Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cycling to Thol @Ahmedabad

           My original plan was to go for a Off Road cycling by taking bike for rent on Saturday evening, but my work was only over by 8.30 PM and i was aware that @revolution bike store is closed by then, so i didn't call them back.
                  But as i reached back my guest house, my friends ajay was asking me about the  cycling trip as he is now getting hooked for the cycling. ( Previous week we went on the Canal Ride). So i called to Rahul and check if he had some slot and luckily he said he can accommodate Us. So both of us planned to start @ 5.15 to reach the Bike store early in the morning. This time i was saved by my wake up call @ 5.00 Am and managed to reach the Bike store @ 5.35 expecting that we will be last to reach. But surprised (Actually Normal) saw only few people making registration.The regular registration,Bike check , Intro was done for route and safety .
From the revolution bike store we reached the SG Highway > Sindhu Bhavan Road > Gotila Garden> SP Ring Road and reach the Shilaj Road. Until you cross this you will be on a high traffic area and once you take the Left turn on the Shilaj Road then you will find less traffic and not much heavy vehicles are on the Road. It was a a pleasant morning so weather was perfect and it was around 6.30 when we were crossing this places. Was happy to see some of the fellow cyclist and runner on the road. I reached the Canal and this time there was water flowing and it was very scenic to watch the fog on the water.  


As i was waiting for Ajay to reach then we started together. The road post this place is not smooth because of the recent monsoon but was fair enough to drive even on roadie. There were many peacock and peahens which were singing and dancing on the fields. Surely if my DSLR would have been there , it would have been delight of the lenses. I kept pedaling enjoying the outskirts of Ahmadabad and also some quick chat with fellow riders.

After a  little long drive we reached the kadi Road and and took left and nearly after 1 Km we found a Cyclist with Flat tyre and the support vehicle was already on the job to get them back to roads. We need to take a narrow road from here to reach the bird sanctuary and both sides of this road was like Green Carpets and it actually took back me to my own place were it is fully surrounded by farmland and water bodies.

When i reached there were already fellow cyclists and also the support crew ready with some energizing bars, Hydration etc. It was good to have a quick bite and met some new friends there and sharing their cycling experience and also about the place and the sanctuary. For  more details about the Thol Sanctuary is Click Here !! 
But i have already that this a huge lake with trees spread in midst of the water, which actually helps the birds to halt during their migratory season for resting, and also some of them stay back and build their Nest around this trees. The birds find it comfortable as there is not much of disturbances from the external elements. So round the year we will find many birds in such places and specific species only during the migratory season. 

I missed the group photo as was busy walking around the lake. As the sun was starting to come up every one started their ride back and me too joined the band. AS we followed the same route , the return was not much interesting but i enjoyed the ride and made some pits stops to watch the peacocks and lakes.

Look like this place is perfect for a Night Camping. Need to check the possibility soon and next one to be planned is the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary !!

Happy to add one more cycling to my below previous trips

Cyclone Cycling

Cycling To Pulicat Lake - 100 Km

Pedalling in South Chennai

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Day 10 # Running - A Long Journey after small Steps

Finally the Day 10 is on ...and this is kind of a back to back running. As i have to complete my last running on sunday evening and starting my next day run on this Monday morning.
But of all this 10 days this days is the amazing one !! As i end this series surely the next one needs to be little longer in distance and days is what my mind says !!!

# Running - A Long after small steps.

            Not many will start enjoying the running in initial days as it is going to be tough to manage the initial days.  As all your things should get placed in order which includes your body accepting this strain, Your time being adjusted by the work, family, personal spend etc.

           But surely i can say in confidence that it is just matter of days and week for any of the above constraints to fall in place and you sill start enjoying the run and the benefits will be very explicitly exposed to you by yourself and also by others.

         Many days there is going to be war as you get up from the bed between the watch and your shoe. Whenever your shoe wins , you will be on the track or road or field running some distance.

        You will find yourself more organized in time, diet and planning also. As more planning is required as you grow up in the running regime. You need to plan your trainings, You need to plan your events accordingly you need to plan your event and for every event you need to plan your travel, stay like this. This will actually help you organized.

        This long journey gives many benefits for yourself and also indirectly for people around you also.
       All the above can only be experienced if you have not picked your running gear i bet do pick a one and catch you after your 10 X10 Series !! Happy Running.

