Saturday, October 18, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The run had around 500 + participants. The run began and I had my iPod for company playing some hand picked songs compiled just for the event. I stuck to the basic mantra of not breathing through the mouth and not running too hard initially. I also made it a point to never open my mouth or swallow my spit. The secret is to run slow and steady with easy synchronized breathing patterns.
Pepped by the songs and maintaining a slow but steady pace I ran ahead many others and put the majority of the initial starters behind. All my friends except Harsha went out of sight and were lost behind me. It was getting tougher and exhaustive with every minute. I saw a board reading 4 Km complete and my joy knew no bounds. I invoked all my reserve energy to give it a best shot for the last Km so that I could put behind as many people as I could. In a minute I put Harsha (017) behind too who was a veteran of 5 Marathons including two 21 K and one 10 K runs. Thrilled that I could achieve this with virtually no preparation and priding myself on my capabilities I leaped ahead with renewed energy until I came across a sign saying 'Lap 1 complete'. The moment I saw this, all my excitement and energy took a beating and led to a sudden crash. My leaps started reducing to strides and then to steps. I witnessed around 5 runners including my buddy Harsha overtake me. I was almost on the verge of giving up, but something in me kept me going and I reached the checkpoint where we were handed the green band for completing lap 1 along with a bottle of water. I slowed down after this almost satisfied with the effort of completing half the run. I walked for about 20 steps pouring all of the water on my sweaty head and face. During this time my aching legs got a breather and my lost breath recovered and I was resurrected for the final lap. I slowly made up my mind that I am going to do this no matter what, for my little daughter, wife, nieces and parents. Aided with some wonderful English Pop and Bollywood numbers I reached the finish line in 30 minutes 30 seconds. More than the timing the satisfaction of not giving up and completing the run was the biggest reward. The winning time was around 23 minutes by an English Wipro employee. My friend completed in 29 + minutes.
Being able to complete the run successfully and among the top 40 finishers was thrilling. It was a remarkably satisfying day in the end and the sweet pain lingered along through the next few days.
It was a pleasure to meet this active couple who were winners in the Non Wipro Men and Women category. Their little son of almost 10 years too won recognition in one of the children events. Truly remaining physically active, sporty and outdoorsy is a blessing which creates an endorphin boost and leaves a feel good factor.
© Karthik L G at Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
© Karthik L G at Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The main 10 floor John Lewis office.
© Karthik L G at Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Monday, September 08, 2014
Shortlands is blessed with verdant vegetation and a calmness which is so much needed in a residential area. The tree in the parking lot is surely over half a century. This is a soothing view from the balcony. The visible bricks without any plastering adds to the earthen touch that this place has to offer.
A minute away from our apartment is this lovely calm intersection of Mays Hill Road and Kingswood Street where we can perch on the bench and spend a few calm moments.
© Karthik L G at Monday, September 08, 2014
Saturday, September 06, 2014
© Karthik L G at Saturday, September 06, 2014
Friday, September 05, 2014
© Karthik L G at Friday, September 05, 2014