Sunday Dec 31, 2006

Goodbye 2006, Welcome 2007

Last day of 2006 and a lot got accomplished, either directly or indirectly, during the year:

On a personal front ...

This is by no means an exhaustive list of accomplishments either by Sun Microsystems or any other group within Sun. This is only an attempt to capture how and where I spent my time last year. There are still miles to go and a lot to be done. Today is the last day of 2006 and I'm ready for 2007.

Welcome 2007 and a very happy new year!!!

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Tuesday Dec 19, 2006

Running San Francisco Marathon 2007

As if one marathon was not enough, I registered for San Francisco Marathon scheduled for Jul 29, 2007. I was thinking of delaying the the registration a few days but Tier 1 is already sold out and I don't want to miss out the option of running on Golden Gate Bridge, yet again. After all, San Francisco is #1 running city.

15,000 runners are expected . The first half is always the fun part and there are cheer stations and music stations planned almost each mile during the second half. I plan to start practice next month and I'll definitely need to practice lots of hill runs. From my previous half marathon experience, miles 10-12 were really steep. The course description gives you an idea of all the beautiful landmarks (Fishermans's Wharf, San Francisco Bay, Marina, Presidio, Golden Gate Park and many others) crossed during the run, well it's 26.2 miles so gotta cover good part of the city :)

And I found a buddy at work who has done multiple Boston Marathon and a PR of 2:28. This is going to be fun!

Check out the holiday survival guide to watch those extra pounds and squeezing your runs to survive this merry season.

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Monday Oct 30, 2006

Silicon Valley Marathon 2006 Training Calendar

I'm recovering well after the marathon. My complete training calendar is below. I'll be happy to take any advise on altering my schedule to accommodate a faster pace for the next race.

Silicon Valley Marathon 2006 Running Schedule
                                                 
Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Total
Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Pace Weight
1/May 29th             4.5 4.5 00:39:17 4.5 4.5 00:39:12 4.5 4.5 00:39:11   4.5 00:38:46 4.5 4.5 00:37:49 18 22.5 00:08:38 179
2/Jun 5th   4.5 00:37:43 4.5 7 01:00:13 4.5 4.5 00:36:43 4.5   00:45:00 4.5 7 01:01:46   9 01:25:34 7     25 32 00:08:49 178
3/Jun 12th 4.5 7 01:02:09 4.5 7 01:00:56 4.5 3.5 00:29:16 4.5 4.5 00:39:09 4.5 7 01:00:55       10 10.5 01:32:32 32.5 39.5 00:08:44 177
4/Jun 19th 3.5 3.5 00:31:19 7 7 01:01:26 4.5     4.5 7 00:59:07 7 7 00:58:45       10     36.5 24.5 00:08:36 176
5/Jun 26th 3.5 12 01:49:13 7     4.5 7 00:57:42 3.5 7 00:59:15 7       12.2 01:48:53 12     37.5 38.2 00:08:46 175
6/Jul 3rd 3.5 9 01:17:13 7 17.6 01:22:13 4.5 7 00:59:49 3.5 11.5 01:43:58 7 3.5 00:46:13   9 01:23:29 14 7 01:02:19 39.5 47 00:08:54 173
7/Jul 10th 3.5 4.5 00:44:27 7 7 00:59:27 4.5 7 01:01:04 3.5     7 7 00:55:57   15 02:19:03 16     41.5 40.5 00:08:53 171
13/Jul 17th 3.5 7 01:01:06 7 5 00:43:11 4.5     3.5 7 00:55:42 7 8 01:11:57       16 10 02:03:41 41.5 37 00:09:37 169
14/Jul 24th 3.5 5 00:42:24 7 7 00:59:37 4.5 7 00:59:25 3.5   00:20:04 7 8 01:06:39       16 18.3 02:42:17 41.5 45.3 00:08:37 168
15/Jul 31st       7 7 00:54:03 4.5 7 00:55:11 3.5 7 00:54:31 7 7 00:55:06   9 01:13:32 10     32 37 00:07:56 167
15/Aug 7th 3.5 7 00:54:47 7     4.5 7 00:54:43 3.5   00:25:05 7       19 02:39:48 10     35.5 33 00:08:10 167
16/Aug 14th 3.5     7 7 00:55:44 4.5 7 00:54:11 3.5 5 00:38:42 7       7 00:55:36 20     45.5 26 00:07:51  
17/Aug 21st   7 00:55:48 7     4.5     3.5     7           16     38 7 00:07:58  
18/Aug 28th       7     4.5     3.5     7 7 00:58:42   4 00:33:42 20     42 11 00:08:24  
14/Sep 4th   15 02:05:05 7     4.5 7 00:57:52 3.5     7     7     10     39 22 00:08:19  
15/Sep 11th 3.5 7 00:58:59 7     4.5 7 00:57:54 3.5     7 5 00:41:27 7     10 18.5 02:43:06 42.5 37.5 00:08:34  
16/Sep 18th 3.5     7 7 00:55:31 4.5     3.5 5 00:40:22 7       20 02:56:45 18     43.5 32 00:08:31  
17/Sep 25th       7 4 00:31:41 4.5 3.5 00:29:49 3.5 10 00:30:08 7     7 22 03:27:18 10     39 29.5 00:09:07  
18/Oct 2nd       7 7 00:56:07 4.5 3.5 00:28:22 3.5     7           26 21 03:06:01 48 31.5 00:08:35  
19/Oct 9th       7     4.5 5 00:39:56 3.5     7 7 00:56:15 3.5 13.5 01:57:26 14     39.5 25.5 00:08:23  
20/Oct 16th 3.5     5 5 00:40:33 4.5 3.5 00:30:59 3.5 3.5 00:27:03 4.5     3.5     10 9 01:22:29 34.5 21 00:08:57  
21/Oct 23rd 4     5 3.5 00:30:32 4     2 3.5 00:27:05 2     3     27 26.2 04:06:57 47 33.2 00:09:02 163
                                                 