1 # Be Shameless

2 # Take Baby Steps

3 # Join a Running Group

4 # About Running Gears

5 # Warmup & Cool Down !!!

6 # Best Time to Run

7 # Why Register for a Marathon?

8 # Why Cross Training is Important? 

9 # What Distance to run ? 

2017-10-x-10-day -9- # What distance to Run?

Day 9 , this day was interesting as i have to take my friends for a cycling outing i planned to push my running to the evening. Managed to complete a 25 Km cycling on the outskirts and completed my 10 K running in the evening. The saddle sore was still there when during all my running. And the mind was feeling good and was end of the tired zone to complete this 10X10 running series.
                                Amazingly i am also about to complete my 10 X 10 writing series also. And i planned to write about the distance to run in this post.

#How much distance should i run ?

              There is no single distance that some one can recommend how much you should run. Since as you start running you will start understanding your body, how it responds to physical stress, how your hear rate beats, how comfortable after every distance, how your entire metbolism work pre/post/during run all matters.
                 But i can firmly say that you run until your mind and body is feeling comfortable.During the initial days you will find it tough to run event between 2 or 3 lamp posts,and after 2 or 3 weeks you will find that 3-5 Km is comforable to run and after 2-3 months you will find the 10 Km is not a big game.
               After you reach this level there is no fixed distance that you can be prescribed with. You will define your own course in running.

#The only  rule

        There is only one rule that you should follow is LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. As we are running for the fitness, we should always be conscious in listening to your body. The body periodically tunes us and also sends signals in different form for us to listen.
         Every day is new and every second is unique so if you are not comfortable dont push your body beyond the limits. Even when there is a war between mind and body. Listen to your body and decide.

1 # Be Shameless

2 # Take Baby Steps

3 # Join a Running Group

4 # About Running Gears

5 # Warmup & Cool Down !!!

6 # Best Time to Run

7 # Why Register for a Marathon?

8 # Why Cross Training is Important? 


2017-10-x-10-day -8- # Why Cross Training ?

This is the Day 8 of my 10 X10 series.It is 8th Day and being Saturday gave me all excuse to wake-up late and complete my run and continue to work.
            The next topic i wanted to cover was on the importance of Cross training, which i myself lack and not focusing much.

What is Cross Training?

                     When you started to run and be with a running group or star discussing any forums then you will see this Term Cross Training being popping up in all discussion and more emphasize is given even more than running by many people.
                     As you start running regularly there is a set of motion that the body,muscle and mind gets recorded and get accustomed. Apart from the regular muscles there  is much of flexibility and strength is required for the same and other muscles in different forms.
                  So activities like Cycling, swimming, Core - Strengthening , Gym etc are being treated as part of cross training activities. And these are planned inbetween the run days.
In general most of the regular runners like to mix this cross training within the regular run schedule as 2 days/ week or once in a week.

You can read more about the Cross training here Eight-benefits-of-cross-training

1 # Be Shameless

2 # Take Baby Steps

3 # Join a Running Group

4 #About Running Gears

5 #Warmup & Cool Down !!!

6# Best Time to Run 

# 7- Why Register for a Marathon?


Friday, September 1, 2017

2017-10-x-10-day -7- # Why Register for an Marathon Event

            This is the Day 7 of my 10 X10 series. As the days goes the legs are becoming sore but not the mind. Have managed to complete 7 days and last 3 days to go. It was one of the bucket list for this year before i upgrade myself fully for more running. 
           Another best part along with running was that i planned to write and share some of my experience for the Newbies who wanted to start the running. And today it is about why to register and run a marathon event?

Why Register for  a Marathon Event?

                       If you have never run any event and if you have been already in the early stages of running , you have to immediately register for the event on the category which ever you planned to do. 
                       Registering for an event gives multiple benefits at least for the newbies as these days every event are becoming too expensive.


1. Experience:              

After hearing from many , reading about them still you will have many questions that will be unanswered,  but i gurantee you that the moment you register for an event all the questions will start getting vanished. And by the end of the event you will have nothing to ask but only experience to share. That is the biggest beauty of these marathon events.

