Mysuru to Bengaluru 145km ultra run with Visually Impaired

In July 2018, 15 visually impaired runners were selected from among 25 to train for the half and the full marathon on Oct 21th at Bengaluru. We started taking the necessary steps in a jiffy like conducting their blood tests, their physical assessments, planning out their workout regimen and diet charts as per their report analyses. Me and Milind already knew their grit and after witnessing their enthusiasm and achievements and in early 2018 decided that the runners who complete the full marathon will be trained for the SOP run from Mysuru to Bengaluru which is roughly 145 km. What happened in the 6 months of training, is something I will treasure for a lifetime. The guide team and the doctors kept on their toes to make sure the runners complete the  runs as per plan, free of any pain or injury. There were moments of fun, laughter, pain, difficulties.

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The tough times always started from bringing the visually impaired to a central venue in the morning wee hours, three to four times a week.

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It was astonishing to see how the girls and boys actively attended trainings and later then their office/college with the same amount of enthusiasm. On October 21, 2018, History was created as India Book of Records awarded a certificate to 23 year old visually impaired girl Suneetha N D, who became the first visually impaired girl in India to finish a full marathon (42.2km)

Overcoming every obstacle and difficulty my visually impaired athletes made it easily to the finishing venue on the said date and time, conquering 145 km in 3 days, and their ever shining smile which did not fade a single day of the run, was even more broad at the finish line.

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I trusted the trainings, I trusted my guide runners and I trusted the strength of these 6 athletes. But all of our potential was really put to the test in these 3 days. The start went as planned… The flag off by Rajmata Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, the weather cooperated so well for us to maintain a good pace in the morning hours. On day 1 we covered a distance of 53 km though we had planned for 59. One of our athletes had a cramp in her leg and we had to wrap up early.

The challenge was tough on the next day to finish the target as well as those 6 km of the previous day.

But my trust on the team really paid off the next day when they showed outstanding strength and finished 57 km. Every 2-3 hrs during the course, we had physiotherapy stretching, which kept us going. I was beginning to develop shin pain on the right leg with some swelling, but it healed with regular icing. And final day it became very easy since all had the curiosity to reach finish line and welcome party! I was so overwhelmed at the love that people have us enroute.

The Pinkathon training girls joining to cheer enroute, felicitations by Paralympic committee and Prerna trust for blind, the media coverage, the Doordarshan coverage, Felicitation by Bengaluru University Vice chancellor, the 3 days was full with events and we felt very pampered by the attention.

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The entire group was so chirpy, so cooperative , so helpful for these 3 days that it made tough times so easy going. This was the first ultra run for me and my entire team of Visually impaired and guide runners and I am glad we finished it successfully with the help of structured training and team work!

There were a lot many write ups, news articles, videos and interviews posted on various platforms about this event which happened from 23rd to 25th January 2019.I was stupefied by the tremendous love and appreciation by the country. Karnataka Olympic Association for the reward and the department of youth services rewarded the athletes at the finish line!

And thank you Pinkathon and Milind Soman for a grand commendation. Their generous gesture will be a prime motivation not only for them but also for numerous athletes pursuing their dreams in sports.

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A Decade of Running-Non runner to Official guide at Boston Marathon 2019

Rightly said, the only thing that is constant is change. But I’d like to add to it. Drastic changes in life only happen if you keep working towards your goals tirelessly.

Hi, I am Bhumika Patel, 44;  Global Program Manager – Cybersecurity at IBM.

I started running in 2009, but it was since 2013 that my running career flourished. I represented India at World Master Athletics Championships in Brazil. I participated in first Pinkathon with 3000 women from my company winning the Award for Best Corporate participation-IBM, Maximum Participation from a corporate – IBM and won my first Pinkathon 5k (individual) and corporate 5k team winner. With the same awards in 2014, this time with 2000 women from IBM; I also won the first prize in 21 k and the Hero of Pinkathon award. This continued in 2015, when I completed my First International at London Marathon and made yet another 21k podium at Pinkathon. This was when I began volunteering for Pinkathon Training with Milind Soman’s encouragement and soon as Headcoach for the Blind People’s Association Ahmedabad, Devnar School For Blind-Hyderabad, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled and Mitra Jyoti Institute for Blind, and several homes for visually impaired across India.