Total 47 88.5 12:40:13 138 98.1 12:31:14 98.5 91 12:32:13 79.5 75.5 11:04:23 139 78 11:12:53 31 144.2 21:19:52 306.5 125 19:17:11 839.5 672.7 00:09:01  
                                                 
166.8   Miles to go                                          
    Tennis                                          
    Rancho PG&E                                          
    Walk                                          
    Biking                                          
    Wunderlich Park                                          
    Rowing                                          

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Marathon and GlassFish Community

As I mentioned earlier, running a marathon is all about community. So I decided to show my support for GlassFish community by hand painting my running shirt on the day before marathon. My dad helped me trace it and then I painted it. Learn more about GlassFish and it's community. Get Started, Get Involved and participate in the Roadmap discussion.

Read about community awards given for participation in GlassFish community. And you can read about some great testimonials, again from the community, here. Oracle, BEA, JBoss, SAP and Tmax Soft are partners fostering the community spirit. Also read about how GlassFish works with a host of application frameworks, applications, tools etc. available in the community.

Check the complete flickr slideshow of me wearing this tee-shirt.


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Completed my first marathon

4 hours, 6 minutes, 57 seconds and a pace of 9:25/mile.

This is what it took me finish the Metro Silicon Valley marathon, my first one. Almost 7 minutes behind my targeted goal but a PR. A hamstring pull on mile 18 & 23 completely slowed me down.  The complete results are available here. I read somewhere "After running a marathon, the only thing that does not hurt is your pride" and I fully realized that yesterday. The fastest male was 2:42:40 and the female was 3:07:25.

This was not possible without all the wishes from family and friends. Especially Sanjay, Satish, Dhiru and kids Ankit, Shubhankar, Vaibhav, Varun and Prateek who all ran along the last mile with me and those who could not support me as front runners. And of course the faithful and constant support of my wife and son for the 5 months of practice. I'm here because of this support system and now it's time to payback morning time to family (which I've not been able to do recently because of early morning runs),  for at least next few weeks until I begin my training again for the next marathon.

