Last few days were spent in a nice little resort located in Naukuchiatal, the lake with nine corners. Its not too far from the hill town of Nainital, and just under 4 kms from Bhimtal, another one of the many lakes around (the other big one being Sattal). What better opportunity for a runner than to find some good routes to run in those great, serene, peaceful surroundings and the hills.
The first run was done around the Naukuchiatal lake, a loop of around 3.5KM, and a couple of loops made it about 7KM. On the second day, I wanted to explore the hills a bit more, and so I decided to do a lake to lake trip, starting from my resort in Naukuchiatal, going to Bhimtal and around, coming back to Naukuchiatal and doing a round around it too. The total distance covered was about 14KM in 1:40 hrs. I expected the run to be a bit tough on the hills, and there were small, steep sections, but otherwise, the slopes were easy. Managed a pace of about 6:53/KM for both the days. It would be much tougher at Comrades, and I will have to put special effort to work out on hill running, maintaining the right form, developing the right strategies for uphill and downhill sections. All in time.
BTW: Today marks 365 days to go for the 85th Comrades marathon.