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Today I lead corporate/women running teams in various locations across India.

In 2015 I completed my First International at London Marathon. In between the hard training days, I would try to adjust my give back to these women and kids, which I found very challenging at start but gradually I settled down into a routine. I found it very satisfying to encourage and support cancer survivors and visually impaired to run. And happiness reaches its zenith when they scale kilometres or cross the marathon finish lines.

While training non-runner women is not an easy task, training visually impaired girls from an underprivileged background can be more challenging. In 2016, I started training the visually impaired and alongside started conducted separate Guide runners’ trainings which later shifted to Cult centers across the city as workshops to sensitize about challenges faced by the visually impaired with techniques to guide them, as a part of Pinkathon training. We had to ensure a strong back up of volunteers from among the Pinkathon training girls and corporate/running community for coordination, pick up, drop, running gear collection, distribution-storage, correspondence like emails, leave applications from offices or colleges of the visually impaired, crew support during training/races etc. Amidst all this, I completed several global marathons- London, Berlin, Copenhagen,Tokyo,Chicago,Frankfurt within 4hrs.

 

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Thus the visually impaired training resulted in stupendous team work by empowered women. My work with Pinkathon Training was recognised internationally and I was voted as GameChangers2017  ’21 Women who are transforming the world through Running’ by Women’s Running Magazine USA in 2017.

The team have evolved and become more organised and self driven over the years. There is a lot I have learnt in my journey of training the visually impaired. In spite of varying degrees of vision loss, these young girls and boys have not a thing to sulk about. The girls saw a significant improvement in fitness and timings improved over the previous runs at Pinkathon. Running workshops were conducted on running, strength training and recovery with guiding techniques and sensitization, at Cult centers across the city for men and women both, as there was growing demand to become guides. This was a major activity carried out simultaneously with visually impaired training. There was active participation from corporates and the project Received the India South Asia Outstanding Volunteer Work 2018 Award by IBM along with Grants.

These achievements were noted by media and Blind institutes contacted me after listening to news in All India Radio broadcast news for Blind and many more visually impaired were encouraged to join.

 

In July 2018, 15 visually impaired runners were selected from among 25 to train for the half and the full marathon on Oct 21th at Bengaluru. We started taking the necessary steps in a jiffy like conducting their blood tests, their physical assessments, planning out their workout regimen and diet charts as per their report analyses. Me and Milind already knew their grit and after witnessing their enthusiasm and achievements and in early 2018 decided that the runners who complete the full marathon will be trained for the Spirit of Pinkathon run from Mysuru to Bengaluru which is roughly 145 km. What happened in the 6 months of training, is something I will treasure for a lifetime. The guide team and the doctors kept on their toes to make sure the runners complete the  runs as per plan, free of any pain or injury. There were moments of fun, laughter, pain, difficulties. The tough times always started from bringing the visually impaired to a central venue in the morning wee hours, three to four times a week. It was astonishing to see how the girls and boys actively attended trainings and later then their office/college with the same amount of enthusiasm. On Pinkathon Day/October 21, 2018, History was created as India Book of Records awarded a certificate to 23 year old visually impaired girl Suneetha N D, who became the first visually impaired girl in India to finish a full marathon (42.2km)

There were a lot many write ups, news articles, videos and interviews posted on various platforms about this event which happened from 23rd to 25th January 2019. I was stupefied by the tremendous love and appreciation by the country. Karnataka Olympic Association for the reward and the department of youth services rewarded the athletes at the finish line! And thank you Pinkathon and Milind Soman for a grand commendation. Their generous gesture will be a prime motivation not only for them but also for numerous athletes pursuing their dreams in sports. I am invited by the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired to run as Official Guide at the upcoming Boston Marathon 2019 and its a significant milestone in bringing International exposure and expertise to help the athletes with a brighter future!

