in Pune was done with a lot of huff and puff and so much so that I am still having leg ache
Few points which stand out
1. Never run without practice.NEVER! but if you have to under certain circumstances, run with a partner. I did neither, and I suffered 😦 I took 52 minutes to complete 6K in a great running weather..very bad!
2. Pune marathon needs to be really really more organized
3. Lack of any water station in the 6 K. There was one right at the start (after 1 K) which was giving fanta 😦 So not right! After that there was no water station at all. I really suffered because of that. Didnt carry any water, assuming I will get it (used to the regular water stations and locals providing water in the Mumbai Marathon!)
4. Lack of actual coordination at the start points and end points. No one knew where the race was starting. We had to ask at least 10 people. And the end point was a joke really. No one to tell you concretely where it ended. I entered the stadium. There were 1000s of people there. Some random cartons of water bottles were on the ground. People attacked it like vultures attacking a dead body. Seriously! I am not exaggerating 😦
5. One lady came running after me when I was standing for a rick. Where is this race ending she asked? What? I already finished in the stadium. What stadium. The one at the back I said, pointing out. But they closed the gate and didnt inform thats the end point she tells me. Poor lady 😦 I felt so bad. I mean here you are, running 6K and it ends like this. An anonmymous person tells you you have done it, Congrats! No end point volunteers 😦
6. Traffic among racers. I kid not. Three motorcycles passed me honking to the runners to give them space. And then, when I was returning to the hotel after waiting for more than 1/2 hour for a rick, I saw the 42K runners on the road, trying to dodge traffic. And it wasnt even 3.5 hours since the 42K started 😦 the runners were looking so frustrated 😦
7. As I was trying to cross a road after my run in search of a rick, I saw a 42K man running. He saw the water bottle in my hand (I grabbed one from the end point after much efforts!) half full and said ‘please give me your water, I am really tired’ I gave it away to him and looked around and found no water station at all!
8. The runners were enthused, but few incidents.
– Woh dekh item jaa rahi hai – A couple of ‘men’ on a girl who was dressed in shorts and a sleeveless t shirt 😦
– A mother and her 8 year old daughter, were running. The daughter was being constantly motivated by the mother, who was on the heavier side, but running effortlessly. I heard two guys say ‘jab karna tha tab kiya nahi, haathi jaise ho gayi, ab baache ko training de rahi hai, dekh’ (When she had to run, she didnt run, and now she is like an elephant and she is giving training to her daughter!)
9. The bibs. The 10 K bibs were given at a different location while the 6K ones at a different one 😦 No one knew what was happening!
This post is not to really say that the marathon was a bad experience. It wasnt, just expected it to be a bit more professional!
Loved running through the small lanes of Pune. Reminded me so much of Baroda 🙂
1. The 5 year old kid who raced past me with his dad. Serious salutes
2. Aanya and her mom. Constant encouragement and superb running. I finished the 6K thanks to them 🙂
3. The rick guy who got me to the hotel. Thank you 🙂
Next year, I am running 🙂