Myself and Usha today ran 21K at Lonavala. We ran this in the company of Amit Seth, Neepa and Sushant Karkera who is a very fast runner himself and pacing Amit and Neepa in preparation for the Comrades.
I call this run a 'Comrades by proxy' run since myself and Usha may never run the Comrades Ultramarathon and this is the closest we can get to the real thing. A bit like "shaking the hands that shook the hands of the Prime Minister" :-)
Myself and Usha reached Lonavala on Saturday evening and had a quiet candlelit dinner at Fariyas before retiring early. We stayed in a friends bungalow and got up at 4.15 with an intention to start running by 5 am. We actually got started at 5.25 am instead.
We met with the 3 some and started off. The route was the same as the run on November 15th. Lonavala Ryewood park, Tata lake, Bushi Dam, INS Shivaji to Lions Point and little further and then back. But besides this similarity ends here. The weather in November was much much cooler, but today, when the Sun was up by about 7.30 am it was as good as running in Mumbai.
The run fitted in quite well with mine and Usha's new year resolution to run a 21K every month. We had also wanted to do a run with Amit and Neepa who are both on their tapering schedule for their Comrades Ultra Marathon as a kind of exercise in solidarity and support and to wish them all-the-best.
This was also my first run after the March 21K when I developed ITBS at 18 kms. I had not crossed the distance after that until today.
I am happy to report on three counts:
1. No ITBS.
November run: 20.01 K at 3:16 hrs with avg HR of 146 and avg speed of 6.1 kmph in cooler weather.
Today's run: 21.04 K at 3:09 hrs with avg HR of 148 and avg speed of 6.6 kmph in much warmer weather.
3. After the run we had a bath etc and reconvened at Amit's bungalow in Lonavala for a very sumptuous breakfast and also to do a lot of running related gupshup.
Here are my Garmin runs of the two occasions:
Today's run http://connect.garmin.com/activity/32680028
November run http://connect.garmin.com/activity/18800287
Once more, all the best to Amit and Neepa for the Comrades.
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