 

 

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Olympic Association recognition- 145kms Ultra run by visually Impaired

 

Stupefied by the tremendous love and appreciation, I am falling short of words to express my gratitude to the Karnataka Olympic Association for the reward of RS. 75000 to our visually impaired athletes. Your generous gesture will be a prime motivation not only for then but also for numerous athletes pursuing their dreams in sports.

6 visually-impaired runners and their 6 sighted guide runners participated in and completed the Spirit of Pinkathon Run supported by Samarthanam. Mysuru to Bengaluru approx 145 km distance run in 3 days, starting from 23rd January 2019 and concluding on 25th January 2019.
Below is the list of girls and boys who completed their 145km ultra-run with their guide runners :

  • Sunitha N.D with Headcoach and guide Bhumika Patel
  • Ajay Eranna with guide Sachin Tiptur
  • Mala Kolkar with guide Venkatesh N
  • Nandeesha Janaradhan with guide Rajesh NV
  • Renuka Rajput with guide Bhadresh Shivshankar
  • Kavya N with guide Nandish Kumar

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The athletes were trained for a period of 4 months with long run sessions, strength training sessions, physiotherapy sessions, yoga session etc. The run started from Mysuru Palace gate on 23rd January 2019 and finished at the Kanteerava stadium on 25th January 2019. The athletes have been recognised with cash award by Karnataka Olympic Association and Department of Youth Services

 

1)My first vote of thanks should go to the visually impaired athletes Mala, Sunitha, Ajay, Renuka, Nandeesha and Kavya for being such bravehearts. Thank you for trusting the training team and working as hard as we made you to. They have taken tremendous efforts over the last few months. It was not easy for them to get up so early continuously for 3 months, managing their job, their studies, their exams and simultaneously devoting a good amount of time for the workouts.
2) I am thankful to Milind, whose brainchild was this whole idea. He always found time for us and never missed to encourage us.
3) Mahantesh sir and Samarthanam Trust for the disabled. I want to thank you for trusting our team and also for your support all through
4) Next thank you to my team of guides Bhadresh, Sachin,Venkatesh, Rajesh and Nandish .They have worked like a Trojan to make this event happen. Guys, without you we would never have reached here.
5) My crew Renu Sakhare and Sukla Chinnappa who were with me through all ups and downs.
6) My team of bloggers Shradha Dalvi, Sucheta Dikshit, Saroj Kasat and shilpee Sanyal who have been writing for us for the past 3 months and were glued to their chairs for 3 days to write and post updates about us.
7) Rajmata Pramoda Devi Wadiyar has been kind enough to grace our event for the flag off on day 1. Special thanks to her for her presence.
8) Respected Mayor, Gangambike Mallikarjun, your presence here is a booster for us to do more. Thank you
9) Physiotherapy was the greatest need of our journey. A special thanks to Dr. Sitaraman Sudaresan and the team of doctors of Physio-Be-Fit for being there always.
10) I would like to thank Vaishnavi, Anju Maudgal and Prashant Singh for taking efforts to pen down all our updates perfectly and presenting them creatively.
11) The Police department of Mysuru, Mandya, Chennapatna, Shrirangapatna and Bengaluru deserve a very special thanks for escorting us all the way and making sure we are safe.
12) Thank you to Dr. Ashu Shah, MyShah Foundation for the medical supplies.
13) Uma Pai. Thank you for the meeting space and the overall support. Thank you Uma Realty
14) 2GoActive Wear – Gayathri and Mansoor15) JW Marriott Bengaluru
16) Kanteerava stadium for the space to practice and the ceremony
17) Mr. Rueben Kataria and team
18) Runner 360 – Shreyas, Rinka and team
19) Dilip Kumar for Gym bags20) Tulika Ahara – For high Protein diet supply

20) Oiselle for the sports bras, K-deer for the tights for the team.Thanks to Terri Peri from KPMG for handholding us throughout.

 

First-of-its-kind Shero10K with 200+ cancer victors/caregivers

Happy to have organized the first-of-its-kind #Shero10K with 200+ cancer victors/caregivers with presence of eminent oncology experts & hospitals under one umbrella!

