Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hyderabad Half Marathon Certificate

Hyderabad Half Marathon CertificateThe 2nd race of my life! :) Always been afraid of sports, until now.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hyderabad Half Marathon : My first race

The Decision
The decision to register for a Half Marathon was a huge one for me. Why? because i haven't ever ran or participated in an event of this magnitude so far away from my home. Hyderabad.. it's 1600kms away from Thrissur and i haven't been there before. I decided to message Bharath, a good friend of mine from dailymile, to ask about the hotels there. He replied inviting me to stay at his house! It was so nice of him.

The Trip
I began my trip via train at noon from Thrissur. It was a 24hr journey and got through it nicely. Bharath called me once i reached the Secunderabad station and told me to come to the Bib distribution venue. Got a bus from there to St Mary's College, Yusufguda. K.P Suresh sir called me while i was one the bus, he had been waiting for me there since last 1 hour! I met him there, he was a very nice person and introduced me to a couple of veteran runners. It was a very good experience meeting them. He helped with the registration as i had no clue regarding it :) It was my first race. He introduced me to Bharath. He gave me the keys to his house, i went there and it was a very clean house. I was really touched by the hospitality and comfort i found there. I had my dinner from a nearby vegetarian hotel and went to sleep early. Bharath was having trouble sleeping early at 9pm and he was a bit tensed about the race. I was tired from the journey so fell asleep fast.

The Race Day
I woke up at around 3am. I was clueless regarding how to tie the timing chip to my shoes and didn't knew i needed to pin the bib to my tshirt. I ended up making Bharath a little late, sorry! But i guess it didn't matter much as we reached there atleast an hour before the race. Met many dailymilers there. Met Nikhil, i didn't recognize him though. Was great to meetup. Met Ram sir, KP Suresh sir, Sunil Venkitesh and many other friendly faces. Saw Ridhima standing near the starting point but i wasn't sure it was her. Saw Umesh sir but he was pretty far from me.

The run started at 6am. It was great to run along so many people. I made a newbie mistake and ran a bit fast in the initial stages. As a result started losing stamina once the climbs started at around 5kms. It was a steady climb with most of the run over flyovers. The running area had been nicely cordoned off and i had a whole lane to run! Hats off to the organisers and the Hyderabad Police. Ran along with Sunil for a while and later paced up. What i didn't expect was the continuous climb which was awaiting me after 5kms.. :) It was tough to run uphill for 16kms. But some how i made it. And felt good.


This was the 2nd race of my life! Always been the shy guy who's scared of sports. Finished the race (21kms) in a time of 2 hour 40 minutes. The route was incredibly steep with lots of fly overs. Some how made it to the finish in an okay time.


Everyone who finishes gets a medal. So i got one too! The first sports related medal of my life :)

Route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/110515041

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Chimmini Reservoir

Found myself a new route right through the base of a forest range.
The air there felt so fresh that i felt it could cure any illness in an instant! :) It's a shame that i've never been there after living close to it for 22 years! Will run there soon.






Sunday, August 7, 2011

Vilangan Hill Half Marathon


Vilangan Hill Half Marathon / HM 12
Distance: 21.15 km, Time: 02:31, 07:07 pace

Ran half of the HM at Vilangan hill (Elevation Gain: 211m). 4.5km of the run was uphill. Ran the small hill twice. Happy with the run, fitness levels have improved. 12th HM since i started 6 months back. Rain was there for the first half of the run so didn't take any water during the run.
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/104321576

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Report card

As July comes to an end it's time for some self assessment. I started running on Feb 8th, a day after my birthday. Hence i'm close to completing 6 months of running. I was in a pretty bad phase of life till i took up running. Now everything has changed! :) About running, my pace has definitely gone better.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Half Marathon 11



Half Marathon 11
Route: Westfort - Puthur - Peechi

Distance: 21.73 km
, Time: 02:31, 06:57 pace

Ran in the rain in an unexplored route to Peechi reservoir. Completed my 11th HM+ run since i started running 5 1/2 months back i.e in Feb.

Stats in 2011: 2278kms i.e 1544km running, 456km cycling, 278km walking including 1FM, 11 HM+ runs, one century ride (130km) in cycle.

