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Runner's Log . . . 31 January 2011
31-Jan-2011 07:08:12 AM [(GMT+05:30) Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi]

Atacama Crossing (Chile) 2011

A running group I belong to in Hyderabad, India has members who circulate inspirational quotes on running and fitness.  This week, among the many others, was an inspirational, albeit long, quote from George Leigh Mallory.  Mallory, in case you wondered who he was, was a part of the first two British expeditions that attempted to scale Mt. Everest.  His quote ran thus:

 

"The first question which you will ask and which I must try to answer is this, 'What is the use of climbing Mount Everest ?' and my answer must at once be, 'It is no use'. There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behavior of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron. We shall not find a single foot of earth that can be planted with crops to raise food. It's no use. So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for."

 

That quote sums up my attitude to the training during this week. I am running the Atacama Desert just for the sheer experience of attempting something I have never done before.  This week, I managed close to 90km, including a 20km walk with the now-mandatory backpack, interspersed with some cycling, cross training and meditation.

I hope to keep this pace up in the next 2-3 weeks.  See you all soon in the desert.

 

Best, S

 

 

 
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5 weeks to go. . .
22-Jan-2011 06:39:44 AM [(GMT+05:30) Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi]

Atacama Crossing (Chile) 2011
Well, the week started off well. I had run the Mumbai marathon Sunday last in a time of 5h20m. The temperature was about 32-33C, so it was good to get warmed up a bit in preparation. A major milestone as well since this was my first 40km plus run in any week of training. Recovered surprisingly well with no major blisters or foot sores. Spent the week in HK on work and a small vacation. Returned last night to Mumbai. Had to go to the RTP store to kit myself out. It was really a pleasure to meet with Alina and Frances, the two people who've been interacting with me from the start. Thank you very much for the help and advice, ladies! Bought loads of food (Hammer remains my top favourite) and some other supplies not easily available in India. Luckily for me, the Indian customs officials were very nice about it and allowed me to take everything in, no worries. Now that I am kitted out, looking forward to the last 5 weeks with lots and lots of enthusiasm. Training should peak to a little over 110-120km per week now with bouts of cross training (cycling/ellipticals) and pranayama/yoga. The only thing I am worried about is high altitude training - one thing that I am not going to get at all. On the lighter side, my "back-pack" training continued in earnest with me carrying my all of 12 kilos, 2-year old son all across our walks in HK over 4-5 days, with an inaugural 6km walk exploring every by-lane in the SoHo district in HK, ha! Onward and upward. S
 
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One Step Forward and. . .
22-Nov-2010 07:08:08 AM [(GMT+05:30) Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi]

Atacama Crossing (Chile) 2011
September started very well. I wanted to start running/walking with weights as well as delve more extensively into the core area. The schedule for September therefore looks somewhat like this: Monday: Walking/running with 6-8kg weights - easy pace 7-8km/hr - covering a distance between 13-15km (cross country course on the treadmill) Tuesday: Warm up run of 4-5km - strength training - Wind down run, 2km Wednesday: Repeat Monday routine Thursday: Repeat Tuesday routine, warm up variant being cycling for 30 minutes Friday: Easy paced run, covering a 20-25km distance Saturday: Easy paced run. covering a 25-30km distance Sunday: Rest The weekly routine is accompanied by yoga and stretches, primarily for the back as well as exercises for the core, about 15-20 minutes to a session. So against this plan, how did I stack up. I managed to run a little over 85km through the first week, about half of it with a back pack weighing about 7kg. The Friday and Saturday runs also went off nicely as planned, only I was running on a treadmill at a slight incline. The weather has been very inclement in Hyderabad with rainfall in the early morning and I am hoping it gets better this week onwards. The second week was a washout totally as I was vacationing and out the whole week at a family wedding, a full 4-day affair!!! I will restart again today. Nutrition during exercise comprises Hammer's Perpetuem or Sustained Energy as well as Endurolytes and my body is adapting to these quite well. Plus, water intake of about 2-3 litres during the training itself. All told, the first fortnight has been a sort of one step forward and . . . Well, onward and upward. More later. S
 
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One Step Forward and. . .
22-Nov-2010 07:08:08 AM [(GMT+05:30) Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi]

Atacama Crossing (Chile) 2011
September started very well. I wanted to start running/walking with weights as well as delve more extensively into the core area. The schedule for September therefore looks somewhat like this: Monday: Walking/running with 6-8kg weights - easy pace 7-8km/hr - covering a distance between 13-15km (cross country course on the treadmill) Tuesday: Warm up run of 4-5km - strength training - Wind down run, 2km Wednesday: Repeat Monday routine Thursday: Repeat Tuesday routine, warm up variant being cycling for 30 minutes Friday: Easy paced run, covering a 20-25km distance Saturday: Easy paced run. covering a 25-30km distance Sunday: Rest The weekly routine is accompanied by yoga and stretches, primarily for the back as well as exercises for the core, about 15-20 minutes to a session. So against this plan, how did I stack up. I managed to run a little over 85km through the first week, about half of it with a back pack weighing about 7kg. The Friday and Saturday runs also went off nicely as planned, only I was running on a treadmill at a slight incline. The weather has been very inclement in Hyderabad with rainfall in the early morning and I am hoping it gets better this week onwards. The second week was a washout totally as I was vacationing and out the whole week at a family wedding, a full 4-day affair!!! I will restart again today. Nutrition during exercise comprises Hammer's Perpetuem or Sustained Energy as well as Endurolytes and my body is adapting to these quite well. Plus, water intake of about 2-3 litres during the training itself. All told, the first fortnight has been a sort of one step forward and . . . Well, onward and upward. More later. S
 
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1 September 2010
31-Aug-2010 03:42:35 AM [(GMT+05:30) Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi]

Atacama Crossing (Chile) 2011
Well, training is now picking up momentum quite rapidly. I recently turned 40 a fortnight ago and just ahead of this had a complete physical performed. The tests turned out fine and the doctors told me I was fit to continue running long courses. That has been a tremendous boost psychologically. July and August have been particularly good months with me averaging 60-70km a week on my runs, interspersed with strength training at the local gym, more so for the back and shoulders. I am quite happy with the way this has progressed so far. In September, I plan to run/fast-walk an average of 80km a week, with weights on my back. This is also the month to reengage with yoga for the lower back and spine. I am just chalking out a tentative plan for September that will see me working out five-six days a week intensively. Also, in the past the routine has been pretty dull - just running loops in the park or on the treadmill. This should see a variant soon, sort of spice the run a bit, if you will. More later. S
 
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