The Shero10k is our way of making a small attempt to salute the spirit, strength and courage of all our Cancer Sheros. The word Shero is derived from ‘Survivor Heros’. These are victor who braved cancer, hence these victors are called Sheros.
Cancer not only shatters the patient physically mentally and financially, but also traumatizes the entire family of the patient. In this case, all those associated with the patient also need counseling as much as the patient needs. As a part of the year long  Shero initiative, Pinkathon Training Bengaluru introduced  a novel concept of Garegivers Training. This idea struck us after watching our cancer victors scaling more distance, becoming stronger after undergoing trainings at our training centres at Bannerghatta, Lalbaugh and Cubbon.
Conventionally the immediate family was termed as caregivers. Our program has expanded the horizon of caregivers to outside the immediate family by introducing the concept of Caregiver Guides. Our program encourages not only  immediate family member but friends, relatives, peers, hospital staff, Doctors to be part of the Caregiver Guide and accompany the victors in their health and fitness regimen.
The Shero health and fitness program with caregiver guides has been designed with help of medical professionals and  therapists like yoga and meditation, laughter,  art therapy. Cancer Shero Run is a celebration of the effort by victors, caregivers guides to tide over the phase.
21st July 2018 marked the launch of the one of its kind of training initiatives of our Cancer  Sheros at  Pinkathon Training Location – Cubbon Park. Since July 2018 a 20 weeks training schedule has been followed which has been a great success where the victors participated along with caregivers guides to scale up distance . The remarkable outcome of this was when our victors themselves became guides to Visually impaired underprivileged girls helping them improve their fitness and complete challenging distance like half Marathon.  We also saw victors like Uma Pai, Geethashekhar and Ravi going out much beyond their call of duty by giving a strong a pus to this initiative by bringing major oncology institutions under one umbrella.  There will be many more shining victors in future.
This initiative  would not have been possible without the strong support of Milind Soman, Apollo Hospitals and all others.
The event was a 10k run by Shero Victors and their caregivers guides started at 6 am with distribution of T shirts. The lamp lighting brought in sanctity to the event before the flag off of the run. The lamp was lit by Pinkathon Mentor Milind Soman and honourable dignitaries Apollo Hospital, Manipal Hospital, Shankara Hospital, Myshah Foundation and Head Coach Bhumika Patel.
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Milind Soman first gave a welcome speech, followed by shero training report presented by Bhumika Patel. The best part of the event was the victors sharing their stories on stage as a motivation for everyone and Truly Yours artists performed a short skit based on it.

 


The run began at 6.30 with flag off by Milind Soman and he also led the participants along with other volunteers and pacers on the route. The sheros seemed ecstatic as they scaled their kilometres, as they were actually scaling towards good health. After the run was over there was an art exhibition of the art creations made by the sheros and the caregivers. The concluding part of the event was as much exciting since there was an announcement of the Santa Christmas tree. The felicitation of hospitals for the support, distribution of medals and certificates to the participants and vote of thanks concluding the event. The happy and satisfied participants who left the venue with smiling faces was an evidence of the grand success of the program.

 

 

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Helping the Visually impaired girls on their path to discovery -DeviShree

Here’s the inspiring story of Devi’s Guide Running :

How does it feel to be with a group of young ladies aged 17 to early twenties?  Yes, you guessed it right – you are surrounded by lively chattering, laughter, giggles and jokes; and with this group of girls joking at their own characteristic of being visually impaired – ‘’Kannu kaanisuthailva’’ –‘can’t you see properly’ says one girl to the other after the latter tripped slightly while walking.  The first one responded with ‘how can I see’ and out came the pat chorus response from 3 girls, ‘’manasena kannugalindha nodedhare ella kannusathe’’ – ‘look through your heart and everything will be visible’ ending with giggles from all four girls.

I had spent the first half century of my time on earth leading a fairly sedentary life, working long office hours tied up sitting at my desk.  A few aches and pains across my back, hips and knees forced me to focus on my physical wellbeing.  I started exercising since the past 2 years and had done a few 5Ks and a couple of 10K.  I had been training and was tentatively hoping on completing a half marathon in a year’s time.