Began the run in heavy rain. Decided to go through an unexplored route (puthur) to Peechi Dam. Half of the run was through small beautiful villages in hilly terrain. Used the gps in the phone to find the way. A group of 4 small kids who were going home from church raced me for some time :) I slowed down as they were running carelessly on busy roads. Went back to the usual pace after they reached their home. Many kids were curiously throwing questions at me on the way. Not only kids, even the guy who was sitting next to me in the bus during the return trip and the auto driver who drove me back home from the bus stop. Bought 3 chicken biriyani's for me, dad & mom after getting off from the bus and caught an auto to home as i needed to deliver the parcel while its hot. I guess i earned the heavy meal :) http://connect.garmin.com/activity/102686860

Route




Friday, July 29, 2011

Rest day tomorrow

Not running tomorrow. Both legs have their share of hurting muscles. Will rest for a day and come back strong on Saturday. May be run a Half Marathon at a sub 7 pace. Wondering where to run.. to Peechi with 16km flat and 7km incline (212m elevation gain) or a flat road? Will decide soon,,

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Conducted a fever detection camp in Laloor

12.50 AM

I'm back to using English. why? Because it takes ages to type in Malayalam and i don't have that patience :)

Since its Monsoon season in Kerala, fevers are on the rise and the rush in the OPD is increasing. Had around 70 patients in the opd in the morning which is quite moderate when compared to the real rush days. Even if there's a rush in the OPD i do make sure to spend adequate time with every patients so that they are satisfied when they go out of the OP, i try my level best to smile even if the rush is dizzying. Nothing feels better than the genuine smile on their faces. Feels like my life has some sort of a significance in this vast world.

Conducted a fever detection camp in Laloor. The place near the corporation waste dumping ground. This is the third camp i've been conducting there since last 2 months, i.e since the monsoon set in. One camp was a big one, organized by myself and my great support staff with no support or funds from the higher health department. Thanks to Thrissur corporation, Ahalya eye foundation and the ward counsellor we were able to arrange free cataract surgery to 8 poor patients. The other 2 camps including today's were smaller one with a single doc i.e me. One was conducted in an Anganwady very close to the trenching ground and the second one in the Laloor community hall. There was a good attendance in the camp with 75 patients this evening. Was a bit tired towards the end of the day though. Everyone there is looking at me like i'm some kind of great doc or something when what i do is what every other doc do! I've been working like this even during my house surgeoncy but no one really cared or appreciated it. Now it feels good to be some one who's loved by everyone. Adds a meaning and purpose to my life.

My head's spinning a bit, don't know why. Need to sleep.

Good night.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ഡയറി 25.07.11

സമയം പുലർച്ചെ 12.31. കൃത്യം പത്തു മിനിറ്റ് എഴുതാം എന്നു വിചാരിച്ചു.

മലയാളം ലിപി ഉപയോഗിക്കാൻ പഠിച്ചു വരുന്നു. നാളെ interval workout ഓടണം. ചൊവ്വാഴ്ച ആയതു കാരണം ഓപിയിൽ താരതമ്യേനെ തിരക്കു കുറവായിരിക്കും. ഉച്ചയ്ക്കു ലാലൂരിൽ വെച്ച് ഒരു പനി നിർണയ ക്യാമ്പു നടത്തണം. വൈകിട്ടു പറ്റുമെങ്കിൽ മേയറെ കാണണം, ഒരു ആശുപത്രി വികസന കമ്മിറ്റി യോഗം വിളിക്കണം.

ശുഭരാത്രി.

Friday, July 22, 2011

ഡയറി 21/07/11

സമയം പുലർച്ചെ 12.41, ഉറങ്ങാനുള്ള സമയമായി. പിന്നെ എന്തു കൊണ്ട് ഞാൻ ഈ കമ്പ്യൂട്ടറിനു മുൻപിലിരിക്കുന്നു എന്ന് നിങ്ങൾ ആലോചിക്കുന്നുണ്ടാവാം. വെറുതെ എന്തെങ്കിലും എഴുതാം എന്നു വിചാരിച്ചു.

രാവിലെ 10 കിലോമീറ്റർ ഓടി. ആശുപത്രിയിൽ കുറച്ചു വൈകിയാണെത്തിയത്. നാളെ മുതൽ നേരത്തെ പോകണം. ഇന്ന് ലിജൊയെ റിലീവ് ചെയ്തു. ഒപിയിൽ സാമാന്യം തിരക്കുണ്ടായിരുന്നു. ഈയിടയായി ഭക്ഷണം കഴിക്കലിത്തിരി കൂടിയിട്ടുണ്ട്.

നാളെ ഡാഡിയും മമ്മിയും കോട്ടയത്തിനു പോകും.

