Street running in Bangalore

If I walk up to anyone and say that I love street running in Bangalore, people must think I’m crazy! But the fact is that by changing your strategy you can also love running on the streets.
I asked myself how come I love running on the streets and others don’t. I figured I was doing a few things differently.

If I walk up to anyone and say that I love street running in Bangalore, people must think I’m crazy! But the fact is that by changing your strategy you can also love running on the streets.

I asked myself how come I love running on the streets and others don’t. I figured I was doing a few things differently.

  • Running in residential areas:

Avoid main road when you can. If you are running random and don’t care to do a loop  it is best to run on small roads. Here is an example of my run around Padmanabhanagar. You  can see on google maps that there is only a few spots I hit the main roads (roads shown in yellow). I run mostly in the residential areas and small roads (roads shown in white). You can go from one area to the other by doing this, once in a while you might hit a main road, but find the next cross road as soon as possible.

What I love about running in the residential areas/small roads is that there are quite a number of trees around you. And all the houses look so different. Every house in Bangalore has its own charm in the way it is built. Some are colorful, some are built big, some are small and cozy. I keep myself entertained looking at all this.

  • When you hit the main road stay to your right:

I feel this is very important to see a head on traffic than traffic behind you for two reasons, 1. You hear less honks. People in India honk so that the other person knows they are coming. 2. It is safer to see head on traffic so that you can move around looking at the vehicles.

But yes… most important thing is to find the next small road and get into it!

  • Music helps
Music has always made me stay in my own world while running. I listen to a lot of podcasts / audio books while running. This can make you run a couple of extra miles. 😉
These are the top three things that I do that makes a difference. I’m sure the other runners will have more points, do comment your experiences so that this helps other runners. Let us make street running a culture in Bangalore! 🙂

What happens when you run too much!

November 16th 2008 was the Bangalore Ultra marathon 2008. I had signed up for the 25k which was to be held at 7:30 AM. We reached the venue (Our native village resort, Hesaraghatta) at 6:00AM. I was very excited to see so many runners and as usual I got a little too excited. The 50K / 100K run was supposed to start at 6:30AM. So I went ahead and signed up for the 50K race.

In the practice runs the maximum distance I had run was around 15Kms. I wasn’t sure what I was doing, but was determined to do at-least 3 loops of the 12.5 KMS.

The first 25K was easy and I was able to finish it in 2:18:26. The problem started when I continued further. I could suddenly feel that I’m going slower. I was monitoring my pace per KM. It was amazing to see how my body was not ready for the long distance. I had lots of energy in my mind to go faster, but just couldn’t go any faster. At around 32KMS I had a very bad cramp on my calf muscle. This was my first cramp while running. I could feel the calf muscle harden like a stone. I did some stretches and continued the run. In the end I stopped at 37.5 KMS. I didn’t want to run any further.

I enjoyed the whole run, I’m glad I tried the longer distance. The confidence of doing another full marathon is back. I was not sure if I would do another full marathon after doing the Bangalore full marathon in 2006.

Here is my timing chart of the run. Needless to say the graph after 25K just goes down.

KM     PACE / KM     Total Time
1       05:05     0:05:05
2       05:12     0:10:17
3       05:00     0:15:17
4       05:24     0:20:41
5       05:26     0:26:07
6       05:03     0:31:10
6.5    03:06     0:34:16
7.5    05:06     0:39:22
8.5    05:46     0:45:08
9.5     05:50     0:50:58
10.5     05:33     0:56:31
11.5     05:20     1:01:51
12.5     05:00     1:06:51
13.5     05:28     1:12:19
14.5     05:33     1:17:52
15.5     05:14     1:23:06
16.5     05:26     1:28:32
17.5     05:59     1:34:31
18.5     04:27     1:38:58
19     03:14     1:42:12
20     06:17     1:48:29
21     06:18     1:54:47
22     05:33     2:00:20
23     06:02     2:06:22
24     06:02     2:12:24
25     06:02     2:18:26
26     06:33     2:24:59
27     06:36     2:31:35
28     06:38     2:38:13
29     06:45     2:44:58
30     07:16     2:52:14
31     06:49     2:59:03
31.5     05:24     3:04:27
32.5     08:12     3:12:39
33.5     09:15     3:21:54
34.5     06:41     3:28:35
35.5     08:13     3:36:48
36.5     07:19     3:44:07
37.5     07:01     3:51:08

The funniest part is the day after the marathon. Everything in this video is true to me (including the last scene) 😀