There are some crazy moments when you happen to lose all the sense you have developed in all those years of living sanely. The problem is, when those moments come, you are helpless in using your mind at all. This happened to me this Tuesday, when after running 5 kms I was cooling down when I noticed some boys doing high jumps over a junk plastic pipe. I immediately fell for it, as it brought back memories of me doing high jumps in school at least 15 years back, and which I have never since done. With my legs tired after the run, I went for the jump, which I actually did fine. The problem was that my legs were gone, unable to carry my weight on the way down, and I went straight to the ground with a bad strain in my legs. As a result, I missed todays run and still have a mild pain. What a jerk I am!
As I reached the 16 km target for last weekends long run, I realised that it is going to be tough from here on. In my last run, tiredness was less of a factor than other discomforts like chaffing, etc. But this time, I felt fully drained out. This might be because the weather has been unusually hot for the last few days here in Delhi. I guess this might also be the time to start taking gels and bars stuff with what I usually take, Gatorade, as my running times go to 2-2.5 hrs.
BTW, I do my long runs in Nehru Park (Chanakyapuri, Delhi), an excellent place with very nice surroundings and a 2.75 km loop. As for the weekday runs, I manage in the sports stadium in Noida, a 1 km circle.
As per the schedule, I completed my first run at such a long distance. I would not say that I was totally exhausted at the end, but was uncomfortable with some soreness on chest and groin. I guess I may have to use some tapes or something to prevent this from happening, or get some expert advice. I continue to use Gatorade for replenishment during the run. Rest of the day, I just felt like relaxing in the bed and doing nothing.
Yesterday I registered for the Hutch Delhi Half Marathon, which is going to take place on Oct 16th. I registered through the SMS option, which I later realized was a big pain, answering one question after another on SMS. It would have been much better to simply register through their website. Anyway, this is going to be my first long distance running event, and I hope I can make this within 2 hours. I am sure this is going to be a big and well organised event, looking at the way it is being promoted in the media.
The weekend of Aug 20-21 was spent in participating in a corporate Badminton tournament in Delhi, where I was representing my company, Cadence Design Systems (L to R: Amit, Anuj and me). The tournament was organised by ‘Eventus’, and a total of 24 teams participated. We managed to reach the quarters, before being knocked out by the eventual champions DDA (not that we would have made it up against other teams 🙂 ). Some of the best teams were:
- DDA (Delhi Development Authority)
- AAI (Airport Authority of India)
- Reliance Info.
- Hero Honda
- British Gas
This was a very exhausting week, and I had to take a day off just to recover from the stress. But, I was satisfied with our overall performance, with the limited training we did.