Job half done

July 30, 2007 at 5:40 am (running)

Today, I finished San Francisco half marathon (1st half) as part of my training for Silicon Valley marathon. And I’ve finished it in 2 hours 38 minutes! Below is my picture at finish line.

Half Marathon Finish

Day started early morning at 4am with (almost) full moon was giving company all the way to San Francisco. We were expecting it to be very cold at Embarcadero, our start line for 1st half marathon. But luckily it was not that bad! At around 6am, I started my run as part of wave five. I started slowly for first 2-3 miles. It was fantastic atmosphere; around 8000 runners (1st half and full marathoners) pacing along the pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf. Many supporters were cheering up along the side walk.

We got taste of our first hill at 5 mile mark. And then came the Golden Gate Bridge. It was chilly and windy out there. Bridge was covered in fog. We can hardly see bridge in distance. Just as run was getting progressive, I was able to see bridge with close look. I felt really good!!! Once we reached the other end of bridge, we got turn around and started our journey back. Ongoing traffic was giving honks in support of our run! When we finished bridge run, we were upto 9 mile mark. Second uphill around Presidio was found to be tough to pass. While crossing this hill, I got into double digits by crossing 10 miles. 11th mile was again bit tough as we were running through city residential area with streets taking us up and down.

As time was passing by, suddenly we saw big crowd waiting and cheering for us. And I knew that end is sooner than later. This gave the fresh new energy and I did a sprint for last few meters to make a touch down to my first marathon!!!

Job is half done and now the hard part starts….getting to 26.2 I hope I will stay strong all the way to the end!.

Thank you everybody for all your support!!!

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My Cubicle ….

July 29, 2007 at 4:13 am (running)

Just when my office cube is getting resized (it’s getting smaller :-(), I saw this video. I’m glad I’m doing better things (like doing what you are supposed to do there …. work if you don’t know! 🙂 ) than what video mentions. Enjoy this video:

Anyways, tomorrow is a big day. I’m running half marathon at San Francisco. 13.1 miles! This will be first time I will cross 13 mile mark. Let’s hope that I finish strong! I’m bit tense. Above video helped to relaxed a bit though.

See you all tomorrow at San Francisco. Come there to cheer all runners!!!

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I got Magic 10

July 22, 2007 at 12:24 am (running)

Today I did 10 miler in 2 hours!

At 7:40am, we started our run on Bay trail near Oracle. This trail is a bit harsh to runners as there are no trees along the way and also running on side walk is bit tough (and there are no restrooms on the way!). But things were different today. It was cloudy and bit cold. I decided to do 5 mile stretch and back to start. Running along the sea shore was very fantastic experience.  Once I cross the San Mateo bridge (underneath),  got a superb view of Bay bridge.  Around 7 mile park, I was bit tired. But with coach Rajesh as a pacer, I was able to finish it strong!

I’m getting ready for SF half marathon (1st half) which is scheduled on 29th July. And this run was as part of getting ready for it.

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Getting started ….

July 16, 2007 at 7:00 am (community, running)

Yes I’m running a marathon!!!

First I will be finishing San Francisco half marathon on 29th July and then full marathon on Nov 4th at Silicon Valley.

I had been thinking about doing it for a while. Starting mid April my training has started. Through this run, I will be raising $2400 which will be used for improving education of underprivileged children in India. Asha for Education is an charity organization which believes that education is a must to improve the condition of an individual. Education is right of every one and as a lucky person to have this birth right, we should help others to get their rights!

Now about my training…

Our training spans over 4 days a week.

Saturdays dedicated for long run. Usually we meet at any scenic trail around bay area and run as a complete group (there are more than 100 runners in Silicon Valley Team Asha chapter!) Mondays are for cross training. I’m planning to do swimming whenever possible. On tuesdays we do track workout. We try to run at higher speed than usual long run speed. It usually involves doing few sprints of 200, 400 0r 800, 1200 or 1600 meters. Thursdays are for tempo run and for core strength exercises.

I’ve been learning importance of stretching exercises. Our mentor Rajeev is very good at this. Also he is being teaching core strengthening exercises.

Overall it’s being a very good experience so far. I’m happy to be a part of Team Asha! All volunteers have very high enthusiasm to make things possible in a professional way! Kudos to them for helping us at every run.

Happy Running….

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