Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Tagged: Thoughts on running

Tagged by my friend Rajeev Patel and here are some thoughts

1. How would I describe my running 10 years ago?
I hav'nt been running that long, but past 6 yrs of running has definitely been a great learning process, understanding different aspects of medium, long and ultra distances. And its amazing to see how body/mind and spirit adapts to demands of these distances. I would say I am more educated, and "going by the feel" runner than a schedule runner. But I do feel schedule does help achieve goals.

2. What is your best and worst race experience?
My best race has been Miwok 100k 2007, not particularly a great time, but after having some issues at Ruth Anderson 100k and AR 50M, I wasn't sure how I am going to feel in this race, but it worked out great, enjoying the lovely California coastline, running amidst some of my buddies. It gave me lot of confidence going into TRT 100M.

Way too cool 50k 2007 was my worst experience, the race organization was perfect, but I forgot the basics of racing ended up not enjoying this beautiful run. Definitely been a learning experience though.

3. Why do you run?
To feel alive, running is the easiest sport to bring back life and optimism into me, . A true gift for life.

4. What is the best or worst piece of advice you've been given about running?
Worst piece of advice - nothing in particular.

Best piece of advice - break into mini goals . I had read Yiannis Kouros breaking his 100M run into 25 mile segments, while training for my first marathon, and since then it has helped in almost every aspect of life.

5. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.
The time I spend thinking about running events is more than my training time.

Tagged the following:
Rajeev Char
Peter Lubbers


Peter Lubbers said...

Hi Anil,
Nice answers.
I just completed the 5 questions on my blog.

Rajeev Char said...

Yo Anil,
Thanks for the tag! My answers are done.
I agree with you, I too am a go with the flow/feel type of runner and when I do plan my training out it never works! :-)

Rajeev said...


Like you, I make up my training as I go along. You are a very, very strong runner. I have never heard you complain in a race. I hope India is treating you right! :)


DSD said...

Great questions to muse about!