Gautam Kandlikar

I eat to run and take my running slow. I run by going where I have to go.

Instablog – February 05, 2018 at 06:10PM

Following up yesterday’s celebratory post with another reflection. ⠀

In my first 12 months on @strava, I only ran about 435 miles. That’s less than 40 a month. Ever since, i.e. in the last 31 months, that puts me at 3565 miles, or a little north of 110/month. My goal for this year is an average of 160/month. There’s something magical about the compounding effects of persistent action that I’m just beginning to appreciate.⠀

Here’s an image from the first race I captured on Strava. It was the first half marathon where I broke 2 hours, i.e. my own version of breaking two. It took me 7 attempts to do it. #sigh⠀

I’ll end this post with another message from the Tao Te Ching: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” So, take that step, and then a few more… and when you’re out of gas give it one last for good measure. ⠀

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Instablog – February 04, 2018 at 10:02AM

I was listening to an audiobook yesterday, and one of the segments in the book was about @kylemaynard. The segment highlighted one of Kyle’s philosophy which I really enjoyed thinking about… I am quoting from a blog post Kyle wrote:⠀

“No matter what your current climb is … the journey to the top is ALWAYS going to have moments where it sucks, where it stalls, where we wish we were somewhere else… anywhere else.⠀

Yet, I believe it’s precisely because of those moments being what they are that will make everything else worth the struggle. So hang in there. Keep on moving. Focus on the next step in front of you. Then when that’s done, the next step after that. Eventually, you will look back and hardly believe how far you’ve been able to come.”⠀

I finished my 4000th mile on @stravarun yesterday. I didn’t keep track of my running well before I started using @strava, so for all intents and purposes, this is my 4000th lifetime mile as well. ⠀

The maps app gives the distance from Blaine, WA (approx. the Northern end of I-5) to Miami, FL (Southern end of I-95) via Minneapolis, MN as 3500 miles. Soooo… I have completed a transcontinental journey going through the hometown. I’m getting some ideas for a new journey… Road Trip anyone? ⠀

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Instablog – January 31, 2018 at 12:55PM

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Paseo de la Reforma, CDMX’s major thoroughfare, is its massive size. It’s a few hundred feet wide, has several car lanes, a couple of bike lanes, and walk paths/mini parks that are themselves tens of feet wide. I don’t think I have seen anything of this scale ever. ⠀

It’s not exactly a “downtown” feel either. While there are some corporate offices along the popular sections of the Paseo, there are a lot more hotels, several government offices, and lots of cafes. But go a couple of blocks away and it becomes a good mix of residential and business… very much reminds me of neighborhoods back in India. ⠀

Pictured here, a random section of the Paseo de la Reforma. The bikes on the right are Ecobicis, and they were VERY popular. I should have used these instead of doing all the walking I did… I could probably have run much more!⠀

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InstaBlog – January 30, 2018

I will go so far as my legs take me. Well it so happens that my first run in Ciudad de Mexico was after a four hour nap, so I felt pretty fresh. My legs took me west along the Paseo de Reforma. Things suddenly went dark (The next morning I realized because I was in Chapultepec lol), so I started running along the first well-lit loop I found.⠀ ⠀ The loop was called Circuito Gandhi, located in the Parque Gandhi… it's an extension of the North section of Bosque de Chapultepec. The loop is exactly one KM, with posts every 100m letting you know how far into the loop you are. Though it was secluded from the hustle and bustle, it was very well lit. The park is free to enter… and the next morning, I saw a ton of other exercise fixtures that people were using. All in all, an awesome facility maintained by the city! ⠀ ⠀ I don't know if M. Gandhi was ever asked about his views on running. But he walked long distances to protest against the Salt Tax (and British rule) so I'm sure he'd approve of a park in a far away land being named in his honor. ⠀ ⠀ During this run I realized how hard it is to run at ~7200 ft above sea level. 9 minute miles would have felt breezy back home, but here they felt like a marathon pace effort. Yet I finished this one and came back for seconds!⠀ ⠀ Strava activity here:⠀ ⠀ #cdmx #cdmxrunning #running #paseodelareforma #romanorte #mexicocity #ciudaddemexico #runningonvacation #vacationfitness #januarymiles #circuitoGandhi #parqueGandhi #runningandpeace #bosquedechapultepec #correr #carreraenCDMX #carrera #stravarun #blog

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InstaBlog – January 29, 2018 at 09:28PM

My first morning in CDMX was spent walking along the Paseo de la Reform, and through the many streets of the Northern part of the aroma neighborhood. I found Plaza Rio di Janeiro where I just whiled my time watching the local families walk their dogs and spend time with kids. A quiet Friday morning.
Oh, and by the way, this was the first of many sightings of David imitations. This one was a Michelangelo David imitation. There is even a Wikipedia mention of it!

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InstaBlog – January 21, 2018 at 10:02AM

In July ’17, on a perfect day (and with some generous gravity assist aka 6.5 downhill miles), I ran a half in 1:37:22. I tried three times to replicate that performance, with no success. Two of those times were on the same trail; the course was slightly different in each attempt. Yet on all three attempts I finished with times in the 1:39:xx range. ⠀

I started rationalizing this. Perhaps the first attempt, i.e. The B&O Orting Half was on a short course, which give me a fast finish. Perhaps the next two attempts — the Orting Summerfest and the Orting Turkey Trot — were on longer courses. At Santa Runs Tacoma in December, I knew I could trust the course… but I bonked at Mile 11 to finish in 1:39:24.⠀

Results like that make you lose confidence in yourself. I desperately needed to regain it. I evaluated my performances… I’m a huge advocate of finishing strong, upping the ante the closer I get to the finish line. Yet on each of the occasions I failed I did not follow that strategy. Why? I didn’t know. ⠀

So yesterday at the The Rain Run, I resolved to go back to my old strategy. Start just a hint slower, and make regular progress. I felt great for the first seven miles… at the 7th mile turnaround, I realized why: I had a slight tailwind! I had to kick it up a notch against a headwind for 10km. ⠀

Game on. Knowing that I had to push harder against the wind to maintain the same pace, I tried to find my rhythm for miles 7-10. When the last 5k beckoned, I made my moves. HR up in the low 190s from the high 180s. pace down to the mid 7:20s. At a bridge crossing, I made use of the descent back on to the trail to pick it up once more and pass a couple of runners. At the mile 12 sign, dialed it up even further: HR at mid 190s, pace around 7:10. The last half mile? HR at high 190s, pace a hint below 7:00. When I saw the finish line: made a mad dash, passed a few more people along the way. ⠀

End result: 1:37:40. I’m counting this as an official PR, as there was basically no gravity assist. Tomorrow I’ll share a few lessons that I learned from this run. ⠀

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InstaBlog – January 19, 2018 at 10:31AM

Now before I complain about how cold it is in Minnesota, I thought I’d finish my Minnesota programming with a picture of Staring Lake from summer. Absolutely gorgeous. The lake is Staring back at you!⠀

I miss running around the Minnesota lakes. ☹️⠀

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