എന്നാൽ ഞാൻ കിടക്കട്ടെ, സമയം ഒന്നായി.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

ശുദ്ധ മലയാളം

ഒരു മലയാളിയാണെങ്കിലും വളരെ ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടിയാണു ഞാൻ ഈ ദിനസരി എഴുതുന്നത്. ആംഗലേയ പദങ്ങൾ ഒരു ശരാശരി മലയാളിയുടെ ഭാഷയിൽ വളരെയധികം സ്ഥാനം പിടിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. ഈ പദങ്ങളെ ഒഴിവാക്കി സംസാരിക്കുക എന്നത് ഒരു ശ്രമം തന്നെ ആണു. ആംഗലേയ ലിപികളുള്ള അച്ചടിപലകയിൽ മലയാള പദങ്ങൾ അച്ചടിക്കുക എന്നത് വളരെ ശ്രമകരമാണു! :)

മലയാളികൾ ദ്വിഭാഷീയരാണെന്ന വാദത്തിനെ ഇതു സ്ഥിതീകരിക്കുന്നു. ഇത്രയും അച്ചടിക്കാൻ തന്നെ എനിക്കു വളരെയധികം സമയമെടുത്തു, അതു കാരണം നിർത്തട്ടെ. വീണ്ടും കാണാം.

പുലർച്ചെ പന്ത്രണ്ട് മണി : ഉറങ്ങുന്നതിനു മുൻപ് ഈ കുറിപ്പ് ഒന്നു കൂടെ എഴുതാം എന്ന് വിചാരിച്ചു. സ്വന്തം ഭാഷയോടെന്തോ ഒരു അടുപ്പം പോലെ. നാളെ ഒരു പ്രധാനമായ ഔദ്യോഗിക തീരുമാനമെടുക്കാനുണ്ട്. അതു എന്തായാലും ഈ രാത്രി ആലോചിച്ച് ഉറക്കം കളയേണ്ട ആവശ്യമില്ല. നാളെ ആലോചിക്കാം. ദൈവം സഹായിച്ച് സ്വസ്ഥമായി ഉറങ്ങാനുള്ള കഴിവ് എനിക്ക് തന്നിട്ടുണ്ട്. എന്നാൽ ഉറങ്ങട്ടെ. നാളെ പറ്റുമെങ്കിൽ കാണാം.

ശുഭരാത്രി..

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Landed in Blogger

I have my allegiance towards my old blog at wordpress. Then why am i here? It's because i'm not able to figure out how to add the daily mile widget in wordpress :( But this place does look nice. May be i'll stick around for a while, see what's going on around..

Update: 28.07.11: Imported my old wordpress blog to Blogger. Quite impressed by the user friendly features.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Jul 16, 2011 @ 14:49: Waiting in the theater to see the movie. went alone just after work. Seats are mostly vacant. Sad to see people at my place are pretty much unaware about the book. Its in 3D. The audience is mostly college kids.

Jul 17, 2011 @ 01:22: Woke up after a good sleep. Had dinner. Now going to sleep again :)

The movie was good. It did justice to the book, except for the final scenes which didn't exactly reflect the emotional intensity of the book. So surprising to see the changes in the movie, like Ron and Hermione allowing Harry to go to the forest and die. Ron's face doesn't even flinch when he says good bye. Same with the final scenes when un-necessary hand to hand combat between Potter and Voldemort has been pictured. Only Neville seems to be upset on seeing Harry's dead body. Ron and Hermione just looks in disbelief. No emotional expressions apart from that. The movie has indeed honoured Snape though, and i'm glad to see that.

So in short, its a good watch but don't expect it to be as good as the book.

Friday, July 15, 2011

My Running Stats

My recorded runs from Nike running (from Feb 2011)

Ran my first Marathon

Ran my first marathon (42.2kms) on 19.06.2011

http://www.dailymile.com/people/binojmathew/entries/7847054

It was not a professional event, but a training run.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I'm back, a better me :)

I am blogging after a gap of 4 months. You must be wondering where i was all this time :) Well, a lot of things have changed. I, have changed. When i left blogging, i took up walking, later started running.

Here's a journal on what happened:
Journal: Reclaiming my life: http://my.nike.com/binojmathew

16 Nov 2010: Started walking on roads, didn't track the distance or time.

13 Dec 2010: Began walking in the stadium. Used the pedometer in the iPod Nano to track the number of steps.

08 Feb 2011: Total distance Walked: 322 kms in 72 hours covering 48 days.
Switched to Running. With a tracking sensor in my shoes, called Nike+ iPod Sports Kit.

16 Apr 2011: Total distance Ran: 805.5 kms in 104:44 hours covering 67 days, Calories burnt: 45,880

Total Distance walked/ran since Dec 13 2010: 1127 kms

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Been busy lately

I've been quite off the net and computer for quite a while now. If you're wondering whats happening at my end visit:

http://my.nike.com/binojmathew