wake up some how. if i do then i get demotivated of cld outside to run.I stay in Aussie land now. Food wise i am a vegetarian. I have trained to eat regular intervals but somehow i am confused i don’t see results in my fat loss. i do strength training but i am not that consistent at times with workouts. I think it is food then?? but i mostly eat home cooked meals. is it portion? does that need to be decided?

    • Sorry for the delayed reply. Was out of town.
      1) Food
      – Eat every 2 hours
      – Have rice for lunch and not dinner
      – Eat pulses for the protein
      – 2 servings of fruit
      – Lots of water
      – No junk… no processed food… no fried food… minimal sugar… home cooked food… less oil… less ghee…
      – Heavy b’fast… light dinner
      – Try it for atleast 2 weeks and see the results

      2) Workout
      – Very important… needs to be consistently followed…

      The reason you are and will not see results is because you are not consistent. You need to follow it regularly….

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