Saturday, June 6, 2015

Gujarat, Mahabs, and Ani the Runner

So 2015 has started on a running note. In short the first level of weight-loss targets have been achieved.

I was in Gandhinagar, Gujarat in early Jan for a workshop. Its a great place and I enjoyed my stay there. Swati Tiffins in Ahmedabad is the best place to have traditional Gujarati snacks. Its near Lowe Garden.

 At Petroleum Institute, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat.
Lazing around Sabarmati River.

Visited Sabarmati Ashram, Akshardham (Evening Lazer show is worth it), and some shopping.


So another beach town this time. Aadu's vacation had just started and the summer was setting in and we wanted to go a beach resort. Since Pondicherry was done last year, and west coast was not that inviting, we decided to head outskirts of Chennai and Mahabalipuram turned out to be a great choice.

 Outside, Madras Crocodile Bank.

We stayed at the MGM beach resorts. Aadu and Ani enjoyed themselves. Went to crocodile park, Arjuna's Penance and Dakshin Chitra. It was very hot but we still enjoyed it. The drive was easier and we took a bypass road to East Coast Road from Sriperumbatur. It was a breeze to drive from Bangalore and that too with google maps enabled, finding directions weren't an issue.

Ani - the new running kid on the block

So finally after five years of marriage Ani got hooked into running. She upgraded to Pegasus 31.

Its a breeze according to her. Even I tried the Pegasus 31 it was super smooth. Since I've Vomero 9 going strong I'll wait for some more time. I also tried on the new Vomero 10 but found it a tad heavy.

Bangalore Trips

Pics from Xiaomi - Redmi 2 !

Otherwise, its half way down the year and things are pretty cool on the running front. More as we progress !!

Until then, Keep Running !

Monday, January 26, 2015

Aadu's birthday card

It was a great surprise to get a handmade card from Aadu on my birthday ! 33 !

It was also back to be shape after the viral attack. Pretty much everyone in the family were down.
But nonetheless we achieved our weightless targets by 2kgs !

So Diet has been one thing that has taken serious shape as part of the new year resolutions. As the foot injury seems to soothe, running and efx are pretty much part of the daily routine.
So in the next couple of months we have another couple of kgs to shed !

Trying out health Apps but have not caught the fancy yet !

Been to Ahmedabad for a week. Will review it next !

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wonderla, Chennai Again, Plantar Fasciitis, Voomero 9

So, finally some time to write 2014 summary blog. This year has been a comeback of sorts into running, a little injury.

Chennai Again

Chennai seems to be our new found holiday place. We were at Chennai for the third in this year. Unbelievable ! And seems like 2015 will also have Chennai - first in our itinerary.

 At the Grand Chola ! We had a great stay here over the weekend, traveling Shatabdi !

We finally ended 2014 with a weekend stay at Wonderla. Aadu enjoyed his rides at wonderla.
Its a pretty decent place for kids.

Even I tried one of the most easiest rides, and look below for my shouts !!

We stayed at the wonderla resort, which has kids activity room, heated pool, decent gym.

Good old cycling days. Rs 100 per hour.

The buffet breakfast was also good and so were the cycle rides.

Plantar Fasciitis

The small nag after the TCS run turned out to be plantar fasciitis. Probably weight or some jumping jacks had led to this. So most of my running took a hit the second half of the year. After trying a dumb orthopedic to Ayuervdeic massages, finally a neat youtube video helped me fix this problem.
The idea is to strengthen the muscle by following those stretches.

Currentyly from last few weeks I've started with my weekend runs at Lalbagh. I've tried few tappings and use a heal cup in my shoes. This helps relieve the pain.

I tried the below taping that helps. I use to before the run. Check the video for more details. You can buy leukoplast adhesive tapes (white color), size 5x5.

But this below stretch was the most useful to me. I did this for almost 2 weeks and I could see the results The below video exactly summarises my pain area as well.

 I tried the below foot massage with a hard tennis ball. This was also very useful.

Nike Voomero 9

Finally the Nike Voomero 9 turned out to be a great shoe for me. Coming to Nike feels good, especially if you are looking at some good cushioning. I've clocked close to 100 miles in this one things are pretty good so far. In fact I use this for my office wear as it helps me immensely during the day ( i generally do not use running shoes for office).

Sketechers Performace Go Walk 2 - Ladies

Ani also caught the running bug and she upgarded herself to Sketecher GoWalk 2 series. Seems like a great shoes for brisk walking and general walking. I'll ask her to review

Cross Training - EFX

We bought a cross trainer (EFX) so that I can do some cross training when I'm not running. This was from Propel Fitness and - CX 86 and with a good bargain. Have been using for 3 weeks now and seems good. Will review it later.

All in all 2015 should be the year of one half marathon, and hopefully a Mumbai full in 2016. Hope to meet the weight loss targets in next couple of months and improve upon endurance. On the travel front, couple of beach visits (Chennai and Kerala), drive to Hyderabad, Mysore Zoo and others are planned.

Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous new year 2015 !

-- Keep Running --- ABa

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Le Pondy

Before Aadu's school started, we gave a in a quick drive to Pondicherry.

Its almsot ~380KM from Bangalore. Haven't taken the Tirivanamali route as we were not sure about the road conditions there. So after lot of research, we took below route.

Bangalore - Pondicherry (380KM)

Bangalore - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Vellore - (after ~15KM from Vellore) Take right towards Cheyyar - Vandavasi - Tinidivanam - Pondi
(Choose the above route in Google directions)

After crossing vellore, you will see a board pointing to Arcot (towards right). Do not take right here. Go further down, and then you will see again another board for Arcot. This is a tricky right, that goes a little zig zag. Just try to reach Cheyyar in the direction board.

We started at around 6.30 and reached by 1PM. Le Pondy another 10KM from Pondi town.
We used Google maps most of the times.

Le Pondy

This is a nice resort, outskirts of pondi. This has a private beach (you can say that). Thats the best part. They have a nice pool as well. A small play area for kids. Aadu loved beach and the pool.

The food was average. We spent most of our time at the resort.

We also gave a quick dash to Auroville and Mankkul Vinayakar temple.

Was planning a beach run but didn't.

Until next time.. keep reading....