Sunday, December 18, 2005


I took part in the marathon that I mentioned here, ran all of 5 km!!!!!!!!!!!!! The feeling is awesome, there were some 100 people behind us, we (four of us) took slightly less time than what the winner of the half marathon took to complete 21 km. The last km was the best, when we saw the dome of Kanteerva indoor stadium nearing and started shouting "We did it!" much to the annoyance of other runners. My friend emphatically said "Never underestimate yourself", true, each of us carried extra cash just in case we needed to take an auto to complete the race.

Running/walking was fun specially because there were cute volunteers who cheered for us and friendly policemen who stopped traffic for us. To all those who yap all the time that Bangalore is choking blah blah and it isn't how it used to be (How do you know? You've been here only 6 months), my advice to you, take early morning walks around Vidhana Soudha and Cubbon park. Bangalore is beautiful! The only celebrities present were Ashwini Nachappa and Charu Shrama(almost celebrity, sports anchor). Charu Sharma gave some excuse for not running and goofed up big time while announcing the awards. There were some people protesting against the unequal prize money for men and women runners (Men get Rs 30,000 while women Rs 15, 000 for running the same distance of 21 km, I support them too BTW).One guy held up a banner that said "Same distance, Unequal prize money, Support female athletes" So Charu says "Its easy to hold up a banner, why don't you donate some money, we will definitely increase the prize money." Er.. Charu what do you mean? His reply was received with a lot of boos which he rightly deserved.

My friends who were elated with their achievements didn't thank me enough considering that I forced them to come, I registered for them, I collected their chest numbers, I woke them up! I am not complaining not after they treated me to breakfast. They now plan to go for long walks every Sunday morning. Yeah right! God only knows how much energy I wasted in convincing them to forfeit their one Sunday. They also swore to lead a more healthy life. These same people wanted to celebrate in Pizza Corner and Corner House (the official sponsors) . 5 km is not much I know but it was enough to inspire my friends. I deserve a pat on the back just for that.

The people who competed in the senior category, junior's dash and the special mile were all received with lot of applause. The look on the people's face who completed the half marathon(21km) is something I'll never forget, may be one day I will run that distance too. Baby steps.

The proceeds of the event go to charity (Fame India). Also on Saturday I did some volunteer work organized by my company. I think I managed to impress Santa just in time. Even otherwise, I have been good the whole year. Really.


~RAUL~ said...

wow...way to go girl...and yes charu sharma is an absolute joker. He once came to our football semis. Total idiot.

and was the cash u carried utilized in catching an auto ? :D :D

Someone said...

U did it ! I had my doubts but u proved me wrong :D
Waiting for u to get ready for 21 km

Anonymous said...


Volunteering: There is a some goodness everyone? :p

Swathi said...

Congrats lady n u deserved every bit of that breakfast :)

n i wonder y din anyone treat me to brkfst at the Hyd 10K run ***sigh***
some ppl have all the luck i tell u..

Shradha said...

Rahul, Thanks! Didnt take an auto,we walked back home!

Supriy, I knew u always doubted me but there, i did it.:p

21km?gulp, yeah sure...someday!

Anon Yeah, I am good. Will u be good enough to tell me who u r?

Swathi Thanks..I forced tht treat out of them. U walked 10k and no one treated u, thts bad! Better luck next time :p

Abdul Bijur V.A. said...

hmmm ... 5 km is an aweful lotta distance , how did u manage!! i simply adore that will!! :-D

"Women love dog hating, snail squishing, drunk geeks." .. the pblm is .. what we geeks love are mainly snail squishing drunk , dog hating girls.. they just seem to have this attractive aura around them that we are just drawn towards it..

e.g. : .. too bad she's already married ;) .. RESPECT! :-D

Shradha said...

Abdul, I hope u find ur girl, I really do :)


Abdul Bijur V.A. said...

i dont! :-D

Guns' said...

Charu sux !
Hes the Boring-est commentator television has EVER experienced. He should be a vegetable vendor (so that no one will buy his vegetables and he will die of starvation)...


P.S. : Sorry, I am running thtough one of my satanic sadistic saturdays (though its officially Friday).