I came across a note on Bangalore Pinkathon Facebook for volunteers to train Visually impaired runners.  This was organized by Bhumika Patel, who is the head coach for Pinkathon.  I volunteered and went in for the first day of training to Kanteerva Stadium and met the rest of the friendly training volunteers.  Shortly we saw 2 autos; a bunch of girls climbed out and stood standing holding each other.  We went to the gate to receive and introduce ourselves.  Shy, smiling, fresh faces of our VI trainees from Samardhanam greeted us with each giving their names softly.  We guided them to our training spot and started with stretches.  Most of our wards were 100% blind and we physically guided them through the stretches.  Then came a tight spot where I was not able to guide the trainee with a stretch and was wondering on the next step when the request came from the girl – ‘’akka, you do the stretch, I will touch and feel it and repeat’’.  There…. a simple and elegant solution!  So, started my first day with our VI achievers.

Across the course of 3 months of training of 3 days a week, I partnered with different girls.  I enjoyed their company, telling them what was happening around as we ran around the stadium, their simple questions, their dreams of what they would like to become once they completed their studies.  I enjoyed guiding the girls, and as the days progressed, I encouraged my partner for the day to run without holding hand.

 

The quickest learner was Chaitra, a thin slip of a girl, who enjoyed the freedom of running totally independent on straight road.  The training days moved fast with different activities such as speed runs, strength training, foam rolling, gait analysis and advice by Physiotherapist, question & answer session by gynaecologist, long run on the actual route to be followed on the race day.  The overall strategy for the marathon was to follow the run-walk method as most of our girls were first time runners.

I was to guide Kalavathy, with whom I had done training runs on a few days and we were comfortable with each other.  As D day neared she had her trepidations and felt that she can only do a 5K.  She had already run 10 K during a couple of training sessions with ease, I spoke about this to her and told her that she can do a 21K easily and more too.

D Day – The girls and a couple of guys were at the stadium looking smart in their new sportswear and shoes.  They were chirpy and ready to start the marathon which was to flag off at 4:15 AM.  Kalavathy was there smiling; I asked her how many Kms did she plan on running and she gives a demure response of ‘as many Kms as you say’!  Hand in hand we went near the start line.  We started off with a slow run; with other VI girls along with their respective guides running ahead or behind.  There were cheers from one girl to the other as each recognized the other by their voice or the guide calling out the name of the other runner.  I continued with the slow run and brisk walk with Kalavathy per the plan. We completed 3Kms when she said that she wanted to go faster than our current pace.  This was a new Kala, different from the one I had seen during the training. She had an urgency in her voice and a strong yearning to go fast.  I am a slow pacer and I knew that I cannot match the new Kala’s requirement.  Ahead of us, I saw 2 other guide volunteers running and called out to them for help.  Rajesh agreed immediately to be her guide and I handed over Kala to Rajesh, both of whom disappeared quickly from my sight.

I continued at my pace of walk and run and came upon VI Mangalagowri along with guide Saroj at around 10 KM mark.  Saroj is a great motivator and was urging Mangala on.  I joined them and started talking to Mangala in Kannada, whose energy levels were lagging a bit.  I asked her if she had pain anywhere.  She said she did not and hearing a person speaking in Kannada revived her and off the 3 of us went.  We stopped at the first aid tent at 11 KM point and Saroj applied painkiller spray on Mangala’s calves.  The 3 of us continued on with slow run-walk.

 

After a point in time Mangala again lagged and was willing only to walk.  We walked with her coaxing to run the short downslope stretches.  As we were returning on MG Road close to the 15K mark, I asked her again if she had pain anywhere.  She then said that her left toes were hurting badly.  We stopped at the nearest hydration point and sat her down.  On checking her feet, found that the shoe had been laced too tightly and that was squeezing her toes.  We loosened the lace, applied painkiller spray and retied her shoes; checked the right leg and found it to be tied correctly.  We started off again, and soon there was big smile of relief on Mangala’s face. The pain had disappeared, and she was ready to again run! YAY!!  We made the rest of our journey using the run walk method with one stop in between to provide a short stretch for Mangala. Along with Saroj’s cheerful motivation and my chatter in Kannada, we completed the 21K in 3 hours and 40 minutes at an average pace of 10.  Mangala was tired but happy with her achievement.

