Showing posts with label Chennai DRHM. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chennai DRHM. Show all posts

DRHM Chennai 2014

Enough is enough I said to myself before I started to write down my experience with 2014 Chennai Dream Runners Half marathon. After waiting for weeks and getting constant update on social media that my friends are being tagged in various albums I could not found a single picture of myself what a pity when everyone was clicking with those super sharp DSLRs and smart phones.

Like last year we travelled to Chennai in Shatabdi Express on Saturday starting  early morning from Bangalore. The train journey was fun there were many familiar faces along with few faces of our group. Some from the last year opted out this year but at the end it was almost same number of people. Had a good sleep on train this time and could not participate in 'Gupshap'. The journey to hotel this year was very smooth compared to last year as we had a local Chennaite with us. We got down from the bus right in front of our hotel in Adiyar.


Had a big tasty south Indian veg-lunch at Sangeetha; the walk from the hotel was little long as we got used to the hot & humid Chennai. I tried my best to skip sleeping in the afternoon, evening we had long chat over tea/coffee at Anand Bhavan about running and various upcoming events like how and when we are going to participate on those. Suddenly it started to  rain like cat and dog which was refreshing and brought down the temperature little bit but shooted  humidity to higher level. Dinner was a low key affair for us who opted to come back to Anand Bhavan. Some of our friends had the dinner at hotel and was not so delighted with their service.

There was the Iran Argentina group match for World Cup and I wanted to watch it so I kept myself glued to the TV till half-time. A great defense and tactical match from Iran where they blocked Argentina from scoring anything till the last minute.

I got up around 3:45 as we were supposed to assemble at hotel lobby at 4:15 ; I had one banana, one Parx chocolate some dates and some water. Remembering last year I tried to drink water previous day to hydrate my body and kept my food simple. The moment came out of the AC room realized this morning is going to be a tough one.  We jogged from hotel to the start line which was around 1.6KM, by the time we reached the starting pointed many of us were socked in sweat. Personally dressed very light in a super thin sleeveless vest to keep myself cool.

Started the run with fellow runners from my running group and by the time we crossed 2KM mark we were completley sweating. But the good part the sky was dark and we were doing around 5 minute a KM for first 8 or 9 KM. In that course me & my running buddy crossed few others from our running group who normally runs faster than us. It was a good and bad sign - definitely I did not had a target , its either a sign of running  fast now and having a  physical problem in the later part  or the weather is playing its part and we are coping  better than others.

Around 9 KM when we were running along the beach my running buddy slowed down a bit and I continued with the pace that I was comfortable and stopped looking at GARMIN.  Around 18th KM meet with all the slow runners / walkers from 10K race and had to navigate them as I passed. Around 19th KM near Adiyar bridge found the local Chennaite from our group running very strong and crossed me. That motivated me to follow him and I kept reminding myself how a 2KM feels like in our practice runs and tried to make my strides longer.  I did my best to finish strong and gave my best in last 500 meters or so.

As I was relatively faster this time there was not so much queue for post run breakfast I drank many cold bottle of water which were easily available that time. My roommate did a wonderful run of 10K and cut-down his previous best record by 4 min to complete the same in 42 minutes and was celebrating the same. Called Pamela to let her know I was fine and all went OK.

After 10/15 minutes or so when we as a group started to ensemble someone reported one of from our group is having health issue and need medical assistant. I went and was with him during the whole time he was dehydrated and collapsed after finishing the race & while waiting in breakfast queue. Any way he had a bad time with dehydration which caused his BP to go down and needed drip. Oh! tell you when you are in medical tent of a race you see the whole race and post-race celebration with a different lens.

Met with LilyDi  and SameerDaa for lunch at their home, wow what a yummy food it was with so many courses of fish.

As usual train ride back to Bangalore was less eventful and many had a nap after a hard  race day.

I  did a personal best this time which I realized little late, for me being able to run and enjoy the same was more important than the time. But I think these few things really helped me in getting there.


  • Train enough and train hard for race, as race has so many unknown.
  • Taper down your training .
  • Rest enough even it means watching TV or reading a book if you do not get proper sleep in hotel bed.
  • Try your best to keep mind away from ‘target’, ‘pace’ and ‘timing’ just  enjoy the run as much as you can unless your are professional runner.
  • Dress accordingly avoid experiment.
  • Hydrate enough but do not overdo it like I did last year where I was barely running the last 5KMs. So I kept a water bottle with myself 6KM onwards and had small gulp on regular intervals. But I did not stopped in many water station as I like to have water when I want.  Some cannot run with a bottle in their hand so it is better to stop at water station and drink , find out what works for you.
  • Do not try to eat too much or too fancy on previous day.
  • If you have friends or relatives to meetup keep it post-race.

