Run Information

  • Name: Sunday morning job in Borivali National Park
  • Date: November 3rd, 2019
  • Distance: 10.00 kilometres
  • Location: Mumbai, India
  • Strava Link
  • Time: 1:22:26

This will be a short entry because this was a nice run in the morning, but I didn’t have any major goals going into it.

Goals

I was running with Ashwin, a colleague, and he hadn’t run in a while. So we had decided to do a 10 km run so he could get back into it.

Goal Description Completed?
Time Run for 10 km Yes

Splits

We ran at a comfortable pace, and stopped for lemonade on the way back, so I’ve excluded that split from the calculations below.

Split Pace
Fastest 7:09
Slowest 8:48 (maybe some walking)
Average 8:14

Run

We were at the national park entrance by 7:20 AM, but discovered that it opens for visitors only at 7:30. There was a big procession of people for a North Indian festival (Chhath Pooja) and so the roads were crowded.

The run itself was quite comfortable; we ran slowly and peacefully. The national park is quite beautiful and at least a few degrees cooler than outside. There are the occasional cars and buses, but not enough to seriously bother runners. I gave Ashwin mostly unsolicited advice on training. My advice always is just to run.

Training Advice Interlude

If you think running is meditative, you will reap great rewards if lean in to that aspect of it and just enjoy the process. Just get out of your house and go for a run. If it’s hot, sweat. If it’s cold, shiver. Feel the world and the wind. Feel your body and get into the rhythm of your feet striking the earth. Feel the random pains as they come and go. This is what I do.

If your goal is to be competitive, then follow a training plan. If you’re the kind that likes structure, there are a lot of really good training plans out there. One simple plan (that I learned from my friend Bram) is:

  • Run three times a week: two short runs, one long run. For your first week, for the long run,just run whatever distance feels comfortable.
  • Increase the distance of your long run by 10% every week.
  • Start every month by reducing the long run distance by 10% or by keeping it the same. This way, your body gets some time to get used to the runs.
  • If you like, you can use the short runs for any training style that you feel like: you can do some High Intensity Interval Training, you can do your “fast pace” runs, you can include some stairs,…feel free.

I followed this plan for a bit last year. But right now, I make up a goal for every week, and just try to achieve it. Like last week when I decided to run for two-and-a-half hours (and failed, actually).

Back to the run

The runners of Mumbai were out in force today. I really wanted to talk to one guy who had an ultra-marathon t-shirt on. Well…maybe next time!

Post-run

We did our stretches under one of the picnic hut-type things. I really like my post-run stretching routine, and am proud that includes suggestions from all over the world. Charlotte, thank you for showing me the physio-dance!

We ate some star-fruit that Ashwin found way too sour for his taste. For breakfast, I ate really mediocre puri-bhaji.