Watch a 23 second video clip of run with them here. The kids were really enthusiastic and enjoyed running along. Check out the flickr slideshow.

Although there were volunteers scattered through out the trail but the race manifested into normal trail running at several places. At quite a few places there were more bikers and dogs and no spectators making you feel lonely on the track. I was also disappointed that there was no coverage in print edition San Jose Mercury News this morning but here is an online version.

I learnt the following lessons from the race:

  • Practice more hill runs as the hillocks towards the end were hitting hard
  • More cross-training to develop over-all body strength
  • Not sure, but loose some more weight to keep chugging along towards the end

Over all, I'm happy with my performance and learned lessons to improve upon next time.

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Saturday Oct 28, 2006

Marathon and Community

I got the first feel of fellow runners marathon this morning when I was at Stanford University School of Medicine Hospital helping Dr. Suzanne Miller in a study on "The Effect of Endurance Exercise on the Cardiac Function of Recreational versus Professional Athletes". Read more about the study here. In approx an hour at the hospital, the following tests were conducted:

The results of the study will be published in a medical journal and the results of personal heart tests (claimed to be worth thousand of dollars) will be made available.

"It's all about Community" said the Director of marathon on the radio yesterday. 3500 registered runners from all over the country, 800 marathoners, The Health Trust, Hilton, NBC 11, ASHA, KLIV and a multitude of sponsors and charities shows community involvement. 

My next blog will be after the run and will talk more about community.

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Wednesday Oct 25, 2006

Running first marathon this weekend

  • 21 weeks of training
  • Approx 640 miles of practice runs
  • Average pace of 8:35

After all this, I'm in the last week of taper down and now ready for my first marathon on the coming weekend (10/29 to be precise). Reading this article (Marathon Smarts on Runners World) has an all together different meaning now. This article gives race day tips from experienced marathoners. Most of the tips would seem natural but it's definitely worth reading again during the last days of training.

For family and friends, and anybody else interested in running along last miles:

The race course and the viewing map is here. The map gives the complete route and lookout areas.

The race starts at 7am PT. This is also the day when daylight saving ends, so the clocks move back by an hour. Going by the experience of my long practice runs, and if I don't hit a wall, I plan to cross mile 20 around 10am and hopefully the finish the marathon in less than 4 hours (9:10 pace). My longest practice run has been 22 miles with a 9:25 pace but I've done slightly shorter runs with better pace. So this seems like a stretch goal but I hope to meet this goal with your wishes.

If you plan to run last miles with me, as some of you have told, you are most welcome. I may offload my sweat shirt to you if I'm feeling hot or may ask for an additional sip of water, so be prepared :) The weekend weather looks reasonable and I hope it's an overcast for the first few miles.

You can read about my marathon practice and running related blogs here.

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Thursday Oct 12, 2006

Tapering down before the marathon

With a slow pace of 9:25 for 22 miles the weekend before, and a better pace of 8:51 for 21 miles last weekend, my final push for marathon training is over. Now I'm tapering down and waiting for the days to pass. I might do few tempo runs and uphill but other than that I can afford to be lazy in the mornings :)

Here are some good articles on why and how to taper.

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Monday Sep 25, 2006

20 miler over the weekend

4 loops of 5 miles gave me my second long run over the weekend of the total planned 4. All the training (both physical and mental) is now getting used. Here are the statistics for the run:

2 hr and 56 minutes
8:50/mile pace
2779 calories

With non-stop running for 3 hours, there is a lot of time to think about setting the marathon goal. Here is my refined goal:

  1. Finish within less than 4 hours
  2. No walk breaks (I've not taken any so far)

I plan to finish the first 20 miles in less than 3 hours and keep the last hour for remaining 6.2 miles. Here is my training calendar so far:

Silicon Valley Marathon 2006 Running Schedule


























Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Total

Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Time Exp Act Pace Weight
1/May 29th





4.5 4.5 00:39:17 4.5 4.5 00:39:12 4.5 4.5 00:39:11
4.5 00:38:46 4.5 4.5 00:37:49 18 22.5 00:08:38 179
2/Jun 5th
4.5 00:37:43 4.5 7 01:00:13 4.5 4.5 00:36:43 4.5
00:45:00 4.5 7 01:01:46
9 01:25:34 7