It was not just Mangala’s victory, it was mine too; my first half marathon!  I had completed my first half marathon a year ahead of my schedule.  The energy of the VI girls during their training, their enthusiasm to do better and cover longer distance than the previous day had been my motivation and this half marathon completion has given me the conviction that I can now target completing a full marathon in 6 month’s to a year’s time.

I will be back training, with the girls, helping the girls on their path to discovery of what each can achieve.  The girls are the living expression of the saying ‘Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can.’

 

 

See Also :

http://bhumikarunner.blog/2018/10/29/kavya-lost-her-eyesight-due-to-stone-injury-while-playing-as-a-childhttp://bhumikarunner.blog/2018/10/24/indias-first-visually-impaired-girls-to-finish-a-full-marathon

http://bhumikarunner.blog/2018/10/24/indias-first-visually-impaired-girls-to-finish-a-full-marathon

 

 

 

 

VI runners felt an exploration of a new world with little vision but many possibilities- Bhadresh, Guide Runner

It was slightly 2 hours past midnight when the VI( Visually Impaired) Girls were ready from their Hostel to participate in SPBM Marathon. It was for the first time in their life the Blind Runners felt that they were getting a New Vision in their Life. Once the VI runners reached the kanteerava stadium it was pitch dark and the girls felt like Welcome to the Low Vision Territory. But when they reached the tent for VI runners they felt a joy, a joy of comradarie and celebration of Low Vision friends.

I had the Privilege to Pace Renuka B Rajput 18 yr old with only 20% Vision and 80% Blind finishing FM in 6 Hrs 19 Min. The Brave Girl clocked 2 hrs 45 min @ 21 km point.

The Race started for the VI with Guide runners in tow and the girls felt an exploration of a new world with little vision but many possibilities. The VI girls and boys ran the marathon like amateurs guided by strong professionals of the running community as guide runners who not only motivated them emotionally but also keeping their physical form by their previous months practice, hydration, race pace and a strong mind to finish the task of finishing the marathon for a Win Win for VI and Guide Runners. While the first 21 km went off on a high by running smoothly the pain started in the second part of the race.

The VI runners were cajoled, inspired and persevere to finish with run walk concept.

With severe pain and cramps getting on Renuka and few other VI, after 30km they put up a fight to finish, the VI runners were telling the world that they don’t require pity but to treat them as equals and that they have it in them that they are no less than a normal human being. This spirit made the VI runners finish the race on a high and one could see tears running down their face on completion.

It was surprising to note that the brain behind the event Bhumika Patel literally known to the running community as a Very Strong Woman could no longer hold her emotions and tears were flowing like a water falls.

The VI runners, the guide runners and all the volunteers hugged each other in joy and a great satisfaction that a life goal was achieved. Photos followed and each VI were seen exhibiting their proud medals which was like gold to them. The sponsors had announced Rs 5000 in cash to each and every finisher. The finisher girls and boys knew they had written into history books by getting a chance to get into the Limca Book of Records shortly. A feasty breakfast was followed by many happy souls to get back to their dens with the following lines. ”

Special Thanks to Sudha who joined us after 21 km mark to support as a Team. Not to mention other volunteers and Guide runners who helped past 1 month. Last but not the least, the Lady behind the whole show was none other than Bhumika Patel who lost sleep past 1 month getting the whole show a success and in all probability an Entry into the Limca Book of Records. Bhumika Patel was aptly supported by her Running Team mates who make this run valuable and for a Cause. Thanks again on a Wonderful run Bhumika and for getting us all together under such a social cause for the benefit of society at large

The Stumbling blocks you may come across in life, which makes your going tough, can turn themselves into stepping stones, if you step high enough”

Blog: Bhadresh. S. (Guide Runner to Renuka)

 

See Also:

http://bhumikarunner.blog/2018/10/29/kavya-lost-her-eyesight-due-to-stone-injury-while-playing-as-a-child

http://bhumikarunner.blog/2018/11/01/i-was-a-part-of-her-mind-and-made-her-move-nandish-42-2k-guide-runner

 

http://bhumikarunner.blog/2018/10/24/indias-first-visually-impaired-girls-to-finish-a-full-marathon

 

 

“I was a part of her mind and made her move” Nandish 42.2K Guide Runner

Hi Bhumika

It is a Great pleasure and I get Excited when somebody asks me “did you complete a marathon”?

