The first time I went out running 4-5 years back, I thought I would collapse post 500 meters. I was drenched with sweat and could hardly breathe. And this was despite walking 5 kms every other day, which gave me the confidence that I could jog “easily” in the first place. I refused to give up and, with tips from other runners, I kept at it and learned along the way.

The only way to start running is to shed your inhibitions and get started, the distance and speed doesn’t matter. Don’t let others’ achievements of the distance they have clocked, bog you down.

No one wakes up one day and starts running 10km. It has to build up slowly. For someone like me it took time as I hadn’t been active in any sports for almost 15 years. But you will soon realise that running is one sport which embraces every one. There is a runner in each of us.

The sheer joy of completing your first 5km, 10km and half/full marathon is incomparable; however, it’s the journey, those 4-5 months of training which makes it special. You discover things about yourself which you didn’t know you are capable of and every time you are able to crack a certain distance, you can’t help but feel amazed.

And, as long as you are running – fast or slow, you are a RUNNER.

Since I get a lot of queries on how to get started. I requested a couple of best running coaches to share their tips and plans. And I will keep adding more of my personal experiences too.

 Tags : Runner, Run, Running, Marathon, Half Marathon, Training, Running Coaches, Jog, 5km, 10km


  • Dilip November 24, 2015 at 7:52 am

    How can I subscribe to your blog???

    • Anupriya kapur November 24, 2015 at 8:00 am

      Hey Dilip, haven’t made that functionality available yet. Will let you know the moment it is up.

  • Devesh December 12, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Hi Anupriya, any email address I can contact you with. Want to discuss an opportunity. You can also contact me at

    • Anupriya kapur December 12, 2015 at 9:15 am

      You can contact me at anupriyakapur@gmail 🙂

  • Arun Bhardwaj December 18, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Thanks…..this is great help….just started running and am full of admiration for people who run marathons. ….will get there some day…..Inshaallah. ..

  • Shivangi December 18, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Hi anu….I have been walking and jogging since one year. Can easily do for 7 kms..but lately I have got back pain,while I run..I wish to run marathons….does running gives back pain especially lower..plz suggest how can I increase distance

    • Jatin Arora December 18, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Shivangi – back pain could be due to various reasons

      – incorrect posture while running
      – weak core and gluteus
      – incorrect landing ie. heavy land on the heal

    • Anupriya kapur December 24, 2015 at 5:33 am

      Hi Shivangi, running doesn’t and shouldn’t cause back pain. As Jatin said it could be because of several reasons. For me yoga worked as I worked on strengthening my back by doing some basic asanas.

  • Jatin Arora December 18, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Nice one Anupriya. We need a few more initiatives like these to get a safer and more organised running environment for our new runners.

    Cheers !!!

    • Anupriya kapur December 24, 2015 at 5:32 am

      Thanks Jatin for taking time out to share the plan. It’s going to help many new runners.


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