Monthly Archives for December 2015

The Parent Trap

For the soul, Parenting - Anupriya kapur - December 24, 2015

Every now and again there are moments that define us. These may not be massive, life-altering events. They could be everyday occurrences that throw light on who we are or what we have become. The realisation is as immediate as it is striking. I had one of those days recently which I know will alter some aspects of parenting for me forever.

Kabir was out for a picnic with his friends yesterday. It was a nice sunny winter afternoon. He was practically on his ripstik for 3 hours out of 4. Instead of coming back home from the picnic, he decided to play for 3 more hours in the society park. I don’t think there is anything better than free play, that too outdoors, for a child, so I let him be. He came home tired and devoured a full plate of chicken fingers at such speed that I was surprised he left the bones. Then came the tough part of getting him to do his dreaded Hindi homework and practice for dictation. Kabir hates Hindi and I suck at it so I happily passed on the task to my dad. But you can’t ever escape being a mother, can you?12376122_10153128874970388_834694563545511075_n

Mistake 1 – He kept asking for dinner and I thought he’s making an excuse to escape homework, he’s done that in the past. In any case, how can one still be hungry after having so much chicken! It’s protein, isn’t it supposed to fill you up? He was cranky, unmanageable and pretty much refused to write a single word. I scolded him at the top of my voice while feeding him dinner (feeding him is something I rarely ever do) and despite my bitter words, he cheered up. I was proud of myself for being a ‘good’ bad cop.

In retrospect I realised it wasn’t my scolding that did it, it was food going into his system which did the trick. Yes an 8 year old, after playing for 7-8 hours, can be that hungry. And I thought I knew it all!

Mistake 2 – Kabir asked for a break after finishing his first bit of homework. I refused to oblige. And then he started complaining about pain near his waist. Since I was fuming already, I didn’t believe him and thought he is complaining of a stitch probably because of all the food he gobbled up so quickly. But no he wasn’t. He lifted his tee and there was a big fresh wound from his fall at the park.

I thought I will never fall in to this trap of disregarding something just because it is a child who is saying it. But I did. A lesson I wouldn’t forget for a long time to come.

 

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Winter is coming!

Fitness, Fitness related, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - December 11, 2015

I am not a winter person. I have a hard time getting out the house, let alone going for a run in freezing temperatures in the wee hours of the morning. And now that ADHM is also done, I have truly run out of reasons to brave the cold and the wind.

But I have already taken a week off since ADHM and now  I have to get back into the groove. I could run in a cosy gym on a treadmill but I would much rather watch Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo (no not really). This is usually the time when I start cursing myself for registering for the Mumbai full. So, long runs mean 4am alarms and pushing myself through the supremely powerful cosy comforters and talking to motivating myself to go out there and give it my all.

 Here are some things I try telling myself:

Run at any time of the day – In winters I run whenever I feel like it. It doesn’t have to be early morning or late evening. A lot of times I drop my son to school, finish my assignments and set out to run at 12 in the afternoon.

Gratitude – I remind myself there are so many people who want to do this and be in my place but can’t. It’s my way of being thankful for a healthy body.

Right gear – The right winter gear which keeps me sufficiently warm in order to take that first step out of the house is key. On particularly gloomy days, brighter the better. And I prefer running in shorter loops in case I need to get rid of or add layers.

ultra light jacket

ultra light jacket

Running with friends – That’s the only way I can do it during peak winters. People in the North know what I’m talking about.

To binge guilt free – I eat moderately for most part of the year but winters I want that levy to have that cup of hot chocolate with cream at Starbucks and the paranthas laden with the very salty amul butter!

I’m badass – Not too many have the guts and determination to do it. And ‘You are totally mad’ sounds sweeter when you finish your run in freezing cold temperatures.download (1)

By signing up for shorter runs – I couldn’t have thought of this 2 years back but now we have enough and more short runs (5k & 10k) to choose from. The idea is to stay active.

Post run chai tastes really like really good.

If you have any tips to tackle running or staying active in winters, do pour in your suggestion 🙂

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Boston Boost – A reivew

Fitness, Fitness related, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - December 1, 2015

In the movie Pink Panther 2, I remember Steve Martin going in to an ecstatic frenzy as he takes the first bite of “ambaagar (hamburger)”, and that’s exactly how I felt the first time I ran in my  Boston Boosts. It was pure love.

*Check his expressions at 2:18.

In the last two years, I have had many running related injuries.  This led to my coming close to dreading runs. And runners know how crabby that can make you. My Nike Free served me well, so did Pegasus but they were never perfect for me.

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close to 18th km at ADHM 2015

I know that shoes are not a cure all, but it does factor in a lot. The shoe itself doesn’t make you a better runner, but it can encourage a certain foot strike or can remedy things like over-pronation (which I did to some extent) – all important injury prevention aspects.

I have wide but small feet (UK size 4) and these fit me like the perfect glass slipper. Having suffered so much in the past, I was very skeptical but after my gait analysis, I was told by Dr Rajat (a renowned sports injuries doc) that neutral shoes is what I need. These don’t have extreme cushioning but are not minimalist either.

I don’t really know what heel drop etc. means. I just know what feels right and makes me forget that it is something external or something I need to keep worrying about. This one is light, fits right and gives my wide feet and big toe space, to breathe. I have been alternating it with Ultra Boost (neutral shoes with more cushioning) for longer and slow runs. I haven’t had the problem of black toe nails or blisters despite having done several distances between 15-20km.

For the last few months, I have also been doing basic strengthening exercises for my legs that Doc Rajat advised me about (I will make short video clips and share soon enough).

I did my Pinkathon 10km (my personal best 53:16) within a week in this pair, then MCM half marathon (1:54) on Nov 1st and my personal best at ADHM (1:50) on Nov 29th to be repeated again two weeks later at the Grand Prix Run.

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