And here are those 1000+ of pictures which I checked meticulously to find myself in vain :(

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.808014375885248.1073741831.548956021791086&type=1
https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/drhm2014
https://www.facebook.com/Runsters/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.601614176603452.1073741872.286230918141781&type=1

Chennai DRHM

Chennai DRHM ( Dream Runners Half Marathon) was on 1st Sunday of July i.e. 7th July 2013. It was the first run out of Bangalore for me. Last time I registered for Mumbai Standard Chartered was in 2008 and was gifted with Aarush just few days before the race :D  Well Aarush is the reason why I can not run on weekdays morning but he is the catalyst who introduced me to The Pacemakers running group of Bangalore.

 It was a great escape for me from Bangalore and daily routine. a big thanks to Pamela for supporting me on this. Knew it was not going to be my best run given the fact I was not practicing at all. The last time ran was beginning of June after that it was all about running around household and office work. Working late and on weekends and busy with Aarush's school and what not. In fact I was so messed up  posted The Pacemakers  Facebook page that “I am not going” but thanks to Pamela after an hour  posted  “I will” be going.

Thanks to fellow runners a cab was booked and woke up Saturday Morning at 4:30 and meet them at the gate at 5. We were at Containment Station by 5:40 where already few fellow runners were waiting, at 6:10 boarded the Shatabdi. The train journey was fun brought back the memory of college days where traveled  in a large group for the last time.  It was fun to be noisy and so many small group chit chat ... it was real entertaining.

As soon reached Chennai the humid heat welcomed us and oh! that smell of Chennai Central. Thanks to our Tamil friends we moved to the electrical (local)  train platform and took a local train towards hotel, the last part from station to hotel was long walk . We crossed many ministerial bungalows as walked from Station to our hotel Raj Palace.

Reaching hotel there was enough opinions for lunch venue/cuisine between 30+ hungry stomachs personally stayed back had the same in the hotel and had a long nap till dark. It was ladies Final at Wimbledon and soon our room was packed with 20+ people as it is more fun to watch in group. Everyone thought it would be a big fight between German and French. But Bartoli finished the tournament quickly in a straight set with ace. Well she did not beat any big names in this tournament but she beat those who did ... a dream came true.

Dinner was like lunch again many opinion and this time personally went out to explore little beyond hotel to ‘Saravana Bhavan’ the place was packed as usual and had Paneer Dosa a foolish choice before a long run tried to mitigate with Dahi Vada (yogurt to neutralize the richness of Cottage Cheese and oil) . The bus ride back to hotel was long we had we had a walk mile personally liked it after a big meal.


Race Day ….


Woke up at 3:30 had a quick shower and realized it is going to be a tough one as was not feeling good in stomach. We were supposed to be out of hotel by 4 but there was big time drama by the arranged cab drivers, was part of the last drop. The sky was dark with cloud and it rained a lot in the night but still the weather felt hot and very very humid bay around 75~85%  precipitation. Tried to follow Coach’s warm-up session but the school ground was full of sand and dropped out from the running one. The race started at 5 and started my stop watch for the first time running with a watch and that too a GPS enabled,  started with few pacemakers for the first few kilometers and then started running of my own pace which  felt very good about. And every Kilometers Garmin showed my speed and all was looking very nice. Soon say the lead runner coming back and it was none other than our Nanjundappa. The second runner was at least a KM behind him. Soon saw many of the Pacemakers taking the turn. But my run took a downhill  as I struggled from 13KM onwards. I felt there are too much water in my bladder and I am tired from the humid condition.  So I walked run and continued till the end and many people crossed me in that process. The 2 KM I tried again to push myself but by that time I was out. As soon as I finished the race said bye to pacemakers group and walked back to hotel. Well it was a long walk but did not want to haggle with Autos.

The race was very organized with lots of police and volunteers and roads are so good that it does not seem like India. The coarse was also perfect as we ran along Bay of Bengal and the famous Marina Bay only humidity was a concern but there is no way we can avoid that in this time of the year. The sun was completely out as sky was covered with dark cloud I think it can not be better than this in July in Chennai.


Reaching Hotel, freshened up had a big breakfast and by that time all others also came back. There was a celebration in hotel where someone walked and got beers  personally skipped beer just after exercise but the fun was too good to be missed.  The train  journey back was as much fun but this time everyone was little bit tired. Enjoyed every moment of this trip and next is one going to be Hyderabad Half Marathon  in late August. Well the result below is wrong to my it will be in the range of 2:27. In TCS 10k official time made me mad now it is making me smile :D