Saturday, 28 July 2012

Swissalpine marathone C42 DONE!

For sure I am going to write about the experience later. For now just wanted to tell you I did the marathon in 4:08. Not the bad time for this course and a first-time marathoner I reckon.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

In Davos

Swissalpine banners hanging above the streets, restaurants offer special marathon menu and almost every dialogue ends with "Have a great run!"

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

In Zurich

8k run along Zurich lake this morning. And what a great route for running it was. Heading to Davos tomorrow. Getting ready for Saturday. Stay tuned!

Sunday, 22 July 2012

What running means to me and how it became an obsession; a pre-marathon note


I have always enjoyed being active, tried several different sports in my life. I started Skiing at the age of eight. And waterskiing a few years after that. I used to play basketball in school (I have never enjoyed playing football, needless to say I have been always rubbish at it.) and I joined a basketball club for six months at the age of fifteen. Tennis was another sport that I gave a try, but that didn't last longer than several months either. I also trained Judo for six months, played squash for a year and a half and ended up with a twisted knee in 2010. I even joined a rugby club at the age of 26! and that was the best team sport I have ever tried, I was just a bit old to take it seriously though. Cycling was the only endurance sport I did before running and my best cycling achievement was 62-mile ride during Northern Rock Cyclone in 2009.

In April 2012 I twisted my ankle while playing squash and could barely walk for a couple of weeks. The result was gaining about 10 kg in a couple of months .I used to run every now and then before then and at that time I decided to run in order to lose weight and keep fit.

I was sluggish in the beginning and could only jog for a couple of minutes. Gradually I increased the time and distance. After a couple of months I was able to run for 20 minutes. And then running was not a weight-loss tool any more. It seems that I have just found my favourite sport. Having had a wee experience in endurance sport, I made running a habbit. I would run 4-6 times a week and it didnt only give me the physical strength but also helped me relieve stress. Running was keeping me sane while passing one of the most stressful times of my life during my national service. As you might have realised by now, it is now an obsession, it's much more than a sport, it's a way of life. I cannot see myself not running. When you see yourself running long distances - something you have never even imagined yourself to be capable of - it gives you a strength. It widens your mind and gradually elimintate "Impossible" from your list of words. Once not long ago, marathon was not even a dream. And now there is only a few days to my first marathon.

This is what running means to me. I am running a marathon to challenge my endurance, to see what I am capable of. I am doing so because I have enjoyed every single session of my training along the way. Whatever happens, I am going to give it my best on Saturday.

What does running mean to you? and what is your motivation?

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Early morning run on grass


45 minutes easy run on a golf course this morning. Sharing the joy of running on damp grass with two little foxes.
Marathon is getting closer. This time next week I will be at the start line!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Tapering time

With eight days remaining to Swissalpine marathon, I am already in tapering period. It simply means decreasing mileage and intensity of your runs and try to consume more carbohydrate and liquid during the last 4-5 days. So your body will have enough time to rest and recover your muscles.

Monday, 16 July 2012

To run or not to run. That's a wrong question.

Everyday there are quite a few excuses not to run. I'd rather run with no good reason, but for the sake of it!

Twelve

This evening I ran with a 2:30 marathoner for a few minutes. He was only cooling down and I was struggling to keep up with him.

Twelve days to my first marathon. And I can already feel the adrenaline rushing through my veins.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Swissalpine C42 Marathon

This is the route of  Swissalpine marathon that I will be running on 28th.  C42 is one of the several events Swissalpine has organised for this year. 














Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Early morning, long run, Tehran

Running in Tehran at 5am is a unique experience. When I was running on the pavement it was still dark and the only people on the streets were binmen and sweepers. As I left the main streets and ran around the park there were a few people exercising just before dawn. When the sun came up, the rush began. You could see the first group of people getting out the bus and make their way to work. An hour later, in another park there were quite few runners, some greeting, some cheering on you, and some prefer their own solitude. A few minutes past eight coming back home in a taxi, you could see the second wave of rush. I just wish I had my camera with me.

30k done! Eighteen days to go ...

My longest run so far was scheduled today and I've done it. Sounds quite promising. Check out the map on "My runs" tab.


Monday, 9 July 2012

Strength training

Gym has never been an exciting place for me to spend time in. I always found it boring and prefer not to go there. But these all changed three weeks ago when I started lifting some weights as cross training for running. After only three weeks I can see the result. I can run easier and farther. If you have never tried it, give it a go. It might work well for you too.

Nineteen

19 days left to my first marathon and I simply cannot wait. Hard training continues for the next 10-12 days. Long run scheduled tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Friday, 6 July 2012

Ankle is fixed. Countdown started

1. Twisted my left ankle on Tuesday on a trail and was not able to run for a couple of days. Last night went for a short run. It is almost fixed.

2. Swissalpine marathon is only three weeks away now. Cannot wait for it.