By the time all the walking and clicking was done it was about 10am. Right on cue the Strides of hope team arrived at the park. Now as you might have figured my plans to join the Strides of Hope run at either Cubbon park or EGL had to be canceled. So this was my shot, I really wanted to do my bit for this noble cause. More information about this event can be found in a previous post.
Now running after 10.30am in the south of the country isn’t an easy prospect, especially if you intend to do it wearing a pair of jeans. That’s right, I had initially only come to take snaps but the urge to join in overwhelmed me.
I made my way to the registration area to get my bib. Santosh was seated there, it’s a shame his attempt to run 48 hours was cut short through injury at the 28hour mark. Nevertheless the show had to go on.
So after exchanging the usual pleasantries I was off on my first lap. I had 14 year old Ayaz for company, pretty quick for his age. I did the 3.5k at a relaxed pace enjoying the ride. The irony of it was amazing photo opportunities just kept popping up along the path. The pelicans that a craved to snap were resting by the shore oblivious to my presence.
Lap 2 and a change of company as more people started to arrive. We started of in a group of about 10 but as I upped the pace it was just me, Subbu & Balaji. Another smooth ride, some water-melon and I was rearing to go.
Lap three was difficult due to the heat. This time it was just me and Balaji. A very slow lap a long recovery at the registration area and I was ready for one more. Every instance we crossed a team-mate lapping in the opposite direction the mutual applause gave us energy. The joy of the adulation at the end of a lap made me want to say one more.
At least I thought I was, at this point a large bunch of us decided to walk one instead and so it began. This time it was me Vinod and Shyam leading the way and enjoying a long chat while we were at it. We decided to sprint the last 500meters and my body kept craving for water melon for that duration.
And so it was our time to take a lunch break before some of us resumed our shifts. The curd-rice was awesome guys, wish I could have packed some. I might have been able to continue but the fear of an injury put me off. So thus my escapade concluded at around 2pm my total standing at 14k.
One parting shot, I have to say a large thank-you to the Team, Kavita, Chitra, Santosh, Rajeev, Vinod, Shyam, The Balaji’s, Sunand and all those who made this great morning possible. I hope to run in your company again.