Day 23 – Meet Sachin ‘magic hands’ Mali

Day 23 – 1 Feb 2015 – Travelled from Baindoor to Manipal

Distance – 42km – Cumulative total 966km

My name is Chris and I’m Walking 1,260km from Mumbai to Bangalore to raise money for widows in India. I’m walking 30 Marathons in 30 Days and I will be writing a blog post every day. To follow my progress you can sign up to receive updates here. To read my previous blog posts click here. To make a donation please visit this page. Thanks for reading and please leave me a comment as they really do give me a lift when I read them every morning.

Hi,

As promised here is Sachin with his ‘guest’ blog and I will update you on both days tomorrow.

Chris xx

I am Sachin Mali,

Firstly I would like to say that writing this blog is punishment given to me by Chris for giving him so much pain. I offered to walk the remaining marathons as writing isn’t my cup of tea, but here I am.

I am the youngest of 2 sons and my older brother is an engineer in Bangalore. I am basically Mangalorean, my parents are from Mangalore and I have been living in Bangalore for 4 years.

I work for Apollo Hospitals in Bangalore as a full time Clinical Sports Physiotherapist. Apart from that I do part-time Fitness Coaching and Physical Therapy for the Elite Tennis players at Topseed Tennis Academy.

When my Head of Department announced there was going to be a marathon from Mumbai to Bangalore I grabbed the opportunity before anybody else could raise their interest. And I immediately started working on it. I am a Sports Physio and I have done research on long distance fitness so I was very excited to be a part of the team for this walk.

Well Chris!!! He is an actor, comedian, dancer, teacher, advisor, angry young man and of course, a Walker! He is an awesome human being. When I first met him, he looked very ordinary standing there in his suit, but he was very well prepared. He had a list of almost 15-20 pre-written questions and he started firing them at me.

The Chris that I see now is completely different. It is hard to believe how he has accommodated to the local (Desi) lifestyle. So much so that when we stayed in a luxury hotel after 10 days, he wasn’t comfortable and he didn’t get a proper night’s sleep either.

Being away from your family is not easy

Travelling for 30 days is not easy

Having tea, snacks, breakfast and naps in unimaginable places is not easy

Eating dust for 30 days is not easy

Walking for 30 days is not easy

Walking 42km is not easy

Walking 42km 30 times is not easy

Walking 42km 30 times without a single day break is not easy, is not easy, is not easy!!!

It’s just that Chris is a PAC-Man, he is a Road Eater.

PAC PAC PAC PAC PAC PAC PAC

He is a walker, he can only do walking. Anything other than walking like climbing stairs, sitting, getting up from bed or chair, jumping and sprinting are the most difficult tasks. For which he may need re-habilitation for sure.

Maintaining very good mental health is as important as the physical health and Chris is a strong man on the inside and outside.

When I did the first physical assessment he had stiffness of the back, hip, thigh and calf. He also complained to me of pain in his feet every day as he gets up in the morning. Right now his tightness is relieved and his flexibility has improved. He got a few blisters in the second week but we managed them well so it wasn’t really any trouble at any time.

I make him do warm-up exercises for 5-10 minutes, mainly concentrating on his lower limbs, then his back, upper limb and neck. Every 5km break there are relaxation techniques including elevation, shaking, mobilisation of joints, stretching of hips, thigh, calf and feet muscles. Every 3rd day there are long sessions of physio for the whole body. They all make a great difference.

As far as his diet is concerned we are mainly concentrating on carbohydrates, hydration, protein, calcium and other nutrients and vitamins.

When we started Chris did a normal 5km walk. After 8/10 days we slowly progressed to do some power walking (intensity) in 5km and now he is doing a 6km (duration) moderate walk. In the last 3 days he will do 6km with some power walking (intensity & duration).

In my line of work treatment will not be successful if it only involves a good physio, it’s important to have a good client. Chris is good, cooperative, so he is responding well to my treatment. I always try to convince him that ‘pain is your friend’. Pain is an indicator of any problem. I’m pleased to say he has recently accepted this. I believe ‘Physicians gives years to life; Physios give life to years’.

 

I have made a very good friend here in Atul. He is doing a tremendous job. He is always helpful. I will definitely miss the first chai of the day. We have a very good team and they all have their own role. They are all doing a fantastic job.

 

Picture from Day 17 when David was with us

First chai of Day 23

This is a great and wonderful experience. From my point of view I am giving Chris my all. I am not only fixing his problems but I’m also working on improving his walking efficiency by way of monitoring. This is the first time I have worked as a travelling physio and it makes me feel proud because it is a noble cause. These 30 days will help me in my career and as a person.

I would like to thank Preetha Reddy, Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, CEO and Management of Apollo Hospitals in Bangalore, Head of the Physiotherapy Department Bangalore for choosing me to work on this wonderful project. I mustn’t forget to thank Kumar and his team for choosing such a wonderful route (I have seen countless beaches in only 21 days). HiVayKing – Real King of the roads.

Please keep your comments coming as it makes a big difference. I can say 10km to 15km without strain simply by reading the blogs.

Sachin

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