Monday, September 21, 2009

A 100 miles. In baby steps.

Learning : going to begin this with a learning this time. In order to run, walk or things like this, you must set SMALL milestones. Count in steps.

Case Study of Day 1 :

2 minutes to get my running shoes on.
Can’t find matching red sock – does it matter? Marco has 1 chewed red sock in his basket. Ugggh – can’t wear that. Will wear one red sock and one striped (can’t find other striped sock too).
That took 10 minutes. Oh well !

2 minutes to breathe in and breathe out – before starting on my run.
Haha – look at my stomach when I breathe out – looks at least 5 months pregnant.

Down the lift.
Up the lift. It’s going to rain. Best take an umbrella. Must go running. Come rain or shine. That’s me.
Can’t find the umbrella. Wear a hooded jacket instead. Now, I look like a serious runner. Or a terrorist. Must change into pink track pants to match the jacket.
25 minutes. Have not started the run yet.

Ok. Make it down the lift to the back gate.
Meet a neighbour who asks about school admission. 17 minutes.
10 steps to the tailor shop. 10 steps to the lamp post.
Meet a boy walking a pup peeing on the lamp post.
Stop to coochie coo the puppy. 8 minutes of giving gyan to boy and pup.
Pup is now looking at my leg as a substitute for the lamp post.
Time to run.

20 steps to the dhobi cart.
Cell phone rings. Old friend from Delhi. 20 minute chat about how I have started running seriously, while resting on a tree trunk.
Serious run now. 14 steps to the next tree.
Cell phone rings. Spend 6 minutes trying to explain to someone why I can’t talk now.
15 steps to the … shoelace opens out.
Bend to tie shoelace and then do 3 steps to the street corner.
Starts to rain. Where’s my umbrella ?
Aaah. Left it at the first tree or second tree or dhobi cart?

14 steps to the shelter of Sree Krishna Sweet Mart. Fastest run of the day yet.
Rains for 15 minutes.
I consume 2 pieces of mysur pak and 1 over sweetened badam milk shake.

Not good to run on a full stomach.
Call home and ask S to pick me up and take me back home.

Feeling real good. Running is real good.
Must do this every day.


  1. wow, given your dead earnestness i can only assume you are training for the marathon. you certainly seem to have your training program all figured out with the mysore pak and all!

    on a completely unrelated note, one of my favourite observations of all time is by erma bombek who says - you know that middle age has arrived when you pass by the hallway mirror, suck your gut in...and nothing moves.


  2. ah but you are such an inspiration, Jandy. Ha Ha Ha Ha. You should write more and more often.

  3. my take from the case study : treadmills are no good for writers.

  4. mentalie - the marathon only if it crosses sri krishna sweets, yup.
    vinoo - fresh air, lung power, rain - beats the treadmill any day - also treadmills don't take you past sri krishna sweets either

  5. yup yup sure beats d treadmill. and the pleasure of having your hubby pick you up. if you didn't realize 'S' is climbing up the rating points.

  6. Aha, mysore pak! It'll make you want to run twice as much the next day, no? :D

  7. Ha ha I know this just so and your walking plans will never work out if they don't end at a sweet shop or filter coffee shop...I love the way you exercise!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. drive down to the outskirts before you make the run. that way, you'd have to walk miles before you come across a mysore pak shop.

  9. Why are you advertising pregnancy tips on your blog (top right corner) ?
    Stumbled on your blog and find it very funny. Will return. Post a picture.

  10. haha...i identify this more so after chomping on a big chicken sandwich, butter corn on our way out and said: one for the road..hehehehe

  11. And now you are advertising Ruskin Lodge...

  12. slash - incentive for running is to see (and sample ) the sights of the city ;)
    anon - I KNOW WHO YOU ARE !!!
    vivek, finn - just checked - i am now advertising pug-training ! ???

  13. Jane, full marks to you - you remembered to take your wallet when you went running!! Methinks Sree Krishna was NOT "destination unknown" after all hmmmm... slurp slurp ;) ha ha ha

  14. I always wondered watching people trying to run on streets,'what shape they'd be in if they stop trying to run'...just a curiosity :-)

  15. hee hee. i paid bahadur to go run for me :)

  16. You are super awesome Jandy... your as sharp witty funny...and super talented.

    1. Thanks again JBarnett. I notice 'fitness' and 'concentration' aren't among the above compliments. heh!