My Inspiration to run long distance is none other than M K Gandhi (Father of our Nation) He traveled The Length and breadth of our country on bare foot, He has commented in his Autobiography the best Way to see the city is to “walk and know them”, which he did in London and Johannesburg. I follow the same concept of seeing the city at least to the possible extent by running whenever I visit a new place.
My Running expeditions are (Unquote)
15kms in my 8th grade in a local place called tiptur.
Ran in Nagoya (Japan) in year 2000, 2006 by running, when the temperature was -4deg centigrade
50Kms Trek “walking on the Railway track on the Shiradi Ghats before the trains where launched”.
BTM to Bannerghatta and back.
Once got Traffic cleared which was piled for more than 10kms on the Shiradi ghat section since nobody could reach the place and nobody was aware why there is a traffic jam in 2006
Completed 30kms in the Runners for life marathon race in 2002
Completed a full Marathon in 2005 in 4.45 hours.
Descended & Ascended the Nandi Hills (20kms) Multiple times.
Cycled Bangalore – Mysore in 6.5hours
Given an Opportunity I would like to Run be it a Beach, Snow, Desert, Valley, My Village, still many more to go.
I used to Walk to office in South Africa (Boksburg) 10kms one side, with such a picturesque environment and with no traffic, I was Wondering can’t we have this in Bangalore?
Lalbagh , cubbon park, GKVK and UAS society have been seeing me run from last Millennium.
Activities
I am into Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Squash, Tennis, badminton, Cricket, Swimming, long distance running and Cycling and last not last but not the least, Workout in the Gym and some Gyan sharing with the folks
I have been running marathons for quite some time and I am flat footed, my strides are good but not my Cadence, Which I need to improve, I try improving each time I run.

Training the VI Runner

Bhumika, posted for a requirement of Guide Runner in “IBM runners group” in Whats app.
I accepted with Willingness to see what I can give and learn.
The first day in Kanteerva stadium I was Introduced to Other members and we Started the Run with VI girl called Renuka and subsequently on the next day I was reassigned to a girl called Kavya.
I used to pick Kavya and Nandeesh and Ajay from Samarthan in HSR layout
Kavya had never done long distance running prior in her life. During her Initial days in training in Kanteerava stadium, I noticed she used to get pain in her chest, since her breathing was not in Sync to her running style. I did a course correction of it, but it still required lot of practice, since her lungs are still not blown to the full extent.
Kavya a very shy by nature, agile and slim body if trained properly she will be able to make wonders. She always used to ask me “Anna, you don’t get tired while running ahaa”? my answer was a “No with a Smile”.
I was more tensed then Kavya for the race day on 21st October 2018, always had a doubt, will she make it or not? She had no idea what Full marathon meant to her.
Lap 1 (21kms)
On the race day, she started well, she started pulling other VI runners by cheering and made a steady progress. We ran like a pack of wolves under Bhumika’s guidance, 16th km she started slowing down near MG road near Kumble circle, she started walking and I had to motivate her to climb the slope and then slow down. She managed reaching 19th Km and started complaining of the Leg pain, Hip bone pain, so we went to the nearby Medico for a Spray. She was steady, but her body was not made for such endurance test. I knew if she could do a 21km, she can complete 42, “fingers crossed”. We reached our base camp of 21kms around 7 am.
Lap 2 (21kms)
I checked if she can make the next, she had no answer. I said let us do it, she wanted to walk, and I gave her an Option (1:2) 1 length walking and 2 Lengths running, I tried my all means her to run, but she could hardly go.
I had to convince her like my kid (Chiranth 10 years of age) feed her, with the protein drink, fruits, she is a poor eater and does not take the water in time.
She complained of a leg catch and I made her stand on the foot path and gave her a massage to the calf muscle, I know how the pain feels.
At the 33rd Km, she wanted to take skip a path and go to the other road, I told her even if cannot run, we will walk , if cannot walk , we will never take the short cut , realized mind playing the dirty game of taking the short cuts, it is not about winning the race or going ahead of others, but it is winning the mind with your body. I don’t know how many times I have said this to Kavya, “You can do it”, her answer was, “Sir I cannot run”.

