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My Day-to-day life…

What marathon training has taught me about life & leadership?

I started training for endurance events 7 years back with Team in Training. Over past 7 years I have done 4 marathons, 1 triathlon and more than 50 half marathons. I have learnt a lot about me, about life and about leadership over these years. Here are few key learnings

  1. Its a marathon not a sprint(think long term): Life is like a marathon so no need to stress out about something at mile 1 when you still have 25 more miles to go. When people stress about something going wrong or something being urgent, I always remind them it is a marathon not a sprint. If you have a long term perspective on things you tend to make better decisions. 


    Lot of times you see teams in perpetual state of emergency, everything needs to get done yesterday. Problem with this is you just burn out the teams. When you have long term view of things(like a marathon) you focus on achieving success in long term and building a healthy team and culture to be successful.


     



  2. One mile at a time: Running 26 miles is a daunting task but if you just focus on one mile at a time it seems much more achievable. Last year while running NYC marathon, my legs started cramping at mile 8, another 18 miles seemed impossible to run. I kept telling myself to just focus on next one mile and then the next one. It took me forever to finish the race but I finished. I knew, I can finish the race if I continue to move forward and just get the next mile done.


    Similarly in any effort you just have to focus on next mile or next task and make forward progress and you will get to the finish line.



  3. Great coaches and mentors enable you to achieve unthinkable success: When I started running in 2010, I could hardly walk a mile. I got introduced to Team in Training through a friend and since then I have worked with multiple coaches and mentors in the program. These folks give there most valuable resource to help others, their time. I would not have been able to complete my first half marathon or my latest full marathon without these coaches & mentors. They helped me through every aspect of running from how to pace myself to right shoes or nutrition. They are the reason of what I can do today. 
    This is no different in other part of life, finding and reaching out to right coaches and mentors is key to success. No one is good at everything, know what you need help with and reach out to people who are experts.


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  4. Have a mission/purpose bigger than just the task at hand: Team in training is endurance training arm of Leukemia and Lymphoma society. You train for endurance events but you are also raising money to fund cure for blood cancers. When things get tough over time, the inspiration that you are doing this not just for you but for a greater good keeps you going. When you are at mile 20 and ready to give up but you cannot because you just cannot give up on mission. That is what keeps you going…


    This is also the reason organizations built on higher purpose having passionate employees get lot more done.


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  5. Enjoy the journey with great team: Humans by nature are social animal; having a great team is key for us to be successful. We go for our long runs every Saturday morning and I never miss that practice. Just knowing there are other team members waiting for you to run is such a motivation to get up on every Saturday whether it is rainy, snowy or sunny to go out to run. You just don’t want to let your team down and you want to be there for others. Also remember you will run 26.2 miles on race day but you will be running 100s of miles before that to train and you want to be around people you would enjoy those miles because you will not get a medal for those miles. Smile


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  6. Compete against yourself not others: I am confident I will never win a marathon. I don’t try to compete with anyone else when I run marathons. I compete against myself, it is to prove to myself I can finish or I want to beat my last time but it is all about setting a goal that I will be proud off. Similarly in work life I don’t try to compete with others around me, it is all about setting goals and meeting them.


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  7. Getting to start line is the most difficult thing:  If you get to start line you will get to finish line. We all are capable of way more than what we think we are. Taking the first step and getting to the start line is the most important thing.

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Nowadays I focus a lot more on getting projects/initiatives to start line and I am confident a great team will get it to the finish line by focusing on one mile at a time. Smile

This data shows how Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland entrepreneurs think differently – GeekWire

Fun read but I don’t think generalizing something across the region makes any sense. Smile 

Seattle-based entrepreneurs demonstrate more stable emotions and are better at coming to an agreement. Entrepreneurs in the Bay Area, however, are more conscientious, energetic, and social than their counterparts up north.

This data shows how Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland entrepreneurs think differently – GeekWire

Boyz 5th Birthday Celebrations

Abhi and Arni turned 5 this Feb 2nd. Time flies by, they look so grown up already. Smile They have started talking a lot and most importantly started asking so many questions. It is fun.

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Both of them wanted to visit Legoland for there birthday so we made that happen and also spent 1 day at San Diego Zoo. Legoland is perfect for 5 year old boys passionate about legos. Smile Actually it was perfect for there dad too. Smile 

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The only recommendation I have is if you visit Legoland with kids, stay at Legoland hotel. It is a bit cheesy but kids love it. The songs in elevator, the pirate ship in lobby and legos everywhere in Hotel and in Legoland are just what kids really want But you cannot spend more than 2 days at the park. Smile

San Diego Zoo was fun, quick 1 day trip before taking flight back. We took the bus tour and enjoyed.

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1 Years Since last Update!!!

Just noticed that I have not updated my blog since Mercer Island Half marathon last year(March 23rd 2014). Sad smile That was the last race before my surgery and was the day before I joined zulily. Smile Need to spend more time on my blog so hence things change starting today… Smile First post of the year coming next…

Bertha’s nemesis: 119-foot steel pipe

Finally we figured out what was blocking Bertha. SmileSmile 

Highway 99 contractors revealed Friday what’s been blocking Bertha, the giant tunnel machine: The obstruction is steel pipe, left buried by a state groundwater study in 2002.

By Mike Lindblom

Seattle Times transportation reporter

A fragment of steel pipe pokes between spokes of Bertha's cutting face, in this photo from Thursday's inspection. It's part of a 119-foot deep well, left in the soil after a 2002 groundwater test. <br/>

A fragment of steel pipe pokes between spokes of Bertha’s cutting face, in this photo from Thursday’s inspection. It’s part of a 119-foot deep well, left in the soil after a 2002 groundwater test.

Chris Dixon, Seattle Tunnel Partners project manager, left, and Matt Preedy, deputy Highway 99 administrator for the state Department of Transportation, explain what is blocking Bertha.

 

State officials revealed Friday that the mystery object blocking tunnel machine Bertha is a long steel pipe, left buried in 2002 by one of the Highway 99 project’s own research crews.

The tunnel drill has been stranded for a month near Pioneer Square, with no clear strategy yet to extract the pipe.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) could not estimate how much time and money it will take to get the world’s largest drill moving again.

Bertha’s cutting teeth struck the pipe Dec. 3, yet the DOT and its contractors avoided mentioning the steel as a possible culprit for four weeks, despite an incident in which the machine knocked a 55-foot pipe fragment to the surface.

What the ongoing delay means for taxpayers is unclear, but it’s certainly not good.

The costs will be determined later through negotiations between the state and Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), maybe even a legal dispute.

The $2 billion tunnel budget includes a $40 million risk allowance for repairs and inspections near the front of the rotary cutting face — plus a $105 million general contingency fund to deal with crises. Matt Preedy, deputy Highway 99 administrator for the state Department of Transportation, said some of that money will be consumed.

The culprit is an 8-inch diameter, 119-foot-long well casing, used to measure groundwater for the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project, officials said. Back then, a shallow cut-and-cover tunnel was a leading option.

Bertha’s nemesis: 119-foot steel pipe | Local News | The Seattle Times

2014: New Year Resolutions

2013 was amazing year especially one of the most satisfying year from career perspective. Shipping Xbox One was one of the most exciting thing I have done in my life. There was surely side effect of shipping, Smile gained lot of pounds. So now there are 3 things to do…

  1. Get weight under 190 – Diet, exercise(12K steps a day, 3 days in gym, 6+ half/full marathons)
  2. Spend more time with family – At least 3 vacations and more activities together.
  3. Read More – Time to start reading again (book a quarter, more technical stuff with regular blogs posts)

Most importantly keep debt to $0 and save more.