25 32 00:08:49 178
3/Jun 12th 4.5 7 01:02:09 4.5 7 01:00:56 4.5 3.5 00:29:16 4.5 4.5 00:39:09 4.5 7 01:00:55


10 10.5 01:32:32 32.5 39.5 00:08:44 177
4/Jun 19th 3.5 3.5 00:31:19 7 7 01:01:26 4.5

4.5 7 00:59:07 7 7 00:58:45


10

36.5 24.5 00:08:36 176
5/Jun 26th 3.5 12 01:49:13 7

4.5 7 00:57:42 3.5 7 00:59:15 7


12.2 01:48:53 12

37.5 38.2 00:08:46 175
6/Jul 3rd 3.5 9 01:17:13 7 17.6 01:22:13 4.5 7 00:59:49 3.5 11.5 01:43:58 7 3.5 00:46:13
9 01:23:29 14 7 01:02:19 39.5 47 00:08:54 173
7/Jul 10th 3.5 4.5 00:44:27 7 7 00:59:27 4.5 7 01:01:04 3.5

7 7 00:55:57
15 02:19:03 16

41.5 40.5 00:08:53 171
13/Jul 17th 3.5 7 01:01:06 7 5 00:43:11 4.5

3.5 7 00:55:42 7 8 01:11:57


16 10 02:03:41 41.5 37 00:09:37 169
14/Jul 24th 3.5 5 00:42:24 7 7 00:59:37 4.5 7 00:59:25 3.5
00:20:04 7 8 01:06:39


16 18.3 02:42:17 41.5 45.3 00:08:37 168
15/Jul 31st


7 7 00:54:03 4.5 7 00:55:11 3.5 7 00:54:31 7 7 00:55:06
9 01:13:32 10

32 37 00:07:56 167
15/Aug 7th 3.5 7 00:54:47 7

4.5 7 00:54:43 3.5
00:25:05 7


19 02:39:48 10

35.5 33 00:08:10 167
16/Aug 14th 3.5

7 7 00:55:44 4.5 7 00:54:11 3.5 5 00:38:42 7


7 00:55:36 20

45.5 26 00:07:51
17/Aug 21st
7 00:55:48 7

4.5

3.5

7




16

38 7 00:07:58
18/Aug 28th


7

4.5

3.5

7 7 00:58:42
4 00:33:42 20

42 11 00:08:24
14/Sep 4th
15 02:05:05 7

4.5 7 00:57:52 3.5

7

7

10

39 22 00:08:19
15/Sep 11th 3.5 7 00:58:59 7

4.5 7 00:57:54 3.5

7 5 00:41:27 7

10 18.5 02:43:06 42.5 37.5 00:08:34
16/Sep 18th 3.5

7 7 00:55:31 4.5

3.5 5 00:40:22 7


20 02:56:45 18

43.5 32 00:08:31
17/Sep 25th


7

4.5

3.5

7

7

10

39


18/Oct 2nd


7

4.5

3.5

7




26

48


19/Oct 9th


7

4.5

3.5

7

3.5

14

39.5


20/Oct 16th 3.5

5

4.5

3.5

4.5

3.5

10

34.5


21/Oct 23rd 4

5

4

2

2

3

27

47




























Total 47 88.5 12:40:13 138 78.6 09:52:21 98.5 75.5 10:23:07 79.5 58.5 09:40:07 139 71 10:16:38 31 108.7 15:55:08 306.5 68.8 10:41:44 839.5 532 00:08:33




























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Rowing




















 

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Monday Sep 18, 2006

Final push for marathon training

With an 18.5 miles run yesterday morning, this is the start of long runs for the upcoming marathon. It took 2hr and 43 minutes, burning 2460 calories, giving a 8:49/mile pace. Now on to longer runs for the weekends to come ... 20, 22 and hopefully 24.

After almost 5 months of training, the goal is to finish the complete marathon in less than 4 hours.

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