May 29, 5:30am – 10am,
Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu
fresh cold of breeze, leaving me with goosebumps.
as we drove along the tiny lanes of ootacamund to reach the beautiful destination – lovedale school.
at 7am, we started a run, that will be etched in my thoughts, for the beautiful memories i made.
15kms covering sheer beauty,
for nature is par above us.
the flowers, the trail, the trees, the wet grass, the street dogs that looked well kept, the hills, the tiny roads.
the continuous breeze, the eucalyptus smell, the wet mud, the clouds.
the view of tiny colourful houses presented like a step cultivation.
the fellow runners – kids, loners, lovers, friends, couples, families.
there was beauty in every little thing.
and, most importantly, myself, my thoughts about a lot of new things. learning and discovering myself, for this was really “my time”.
grateful for the magical experience, for i only felt ecstatic and blissful throughout this journey.
thank you Go Heritage Run – Ooty team, it’s volunteers and my friends – Karthik Natarajan, Ashwanth Kumar and everyone else (you all know who you are), who made this possible for me.
Today’s run was extremely special for many reasons.
This was my first run with The Wipro Chennai Marathon.
I’d signed up for a 10k. And, I was not at all motivated to run this morning, for many many reasons.
But, then, running is not just a physical pursuit but a mind game as well. I told myself, that I am not quitting and would participate. I labelled it as ‘Hope’ run in my head and reached the start point.
Through my run, I felt humanity, for others and myself.
I rediscovered myself through this journey.
It was a run where I sweated out all my negativity, insecurities, doubts, unpleasantness and everything that would not help me progress.
And, for the stats, I completed the run at an average speed of 6.31 kmph, which is by far my best.
I took 01:20:46 duration to complete the entire run.
Also, Meera Sundar, Prasanna Kumar, Karthik Natarajan: Today’s run is dedicated to you folks! 🙂
#TWCM2015 was conducted today i.e. Jan 31 2016, to celebrate the spirit of Chennai, that suffered rain floods in Dec 2015.
Hampi Heritage Run was announced and it was around mid December, that I decided to register for a Half Marathon. Little I knew about Hampi, but after experiencing this beautiful place in the last 3 days, I assure, it’s a place worth visiting multiple times.
The breathtaking Hampi, the huge boulders, temples that were constructed atleast 1000 years ago, the scenic views, it’s people, the fellow visitors, food, everyone affected me.
How to get there:
Hampi is closest to Hospet.
I took two trains to reach Hospet [Chennai -> Bengaluru -> Hospet]
How to reach Hampi from Hospet:
Hampi is about 14kms from Hospet. You could either take an auto that would cost anywhere between Rs 200 – Rs 300 for one way.
Alternatively, take a bus (301, 302) from Hospet bus station. Costs you about Rs 14.
Accommodation at Hampi:
There are plenty of options in Hospet and anything on Station Road is your best bet since its close to railway station and bus station.
I stayed at Amrutha Residency, that costed me about Rs 750 per day. Contact details: +91 8394225225, +919880544559
Places to see in Hampi:
- Enthrodwaraka Temple
- Virupaksha Temple
- Monolithic Bull
- Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple
- Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple
- Chandrasekara Temple
- Saraswati Temple
- Narasimha Temple
- Purandaradasa Mantapa
- Vamana Temple
- Vittala Temple
- Tungabadra river
- Hanuman Temple (Kishkinta, across Tungabadra River)
- Laughing Buddha (Kamalapura)
- Tungabadra Dam (Hosepet)
Food options to explore:
- Moonlight Restaurant (near Virupaksha Temple)
- Mangotree Restaurant (near Virupaksha Temple)
- Andhra Mess (Station Road, Hospet)
- Udupi Hotel (Station Road, Hospet)
- Bikaner Sweet Stall (Station Road, Hospet)
P.S. This trip was made possible by some dear friends (Sriram, Bharath, Karthik) and I am extremely grateful for the experience.
Someone asked about my experience – from today’s early morning run.
In simple words, I experienced so much goodness around me. And this is available in abundance for all of us.
I lived these moments through the spirit of a 7 months pregnant lady who ran today,
the challenging guy who wore an instrument to replace one of his legs and walked the entire stretch,
the chirpy kids who were living the moment, ran with their dads and moms and seemed more excited as their parents pushed forward,
through those endless cheers and motivation from people whom I would have never had the courage to greet on another occasion,
nature for unraveling its beauty as the day grew longer.
.. Chennai Runners, you were inspiring in more than many ways.
Thank you for taking me back to our roots of being good, expressing well being and respect for each other.
Well done Dream Runners for organizing a great show. There were flaws, but you need something to improve in your next event, right? 🙂
Next set of Marathon events:
- Terry fox Run
- August 23, 2015
- IIT Madras
- Coimbatore Marathon
- October 04, 2015
- Chennai Wipro Marathon
- December 13, 2015
- Route TBA
- All events for the rest of the year