2.High Spirit and motivation:

When you start running with 100 or 1000 or 10000 People you will experience the high volt energy every one carry from the start till the end of the event. You will experience many unknown souls encouraging you, pushing you to complete, congratulating you post run and you will get immense such that you will be reciprocating the same to many people in the event.

3. Meet the Mentors:

These events also provides opportunity to meet many mentors who will indirectly influence in a very positive manner. You will find many people in all shapes and sizes cruising you towards the finish line. you will be impressed with some of the people who overcome all the physical barriers and still participate in the running events. You also find people providing you all the tips and tricks to be consistent in the running.

4. Your First Milestone:

This memory will be everlasting and you will be carrying it as every green. And this will also help you to focus on the training as post registration to any event, you get emails on training schedules, plant, and many advice's on diet and hydration. 
        This will also help you to evaluate the results out of  the training that you have done and lessons learn't and course correction that you need to do.

When there are many benefits , the above are few which i feel them to be on top priority.

1 # Be Shameless

2 # Take Baby Steps

3 # Join a Running Group

4 #About Running Gears

5 #Warmup & Cool Down !!!

6# Best Time to Run

Thursday, August 31, 2017

2017-10 X 10 - Day 6 # Best time to Run !!!

Day 6 of 10 X 10 

       It is Day 7 of my running 10 X 10 series i could not run yesterday for various reason but did not want to miss today. It was late in the morning but ensured that i will hit the roads and managed to complete the day 6. As i was running late i planned to touch on the topic -What is the best time to run ?

What is the Best Time to Run?

       There is no specific time to run as per my personal view is considered. I prefer to run in the early morning which by psycology keeps me active during the entire day but i have also run in almost in all the times. Early morning, Late evening, Mid night and in Noon during various events.
         And i have also seen people taking a quick break during the office lunch hours and making a quick 5k to 10K and of course this is not in India but in western countries. 
         More than the time what is important is how conditioned the body is and how comfort the mind is to manage this. Before any run even during practice or event many prefer to have a good sleep or less stress. So it is better to plan the timing so that you get enough rest before the start of the run.
         There is also different school of thoughts which prefers to run in the evening which  is because the body is already warmed up with series of activites that you would have done during the course of the day.

The best judge:

        So the best judge would be your own personal experience and also the work schedule and the calendar you follow. So irrespective of the time if you enjoy the run then time does not matter herer. #craZZyRunning.

If you like to read it in detail from the very experienced people then visit:

2017-10-x-10-Day5 #Warmup & Cool Down !!!
2017-10-x-10 Day4#About Running Gears
2017 - 10-x-10 Day 3 # Join a Running Group
2017-10-x-10-Day 2 # Take Baby Steps 
2017-10-x-10 Day 1 # Be Shameless

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

2017-10 X 10 - Day 5 # Warm Up,Stretch & Cool Down

Day 5 of 10 X 10

It is Day 5 of my running 10 X 10 series and it begin-ed with a high tale and twists. And it is going strong. Becoz of my travel i missed my  yesterday's routine and made sure that i run today. The odds were against me in terms of heavy rain and a misplaced package. But i some how wanted to complete today as from tomorrow it is count down only !!
In today's post i am writing about why it is important to do the Warm up , Stretches and cool down ? If you are a newbie and missed do read about my previous  posts about #1 Be shameless and  #2 Take Baby Steps

Why warm up?

Ideally if you are an active day and like to start your running at the end of the day , then your Joints & muscles are already active. But most of us prefer to run in the morning after a sound sleep. So before we start our running routine, it is important that we do minimum 10-15 mins of warm up, so that we increase the body temperature, Prepares your heart to be ready for the higher beats, Prepares the blood circulation to the muscles and signals all parts of the body to be prepared for the running. In simple terms it help to increase the flexibility and loosen the body completely.

This is very important so that you maintain your running profile to be injury free and also increase your performance.

Why Cool down and Stretch?

After every physical activity , we need to ensure that we do a proper cool down and stretching. Cool down will again bring back the increased heart rate, blood circulation back to normal stage.Post cool down stretching is required so that it will ensure that you have enough flexibility and avoid any stress on the joints and muscles.

2017-10-x-10 Day4#About Running Gears
2017 - 10-x-10 Day 3 # Join a Running Group
2017-10-x-10-Day 2 # Take Baby Steps 
2017-10-x-10 Day 1 # Be Shameless