Running a 21-kilometre race is no joke, especially if you’re not an athlete by any stretch of imagination.
Thousands of websites offer advice on how to train, what to do and what not to. I’ve personally found most of them useless, considering that they don’t seem to understand the matrix of training in India, let alone Bangalore.
A big impediment to training, of course, is a full time job but preparing for a race in this metropolis known as “The Garden City” is an obstacle in itself.
Picture this! I’ve dealt with pothole filled sidewalks, pollution caused by endless traffic jams, hostile stray dogs, Diwali firecrackers going off in every street corner and power failures that ensure I’m dancing and not running in the dark.
Last week, I was chased by a bull! At least the threat of a stone often scares away stray dogs.