Chasing the Fast Pack: Tata Mumbai Marathon 2020

Mumbai, 2020 “How is Mumbai’s course?” he asked. “I don’t know, but not the fastest for sure” I said. This isn’t a kind of question that concerns me. But being asked I began thinking of it from a recreational runner’s perspective. I haven’t quite thought of marathon courses that way. The seconds haven’t mattered. Maybe, […]

A quick 5 km at Sankey in rain. Snatching time these days. Figured that making time isn’t working. The little sinkholes into which hours go down, all 24 of them. Update: Messed up the sweet sense of having gone out for a run on a not so bright evening, by watching Tom Cruise run in the […]

28/07/2018 GKVK Trail today. Waited for the train to pass. Somewhere in the canopy a Bulbul’s chirp could be heard. Ants love the rain too, it appears. After a shower, there are always plenty. Took a break watching ants, resumed on a Punjabi playlist. 12 km with 5:16 pace. Another long break and I should […]

Heinrich – 2

The analogy!  To Heinrich, the ineffable sensations a fit runner experiences on a good 10-miler are similar to the joy he thinks migratory birds must have when flying. He writes, “What makes the blackpoll warbler strike out south in the fall after a cold front is probably not fundamentally different from what motivates me to […]

Heinrich – 1

Heinrich won his debut marathon, in San Francisco, in October 1979 in 2:29:16. He improved to 2:22:34 a few months later at the West Valley Marathon in Burlingame, Calif. Two days after turning 40, Heinrich won the masters division at the 1980 Boston Marathon in 2:25:25. As in his first marathon, where he took the […]