Gautam Kandlikar

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

Boston marathon Musings

When I logged into the BAA website today, about 30 K into the women’s race, I was surprised to see the leaderboard. Lots of names you’d expect to find on there, of course… but perhaps not in the order you’d expect. Furthermore, there were several fresh names. As I checked in periodically over the next hour, I saw two interesting things:

  • the same scenario was playing out in the Men’s field
  • a lot of the big names in the women had either slowed down or dropped out entirely.

Indeed, there’s not a single sub-2:10 finish. There are 4 men and just 1 woman of East-African descent who came in top-10 for their respective fields; there were 8 and 1 respectively at the halfway mark. Even more surprising is the fact that there were seven gentlemen and four women in the top-10 at the halfway mark who didn’t finish. A Japanese gentleman and an American lady won the race, the first time in nearly 30+ years!; only two men got OTQ status for the US, and even so under the B standard (I think.)

I’d heard/read about the headwind and the rain, and how miserable it was going to be to run this race. Indeed, I had some experience of these conditions as a spectator for Boston ’15, but this year sounds worse. But this year seems to have been a more stringent filter, only letting those pass who were thoroughly prepared to endure. Indeed there are such inspiring stories: A 2nd time marathoner who was the female runner-up! Regional elites who beat olympians from other countries! My cousin Neil paced nearly evenly en route to a 2:55 finish!

There was a lot of attrition out there and I knew I was passing people as the race went on. – Daniel Vassallo (the 10th place finisher.)

This is great stuff. Maybe my chance to fame is just grinding it out… winning the war of attrition, as Daniel called it. And perhaps I need to be less of wimp when negotiating this ceaseless drizzle of the Pacific Northwest…



Nice way to do a lap around most of Tacoma

Not pictured: 1400+ feet of uphill.

I was crawling the last couple of miles… I had resolved to end my run at the nearest chain restaurant so I could feast on whatever greasy food they had. But somehow I managed to keep pulling my butt over another few steps and made my way back home.

Now I’m sad I didn’t stop anywhere for food because I am hungry.

During race nutrition today was water and 2x Kind Bars, one at mile 6 and one at 15. I think I had the first one too early.

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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