Once she was about to sit down, So I had to hold her hand and run for a certain distance.
It was like training my son for running and cycling, I cannot lose hope, give up or get angry or frustrated, it is all about completion and seeing the 42kms mark completion.
We reached 41kms of running and Walking and now I asked her, let us complete it with style, she agreed for it, she completed with style and I was behind her seeing a girl running her first ever competitive run and that to 42kms.
I felt emotional and was with Joy, making her complete, Was she capable? Answer is Yes and No, she would have given it up in between, but she is the one who ran the race, so the answer is “Yes”. I was a part of her mind and made her move.
I learnt how not to give up and take the righteous path with whatever difficulty it might be, no short cuts in life, Practice makes person perfect, A great satisfaction of teaching and implanting the seeds of experience.
Seeing the VI girls and boys running and being with them I am extremely honored, and a sense of completeness comes and urge of doing it more prevails.
Thanks for providing the unique opportunity to train and run along with the VI kids.
Preparation
Marathon is not like a normal race it needs a thorough preparation of 18 weeks at least if one needs to Compete Professionally. The Regime is as below.

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If we can inculcate this to them , they can not only complete but also do it like a pro , specially (Nandeesh , Sunitha, Kavya and Ajay)

Warm regards
Nandish Kumar S

 

See Also:

http://bhumikarunner.blog/2018/10/24/indias-first-visually-impaired-girls-to-finish-a-full-marathon

http://bhumikarunner.blog/2018/10/29/kavya-lost-her-eyesight-due-to-stone-injury-while-playing-as-a-child

Cancer shero training -Jayanagar

Jayanagar shero training was launched in July 2018 with a session by Yoga therapist from HCG. Thereafter the center is well taken take of by Apollo hospitals therapists, nutritionists and doctors. Every session is unique with running /therapy session supported by medical professsionals and runners.

 

 

 

Jayanagar -Lalbagh
Oct 21st finishers
Name
Prathima Jagannath 5 kms Individual
Kalyani 5 kms Individual
Hema Venkatrangan 21k Guide Runner
Priya R Shenoy 5 kms Individual
Aparna 5 kms Individual
Lalita Ravi 5kms Individual
Dr. Reetu 5 kms Individual
Sunitha Rajesh 6 kms Individual

 

 

 

 

Not Fast But Furious Girls of Whitefield

Running promotes the ideals of hard work and dedication.
What you put into it is what you’ll get out of it, and it can change your life forever!” – With this great thought Bhumika Patel started Fast and Furious Whitefield group in January  2017  with support from Srinivas Rao, who heads the IT team of Landmark group. Thanks to encouragement from Milind Soman and Pinkathon training partners.
Girls at this location started their running journey with slow and steady pace and has reached at different leagues due to 20 weeks training plan designed and followed consistently and religiously by all pink sisters!!
Sonika from Whitefield says- “Even though I am not fast, the fastest runners encourage me and tell me how proud they are of me. This community builds people up. It’s a family! And I am proud to call myself a runner”
The group believes that  running brings complete strangers together via social media friends and help to know about their passion for running which keep motivating and inspiring to each other

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Congratulations to all the finishers who participated on Oct 21st !

 

Whitefield Oct 21st Finishers Category
Name Distance
Sudha Muniraju 21 kms Guide Runner
Saroj 21k Guide Runner
Sonika Mangalgiri 5 kms Individual
Nidhi Bansal 5 kms Individual
Prachi Shah 5 kms Individual
Meena Lokhande 5 kms Individual
Prachi Hardikar 5 kms Individual
Tejaswini B. 5 kms Individual
Komal Rai 5 kms Individual
Vidya Somaraddi 5 kms Individual
Vijayalaksmi 5 kms Individual
Pooja Shet 5 kms Individual

Blog credit: Saroj Kasat, Bhumika