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Day 1 - Drive to Mussoorie

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It was a crazyweek, as usual, it always happens that the week is very bad for work, commute and others just before we go on vacation and come back. So somehow we finished our packing on Thursday night and set our alarms for early Friday.
We wake up on time and get ready and then call for Uber, the app shows the taxi is just next to our apartment where normally few Uber/Ola always standing. But after few minutes of no movement, I call the number and no one picks. After trying few times I give up and cancel my trip. Again book another Uber and this time the guys picks up the phone and promised to be there in 5 minutes.  The cab was an old one the headlight was barely working asked him to switch on the headlight and his response it is already on. Well, finger crossed we reached airport and journey to Delhi was uneventful.  
We landed on time and called our car rental company they told us to come to a designated spot of but the wait was quite long. The representative does the handover outsi…

Uttarakhand - prelude

It has been such a long time that we posted something we almost forgot how to type long paragraphs. Maybe all due to Facebook and WhatsApp which is instant but then in when you look back you have no way to figure out what all the noise was about. Well enough of rant now let me type….
Beginning of 2017 we were very much looking for a vacation and Pamela was interested in Uttarakhand. Now Uttarakhand is not a big state, it was carved out of Uttar Pradesh around 17 years back(A.D.2000 to be precise). But being a hilly region you can not just go around and see it all. There are two main parts Garhwal & Kumaon. And we were lost in between which part to visit. At the end, we made up some plan after talking to friends who are quite familiar with the UK. That made me more confused. Now comparing to the trip of Himachal Pradesh 3 years back, I was quite sure would be able to drive myself in the hills unless we plan to visit high altitude areas where roads would be narrow and tricky. Also i…

Plan for 2017

Wish list for year 2017/18.

27th August Airtel Hyderabad HM10th September Chennai Trail Marathon Full15th October Bangalore HM :)29th October Gurgaon Full 10th December Goa River Marathon Full 4th February 2018 IDBI Calcutta Full 11th February 2018 Auroville HM25th February 2018 Delhi IDBI Full
So far I have covered running a Full Marathon in these states of India. Let's see if I can add Goa, West Bengal, and Tamilnadu to the list. Karnataka -  Shriram Properties Bengaluru Marathon 2015Kerala -  Spice Coast Cochin Marathon November 2015 Meghalaya - Satara Marathon (Shillong) July 2016Telangana - Airtel Hyderabad Marathon August 2016Maharastra - Stanard Chartered Mumbai Marathon January 2017 Pondicherry - Auroville Marathon February 2017

2016 Planning

Some Runs/Race I would like to do in 2016.
14-Feb-2016 Auroville Marathon06-Mar-2016 IDBI Kolkata Marathon ( can not go but listing )19-Mar-2016 Nirbhaya Midnight Marathon (Bangalore)12-Jun-2016 Run Your First Half or Full Marathon (Jaynagar Jaguar date not confirmed)17-Jul-2016 The Cherrapunjee Marathon28-Aug-2016 Airtel Hyderabad Marathon11-Sep-2016 Chennai Trail Marathon16-Oct-2016 Bengaluru Marathon

Cochin Full Marathon 2015

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Pre-Race Day The day started early, we get out Cochin Club today and part our our ways for some time. While Pamela & Aarush goes back to Bangalore on Saturday itself I stay back for the big run on Sunday.
They had a train to catch around 9 from ERS. There was not a single auto around so had to walk and get one from Ferry station and as usual the price asked and agreed is way more than normal,
My running friends already reached from Bangalore while some checked in to Hotel other went ahead to Alleppey to check run route for December MTR run. There was many small plans and phone calls in the morning about how we meet up and spend our day, At the end I came to the hotel in Wellington Island around 10. After 11 we start from hotel for BIB collection which is another end of 
Ernakulam. The bus ride was very long and memorable one not a kind that you suggest. We were swinging …. the drives is rash and the roads are narrow and there is Metro construction going on forever.
The BIB col…

Driving October 2015

Satara HM 2015

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Satara is located in Maharashtra  not very far from Pune, Mahabaleshwar located in western ghat. PaceMakers decided to run this HM instead of Hyderabad beginning of the year and booked a complete hotel in February itself. That caused a uproar in Indian armature running community. The registration for Satara HM for out station also got closed as there is a limited hotel accommodation in this town.  Personally I was not very keen to run to it given the remote location and no direct train and flight. So registered for Hyderabad HM which was only a week before.  Then one day there was a twist :) Satara HM opened additional 300 slots for outstation runners and I applied. The organizers came out with noble and unique idea to accommodate runners via home-stay(B&B).
Initially was supposed to travel in a XUV 500 which got cancelled at the last minute but being part of a bigger group was able to find a free slot in the Bus and traveled with the team. The journey was long and was tired and …