The last few weekends have been quite engaging. A weekend office outing at Kabini Jungle Lodges and Resorts, another long weekend visit to home town and my little darling, and of course a Marathon. Kaveri Trail Marathon occupied a weekend, though the show was poor, with me doing only half-marathon (though aimed at full). But, it really helped me get out of mediocrity and take the next step towards the real stuff. Though 2 years is not a big time for distance runners (particularly for people like me, with very modest beginning. I remember keeping my legs in hot water with a lot of salt for an hour, after doing a 6 KM dream run in Mumbai Marathon 2006 :) ), it is time for me to aim at the next level. I have started working towards a sub 5 hour Marathon (I have been saying this for a year, but, started only now). It may take a year with my current fitness levels. But, I will be there.
Athens Classic Marathon is just a couple of weeks away. Itinerary, tickets, plan etc., are ready. (Thanks to Dilip, an expert in planning Europe trips, who is also running his own venture: http://backpackingtoeurope.com/ ) The final hurdle is Visa. Visa interview is scheduled on 20th at Delhi. I don't see any reason for not getting through.
Another test run at Nandi Hills is calling this weekend. 6.7 KM uphill and downhill through the same route, with a bit of higher elevation than Athens course. Though it would be torturous, I will get a first hand experience of a long downhill run, which I can't do on a treadmill.